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Samsung MZ-5PA256 256GB 2.5" Serial ATA

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Aso known as a solid state disk or electronic disk, this is a data storage device for a computer using integrated circuit assemblies as memory to store data persistently.
internal solid state drives
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Long product name Samsung MZ-5PA256 256GB 2.5" Serial ATA :
The short editorial description of Samsung MZ-5PA256 256GB 2.5" Serial ATA

MZ-5PA256/EU, 256GB SATA II 2.5”

Samsung MZ-5PA256 256GB 2.5" Serial ATA:
The official marketing text of Samsung MZ-5PA256 256GB 2.5" Serial ATA as supplied by the manufacturer
Boost PC performance with Samsung’s SSDs
- Enhance work with 4x faster performance than HHDs
- Realise faster multitasking, booting-up and rendering
- Enjoy the peace and quiet with virtually no noise
- Longer life battery gives you more time to work
- New lightweight design features robust metal case

Samsung’s Solid State Drives are the perfect way to enhance an existing PC. By plugging it in you can upgrade the whole performance, allowing for easier and faster multitasking, booting-up and rendering. You’ll wonder what you ever did without one. Within its stylish new lightweight design, which now features a robust and durable brushed metallic casing, is a quieter and noticeably faster performance. Everything from storing important work files to operating multiple programmes at the same time is effortlessly handled. This SSD is so good that it not only helps you work but also adds a new level of professionalism to your day.

Experience Samsung SSDs, the No. 1 PC upgrade from the world’s leading player
- “Awesome speed,” four times faster than HHDs
- “Outstanding multi-tasking” with no drop in performance
- “Greater performance stability and speed” guaranteed over a long life
- “Longer battery life,” extending your performance envelope

Awesome speed, four times faster than HDDs
How many times have you upgraded your CPU, RAM or hard disk, only to be disappointed when there was no noticeable difference in performance? So instead of rushing out to buy a new PC, try upgrading to a Samsung SSD 470 first. You’ll be amazed at its awesome, unprecedented speed that’s four times faster than legacy HDDs, speeding up everything you do from boot ups, to applications, to data access.

Outstanding multi-tasking with no drop in performance
The Samsung SSD 470 proves its true worth when it comes to multi-tasking. Any hard drive is bound to diminish in speed when tasked with supporting multiple programs at the same time. However, with the Samsung SSD 470, you won’t feel any change in speed. With Samsung’s proprietary SSD technologies, you can download videos, edit pictures, and work on large-capacity PPT and Excel files, all at the same time.

Longer battery life, extending your performance envelope
Why be burdened with the weight of extra batteries, when you’re on the move? With the Samsung SSD 470, you gain an average of 30 minutes extra battery life per charge vs. conventional HDDs. Since it has no moving parts like old-style HDDs, the Samsung SSD 470 consumes a lot less power, resulting in a longer battery life. Needs only one-third the power of an HDD.

No Noise and Low Heat, ideal for quiet use, even in libraries
The Samsung SSD 470 emits virtually no noise or heat compared to legacy hard drives, enabling you to use your laptop even in the quietest of places, with comfort and ease.

Lighter weight, means greater mobility and productivity, wherever you go
Even slim-size notebooks fight the weight battle, due to their oversized HDDs. The Samsung SSD 470, however, is about three times lighter than their HDD counterparts. So put your PC on a diet and upgrade your notebook with a Samsung SSD 470, and go anywhere with ease.
Short summary description Samsung MZ-5PA256 256GB 2.5" Serial ATA:
This short summary of the Samsung MZ-5PA256 256GB 2.5" Serial ATA data-sheet is auto-generated and uses the product title and the first six key specs.
Samsung MZ-5PA256, 256 GB, 2.5", Serial ATA, 250 MB/s, 3 Gbit/s
Long summary description Samsung MZ-5PA256 256GB 2.5" Serial ATA :

Samsung MZ-5PA256. Solid-state drive capacity: 256 GB. SSD form factor: 2.5". Solid-state drive interface: Serial ATA, Read speed: 250 MB/s, Write speed: 220 MB/s, Data transfer rate: 3 Gbit/s

This is an auto-generated long summary of Samsung MZ-5PA256 256GB 2.5" Serial ATA based on the first three specs of the first five spec groups.
Solid-state drive capacity *
The Solid State Drive's data storage capacity.
256 GB
Solid-state drive interface *
The type of interface(s) with which the Solid State Drive is connected to other hardware.
Serial ATA
Read speed *
The speed at which a device can read data.
250 MB/s
Write speed *
The speed at which a device can write data.
220 MB/s
Data transfer rate *
Rate at which data can be transferred. Usually expressed in units per second. May vary with network configurations.
3 Gbit/s
Random read (4KB)
31000 IOPS
Random write (4KB)
21000 IOPS
S.M.A.R.T. support
TRIM support
Mean time between failures (MTBF)
Statistical model used to indicate product/mechanism reliability; expressed in hours and percentage of duty cycle. This number (in hours) does not indicate the mean time before failure for a single unit/mechanism.
1500000 h
Compatible products
Other products that can be used with this product.
R580, R780, RC510, RC710, RF510, RF511, RF710, RF711, RF712, P480, P530, P580, 200B5A, 400B2B, 400B4B, 400B5B
SSD form factor *
Colour of product
The colour e.g. red, blue, green, black, white.
Operating voltage
Defines the range of operating voltages available
5 V
Power consumption (standby)
The amount of electricity that is consumed when the product is on standby.
0.14 W
Power consumption (read)
0.24 W
Power consumption (write)
0.24 W
USB powered
The device can be powered via a USB connection.
Technical details
Operating temperature (T-T)
The minimum and maximum temperatures at which the product can be safely operated.
0 - 70 °C
Operating shock
Environmental requirements for optimal protection from impact in operating mode
1500 G
Weight & dimensions
The measurement or extent of something from side to side.
69.8 mm
The distance from the front to the back of something.
100 mm
The measurement of the product from head to foot or from base to top.
9.5 mm
Weight of the product without packaging (net weight). If possible, the net weight is given including standard accessories and supplies. Please note that sometimes the manufacturer leaves out the weight of accessories and/or supplies.
68 g
Source Testseek summary Average rating
Testseek has collected 53 expert reviews for Samsung MZ-5PA256 and the average expert rating is 81 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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Reg Hardware first reviewed a Samsung SSD - the South Korean giant's first, and a device aimed at computer makers rather than upgrade-hungry punters - way back in March 2009. Rather keen we were on it too. But that was two years ago - how has Samsung m...
Bottom line No matter if you just want a 64GB boot drive or you reckon your whole system will fit on 256GB, Samsung’s latest delivers what it promises and as such, is deserving of a large chunk of your attention. Even if the current Sata limitations cramp your s...
The latest range of SSD's from Samsung is the 470 Series with models available in 64, 128 and 256GB. Today we have the largest model attached to our main test PC and will compare it to models from Intel and OCZ in a selection of synthetic and real worl...
Bottom line Looking first at build quality we have what is one of the highlights of the 470 Series. The brushed metal finish looks great which is ideal for those with case windows and quality Samsung parts are used throughout. For design, well that orange section...
Samsung's 470 series of SSD (solid state disk) devices have been around for a while but just recently Samsung has brought out an improved installation kit that includes a full copy of Norton Ghost 15, which is extremely useful when it comes to migratin...
Good Good performance; helpful utilities that prolong the life of the disk...
Bad Still very expensive...
Bottom line Not the fastest disk available but a good steady performer nevertheless, and the bundled Norton Ghost utility is an excellent inclusion...
It's a peculiarity of the current market for solid state drives that a largely unheralded little outfit known as SandForce makes the dominant SSD controller chipset. Not, perhaps, for much longer. The big boys are fighting back and one of the early sal...
Good Solid spec and performance, Comes with drive-cleaner app for non Win7 users...
Bad Only has a 3Gbps interface, SandForce-powered drives are still faster...
Bottom line It's a peculiarity of the current market for solid state drives that a largely unheralded little outfit known as SandForce makes the dominant SSD controller chipset. Not, perhaps, for much longer. The big boys are fighting back and one of the early sal...
Priced at around £425 (ex. VAT) for the largest-capacity 256GB version (it's also available at 128GB and 64GB capacities), the Samsung 470's top-notch performance only creates a painful conundrum: you want it so badly, yet at the same time there are ma...
Good Light and goodlooking, with great performance, Traditional 2.5in. design works anywhere SATA hard drives are used...
Bad Significantly more expensive than traditional hard drives, Storage capacity caps at only 256GB, Doesn't support the latest SATA 6Gbps data transfer rate...
Bottom line If you want fast energy-efficient, lightweight and durable storage, and don't mind the hefty price, Samsung's 470 SSD delivers outstanding performance.…...
Samsung are a major player in a very wide and varied number of fields … such as TVs and Smartphones. But, behind the consumer brand, they produce a wide range of components including memory and, more recently, solid state drives.Today we are going...
Bottom line Worth considering if it falls below the £300 mark.TypeProduct TypeSolid State DriveDesign2.5″ Form FactorSeries470InterfaceSerial ATAStorageCapacity256GBFeaturesSequential Read SpeedUp to 250MB/s Read SpeedSequential Write SpeedUp to 220MB/s Write Spe...
Samsung is well placed to offer solid-state drives as upgrades for end-users’ computers. The Korean company is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of NAND flash, as well as running huge semiconductor fabs and can thereby engineer its own controlle...
Bottom line The Samsung 470 Series SSD in 256GB capacity is a reasonably well-rounded SATA 3Gb/s drive that should certainly prove a great upgrade for any generation of notebook or desktop PC. It’s not so compelling for bleeding-edge enthusiasts, where its perform...
The SSD market continues evolving. We got our hands on six drives we hadn't yet tested, including Samsung’s 470-series, and ran them through our benchmark suite. All told, this roundup includes a total of 24 SSDs to compare. Which drive is right for yo...
The verdict is in. Enthusiasts who've gotten their hands on an SSD and felt the difference don't want to go back to using a mechanical hard disk as a system drive. The advantages of flash-based storage...
Samsung, memory makers and court room opponents of Apple. Today they stand charged with producing a good quality SSD of the 128GB variety. In the docket is this brushed aluminium drive from the 470 range. Let’s put it through it’s paces and see what...
Bottom line While the Samsung 470 128GB might not have the best random access times we’ve seen in other reviews, it has some solid performance across the board and its price per GB is actually pretty good. TRIM support is excellent suggesting that this drive’s pe...
Bottom line Although SATA 2 has been superseded by SATA 3 many consumers are facing the problem of cost that was evident when SATA 2 first launched. Naturally, as new tech arrive its predecessor product pricing will drop. Thankfully the price of SATA 2 drives are...
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