Samsung recently rolled out its latest generation of solid state drives, or SSDs – the Series 830. Available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB models, the new drives take a different tack on the SSD concept. In addition to promising high speeds (we’re talking 500MB/s), Samsung made the new drives superslim and super attractive.
At a press event last night in New York, the drive maker compared the sleek new drives to how expensive luxury cars have stylish engine bays – even though you don’t see them much, they’re nice to see when you open the hood, and can act as a key differentiator from the competition. We’re not sure we buy that line, but suffice to say that the new drives do look nicer than most.
In addition to being sleek, the new drives are quite fast – speedy, at least, according to Samsung. With a reported sustained transfer rate that can hit over 500MB/s, it’s clear that these guys mean business. The new drives utilize the SATA III standard, which maxes out at 6Gbps (although you’ll never get it quite that high in real world scenarios) and adds improvements to such drive functionality as native command queueing, or NCQ.
As a way of getting gamers and other tech enthusiasts interested in the new SSD line up, Samsung is bundling a free copy – or rather, a code for one – of the new Batman: Arkham City game along with every single 830 Series SSD that gets sold in retail. That actually adds a lot of value to the deal, since it’s not a simple $10 video game.
Speaking of value, how much to these babies cost? A pretty penny, but one that shows how far we’ve come in SSD pricing in recent years / months. The 64GB model is now available at retail for $129.99, while the 128, 256 and 512GB models will come in at $230, $430 and $850, respectively. In order to make transitioning between drives easier, the new 830 series comes with a PC cord that lets you quick pull and push files on the drive via USB.