Average Bench: 77.5% (284th of 921)

Based on 46,595 user benchmarks.  Models: Samsung SSD 840 EVO 120GB, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 1, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 120G, Samsung SSD 840 EVO

The 120GB Evo, like its 250GB sibling, features a second level Turbowrite cache (TWC). This 3GB block of high speed SLC memory allows the Evo to write data at 370 MB/s, nearly double its normal rate. When the TWC is full write speeds drop by around 50% but since consumers generally write less than 3GB in a typical write operation, the performance drop will rarely be noticed. On the other hand, in a server environment this sort of performance degradation would be unacceptable. Comparing the 120GB and 250GB Evos shows that they have similar performance profiles. The performance equivalence between the different capacities, coupled with the fact that their prices are almost linear, implies that both capacities represent roughly the same value for money. Within its TWC, the 120GB Evo is capable of chart topping burst IO rates and it sits squarely amongst the best performing 120GB drives. [Aug '14 SSDrivePro]

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Good average bench

The Samsung 840 Evo 120GB averaged 22.5% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 840 Evo 120GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 35.9MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 473MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 840 Evo 120GB is 33.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Samsung 840 Evo 120GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 41.5MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 145MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 46,595 samples)
Min Avg Max
374 Read 473 502
229 Write 315 351
179 Mixed 311 343
81.1% 366 MB/s
Min Avg Max
23.9 4K Read 35.9 44.3
29.7 4K Write 56.8 77.8
11.7 4K Mixed 19.3 24
109% 37.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
31.1 DQ Read 188 353
46.5 DQ Write 145 238
13.7 DQ Mixed 41.5 67.8
64.9% 125 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
7GB free
Firmware: EXT0AB0Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 501
Write 282
Mixed 305
80% 363 MB/s
4K Read 44.9
4K Write 74.5
4K Mixed 24.7
139% 48 MB/s
DQ Read 367
DQ Write 234
DQ Mixed 67.9
113% 223 MB/s
84GB free
Firmware: EXT0DB6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 497
Write 354
Mixed 336
88% 396 MB/s
4K Read 40.3
4K Write 65.1
4K Mixed 23
125% 42.8 MB/s
DQ Read 305
DQ Write 184
DQ Mixed 65.5
97% 185 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 6,471,072 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $95 @ launch in Jul '13
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Typical 840 Evo 120GB Builds (Compare 6,291 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 48%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 67%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Jet ski

Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 GAMING (MS-7821) - $242

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $957

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 Comments

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

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10 months ago.

Suffers from severe performance degradation.


Liked

3 months ago.

Comment 

Good for general purpose use - best compromise between Price and performance. I have bought over 20 of these to retrofit into Laptops and desktop pc's to give a performance boost especially with a clean Windows 8.1 install. Makes a cheap Celeron Laptop fly like a new core i5 laptop with a standard electro-mechanical Hdd. PC World will not sell computers with SSD's in because if people savvy the huge performance boot you get with an SSD they will just buy a cheap sub £200 laptop and clone the disk to an SSD. Dell hike their prices to fit a 250GB SSD when you buy a new PC by £350 - WHAT A RIP OFF, No wonder they are going out of business. The 250GB and 500GB Samsung SSD's are equally good - recommended in fact. I have bought all of these in some quantity.—Oct '14


Excellent

29 days ago.

best performance for this price


Good

20 months ago.

Price vs Performance that drive is perfect


Good

11 months ago.

Super Fast and Price is exelent


Excellent

7 months ago.

my first samsung ssd. very good performance and price.


Good

10 months ago.

i love this ssd, still fast on my old laptop with SATA 2.


Good

20 months ago.

Works really great. I've had it for 3 months already and had no troubles with it. It's fast and cheap. My 4 year old HP DV7-3180us feels like new with it.


Above average

3 years ago.


Good

3 years ago.

Low price , higher access , more faster !


Excellent

3 years ago.

This SSD is perfect.


Excellent

3 years ago.

awesome ssd


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