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 More and more new computers are being equipped with the lightning-fast M.2 SSDs, but the good old SATA SSDs are still very popular, especially when upgrading older computers. With the 870 EVO, Samsung has now launched a successor to the extremely popular 860 EVO and it scores with a little more speed, consistency and a long guarantee period.

SATA SSDs have their place, even if the much faster M.2 SSDs are more and more popular. Especially with older computers, they are a great replacement for the SATA HDDs, which are now too slow, especially as a system drive to get Windows and possibly important and complex programs or games running properly without having to build a new computer. The SSDs, which are intended for internal operation, can even be used as external drives. They almost reach their full speed via a USB-C-SATA adapter.


The Samsung 860 EVO has been a fixture among the SATA SSDs lately and enjoyed enormous popularity. With the 870 EVO, there is now a successor that should offer a little more speed and fully exploit the technically maximum possible speed of the SATA interface.

The Samsung 870 EVO is available in four sizes, some with very interesting prices. The small 250GB variant is already available for 39.90 euros, the frequently used 500GB variant costs 69.90 euros. If you want to retire your HDDs right away, you will find suitable alternatives with the variants 1TB (139.90 euros), 2TB (269.90 euros) and 4TB (549.90 euros), which are not only Windows, but also most of the Stash games and media collections. The limited manufacturer's guarantee of five years is impressive. Depending on the model, up to 2,400 TBW (terabytes written) are achieved, smaller ones correspondingly less.

As before, it is a SATA III SSD in 2.5-inch format and purrs best on a SATA 6GB interface. The 870 EVO offers maximum sequential read and write speeds of up to 560 or 530 MB / s and that works out quite well. Our practical values ​​were only slightly below this. The SSD relies on the in-house MKX controller with Samsung V-NAND 3bit MLC of the sixth generation. The Intelligent TurboWrite technology with a variable SLC buffer promises even data transfer and that also works well.


Back at the top of the food chain

Samsung is again relying on in-house technology and with the 870 EVO delivers a more than worthy successor to the popular 860 EVO. The speed is good, as is the consistency of reading and writing, and the five-year guarantee is an additional incentive to rely on the 870 EVO. This means that Samsung remains at the top of the currently available SATA SSDs and does not allow itself to be stolen from bread.