Average Bench: 113% (119th of 956)

Based on 612 user benchmarks.  Models: Samsung SSD 860 PRO 256GB, Samsung SSD 860 PRO 256G

The 860 Pro is Samsung’s latest consumer-grade SATA SSD flagship, superseding the popular, but now three years old, 850 Pro. Like the 850 Pro, the 860 Pro is based on Samsung’s proprietary and revolutionary (at the time), MLC V-NAND (3D). A 10% price premium over the 256 GB 850 Pro will purchase the 256 GB 860 Pro which has an impressive 16% faster effective speed. This is achieved via an updated controller (MJX) and 64 layers of V-NAND (versus 32 layers per the 850 Pro). The 860 Pro has sequential speeds of up to 540 MB/s which almost completely saturate its SATA 3.0 interface. These peak levels of performance are slightly higher, but still comparable to the peak performance of the 860 Evo before its SLC write cache (12 GB on the 250 GB Evo) is saturated, making the 860 Evo (at around 30% cheaper) a more economical choice for users who rarely write more than 12 GB at a time. There are also reliability improvements compared to the 850 generation with Samsung now offering a warranty of 300 TBW (terabytes written) for the 256 GB 860 Pro, compared to 150 TBW for the 256 GB 850 Pro. Thanks to higher density NAND, the 860 Pro is also available in a 4 TB variant, whereas previously 2 TB was the largest capacity for a Samsung SATA MLC SSD.  [Feb '18 SSDrivePro]

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Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 860 Pro 256GB averaged 13.1% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 860 Pro 256GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 316MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 50.2MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 860 Pro 256GB is 47%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Samsung 860 Pro 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 405MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 422MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 612 samples)
Min Avg Max
380 Read 477 515
308 Write 439 488
312 Mixed 405 446
234 SusWrite 422 483
98.1% 436 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.3 4K Read 37.9 46.1
50 4K Write 96.6 130
31.7 4K Mixed 50.2 61.4
173% 61.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
41 DQ Read 340 390
117 DQ Write 316 354
54.9 DQ Mixed 316 364
240% 324 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
213GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 369 475 485 488 490 488 MB/s
Read 476
Write 488
Mixed 417
SusWrite 466
104% 462 MB/s
4K Read 45.1
4K Write 124
4K Mixed 61.4
213% 76.9 MB/s
DQ Read 384
DQ Write 342
DQ Mixed 357
269% 361 MB/s
156GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 470 478 480 486 486 486 MB/s
Read 506
Write 486
Mixed 443
SusWrite 481
108% 479 MB/s
4K Read 44.1
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 51.2
192% 69.1 MB/s
DQ Read 335
DQ Write 340
DQ Mixed 346
258% 340 MB/s
88GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 335 358 369 404 431 434 MB/s
Read 477
Write 428
Mixed 402
SusWrite 388
95% 424 MB/s
4K Read 35.7
4K Write 95.4
4K Mixed 47.3
165% 59.5 MB/s
DQ Read 369
DQ Write 314
DQ Mixed 336
253% 340 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,593,501 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $140 @ launch in Jan '18
AmazonUS $10816 mins
BHPhotoUS $10812 hrs
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Typical 860 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 14,602 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 69%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 69%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B350-F GAMING - $115

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 94% - Outstanding Total price: $790

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 Comments

Controller: Samsung MJX. Memory: Samsung 64 layer MLC V-NAND

Speeds are more consistent and sustained, even with heavy workloads and multiple tasks...

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