Samsung’s new 4TB SSDs will be cheaper than ever before

Samsung Starts Mass Producing 4-Bit Consumer SSDs

Samsung Announces 4TB QLC SSDs For Consumers |

He added that 4-bit terabyte-SSD products will now rapidly spread throughout the entire market.

Nearly all storage manufacturers are pushing higher in capacity, with Seagate unleashing a line of Barracuda SSDs earlier this year using 3-bit QLC chips.

But Samsung's new line of SSDs might change that. HotHardware said the 1TB model "performed well" at low queue depths and "actually finished near the top of the pack in 4K QD1 transfers", while PCWorld praised the drive as the "best of the bargain NVMe SSDs", save for a concerning drop in write speeds in situations most users are not likely to encounter.

Samsung says it also hopes to use the technology to produce 128GB memory cards for smartphones.

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The hype surrounding recent 4-bit quad-level cell (QLC) NAND flash memory chip announcements has been that they will lead to bigger capacity and more affordable solid state drives. Samsung plans on introducing 2TB and 4TB capacities in the 2.5-inch form factor later this year as well.

Created to increase the capacity available from each NAND chip, QLC is a form of multi-level cell technology which allows four individual bits per memory cell - vastly increasing capacity over the company's existing triple-level cell (TLC) equivalent.

The new 4-bit (QLC, quad-level cell) SATA SSD drives are "expected to bring a new level of efficiency to consumer SSDs". Each one will also come with a three-year warranty.

And Samsung reckons this SSD tech will filter through the rest of the memory world, which could yield cheaper high-capacity SSDs for consumers. Probably not, yet. Price could be the spark that sets off the storage revolution, but at the moment Samsung isn't giving that vital piece of info away. In the upcoming 4TB drive, Samsung says that 32 of the aforementioned V-NAND chips are utilised.

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