The Samsung 840 Pro was the last SSD standing in The Tech Report's experiment with a final score of over 2.4 petabytes written. Granted, only one (or two in the case of the Kingston HyperX) of each model participated, which means that one unit could have been top of its batch and another could have been bottom — and can simply never know. What it does say, however, is that you really should not be worried about writing your SSD to death under normal (or even modestly abnormal) conditions.
This almost looks like one of our Frame Rating charts.
Again, that whole warning (above) about “this could be 100% binning luck” still holds true. Even so, here is the final ranking of contestants!
- Samsung 840 Pro (256GB)
- Kingston HyperX 3K (240GB with Compression)
- Corsair Neutron GTX (240GB)
- Samsung 840 (No Suffix and 250GB)
- Intel 335 (240GB)
- Kingston HyperX 3K (240GB)
The Tech Report notes that the Samsung drives did not warn users through SMART as much as their competitors. In both cases, death from write wearing was abrupt, albeit far into the future. I'd wonder what is next for them, but part of me expects that they never want to run anything like this again.