Samsung SSDs are great, no doubt in that. However, their mainstream SSD lineup, generally, the EVO and EVO Pro are way too costly even for the 500GB drive. This is only about the SATA based drive, NVMe are for the riches. However, last year, Samsung launched its QVO lineup, which has SSD performance but with HDD storage size. This year, they upgraded the size of the SSDs and launched the Samsung 870 QVO lineup with high storage.
Before talking about the product and its specifications, let me tell you the sole difference between the EVO and QVO SSDs. EVO SSDs uses the TLC NAND flash, which are costly to manufacture, but has higher write durability. For example, the 860 EVO has a durability of 2400 TBW (TeraBytes Written) for a 4TB variant. On the other hand, the QVO uses QLC NAND Flash, which are cheaper to manufacture, but has lower write durability. For example the 4TB variant of 860 QVO is around 1400TBW.
Now, back to the topic. Samsung launched its new 870 QVO SSDs with a storage limit of 8TB this year. This year there are going to be 4 configurations – 1TB, 2TB, 4TB and 8TB. Although rumors suggests that the starting price of the 1TB variant is $129, however, Samsung hasn’t officially announced the pricing.
The 870 QVO comes with a second-generation QLC (Quad-Level Cell) which has a RW speed of 560MB/s and 530MB/s respectively. In fact, the performance of the 870 is around 13% better than the 860 QVO, thanks to its larger SLC used as a buffer, because SLC NANDS are way too costly than TLC NAND,
You also get 3-years of warranty support with each SSD variant, or a limited TBW value whichever occurs earlier. The SSDs are available for purchase starting today, however, not every market is getting the SSD right now.
The new update to Samsung Magician updates the version to 6.1, and thus drops support for several older version. That means if you own a older Magician variant, then update it manually.