Samsung launched a broadside at SSD competitors when it came to market with an all-new controller in the 840 Pro drive. Powered by an ARM-based MDX chip and sticking its nose up at all the SandForce-driven drives, our review has shown the 512GB model to be rather speedy in practically all drive-thrashin' benchmarks. The Korean giant understands that it has a premium drive on the market and prices it accordingly. The 256GB model retails at £185, which translates to a 30 per cent surcharge over the cheapest SF-2281 SSDs. But Samsung also knows that it needs to retain hold of the mainstream market, especially after the success of the well-reviewed 830 Series SSD. What's needed, then, is a natural successor to the 830, both in terms of performance and price. Samsung 840 Series, please step forward. Samsung produces three drives in the 840 Series line-up: 120GB, 250GB and 500GB. For the interests of mass-market comparison, we've listed the two mid-capacity SSDs from the 840 and 840 Pro families.
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