Eight terabytes: Phwoar! You will never have to worry about installing Warzone again. Samsung’s SSDs are some of the best around, with high build quality and excellent write speeds (as you can read in our guide to the best gaming SSDs), with one of their only downsides being the price.
This Black Friday deal on a Samsung 870 QVO SATA III SSD takes care of that, offering $ 168 off its list price of $ 849.99 (a 20% discount). That’s about 8 cents per GB if you keep track.
The drive comes with a three-year warranty and AES-256 encryption. Specifications state that the drive is capable of 560/530 Mbps sequential read / write throughput and up to 98,000/88,000 random read / write IOPS. It doesn’t come with any accessories, although there is Samsung software support (Magician and Migration, available on the company’s website) that helps you monitor, compare, update firmware, and transfer data.
One of the nicest things about the Samsung 870 QVO is the case, which is a bit of a weird thing to say about an SSD, but let’s go. It comes in a 2.5 “7mm SATA form factor with an all-metal casing, which is much nicer than the majority of SSDs and their plastic cases.
Although one thing to note about this drive is that it is made up of QLC NAND. It’s a little different from your more standard TLC or even MLC NAND that you find in higher performance players. The main tradeoff with QLC is that it offers higher capacity in exchange for raw speed. Essentially, once the QLC NAND is in action, this drive will drop dramatically in speed. To overcome this, Samsung chooses to stick SLC NAND into the drive, which means that as long as you don’t try to move too much at once, you won’t feel the effects of that slower QLC.
You can read more about it in our Samsung 870 QVO 1TB review. The 8TB version is actually a bit faster than the one we tested as well.