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Gaming Hardware Review: The Samsung 830 Series SSDs

A good SSD will boost a gaming rig’s load times and increase the performance of heavy input/output games, especially if you are using multiple background programs like TeamSpeak or Steam overlays.

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As prices continue to fall in the Solid State Drive market, many gamers are choosing to move away from the old standard platter drives in the hopes of adding affordable speed to their gaming rig. A good SSD will boost a gaming rig’s load times and increase the performance of heavy input/output games, especially if you are using multiple background programs like TeamSpeak or Steam overlays.

So, on the heels of our earlier post detailing the top things to look for in a SSD, we have the first review of the top Solid State Drives available for your gaming system.

The Samsung 830 Series

The Samsung 830 Series of SSDs are available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB sizes. The 830 series SSDs are designed to be used in laptops but are also compatible with desktop systems using a mounting adaptor. All three versions of the 830 are built in the 2.5” standard with a 7mm height, making the drive compatible with most ultrabooks.

How does the Samsung 830 Stack up with our top things to look for?

1. Quick Read/Write Speeds: The Samsung 830 Series SSDs fall right in line with the suggested targets of 400MB/sec read and 300MB/sec write. The manufacturer’s specifications for the 830 128GB version is 520MB/s read and 320MB/s write while the 830 256GB and 512GB are 520MB/s read and 400MB/s write.

2. SATA III Support: According to the manufacturer’s specifications, the Samsung 830 Series drives all conform to the SATA revision 3.0 specifications, which allow for up to 6GB/s transfer speeds.

3. A History Of Reliability: Samsung is a well-respected company that has provided quality components and equipment for some time. The Samsung 830 Series of SSDs are built using all Samsung-made internal components allowing for a higher grade of quality control.

4. Price: According to pricing information gathered from Newegg, each of the three Samsung 830 Series drives all fall under the 1GB per $1 target. The 128GB version is listed at $129.00. The 256GB version is listed at $159.00. The 512GB version is listed at $449.00. (These prices were current at the writing of this article.)

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