Samsung 870 QVO: 1 TB SSD, Amazon and eBay discounts

Samsung 870 QVO: 1 TB SSD, Amazon and eBay discounts

Samsung 870 QVO

Compact, fast, reliable and capacious: the 1 TB SSD of the Samsung 870 QVO line is offered today at a discount on the two main online stores: € 93.00 on Amazon and € 93.99 on eBay. The list price indicated on the manufacturer's official website is € 109.99.

SSD on offer: discount on Samsung 870 QVO (1 TB)

The form factor is 2.5 inch, the SATA connection interface. In terms of performance, it reaches a speed of 560 MB / s in data transfer during the reading phase and 530 MB / s in writing, allowing you to speed up each operation compared to what happens with a traditional hard disk, significantly shortening the times of computer startup and waiting for content to be processed. More information in the product sheet.

Samsung 870 QVO may be the right choice for those who are thinking about a hardware upgrade of their computer, for those who want to assemble a new one or to add a new one. storage drive to the configuration already in use. Priced at 93.00 euros on Amazon and 93.99 euros on eBay it's a great deal. Shipping is free for both stores.

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Samsung 870 QVO SATA SSD Review: A Good SATA SSD That Caters To More Specific Needs For Now

Hard disk drives on computers and laptops have been around for a very long time now, and is still being used by millions across the globe. However, the adoption of faster solid-state drives are increasing quickly as well, thanks to the cost of the drives coming down compared to before, and of course, the lower failure rate compared to HDDs.

While the biggest advantage of SSDs is the speed and performance, it wasn’t quite matching up to the levels of HDDs in terms of capacity. That started changing as well with QLC (Quad-level cell that stores four bits per cell) SSDs which enabled manufacturers to bring higher storage capacity drives. Compared to three bits per cell on the TLC (Triple-Level cell) SSDs.

Now, talking about brands when it come to solid state drives, Samsung’s SSDs are known to be the best in the business in both performance, reliability, and having a well-thought-out software suite, making the installation process as seamless as it can be. And although the Korean giants weren't the first team on the block to debut a QLC SSD, the company did launch its first QLC SATA SSD back in 2018 - the same year it was announced for the masses.

The drive that I'm referring to here was the Samsung 860 QVO SSD and that came in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB storage sizes. Fast-forward to 2020, and Samsung has launched its 2nd Gen QLC SSD – the Samsung 870 QVO V-NAND SSD in 1TB, 2TB, 4TB, and a whopping 8TB storage capacity. I'm not a videographer who needs tonnes of raw footage dumped every now and then, but I do take a lot of 4K videos on my smartphone and I've been using the 2TB 870 QVO SSD for quite some time now. Here are my two cents on whether you really need a QLC SSD in your life and how's it different from a TLC drive.

Samsung 870 QVO SATA SSD: What do you get?

The 870 QVO 2TB model comes with a Samsung MKX Controller and has 4GB of LPDDR4 DRAM Cache memory. The Cache memory ranges from 1GB to 8GB depending upon the various storage sizes this SSD comes in i.e., up to 8TB.

The claimed sequential read speeds of the 870 QVO is up to 560MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 530MB/s. The Endurance is up to 2880 TBW (Terabytes Written) and in the model we reviewed which comes with 2TB capacity, the Endurance is 720 TBW which is lower than a TLC SSD.

Samsung is offering limited warranty of 3-years or TBW, whichever comes first. Considering the competition in this segment comes with 5-years warranty, I did expect Samsung to extend similar benefits.

Samsung 870 QVO SATA SSD: QVO vs EVO

Unlike with Samsung's higher-end SSD entries, such as the Samsung SSD 970 Pro, the QVO is focused more on providing a cost-efficient drive for mainstream users who won't be inflicting huge amount of writes on the drive each day. Think of your average gamer, office worker, or light content creator who works on projects with smaller file sizes. Those folks are the QVO targets.

You’ve likely heard of Samsung’s “EVO” line of drives, but might not have seen “QVO”. The difference is the type of NAND flash they use. QVO means QLC flash, Quad-Level Cell meaning that each cell saves 4 bits. Most SSDs you’ll find right now use TLC, three bits per cell, and can have SLC or 1 bit flash, as a write cache. SLC is generally a lot faster to write to, but more expensive to manufacture, whereas QLC is cheaper to make, but less durable and slower to write to.

Samsung 870 QVO SATA SSD: Performance

The 870 QVO results maxed out at 521MB/s sequential read and 466MB/s sequential write when I put it through AS SSD's 1GB sequential test, but that's still impressive. I say that, as the 860 EVO managed a close 524MB/s read and 496MB/s write speed. The 860 EVO is a few years old, but the price of a 2TB drive (around INR 20,000 at the time of writing) is still quite comparable to the INR 16,999 price tag for a 2TB QVO drive.

Now, sequential speeds aren't the best indicator for the kinds of speeds you'll actually see day to day. Instead, it's random speeds that are a more accurate reflection of real-world usage, especially on a gaming PC, and here the 870 QVO continued to put in a good performance. In AS SSD's random speed test, which reads and writes a gigabyte's worth of tiny 4K files, the 870 QVO finished with a read speed of 39MB/s and a write speed of 111MB/s.

Compare those results to the 860 EVO's and they're once again pretty much on a level playing field, with the EVO coming in at 40MB/s read and 98MB/s write. The 870 QVO also improves on its predecessor's read speed of 35MB/s, but it failed to catch the 860's incredible write speed of 121MB/s. Still, even if the 870 QVO's random write speed is a little lower than expected, it does at least improve on its predecessor's copy and transfer speeds.

All said and done, the Samsung 870 QVO isn't a complete revolution in SSD speed, but it does offer tangible improvements over its 860 QVO predecessor when it comes to read and transfer performance, and it effectively closes the gap between Samsung's 3-bit MLC SSDs such as the 860 EVO once and for all. Add in its improved overall endurance and the 870 QVO is a compelling upgrade, especially since in India at least, its currently 3k cheaper.

Samsung 870 QVO SATA SSD: Software

The Q70 QVO can be managed with the Samsung Magician tool which has most of the basic features to manage your drive and data. Under the Drive Management tab, you have five different handy features – Drive Details, Performance Benchmark, Diagnostic Scan, Over Provisioning, and Performance Optimisation. The Diagnostic Scan feature lets you scan and fix any sorts of error on the disk and gives you 3 options – Short Scan, Full Scan, and SMART Self-Test which includes Short/Extended scans.

Under Data Management, you get 3 features – Secure Erase, PSID Revert (Physical Security ID), and the most interesting and nifty feature – AES 256-bit Encryption. It encrypts the SSD with BitLocker and you can easily enable or disable encryption, right from the Samsung Magician tool. This is something other SSDs in this segment do not have and the Samsung 870 QVO has an edge here.

Price and Verdict

SATA-based SSDs like the Samsung QVO 870 aren't as game-changing as current-day PCIe SSDs but they are still suited to everyday computing applications such as multi-tasking, web browsing and PC booting.

The Samsung 870 QVO is certainly only a minor improvement of the 860 QVO series that was released back in 2018, with the only obvious upgrade coming in on the 13% buff in random 4K performance. If you are looking for a budget friendly 2.5-inch SATA III SSD that offers a lot of storage space be sure to take a look at the 870 QVO as it will work well for both a primary drive or as a secondary storage drive.

But if your choice isn't limited by choice of a now dated interface, then you do have faster, more durable options that are only a tad more expensive.