The news of Samsung's SSD 840 EVO read performance degradation started circulating around the Internet about a month ago. Shortly after this, Samsung announced that they have found the fix and a firmware update is expected to be released on October 15th. Samsung kept its promise and delivered the update yesterday through its website (download here). The fix is actually a bit more than just a firmware update. Because the bug specifically affects the read speed of old data, simply flashing the firmware isn't enough. The data in the drive has to be rewritten for the changes in the new firmware to take place. Thus the fix comes in the form of a separate tool, which Samsung calls Performance Restoration Software. For now the...

Samsung ATIV Smart PC: Revisiting Clover Trail Convertibles

The Windows 8 tablet space at launch consisted exclusively of Tegra 3-based or Core i5/i7 ULV-based systems. That changed with the release of Krait and Clover Trail tablets like...

60 by Vivek Gowri on 3/18/2013

Samsung's Galaxy S 4: Introduction & Hands On

Since 2010 Samsung has grown to become not only the clear leader in the Android smartphone space, but the largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Its annual iteration of...

209 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/14/2013

Samsung's Unpacked 2013 Launch Event Live Blog

We're live from Samsung's Unpacked event in NYC where the company is about to announce their next-generation flagship smartphone. Keep it parked here for live updates!

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/14/2013

Imagination Technologies Confirms PowerVR SGX 544 IP used in Exynos 5 Octa

ARM was being unusually coy when talking about the GPU IP used in Samsung's recently announced Exynos 5 Octa. We eventually found out why: unlike the Exynos 5 Dual...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/12/2013

Samsung Announces SAFE with KNOX - Security Container for Enterprise BYOD

I talked with Anand about his impressions of the Note 8 after reading his hands on piece, and one thing that struck me was a mention of how Samsung...

3 by Brian Klug on 2/25/2013

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0: Introduction & Hands On

Samsung's goal for 2013 is to see the same success in tablets as it did in smartphones in 2012. It's a lofty goal, but one that is entirely feasible...

31 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/23/2013

Samsung's TV Discovery Service Enables TV to Smartphone/Tablet Streaming

I'm not entirely sure I understand the point of MWC this year if everyone is going to pre-empt the show with announcements of their own (or in the case...

4 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/22/2013

Samsung Details Exynos 5 Octa Architecture & Power at ISSCC '13

At CES this year Samsung introduced the oddly named Exynos 5 Octa SoC, one of the first Cortex A15 SoCs to implement ARM's big.LITTLE architecture. Widely expected to be...

52 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 2/20/2013

Samsung Laptop UEFI Bugs: Not Just for Linux

About ten days ago I posted about a problem with Samsung laptops getting bricked when trying to boot Linux using UEFI. There was a fair amount of commentary on...

16 by Jarred Walton on 2/9/2013

Samsung Laptops Bricked by Booting Linux Using UEFI

Ryan passed this along early this morning (really early for Ryan, seeing that we’re not even in the double digits of the morning hours!), and while this issue is...

42 by Jarred Walton on 1/30/2013

Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa: Powered by PowerVR SGX 544MP3, not ARM's Mali

At CES, Samsung announced its Exynos 5 Octa SoC featuring four ARM Cortex A7s and four ARM Cortex A15s. Unusually absent from the announcement was any mention of the...

43 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 1/13/2013

A Look at Samsung's Curved Smartphone Concept and 4.99-Inch 1080p AMOLED Display

I got a chance to look at some of Samsung Displays' new and upcoming products, probably one of the highlights of my CES 2013 experience. There's a bit to...

25 by Brian Klug on 1/12/2013

Hands on with Samsung's 2013 Notebook Lineup

A few days before the big show, Samsung announced updates to their notebook line, including a new Series 7 ultrabook and a redesigned Series 7 Chronos. As someone who...

6 by Vivek Gowri on 1/12/2013

Hands On with Samsung Galaxy S 2 Plus - Contains BCM28155 SoC

Earlier in the week Samsung announced the Galaxy S 2 Plus, a rather strange late-cycle update to the SGS2. The device is pretty much what you'd expect, and contains...

10 by Brian Klug on 1/11/2013

The ARM vs x86 Wars Have Begun: In-Depth Power Analysis of Atom, Krait & Cortex A15

Late last month, Intel dropped by my office with a power engineer for a rare demonstration of its competitive position versus NVIDIA's Tegra 3 when it came to power...

140 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/4/2013

Samsung ATIV Tab Review: Qualcomm's First Windows RT Tablet

Clover Trail was late by about a month to the Windows 8 launch. Most of the traditional PC partners were delayed either by Intel or by burdens of their...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/3/2013

Samsung Acquires SSD Caching Company NVELO

This came out of the blue. Samsung announced their intent to acquire NVELO, known for their Dataplex SSD caching software. Price or specific timeframe of the acquisition have not...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 12/16/2012

Samsung Explains The Firmware Bug Causing The Failures of SSD 840/840 Pro

We've been covering the issues surrounding Samsung's SSD 840/840 Pro lately. The issue was first discovered when Anand's pre-production review sample died during testing and we also noted that...

56 by Kristian Vättö on 12/7/2012

Exploring the Relationship Between Spare Area and Performance Consistency in Modern SSDs

When we reviewed Intel's SSD DC S3700 I started looking at consistency of IO latency, an area that Intel's latest controller specifically targeted for significant improvement. In our review...

132 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/4/2012

Update on Samsung SSD 840/840 Pro Failures

In our review of Samsung's SSD 840 Pro I noted that my drive died shortly after I completed testing. Samsung sent me a replacement, which also stopped working (although...

45 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/28/2012

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