- July 7, 2015 at 2:46 pm #70764Lil’ ½ DeadMember
Where are all the 2TB SSDs? It’s a question we’ve been hearing since they started to go mainstream seven years ago. While we have seen a few come along on the enterprise side as far back as 2011, those were prohibitively large, expensive, and out of reach of most consumers. Part of the problem initially was one of packaging. Flash dies simply were not of sufficient data capacity (and could not be stacked in sufficient quantities) as to reach 2TB in a consumer friendly form factor. We have been getting close lately, with many consumer focused 2.5″ SATA products reaching 1TB, but things stagnated there for a bit. Samsung launched their 850 EVO and Pro in capacities up to 1TB, with plenty of additional space inside the 2.5″ housing, so it stood to reason that the packaging limit was no longer an issue, so why did they keep waiting?
The first answer is one of market demand. When SSDs were pushing $1/GB, the thought of a 2TB SSD was great right up to the point where you did the math and realized it would cost more than a typical enthusiast-grade PC. That was just a tough pill to swallow, and market projections showed it would take more work to produce and market the additional SKU than it would make back in profits.
The second answer is one of horsepower. No, this isn’t so much a car analogy as it is simple physics. 1TB SSDs had previously been pushing the limits of controller capabilities of flash and RAM addressing, as well as handling Flash Translation Layer lookups as well as garbage collection and other duties. This means that doubling a given model SSD capacity is not as simple as doubling the amount of flash attached to the controller – that controller must be able to effectively handle twice the load.
With all of that said, it looks like we can finally stop asking for those 2TB consumer SSDs, because Samsung has decided to be the first to push into this spaceJuly 7, 2015 at 3:40 pm #86273Steve-OParticipant
Good stuff…….thanks Kev!July 7, 2015 at 11:28 pm #86286tobyMember
I have not yet tried out an SSD. Although from what I have read, I am a little scared of the Samsung models because of firmware issues. They seem to be the main company with these problem besides maybe kingston doing a bait and switch with their specs.July 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm #87492Sir-diealotParticipant
I have not yet tried out an SSD. Although from what I have read, I am a little scared of the Samsung models because of firmware issues. They seem to be the main company with these problem besides maybe kingston doing a bait and switch with their specs.
I have had my Samsungs since 4/3/2014 and not a single problem.August 15, 2015 at 7:58 am #88339Jpower99Participant
I also had my samsung 840 EVO since 09/2014 updated to latest firmware with no problems at all.September 22, 2016 at 5:27 pm #92815moonbugParticipant
Finally 2TB, I just need the doe to afford it,September 22, 2016 at 5:35 pm #92821YesParticipant
I use 3 of them currently and recommend them all the time. the performance VS price is one of the best around. never had any problems either. I think they get better as they evolve each day! Love to get my hands on this one!September 22, 2016 at 10:15 pm #92863GioppeParticipant
Samsung is doing nice things.September 22, 2016 at 10:18 pm #92866fwreed3Participant
Dang! this looks good! I could use that SSD asap!September 23, 2016 at 12:40 am #92884Hotair10Participant
I could only dream of having a 2TB+ SSD.
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