Samsung announced the first QLC flash SSD 860 QVO: 1TB at $149.99

Samsung Electronics has just officially released a new generation of 860 QVO series solid state drives, which is Samsung’s first QLC flash drive for the consumer market, officially claiming to bring “cheap multi-terabyte solid-state storage.”

Samsung 860 QVO SSD adopts the traditional 2.5-inch disc specification. The internal is Samsung’s independent MJX Controller, Samsung’s self-produced V-NAND QLC flash granules, the capacity starts directly at 1TB, and there are 2TB, 4TB, respectively equipped with 1GB, 2GB, 4GB LPDDR4 cache…

The performance is limited by the SATA 6Gbps standard. The continuous read and write is up to 550MB/s, 520MB/ s, and the random read and write is up to 97000 IOPS and 89,000 IOPS.

Samsung announced the first QLC flash SSD 860 QVO

QLC’s reliability and longevity have caused many people to worry about it. The indicators given by Samsung 860 QVO are really not high: 1TB, 2TB, 4TB lifetime writes are 360TB, 720TB, 1440TB, providing a three-year warranty, which is almost the same. Write once every three days.

But on the other hand, the capacity of these QLC SSDs is large enough, 1TB writes 0.3 times a day, which is equivalent to 256GB 1.2 times a day, which is more than enough for 99% of ordinary users.

More importantly, the price is really low. The official suggested retail price of 860 QVO 1TB is 149.99 US dollars. While the 2TB variant will cost $299.99 and 4TB is available at $599.99


Also according to Samsung’s previously public news, its QLC flash SSD will also have 980 QVO series, adopt M.2 specifications and support NVMe. However, Samsung has not announced an M.2 version of the 860 QVO, yet too.

Key Specifications

Category Samsung 860 QVO
Interface SATA 6 Gbps
Form Factor 2.5-inch
Storage Memory Samsung V-NAND 4-bit MLC
Controller Samsung MJX Controller
2GB LPDDR4 for 2TB
1GB LPDDR4 for 1TB
Capacity 4TB, 2TB, 1TB
Sequential Read/Write Speed Up to 550/520 MB/s
Random Read/Write Speed Up to 97K/89K IOPS
Management Software Magician Software for SSD management
Total Bytes Written 1,440TB (4TB)
720TB (2TB)
360TB (1TB)
Warranty Three (3) Year Limited Warranty[2]