Samsung makes its EVO SSD even faster

Samsung’s latest 64-layer V-NAND combined with an LPDDR4 buffer and new MJX controller enable the new 860 PRO to deliver up to 550/530 MB/s read/write speeds.

It has improved on the ultra-fast and reliable previous models 850 PRO/EVO to address the need for faster data transfers and sustainable high performance over a longer period has become essential as file sizes increase with high-resolution photos and 4K videos.

More importantly is the life of the drive and Samsung offers a five-year limited warranty, or up to 4,800 terabytes written (TBW) for the 860 PRO and up to 2,400 TBW for the 860 EVO. The new MJX controller also enables faster communication with the host system. The controller is powerful enough to handle workstation storage while improving Linux operating system compatibility.

“The new 860 PRO and 860 EVO SSDs combine the latest 512Gb and 256Gb 64-layer V-NAND, up to 4GB LPDDR4 mobile DRAM and a new MJX controller to elevate the user experience for both consumers and businesses,” said Un-Soo Kim, senior vice president of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung will continue to fuel meaningful innovations in the consumer SSD space and drive growth of the overall memory industry for years to come.”

Key Specifications

Category 860 PRO 860 EVO
Interface SATA 6 Gbps
Form Factor 2.5-inch 2.5-inch, mSATA, M.2
Storage Memory Samsung V-NAND 2bit MLC Samsung V-NAND 3bit MLC/TLC
Controller Samsung MJX Controller
Cache Memory 4GB LPDDR4 (4TB)
512MB LPDDR4 (256/512GB)
512MB LPDDR4(250/500GB)
Capacity 2.5” – 4TB (coming), 2TB, 1TB, 512GB, 256GB 2.5” – 4TB, 2TB,1TB,500GB, 250GB
[M.2] – 2TB, 1TB, 500GB, 250GB
[mSATA] 1TB, 500GB, 250GB
Seq.Read/Write Speed Up to 560/530 MB/s Up to 550/520 MB/s
Ran.Read/Write Speed (QD32) Max. 100K IOPS / 90K IOPS Max. 98K IOPS / 90K IOPS
Device Sleep 2.5 mW for 1TB
(Up to 7 mW for 4TB)
2.6 mW for 1TB
(Up to 8 mW for 4TB)
Management SW Magician Software for SSD management
Total Byte Written (TBW) 4TB: 4,800TB
2TB: 2,400TB
1TB: 1,200TB
512GB: 600TB
256GB: 300TB
4TB: 2,400TB
2TB: 1,200TB
1TB: 600TB
500GB: 300TB
250GB: 150TB
Warranty 5 years or up to 4,800 TBW 5 years or up to 2,400 TBW

Paul Sharpe, Director, Enterprise and Small Medium Business at Samsung Electronics Australia, said, “Australians are seeking high performance technology to power faster data transfers for all their computing needs. Whether gaming, editing, or simply maintaining a stable workflow, Samsung’s SSD 860 PRO and EVO delivers consistency at incredible speeds and is designed to meet the needs of those who require the best possible performance.”

“Combining improved speed, compatibility and capacity with lower power consumption, Australians can enjoy the SSD 860 PRO and EVO’s fast, reliable performance across various applications,” he added/


“The 860 PRO and EVO in Australia breaks new ground for our SSD portfolio and illustrate Samsung’s determination to drive meaningful innovation across our memory range.”

The SSD 860 PRO and EVO are priced from RRP $209 and RRP $149 respectively and will be available at selected IT resellers.