Average Bench: 105% (134th of 955)

Based on 394 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 4.9% 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 Random Read Speed 35.7MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 113MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 860 Pro 256GB is 52.6%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Samsung 860 Pro 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 213MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 410MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 394 samples)
Min Avg Max
385 Read 503 530
366 Write 471 503
351 Mixed 479 519
107 SusWrite 410 481
105% 466 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22.3 4K Read 35.7 44.6
48.3 4K Write 89.6 122
19.6 4K Mixed 39.2 56.5
152% 54.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
30 DQ Read 213 386
74.3 DQ Write 232 347
20.4 DQ Mixed 113 357
116% 186 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
192GB free
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 351 454 460 464 465 466 MB/s
Read 498
Write 468
Mixed 437
SusWrite 443
104% 461 MB/s
4K Read 40.1
4K Write 86.9
4K Mixed 50.2
171% 59.1 MB/s
DQ Read 386
DQ Write 337
DQ Mixed 355
268% 359 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,531,298 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $140 @ launch in Jan '18
AmazonUS $11720 mins
NeweggUS $11711 hrs
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Typical 860 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 11,701 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 69%
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Desktop
Desktop 75%
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Workstation
Workstation 68%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B350-F GAMING - $117

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 86% - Excellent Total price: $849

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

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