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SAMSUNG 870 EVO SSD | GEAR REVI EW

This new drive works well with external recording and offers faster speeds than its predecessor HANDS-ON WITH SAMSUNG’S 870 EVO SSD PR I CE £ 39 - £ 396

in random read speed over the previous 860 model, and around 30% improvement when it comes to sustained performance. Random performance really does show up in things like the time it takes to boot up the drive, as well as using applications such as editing programs. It was definitely quick to boot up in our first test, with no waiting. It also has a power- saving sleep mode compatible with devices that support Window’s Modern Standby function. Th drive also supports Samsung Magician and Data Migration software. Magician gives an overview of the drive status and the used volume amount, as well as the availability of updates. The Data Migration software is simple to use and offers an easy upgrade experience for Samsung SSD users. The Samsung 870 EVO starts at £38.79 for the 250GB model and goes up to £395.49 for the largest at 4TB. And, as Samsung makes every SSD component in-house and therefore has confidence in its gear, the 870 EVO also comes with a limited five-year warranty.

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Caddy, which slots into any of the Aussie brand’s monitor/recorders. We put it in a Shogun 7 and used it to record Raw files from a Sony FS5, which are then converted to ProRes Raw in the monitor. The Shogun 7 is capable of Raw at high frame rates of up to 240p in HD, 5.7K ProRes Raw files in SDR or HDR. So it’s a real test of whether a drive proves fast enough to keep up. The 870 EVO was up to the job with ease. The Atomos recognised the drive immediately and it was formatted with no issues, working flawlessly at all settings. There were no issues here with the drive – nor being able to keep up. And when the drive was transferring footage to a desktop hard drive for editing, it was fast and there were no glitches. The 870 EVO features Samsung’s latest V-NAND controller, allowing it to reach the maximum SATA sequential read and write speeds of 560 and 530MB/s respectively. According to Samsung, the 870 EVO offers nearly 38% improvement

s the amount of data that cameras produce continues to increase, owing to escalating

resolutions and bit depths as well as large Raw formats, so does the issue of finding a hard drive that’s suitable. An SSD is essential because of its reliability and fast speeds, but getting hold of large-capacity models has proved problematic and they have often been very expensive. Samsung’s new 870 EVO ticks every box: it is fast, robust and comes in large sizes. It’s also affordable – think £395.49 for the largest 4TB drive, making an all-SSD workflow within reach of most productions. SSDs like this are ideal for use in laptops that use the standard 2.5in SATA interface connection, meaning they are fast enough to edit high-res files on location. They can be used in NAS drives and desktop PCs, too. But perhaps of most interest to filmmakers is using an SSD in an external monitor/recorder. We used a 4TB 870 EVO inside an Atomos

LEFT The unit provides enough oomph for your laptop to be suitable for on location or desktop editing

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SPECI F I CAT IONS INTERFACE: SATA 6GB/S FORM FACTOR: 2.5IN MEMORY: SAMSUNG V-NAND 3-BIT MLC DRAM: LPDDR4 SEQUENTIAL READ/WRITE SPEED: UP TO 560/530MB/S RANDOM READ/WRITE SPEED: RANDOM READ 98K, WRITE 88K IOPS MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE: SAMSUNG MAGICIAN SIZES: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 3TB, 4TB

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