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Samsung 470 Series MZ-5PA

Samsung 470 Series MZ-5PA
alaScore 90

505 reviews

Apr, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 505 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the usability and reliability, but there are some mixed opinions about the size and value for money.

design, reliability, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Solid-state drive the Samsung 470 Series MZ-5PA is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 505 reviews)

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Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD Review


Samsung has long been a player in solid-state drives, but usually behind the scenes. As one of the largest flash memory makers on the planet, of course, its NAND modules have been used in many SSDs, and it's one of the largest providers of SSDs to...

Competitive performance and price; attractive chassis; strong random writes

Except when compared to 'max IOPS' SandForce drives

Samsung has come out of the gate strong with the 470 Series, its first retail SSD, which offers performance on par with current-gen SandForce-powered drives. Furthermore, its enclosure is the prettiest we’ve seen on an SSD, though that hardly matters...

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Samsung 256GB SSD 470 Series Review


It's not often you find an internal drive where the manufacturer has given obvious thought to aesthetics, but Samsung's new 256GB 470 Series SSD bucks the trend. From its Apple-style packaging to its distinctive casing, the SSD certainly stands out...

Mac performance was less impressive, and the absence of TRIM support under OS X is worth bearing in mind since it will impact longer-term performance, but that’s an issue affecting all SSDs running on Apple machines. With an RRP of $280, the 128GB...

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Samsung SSD 470 Series (128GB)


When you think of solid-state drives (SSDs), Samsung is not the first name to come to mind. But judging by its 470 Series line of SSDs, that might well change soon. Though the line is based on 3Gbps SATA II rather than the newer and faster 6Gbps SATA...

Delivers performance comparable to higher-end drives

Does not support 6Gbps SATA

With its entirely home-grown 470 Series SSDs, Samsung stakes a compelling claim to supremacy in the SSD market.



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Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD Review


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...

A well-built drive which performs at the top of the SATA2 market and offers excellent reliability.

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Samsung 470 Series 256 GB Solid State Drive Review


Although the market is already under the great impression from the new SSDs with SATA-600 interface, we shouldn't forget about the great time-tested products supporting older interface version, which offer excellent performance and therefore are a...

The 256MB SSD from Samsung’s 470 series is quite a surprise to us. One might think that the market is ruled by Intel’s products or by SSDs based on SandForce controllers but that's not true. Some manufacturers have got something up their sleeve such as...

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Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD - Long Term Test Results


Our readers have asked numerous times if we could take a longer term look at an SSD to see how the performance fares over time. We thought the Samsung drive would as good a guinea pig as any. Measurements on a few benchmarks were taken over the course...

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Kingston SSDNow V+100 vs. Samsung 470 Series 256 GB SSD Review


We put two of the latest solid state drives from Kingston and Samsung head-to-head. Let's see which one comes out on top.

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Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD Review


Samsung has released their 470 Series line of SSDs which feature Samsung components exclusively. This is a refreshing change from the legions of SandForce clones out there but can they compete with the best drives we've tested and how will they stand...

Samsung really surprised us with their 256GB 470 Series solid state drive. It performed above expectations on nearly every benchmark and kept pace with the SandForce drives that seem to the darling of the industry right now. Barring more data on...

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Samsung 470 Series 256GB SSD Full Review


Today we take a look at Samsung's newest offering - the 470 Series SSD. This drive sports a new controller with some very promising specs. Our storage guru goes on a seek and destroy mission to see if any weaknesses present in the older generation...

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Samsung's 470 Series solid-state drive


Samsung makes quite a lot of different products. Their name is emblazoned on the plasma television that sits in my living room, my girlfriend's cellphone, and my sister's camcorder. The electronics giant also builds our favorite terabyte hard drive...

In the realm of solid-state drives, Samsung's 470 Series is unique. It's the only one we've seen with Toggle DDR NAND, and the first SSD to hit our labs with dual cache chips. Throw in a fresh controller with potential ARM cores under the hood, and...

Product Specifications


Backup Function: No
Hot Swap Function: No


Ethernet: No
Fibre Channel: No
Firewire: No
Serial ATA: Yes
Ultra ATA: No
Wireless LAN: No

General Features

BUS powered: No
BUS-powered: No
Internal / External:Internal