Samsung is bringing cheap 4TB SSD drives to the masses

Aug 8, 2018

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Samsung is bringing cheap 4TB SSD drives to the masses

Aug 8, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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SSDs have been creeping up in capacity and creeping down in price over the last few years. It, perhaps, isn’t happening at the same pace we saw with mechanical hard drives, but it is happening.

SSDs are the storage medium of choice when you need fast access to files – like when booting up your operating system or loading software. But they’re prohibitively expensive for most. Samsung plans to change that with new 4TB SSDs designed not cloud storage or enterprise level application, but for consumer end users.

The new drives will offer up to 540MB/sec read speed and 520MB/sec write speed. Plenty fast enough for all but the most demanding of users. Designed to bring big SSD storage to the masses, it will also become available in 2TB and 1TB varieties using the standard 2.5″ form factor.

Samsung’s new 4-bit SATA SSD will herald a massive move to terabyte-SSDs for consumers. As we expand our lineup across consumer segments and to the enterprise, 4-bit terabyte-SSD products will rapidly spread throughout the entire market.

– Jaesoo Han, EVP of memory sales & marketing at Samsung Electronics

Samsung’s existing 860 EVO 4TB SSD costs over $1,000. For many enterprise-level customers, this isn’t a massive outlay for the benefits it can bring. But for many small businesses, freelancers and general consumers, that drive may cost more than the actual computer it’s going inside. It’s just too cost-prohibitive. Compared to the cost of a 4TB mechanical hard drive at around $100.

Pricing and release date information is yet to come, but Samsung is going to need to really bring the price on these new drives down below current 860 levels to make them as viable as Samsung seems to suggest they will become for average consumers.

[via Engadget]

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8 responses to “Samsung is bringing cheap 4TB SSD drives to the masses”

  1. Liam Avatar
    Liam

    Please learn proper english my friend, I believe you mean inexpensive not cheap in your headline !

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Given that I’m from England, I already understand it pretty well. Both “inexpensive” and “cheap” are valid terms, and both are relative and subjective. Either word is fine.

      1. Chainsaw Charlie Avatar
        Chainsaw Charlie

        Well, i’m not from England, but “cheap” usually means “low price and low quality”, while “inexpensive” usually means “not expensive”. So, although both “inexpensive” and “cheap” are valid terms, not both of them are suitable.
        But, as i’ve said, i’m not from England, so … what do i know.

        1. Kaouthia Avatar
          Kaouthia

          Well, the actual definition is…

          “1. low in price, especially in relation to similar items or services.”

          That says nothing about quality.

          1. tango999 Avatar
            tango999

            Cheap has more THAN one meaning…., you just copied and pasted what you needed for your stance..Maybe you should look at the rest of the definitions…..

            a : of inferior quality or worth : tawdry, sleazy cheap workmanship
            b : stingy My uncle was too cheap to pay for dinner.
            c : contemptible because of lack of any fine, lofty, or redeeming qualities feeling cheap I felt cheap, full of shame and guilt

          2. Kaouthia Avatar
            Kaouthia

            Yes, I posted the one that applies to the context in which the word was used. The one that demonstrates the word was used correctly. The other definitions do not really matter.

            What the word means to you, and whether or not you understand the concept of context is an entirely personal issue. :)

          3. apollos pirlo Avatar
            apollos pirlo

            well said Kaouthia, definition is exact, subjuction is just that., a compromise to the absolute. defined = completeness,

  2. Araba Yeah Avatar
    Araba Yeah

    Love this!!