Samsung Releases 860 QVO SSD: Multi-Terabyte Storage Capacity At Reasonable Prices

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Today, Samsung has unveiled a new consumer solid state drive (SSD) lineup – the Samsung 860 QVO SSD. The new SSD features capacity of up to 4 terabytes (TB) with speeds reaching 550/520 MB/s reads and writes, respectively. The drives are built using their own high-density 4-bit multi-level cell (QLC) NAND flash. Samsung has developed these drives to have higher capacity SSDs be more accessible to the masses (read: less expensive).

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The drives are priced at $149.99, $299.99, and $599.99 for the 1, 2, and 4TB models with pricing rivaling that of less expensive drives TLC drives without DRAM cache, while the 860 QVO includes a full-size LPDDR4 DRAM cache. Controlling the NAND is Samsung’s MJX controller which designed performance around the analysis of consumer SSD usage patterns. According to Samsung, this yields a reliable drive and sports a three-year limited warranty. Write length is up to 1440 terabytes written (TBW) for the 4 TB version and 720/360 TBW for the 2/1TB drives.

Samsung 860 QVO Specifications
Capacity 1 TB 2 TB 4 TB
Form Factor 2.5″ 7mm SATA
Controller Samsung MJX23297843
NAND Flash Type Samsung 1Tb 64 Layer 3D QLC
Sequential Read 550 MB/s
Sequential Writes
(SLC Cache / QLC – MB/s)
520 / 80 520 / 160 520 / 160
Warranty 3 Years
Write Endurance 360 TB 720 TB 14440 TB
MSRP $149.99 $299.99 $599.99

The 860 QVO and its new QLC flash will be available on December 16th 2018.

Joe Shields (Earthdog)


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  1. Thanks for this information. This brings Samsung's quality and performance to the table at approximately the same price as off brand SSDs.
    Always a good sign. Right now the WD Red in my desktop is by far the loudest component, and I realized how impatient I've become trying to run things off of it. Nice seeing I now at least have the option to get the equivalent amount of SSD storage for less than a used Corolla.