Average Bench: 104% (103rd of 927)

Based on 228 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 3.6% 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 35MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 37.2MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 860 Pro 256GB is 50.8%. 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 195MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 218MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 228 samples)
Min Avg Max
420 Read 508 530
394 Write 480 503
381 Mixed 497 519
111% 495 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22.3 4K Read 35 44.7
42 4K Write 87.5 124
18.7 4K Mixed 37.2 55.3
147% 53.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
28.9 DQ Read 195 379
68.6 DQ Write 218 344
17.4 DQ Mixed 77.4 138
94% 163 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
117GB free
Firmware: RVM01B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 529
Write 498
Mixed 516
115% 514 MB/s
4K Read 39.5
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 27.4
150% 57.3 MB/s
DQ Read 32.3
DQ Write 329
DQ Mixed 112
107% 158 MB/s
183GB free
Firmware: RVM01B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 519
Write 483
Mixed 498
112% 500 MB/s
4K Read 41.7
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 35.7
164% 60.7 MB/s
DQ Read 41.8
DQ Write 122
DQ Mixed 30.4
38% 64.6 MB/s
135GB free
Firmware: RVM01B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 521
Write 495
Mixed 508
114% 508 MB/s
4K Read 37
4K Write 82.4
4K Mixed 27.3
135% 48.9 MB/s
DQ Read 40.1
DQ Write 96.8
DQ Mixed 27.8
33% 54.9 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 6,774,951 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $140 @ launch in Jan '18
AmazonUS $1245 mins
BHPhotoUS $1243 hrs
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Typical 860 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 6,219 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 126%
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Desktop
Desktop 101%
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Workstation
Workstation 100%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $187

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 91% - Outstanding Total price: $1,653

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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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