Similar to the 840 Pro, EVO is presented in a small box. The front has a depiction of the drive, along with the capacity and a logo to identify that all components are proudly supplied by Samsung. This logo (Samsung Activated) will appear on all forthcoming Samsung products to reinforce this.
The back of the box details some of the fundamental features and what is included within the box.
Packaging for 840 EVO
Included within the bundle, inside the box are the following items:
• 840 EVO SSD
• Manual & Software CD
• Warrranty Statement Summary
• Installation Guide
• Samsung Activated stickers
Included items within bundle
As last we come to the drive itself. 840 EVO is supplied with a gunmetal external shell which is constructed of steel and with a mat-textured finish. This understated styling helps to coordinate well with other hardware within the computer chassis.
A gunmetal, matt visual appearance[i/]
There are three different versions to choose from: standard, desktop and laptop. The laptop version comes with a spacer for laptops which have larger caddy space and a SATA to USB 3.0 is supplied to perform migrations as fast as possible. The version we are looking at is the desktop variant.
The drive itself is 100 x 69.85 x 6.8 (mm) and weighs a mere 50g.
The reverse of EVO with specifications label
Inside 840 EVO Samsung have given the drive a 3-core MEX controller with 1x nm Toggle DDR 2.0 NAND Flash memory and up to 1GB Samsung Low Power DDR2 SDRAM cache memory. All components inside EVO are supplied directly by Samsung. Unlike other SSD vendors which have to obtain controllers and memory from third parties, Samsung have the unique opportunity to use in-house components and therefore can truly optimise the inner-workings of the drive. Additional to these features is a special TurboWrite buffer. This buffer is a different size for each capacity but for the 750GB model being reviewed we have 9GB buffer size. This buffer enables sustained and consistently high write speeds by transferring data when the drive is idle.
** We are waiting internal pics of EVO - it isn't possible to remove the covers without specialist tools **