Over the past few months, solid state drives have come down significantly in price, making them much more cost effective than they’ve been previously. Today, we are going to look at one of Samsung’s latest SSDs, the 830 Series 256 GB, to see how it fares against the competition.

As a result of the recent SSD price reductions, many users may consider opting for a larger drive for their system. For the majority of users, a 256 GB unit will have ample room for installing a variety of programs and games and will be capacious enough to use in a laptop without the need for a supplementary mechanical drive for storage.

Before proceeding, we highly suggest that you read our “Anatomy of SSD Units” tutorial which provides all the background information you need to know about SSDs. Both of the SSDs featured in this review use MLC memory chips.

Samsung 830 Series 256 GB SSD ReviewFigure 1: The Samsung 830 Series 256 GB SSD

In the table below, for comparison purposes we are assessing the Samsung 830 Series with the Crucial M4. Both units use a SATA-600 interface and occupy a 2.5” form factor. Prices were researched at on the day we published this review.

Manufacturer Model Model # Capacity Price
Samsung  830 Series  MZ-7PC256  256 GB USD 217
Crucial  M4  CT256M4SSD2  256 GB USD 209

In the table below, we provide a more in-depth technical comparison between the two drives.

Model  Controller  Buffer  Memory 
Samsung 830 Series  Samsung S4LJ204X01-Y040 Samsung K4T2G314QF-MCF7 (256 MB) Samsung K9PFGY8U7A-HCK0 (8 x 32 GB)
Crucial M4  Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2 Micron IED22D9LGQ (256 MB) Micron 29F128G08CFAAB (16 x 16 GB)
Henry has been taking apart computers since the age of 10, which eventually lead to a career in technology journalism. He's written for numerous leading UK technology websites as well as writing advisory articles for Best Buy.