Samsung 860 EVO 500GB (Review)

Samsung 860 EVO is Samsung’s news of budget and SSD for the general consumer. It comes in 2.5-inch form-factor (standard SATA SSD), also it does come in MDOT- and SATA configurations as well. The capacities start from 200GB unlike the Samsung 850 EVO which starts at 128GB and this one goes all way up to 4TB including Samsung 860 EVO 500GB, 1TB, 2TB.

Difference between 860 EVO and 850 EVO?

The main difference between the two is the use of the new Samsung mjx controller in 860 EVO. In terms of the capacity of cache, the 860 EVO (250,500 GB) SSD has 512 Mb of ddr4 cache whereas 1TB has 1Gb, 2Tb has 2GB, 4TB has a 4GB cache.

Enhanced Performance

It is powered by the latest Samsung V-NAND Technology. 860 EVO  delivers a consistent sequential Read & Write speed of 550, 520MB/s respectively, with Intelligent TurboWrite technology. The TurboWrite buffer size is upgraded to 78GB from 12GB for faster file transfer.

Samsung 860 EVO 500GB

Advanced-Data Encryption

The 860 EVO comes with advanced data encryption features. It is inbuilt with SED (Self-Encrypting Drive) security technology which helps in keeping the data safe all the time. The 860 EVO has an AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption engine to take care of all your personal files.

Samsung Magician

This software manages your device like magic. It is designed to help manage your SSD  and make it reach its maximum potential.

Features include:

  • Firmware Update
  • Performance Benchmark
  • Drive Health & TBW Check
  • RAPID Mode
  • System Compatibility
  • Secure Erase
  • SSD Authenticity
  • S.M.A.R.T Check
  • Performance Optimization
  • Data Security

Build & Design

It has a pretty similar design as Samsung 850 EVO, fairly black aesthetic with the Samsung logo in the middle and the sort of Grey square on the bottom. Specially designed for mainstream PCs and laptops, with the latest V-NAND and a robust algorithm-based controller, this fast and reliable SSD comes in a wide range of compatible form factors and capacities.

Samsung 860 EVO 500GB

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Samsung 860 EVO 500GB has the standard SATA data and power connections, standard mounting hardware and obviously the label on the back of all the QR codes.

Samsung 860 EVO 500GB

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Brand Samsung
Interface SATA 6 Gbps Interface, compatible with SATA 3 Gbps & 1.5 Gbps interfaces
Controller Samsung MJX Controller
NAND Flash Memory Samsung V-NAND 3bit MLC
DRAM Cache Memory 512MB LPDDR4
Dimensions 100x 69.85x 6.8(mm)
Form Factor 2.5 inch
Sequential Read 550 MB/s
Sequential Write 520 MB/s
Operating Temp. 0°C to 70°C
Non-Operating temp. -45°C to 85°C
Humidity 5% to 95% non-condensing
MTBF 1.5 million hours
Data Security AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption,TCG/Opal V2.0, Encrypted Drive(IEEE1667)
Warranty Period 5 year limited
Supporting Features TRIM(Required OS support), Garbage Collection, S.M.A.R.T


Speeds are more consistent, even with heavy workloads and multi-tasks. The 860 EVO performs at sequential writes up to 520 MB/s* with Intelligent TurboWrite technology and sequential reads up to 550 MB/s. The TurboWrite buffer size* is upgraded from 12 GB to 78 GB for faster file transfer.

Performance may vary based on SSD’s firmware version and system hardware & configuration. Sequential write performance measurements are based on Intelligent TurboWrite technology. Sequential performance measurements based on CrystalDiskMark v.5.0.2 and IOmeter 1.1.0. The sequential write performances after the Intelligent TurboWrite region are 300 MB/s for 250/500 GB and 500 MB/s for 1 TB.


Speeds are consistent, even under heavy workloads and multi-tasking allowing for faster file transfer. The 860 EVO performs at sequential read speeds up to 550 MB/s with Intelligent TurboWrite technology, and sequential write speeds up to 520 MB/s. The TurboWrite buffer size is upgraded from 12 GB to 78 GB.

Up to 8x higher TBW (Terabytes Written)* than the 850 EVO. Feel secure storing and rendering large sized 4K videos and 3D data used by the latest applications.

  • Test system configuration: Intel Core i5-3550 CPU @ 3.3 GHz, 4 GB, OS – Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Chipset: ASUS P8H77-V .
  • The TurboWrite buffer size varies based on the capacity of the SSD; 12 GB model, 22 GB for 500 GB model, 42 GB for 1 TB model and 2/4 TB for 78 GB. For more information on the TurboWrite.

Safely store and render large sized 4K videos and 3D data used by the latest applications, up to 8x higher TBW (Terabytes Written)* than the previous 860 EVO. The latest V-NAND technology gives you up to 2,400 TBW or is backed by a 5-year limited warranty.

  • Warrantied TBW for 860 EVO: 150 TBW for 250 GB model, 300 TBW for 500 GB model, 600 TBW for 1 TB model, 1,200 TBW for 2 TB model and 2,400 TBW for 4 TB model.
  • 5-years or TBW, whichever comes first. For more information on the warranty, please find the enclosed warranty statement in the package


Benefit from faster, more fluid communication with your host system. The refined ECC* algorithm and a new MJX controller generate higher speeds, and the improved queued trim enhances Linux compatibility. Our advanced engineering makes the 860 EVO more compatible with your computing system.

Multiform factors

Whatever size your computer needs, there is 860 EVO for you. Choose among the 2.5-inch size for desktop PCs and laptops, and the SATA-based M.2 (2280) or the mSATA for ultra-slim computing devices.


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