SSDs or solid state drives are the future of storage, offering high volumes of storage in a significantly smaller profile. Samsung has now made its 750 EVO series of SSDs available around the world, which has a storage capacity of 500 GB. The drives are also available in 120 and 250 GB configurations.
The 750 EVO series of SSDs is reported to leverage Samsung's expertise in NAND technology, offering read speeds of up to 540 MB/s and write speeds of up to 520 MB/s.
"Samsung is committed to constantly evolving and providing high-quality memory solutions that fit general consumer needs," said Un-Soo Kim, the Senior Vice-president of Branded Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics, in a statement. "We have seen high consumer demand for our 750 EVO in the 120GB and 250GB capacities, which have been available in select emerging markets since last year. By adding the 500GB version to the current 750 EVO line-up and supplying the drives to more regions, consumers who need high data consumption will be better served."
The 500 GB SSD is expected to carry a price tag of Rs. 12,999 and will be available for purchase in early June, the company said. The SSDs also come with three-year/100 TB written warranty in over 50 countries.
While SSDs offer amazing performance, there is still a debate on whether the time is right to switch from hard disc drives (HDDs) to SSDs. One of the major factors to take into consideration is the cost. While the prices of SSDs have come down over the years, they are still the more expensive option. While Samsung's own 500 GB laptop hard drive from M8-series features a compact 2.5-inch form factor, the read and write speeds are 84.7 MB/s and 84.6 MB/s, respectively. The hard disc also features a price tag of Rs. 8,000 and can now be picked up for less than half that much.
A viable solution, especially for desktop users, would be to split the load between a low capacity SSD, like the 120 GB version of the 750 EVO, for their operating system and use an HDD for the rest of the files. The 120 and the 250 GB versions of the 750 EVO SSD can cost up to Rs. 4,500 and Rs. 7,350, respectively.