Samsung finally has an 8TB solid-state drive that is ready for the mainstream. The company has unveiled an 870 QVO series of SSDs ranging from ‘just’ 1TB to the flagship 8TB capacity – enough that you may not have to worry about free space for long. It’s a SATA drive limited to peak sequential read and writes speeds of 560MB/s and 530MB/s respectively, but Samsung promises a 13 percent boost in random read speeds across the 860 QVO.
And before you ask, it should take a long time to lose its writing skills despite the quad-level cell flash memory. The 8TB model has been rated for writing endurance of up to 2,880 terabytes. You should completely rewrite the disk 360 times before you get into trouble, to put it another way. That 360-fold endurance also applies to lower-capacity models.
You’ll have to wait and see. The 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB models are available today for $130, $250, and $500 respectively, but the 8TB version doesn’t arrive until August and doesn’t have a price yet. The pricing model suggests it may cost closer to $1,000. That wouldn’t be bizarre for what you get, although it’s certainly not an insignificant purchase.
There is one important point: the competition doesn’t standstill. Sabrent has recently introduced its own 8TB SSD, which is a PCIe drive with much higher transfer speeds. It costs a good $1,500, but the premium may not be as much of a deterrent if you can justify an 8TB SSD in the first place. Samsung’s offer is more for that subset of enthusiasts (and certain pros) who can afford a capable drive, but still have to vaguely control their costs.