Average Bench: 97.8% (105th of 921)

Based on 43,764 user benchmarks.  Models: Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256GB, Samsun SSD 850 PRO 256G, Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256G, Samsung SSD 850 PRO, Samsung SSD 850

The 256GB Samsung 850 Pro is the fastest consumer SSD we have seen to date. Thanks to Samsung's new 3D V-NAND the 850 Pro has lower power consumption and better performance, albeit marginally, than both the 840 Evo and 840 Pro. Looking at the benchmark figures for the 840 and 850 Pros shows that the effective performance improvement is 10% whereas the 850 Pro beats the 840 Evo by 16%. These drives effectively saturate SATA 3.0 making it difficult to distinguish between them in day-to-day use. At current prices the 850 Pro is prohibitively expensive, prices need to drop by 15% before it approaches the 840 Pro from a value perspective. Samsung may release a value orientated 850 Evo soon, but for now "most" users are better off with the 840 Pro. [Oct '14 SSDrivePro]

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Excellent average bench

The Samsung 850 Pro 256GB averaged just 2.1% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 32.3MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 86.3MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB is 50.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 196MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 216MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 43,764 samples)
Min Avg Max
378 Read 503 528
213 Write 434 502
285 Mixed 458 514
104% 465 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21.3 4K Read 32.3 43
44.9 4K Write 86.3 121
17.6 4K Mixed 34.1 50.7
138% 50.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
26.6 DQ Read 196 379
70.7 DQ Write 216 339
17.5 DQ Mixed 86.1 163
98% 166 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
9GB free
Firmware: EXM04B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 511
Write 476
Mixed 488
110% 492 MB/s
4K Read 42.4
4K Write 103
4K Mixed 53.3
187% 66.3 MB/s
DQ Read 296
DQ Write 260
DQ Mixed 134
140% 230 MB/s
41GB free
Firmware: EXM02B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 515
Write 486
Mixed 507
112% 503 MB/s
4K Read 32.8
4K Write 89.7
4K Mixed 29.4
135% 50.6 MB/s
DQ Read 32.6
DQ Write 303
DQ Mixed 130
111% 155 MB/s
86GB free
Firmware: EXM02B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 522
Write 465
Mixed 498
110% 495 MB/s
4K Read 34.5
4K Write 90
4K Mixed 24
131% 49.5 MB/s
DQ Read 35.6
DQ Write 257
DQ Mixed 120
100% 137 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 6,402,869 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $232 @ launch in Jul '14
NeweggUS $1631 month
EbayUS $16612 mins
AmazonUS $17521 mins
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Typical 850 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 6,440 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 64%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $909

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 Comments

Controller: Samsung Triple Core MEX. Memory: Samsung 40nm MLC V-NAND

The world's first 3D vertical NAND flash memory...

Added 3 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

19 days ago.

i got this on sale for only a 120 bucks last year with the mounting kit. It is by far the best upgrade anyone can do

Comment 

Awesome drive, own one and can say that coupled with Windows 8.1, the boot speed is virtually instantaneous—Sep '14

Comment 

Besides killer raw speed, Samsung ships Magician software with it that provides additional tuning and longevity options. Fabulous overall package.—Dec '14

Comment 

very impressed with speed compared to the 850 evo which was noticibly slower on my system. I sent the evo back and now all I will buy is 850 pro.—Feb '15

Comment 

Very reliable product, 10 year warranty provides a lot of relief and the rapid discounting in the channel has made this a no brainer—May '15


Good

1 month ago.

It is similar to Evo version, It doesn't deserve the price


Poor

6 days ago.

Simply the best non-M.2 SSD out there..


Poor

30 days ago.

Reliable and fast, really fast


Excellent

23 days ago.

Comment 

Line up challengers, I dare you—May '16


Outstanding

3 years ago.


Average

23 days ago.

jo


Excellent

1 month ago.

Nice one its third i bought from samsung very satisfied :)


Poor

10 months ago.

this expected to be my next ssd unless better ssd will be released the next year.


Poor

7 months ago.

Fastest, most reliable and best performance/price in Denmark Okt. 2015


Disliked

9 months ago.

Comment 

Excellent drive very consistent and blazingly fast —Mar '15


Poor

10 months ago.

One of the fastest SSD I ever have, plus 10 years warranty!


Outstanding

2 years ago.

10/10 perfect


Excellent

6 months ago.

Pure Quality meets good Price. Love this SSD


Excellent

3 years ago.

The 850 PRO is the best SSD there is to date. Lets not forget RAPID mode guys :)


Outstanding

2 years ago.

Can't beat the all-around performance on this.


Outstanding

19 months ago.

Excellent speed. Also after the price drop it is very much worth it.


Excellent

7 months ago.

Been using this drive for years, no performance change, runs like the day I bought it. Definitely recommend.


Excellent

3 months ago.

In use as primary drive since fall 2015. Win 8.1, home use. No issues. User folders relocated to secondary drive.


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