Samsung has shrunk down its 840 EVO Solid State Drive (SSD) to the mSATA (mini-Serial ATA) form factor delivering what it claims to be the industry’s first 1TB mSATA SSD. mSATA is approximately a quarter of the size of a standard 2.5-inch SSD so the new drive should be of big interest to mobile workers.
While the Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD is primarily targeted at ultra slim notebooks, the new product should also grab the attention of designers and engineers. mSATA ports are increasingly common in mobile workstations, offering a way to boost storage if space for 2.5-inch drives is limited.
mSATA SSDs are typically used in mobile workstations in 128GB or 256GB capacities to deliver fast storage for OS and applications. However, with the 840 EVO mSATA SSD available in 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities there’s also scope for handling large CAD datasets.
The 1TB model offers 98,000 random read and 90,000 random write IOPS (Input Output Operations Per Second), as well as sequential read and write speed of 540MB/s and 520 MB/s, enabling complex multi-tasking for advanced users. The 840 EVO mSATA SSD also features TurboWrite technology and a RAPID (Real-time Accelerated Processing of I/O Data) mode, both of which are explained in our detailed review of the original 840 EVO SSD.