Samsung is now offering their 870 QVO SSD at the mouth watering 8TB capacity. The SATA III unit is a standard 2½” 7mm format which will fit most any laptops and desktops. The launch price is $899. I can even connect it to my Apple MacBook using a USB cable.

  • MZ-77Q8T0B/AM
  • 8 TB
  • 2½” 7mm

The 870 QVO is positioned to replace hard disks in the same capacity range. Most laptop hard disks are limited to about 2TB due to the areal density limitations. Machines adopted UEFI with Windows 8 era machines. Windows 8.1 introduced storing the Windows key in the DMI area of the UEFI BIOS. This eliminates the need to enter a key when Windows needs to be installed fresh. Lenovo machines support Bitlocker with a TPM chip which works with Windows.


Machines like the Lenovo laptops in the studio can generally use this SSD. The T400, T500, X220, and X230 all have drive bays that can accept this 870 QVO easily. Only the X230 with its UEFI BIOS can exploit the larger 4TB and 8TB SSD products available. The X220 and X230 have mSATA system volumes so the s870 EVO can used as a data drive successfully. The X230 has DisplayPort but testing it achieves only 1920×1080. 1080p long ago gave way to 4K and more recently 8K displays in larger scale presentations. The huge capacity of the 870 EVO is ideal for video transport and capture as it can handle many hours of shots. Then with Avid Media Composer the editing of the shots can be quickly done. The sky’s the limit with an 8TB SSD then its price is sky high too at $899 MSRP.

Most modern desktop chassis can also use one of the 870 QVO devices as the trays for disks have screw mounts for 2½” media.

RAID users would like the capacity boost as the 8TB SSD is a big step up. SATA SSD servers have long pooled bandwidth to support demanding applications but the server needs a fair bit of RAM as well. Linux does with a 1GB RAM VM, while desktop Windows need 2GB RAM. Exchange Server does not even do well at 4GB RAM. This is why blade servers have 2 processors and 256GB or more RAM. The studio web server has 8GB of RAM and the CPU is overkill too and this site is relatively demanding with thousands of articles.