Samsung's Blazing-Fast 1TB SSD Coming Soon

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Samsung Electronics says it's planning to release an entirely new range of solid state drives this August. According to the firm, the new drives will not only be faster, but they'll also include much higher storage capacities.

A solid state drive (or SSD) is different than your typical hard drive (HD). It includes no actual "disk" or internal motors -- in effect, such devices include no moving parts.

By comparison, traditional, electromechanical hard drives usually include spinning disks.

SSDs Better Than HDs, But Pricy

SSDs use a series of integrated circuit assemblies to store data. This means they're less susceptible to physical shock, produce less noise, and operate faster.

Basically, if you're shopping for a new computer you want a solid state drive rather than a traditional hard drive.

The problem is that such devices are by no means cheap. To keep costs down, hardware manufacturers offer SSDs with lower storage capacities. That's why most laptop computers shipping with SSDs inside come equipped with 128GB or 256GB solid state drives.

Write Speeds 2-3 Times Faster

We don't yet know how much Samsung's new SSDs will cost. What we do know is that the company's "840 EVO lineup" will be between two and three times faster than most SSDs available on the market right now.

That means write speeds peak at about 520MB to 540MB per second. (Source:

The firm also says it's planning to release a new, high-speed SSD with 1 terabyte (TB) of storage space. SSDs with this kind of storage remain quite rare and expensive -- for example, OCZ's 1TB SSD, which went on sale in 2011, still retails for over $2,500.

However, hardware firm Micron, which revealed its own 1TB SSD in January 2013 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, has priced its device at $600. You can expect Samsung's 1TB SSD to be priced closer to Micron's device.

Because a 1TB solid state drive will sound a little too luxurious for many consumers, Samsung also plans to release lower-capacity but new and blazing-fast SSDs -- starting at 120GB. (Source:

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