Samsung promises 'SSDs for everyone'

New 840 EVO offers 1TB for £420 & fastest SATA-standard speeds of any commercial storage

Solid state hard drives (SSDs) have long been the superior - but costly - alternative to hard disk drives (HDDs), widely acknowledge as the next step for computer storage, but never quite becoming the default for users.  Now, in a publicity blitz accompanying the release a new SSD, the 840 EVO, Samsung are promising to make the technology the norm.

The new 840 EVO is aimed at consumers and offers 1 terabyte of storage for a price of around 50p/GB. It's the first SATA-standard SSD with this capacity to be marketed towards normal consumers, and performance tests of the new drive have shown it doubling the speed of current market leaders.

Although SSD storage has found its way into many ultrabook devices who need to use the technology to keep a thin profile, HDDs are still the storage-format of choice for computer manufacturers, simply because they are so much cheaper.

Whilst SSD memory continues to get cheaper and cheaper innovation in how HDDs process data has stagnated, with the latest development being to simply yoke the pair together. Apple's Fusion Drives do exactly this, combining 128GB of flash storage with 1TB (and upwards) of HDD. The flash drive keeps hold of the system's operating system, making for faster boot times, whilst the disk drives handle your archives of music, photos and the like.

However, the need for big archival storage spaces is rapidly declining as more and more service move into the cloud. A user who might once have had gigabytes of carefully catalogued .mp3s can replace this with a series of well curated spotify playlists. And if you don't need the extra space, then why should you put up with a loud, hot HDD, when a smaller SSD will do the whole job a lot quicker.

The diminution of the desktop PC adds to this trend, with the flash storage of mobile device's making quick access speeds the norm for most consumers. iPads aren't sold because they have room for all your pictures, they're sold because they can fit into a manila envelope. What consumers rate as indicative of computing excellence is shifting away from bigger and bigger storage.

Despite this the costs of SSD storage means that the big transition is still a couple of years away: a terabyte of storage from Samsung's new 840 EVO range costs just over £420 - more than four times the price for a 1TB HDD. Solid state drive storage will certainly be 'for everyone' one day, just not yet.

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Gadgets & Tech

    Recruitment Genius: Software Implementation and Support Consultant

    £28000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A consultant is required to pro...

    Recruitment Genius: Web / Graphic Designer

    £10000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Due to rapid customer growth, a...

    SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

    £20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: SThree have recently been awa...

    SThree: IT Recruitment Consultant

    £20000 - £25000 per annum + commission: SThree: Are you someone that "makes th...

    Day In a Page

    Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

    Climate change key in Syrian conflict

    And it will trigger more war in future
    How I outwitted the Gestapo

    How I outwitted the Gestapo

    My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
    The nation's favourite animal revealed

    The nation's favourite animal revealed

    Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
    Is this the way to get young people to vote?

    Getting young people to vote

    From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
    Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

    Poldark star Heida Reed

    'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
    The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

    The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

    Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
    Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

    Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

    Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
    Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

    David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

    The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
    Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

    Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

    Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
    With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

    Money, corruption and drugs

    The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
    America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

    150 years after it was outlawed...

    ... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
    Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

    Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

    The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
    Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

    You won't believe your eyes

    Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
    Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

    Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

    The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
    War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

    The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

    Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn