Samsung Rolls Out 2 TB 850 Pro and 850 Evo SSDs

The storage wars seem to have spilled over from hard drives to solid-state drives. Samsung announced today the availability of new 2 TB versions of its 850 Pro and 850 Evo SSDs, retailing for around $1,000 and $800, respectively. The new models double the capacities of the previous versions of the SSDs.

The announcement makes Samsung the first company to market with a 2 TB option for SSDs. Solid-state drives are favored over traditional hard drives for applications such as laptops because of their lower weight, durability, and speed. Traditional hard drives, meanwhile, are less expensive and sport larger capacity, making them ideal for desktops and servers where weight is not an issue and storage size is a must.

Going After Traditional Hard Drives

Samsung may be trying to change the calculus behind SSDs with its new, super-size offerings. At 2 TB, the new versions of the Pro and Evo can do double duty as primary storage and backup units, effectively eliminating the difference between SSD and hard drive capacity. However, they still lose out on price, as the 2 TB Pro costs as much as an entire high-end system.

The company is pitching the two drives as high-performance upgrades to the standard hard drive, highlighting the SSD's faster read and write speeds, lower power consumption, and quieter operation. EUAn SSD is the smart choice for users who want to power up their PCs with greater performance and higher reliability,EU the company said on its Web site for the Pro and Evo.

Samsung is aiming the Pro model at gamers and professionals who work in resource-intensive computing jobs. In particular, it is promoting the driveEUs RAPID mode, which enables read-write speeds of up to 1.8 times faster than normal. The lower power consumption, meanwhile, is designed to appeal to users...

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