Samsung 256GB 830 Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" SSD Basic Kit

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The Samsung 830 Series Basic Kits Include SSD, Manual & Magician Software CD

The Samsung SSD 830 Series boasts superior random read speeds and faster sequential read and write speeds. It's the ideal solution for your everyday computing needs, such as web browsing, document creation, viewing or editing multimedia files, playing PC games, etc.


  • Samsung 3-core MCX controller
  • Samsung 2x nm Toggle DDR NAND Flash memory
  • Samsung 256MB DDR2 SDRAM cache memory
  • Magician software for SSD management
  • Black-tone, brushed metal design
  • Only 7mm thick to accommodate the latest slim-profile laptop PCs

Outstanding Performance in Multi-tasking

The Samsung SSD 830 Series boasts superior random read speeds (up to 80,000 IOPS) and faster sequential read and write speeds (up to 520 MB/s & 400 MB/s respectively). It's the ideal solution for your everyday computing needs, such as web browsing, document creation, viewing or editing multimedia files, playing PC games, etc.

Superior Reliability

As the world's #1 DRAM, NAND Flash, and SSD supplier, Samsung has unique, industry-leading engineering resources, technologies, and manufacturing processes as well as more stringent quality and testing standards. All Samsung SSDs are designed and built completely in-house, rather than sourcing generic parts from the market. The Samsung SSD 830 Series is optimized for exceptional, sustained performance and unrivaled reliability through its specially-engineered wear-leveling and garbage collection algorithms.

Industry-leading Design

The Samsung SSD 830 Series features stunning design and precision engineering - inside and out. It measures only 7mm thick, so it can even accommodate the latest ultra-slim laptop PCs.

Magician Software

Samsung's SSD Magician software eliminates the confusion and uncertainties of SSD management, making it simple for users to maximize the performance and lifetime of their Samsung SSD. The software helps to maintain the SSD at its peak condition, giving you the same great performance and reliability throughout the life of your PC. In addition to its performance maintenance features, SSD Magician also provides system information and facilitates performance benchmarking, performance optimization, OS optimization, firmware updates, secure erasing, and over provisioning.

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions (L* W* H): 100 x 69.85 x 7 (mm)
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s (compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s)
  • Form Factor: 2.5 inch
  • NAND Flash Memory: 2x nm Samsung Toggle DDR MLC NAND Flash Memory
  • Performance*: Sequential Read: Max. 520 MB/s (64GB/128GB/256GB/512GB)
  • Sequential Write: Max. 400 MB/s (256GB/512GB)
  • 4KB Random Read: Max. 80,000 IOPS (128GB/256GB/512GB)
  • 4KB Random Write: Max. 36,000 IOPS (256GB/512GB)
  • TRIM Support: Yes (Requires OS Support)
  • Garbage Collection: Yes
  • S.M.A.R.T: Yes
  • Weight: Max. 62.5g (256GB/512GB)
  • Reliability: 1.5 million hours MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures)
  • Power Consumption: Active : 0.127W * (Typical) Idle : 0.078W** (Typical)
  • Shock: 1500G & 0.5ms (Half sine)
  • Warranty: 3 years

  • Performance measurements based on Iometer with queue depth equal to 32. / * Active power is measured during execution of MobileMark 2007 in Windows 7 / ** DIPM enabled value



Product Description
Samsung 830 Series MZ-7PC256B - solid state drive - 256 GB - SATA 6Gb/s
Solid state drive - internal
256 GB
Form Factor
2.5" Ultra Slim Line
SATA 6Gb/s
Data Transfer Rate
600 MBps
Buffer Size
256 MB
TRIM support, Garbage Collection technology, S.M.A.R.T.
Dimensions (WxDxH)
69.85 mm x 100 mm x 7 mm
62.5 g
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years warranty



Device Type
Solid state drive - internal
256 GB
Form Factor
2.5" Ultra Slim Line
SATA 6Gb/s
Buffer Size
256 MB
TRIM support, Garbage Collection technology, S.M.A.R.T.
69.85 mm
100 mm
7 mm
62.5 g


Drive Transfer Rate
600 MBps (external)
Internal Data Rate
520 MBps (read) / 400 MBps (write)
4KB Random Read
80000 IOPS
4KB Random Write
36000 IOPS


1,500,000 hours

Expansion & Connectivity

1 x SATA 6 Gb/s
Compatible Bay
2.5" Ultra Slim Line

Software & System Requirements

Software Included
Norton Ghost 15, Samsung Magician Software 3.0
OS Required
Linux, Apple MacOS X, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits)

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support
Limited warranty - 3 years

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature
0 °C
Max Operating Temperature
60 °C
Humidity Range Operating
5 - 95% (non-condensing)
Shock Tolerance
1500 g @ 0.5ms (non-operating)
Vibration Tolerance
2.17 g @ 7-800 Hz (operating) / 3.08 g @ 7-800 Hz (non-operating)

Customer reviews

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5* Samsung 256GB 830 Series SATA 6Gb/s 2.5"
Reviewed by Tom on 28/06/2012
I have used other manufacturers namely OCZ Agility drives before with terrible results. see Toms review of the OCZ Agility 120gb ssd.

anyway I have now installed This Samsung 830 240gb drive using the supplied norton gost v 15 software so quickley copyied my existing C: drive. Samsung even provide a USB adapter for the drive which makes this a very simple process.

anyway i now have a very fast and responsive system and windows gives the drive a rating of 7.9 and other utilities indicate the drives sustained transfer rate is faster and more stable than drives based upon the faulty sandforce controller.

Ps my system has been on 24hours a day for 2 weeks without a single fault so i am really very happy 100% happy infact

I may buy another and put them in a striped raid configuration but that may just be overkill.

Buy it you wont be dissapointed
5* Best ever update to my laptop
Reviewed by John on 04/11/2012
Over the years I have made many attempts at speeding up computers - from ready boost to faster CPU's to more memory and faster mechanical hard drives but nothing has had a bigger effect on the speed than this SSD drive. It has transformed my Acer Aspire 5920. I have made a fresh install of Windows 8 and now my aging laptop cold boots in less than 10 seconds and even Open office writer loads in about 1 or 2 seconds. My only reservation is that the price will no doubt reduce massively in the coming years - but that's nothing new in the computer world. The supplied CD contains Norton Ghost and Samsung Magician and the Samsung web site has a newer version of Magician. Magician has to be run in Windows 7 compatible mode under windows 8 - hopefully there will be another update. Worth noting that SSD drives should NOT be defragged because they do not need need it - and in fact it can wear out the drive - as can performance tests. The Windows 8 performance test hangs.
5* Samsung 830 SSD Review
Reviewed by Brian.P.Barrett on 22/06/2012
This SSD drive by Samsung is so easy to set up, it's child's play. It is fantastic for putting windows onto as window's will only take about 15 second's to load up. I bought the 64gb version also just for that purpose. Highly recommended, and at a terrific price, grab a bargain guy's and gal's...
5* Worthwhile Upgrade.
Reviewed by Niki on 07/07/2012
I was using a WD Raptor before, so I already had a very fast drive. There isn't much in the box, here, and you have to make sure you buy a bracket to fit the drive in a 3.5" slot. Fitting the bracket is the fiddly part, after that everything is simple. Just plug the drive in, then use something like Acronis True Image to completely clone your original drive. It took about 15 mins to get the PC running with the new SSD. Performance on paper is very different to real life. Often minor increases in performance you just won't notice. Not so with an SSD. There is a very tangible increase in speed. Your PC starts faster, closes faster, and every application you load is there just that bit quicker. It isn't "instant" but it is very noticeably faster.
The software Samsung provide actually doesn't do much and isn't required. Honestly, I wouldn't really bother installing it.
5* Great drive
Reviewed by Orlando on 02/08/2012
Why on earth does the reviewer above post his silly "Beware" review, which isn't even a review?
There's absolutely no indication that this drive will fail after 5000 hours, and because it's difficult to swap the drive in an Apple computer is hardly Samsung's fault.
I'm surprised this "review" made it on this page.

Here's my 2 cents:
It's an awesome drive, so awesome that I did buy a second one and created my first ever Raid 0 array, with stunning results. I'll never look back. And what a crazy price! When I bought my first one, it was £100 more expensive! If I could I'd buy a third.
4* One other thing
Reviewed by John on 05/11/2012
I forgot to mention - the drive uses less energy than my previous WD scorpio 7200 so now my laptop runs much cooler and the battery lasts about 20% longer
2* If you use this on a MacBook Pro - beware
Reviewed by ajbbucks on 01/08/2012
Recently a number of SSD manufacturer have had to update their firmware due to the SSD initially working ok but after a period, up to 5000 hours, they failed. Now updating firmware is not usually a problem but consider the following steps required to be taken to update the firmware on the Samsung SSD before you purchase it.

A summary of the steps is:

1. The MacBook must be opened up and the SSD removed: not a trivial task;
2. One has to beg or borrow a Windows PC (what respectable Mac user would have a PC in the house?)
3. Magician (Samsung software) needs to be loaded on the friend’s machine
4. Hopefully the PC has spare SATA connectors – otherwise they have to be bought as the cable supplied by Samsung – USB to SATA – cannot be used.
5. Using Magician the total drive contents have to be erased using “Secure Erase”
6. Download the firmware and install using “F/W Update”
7. Fit the SSD back into the MacBook and reinstall the operating system and all software.

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