Average Bench: 97.8% (111th of 929)

Based on 47,290 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 2.2% 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 32.6MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 87.9MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB is 50.8%. 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 192MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 212MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 47,290 samples)
Min Avg Max
378 Read 504 529
207 Write 434 502
264 Mixed 453 514
103% 464 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22.3 4K Read 32.6 42.5
47.1 4K Write 87.9 123
18.7 4K Mixed 33.7 49.7
139% 51.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
27.9 DQ Read 192 374
78.7 DQ Write 212 338
18.4 DQ Mixed 83.4 158
95.5% 162 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
180GB free
Firmware: EXM04B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 514
Write 498
Mixed 497
112% 503 MB/s
4K Read 42.6
4K Write 116
4K Mixed 30.8
165% 63.2 MB/s
DQ Read 285
DQ Write 328
DQ Mixed 30.8
100% 215 MB/s
134GB free
Firmware: EXM04B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 517
Write 478
Mixed 414
105% 470 MB/s
4K Read 31.3
4K Write 58.1
4K Mixed 35.6
124% 41.7 MB/s
DQ Read 234
DQ Write 215
DQ Mixed 111
114% 186 MB/s
193GB free
Firmware: EXM04B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 508
Write 500
Mixed 502
113% 504 MB/s
4K Read 33
4K Write 79.5
4K Mixed 23.9
123% 45.5 MB/s
DQ Read 32.7
DQ Write 84.8
DQ Mixed 20.5
27% 46 MB/s
135GB free
Firmware: EXM04B6Q
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 520
Write 483
Mixed 502
112% 502 MB/s
4K Read 33.4
4K Write 81.1
4K Mixed 22.1
122% 45.5 MB/s
DQ Read 29.8
DQ Write 82.4
DQ Mixed 22.1
27% 44.8 MB/s
164GB free
Firmware: EXM02B6Q Max speed: SATA 3.0 600 MB/s
SYSTEM NCQ 4KALIGNED SSD TRIM S.M.A.R.T
Read 490
Write 449
Mixed 452
104% 464 MB/s
4K Read 22.6
4K Write 68.8
4K Mixed 21.3
98% 37.5 MB/s
DQ Read 177
DQ Write 258
DQ Mixed 12.9
67% 149 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,227,843 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $232 @ launch in Jul '14
EbayUS $12519 mins
NeweggUS $1634 months
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Typical 850 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 7,127 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 74% - Very good Total price: $847

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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

7 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


Excellent

12 days ago.

Лучший


Good

12 days ago.

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


Average

1 hr ago.

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


Poor

3 months ago.

Reliable and fast, really fast


Excellent

2 months ago.

Comment 

Line up challengers, I dare you—May '16


Outstanding

3 years ago.


Excellent

3 months ago.

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


Poor

12 months ago.

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


Disliked

11 months ago.

Comment 

Excellent drive very consistent and blazingly fast —Mar '15


Poor

9 months ago.

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


Poor

13 months ago.

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


Outstanding

2 years ago.

10/10 perfect


Excellent

9 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

21 months ago.

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


Excellent

9 months ago.

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


Excellent

6 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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