Controller: Samsung Dual Core MGX. Memory: Samsung 40nm TLC V-NAND

Controller: Samsung 3 Core MEX. Memory: Samsung 19nm Toggle Mode TLC.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 99,026 user samples
72,713 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 117% 177GB free
Worst Bench: 71% 153GB free
Poor: 71% Great: 117%
SPEED RANK: 47th / 814
26,313 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 96% 77GB free
Worst Bench: 56% 65GB free
Poor: 56% Great: 96%
SPEED RANK: 183rd / 814
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
95.5 % Faster effective speed.
79.3 % -20%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
492 MB/s +2% 482 MB/s -2%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
390 MB/s Faster write speed.
317 MB/s -23%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
38 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
36 MB/s -6%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
78.4 MB/s Much faster random write.
57.6 MB/s -36%
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
393 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
327 MB/s -20%
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
33.6 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
20.8 MB/s -62%
Peak Sequential Read Speed
517 MB/s +1% 510 MB/s -1%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
417 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
351 MB/s -19%
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
48.3 MB/s Slightly faster peak random read.
45.8 MB/s -5%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
110 MB/s Faster peak random write.
84.8 MB/s -30%
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
421 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
357 MB/s -18%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
49 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
27.4 MB/s -79%
Market Share
Based on 1,901,058 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
9.1 % Hugely higher market share.
2.7 % -237%
Value For Money
93.1 % Much better value.
69.1 % -35%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
104 % Hugely more popular.
55 % -89%
Price (score)
$98 Slightly cheaper.
$114 -14%
25 Months Much more recent.
42 Months -40%
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
379 MB/s +3% 369 MB/s -3%
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
284 MB/s Faster peak deep queue write.
241 MB/s -18%
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
1,173 Pts Slightly stronger server IO.
1,075 Pts -9%
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
118 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
85 MB/s -39%
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
205 MB/s +5% 196 MB/s -5%
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
200 MB/s Faster deep queue write.
155 MB/s -29%
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
68.4 MB/s Much faster deep queue mixed IO.
48.6 MB/s -41%
250GB 250GB

The 250GB Samsung 850 Evo has a similar architecture to its hugely successful predecessor, the 840 Evo. Both drives are TLC based but the 850 uses 3D V-NAND as opposed to regular NAND. Both drives also feature a Turbowrite cache (TWC) which buffers up to 3GB of writes. The TWC enables high burst write speeds but when the cache exhausts write speeds drop to 300 MB/s. Comparing the 850 and 840 Evos shows that effective speed, has improved by 11% and the warranty has been extended from three to five years but prices are also up by 11%. The 850 Evo does put in superb benchmarks (second only to the 850 Pro) but these are only valid within the TWC. At current price levels the 850 Evo struggles to compete with the value leaders[Dec '14 SSDrivePro]


The Evo is remarkable in that, like the Sandisk Extreme II, it features a second level cache. For the 250 GB Evo this consists of a 3 GB Turbowrite cache (TWC) which is a block of high speed Flash Memory. When the TWC is exhausted write speeds drop by approximately 50% but that won't often happen under typical consumer workloads. In terms of raw performance, even with its cache, the Evo still isn't the fastest drive. With a real world speed index reading of 439 MB/s the EVO is however, within reach of the two speed leaders (Vector and 850 Pro). At a price point of $130 the Evo is around 30% cheaper making it the best value for money SSDs I have seen in 2014. Comparing the Evo and the Sandisk Ultra Plus shows that the Evo is the winner but the Sandisk may be a viable alternative thanks to its cache-free, and therefore more consistent performance during extended writes. [Aug '14 SSDrivePro]


Solid State Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) January 2017 SSD Rankings.

Welcome to our consumer SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed based on real world performance then adjust by cost per GB to yield a value for money rating. Calculated values don't always tell the whole picture so we check them against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors and more to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. Share your opinion by voting. [SSDrivePro]

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Intel Core i7-6700K $330Nvidia GTX 1070 $376Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $98
Intel Core i5-6600K $220AMD RX 480 $200Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $120
Intel Core i7-4790K $339Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $250Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $165
Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $103SanDisk Extreme 64GB $28
WD Black 6TB (2015) $270G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $122SanDisk Extreme 32GB $21
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $50G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $545SanDisk Extreme 16GB $16
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