Average Bench: 69.8% (504th of 959)

Based on 8,325 user benchmarks.  Models: SAMSUNG SSD 830 Series, SAMSUNG SSD PM830 FDE 2., SAMSUNG SSD PM830 2.5" 7, SAMSUNG SSD 830, SAMSUNG SSD 830 Seri

Almost two years old, the Samsung 830 is one of the oldest SSD's in the group test. The 830 has a reasonably consistent performance profile scoring slightly above average (446 MB/s) for real world use and slightly below average for server use. In all probability the 830 is nearing its end of life and as a result is retailing for approx £50 more than it was just a few months ago. Owners of this drive should feel no pressure to upgrade as the real world performance gains will not be significant but people looking to make a new purchase should steer clear as at its current price of £180 there are far better deals to be had elsewhere. [Apr '13 SSDrivePro]

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Above average average bench

The Samsung 830 256GB averaged 30.1% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 132MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 259MB/s

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 830 256GB is 38.5%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Samsung 830 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 93.1MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 251MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 8,325 samples)
Min Avg Max
328 Read 437 497
165 Write 300 395
171 Mixed 251 298
118 SusWrite 272 389
70.3% 315 MB/s
Min Avg Max
13.5 4K Read 20.1 24.1
34.6 4K Write 56.7 75.6
17.2 4K Mixed 24 29.3
91.3% 33.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
23.1 DQ Read 259 296
58.1 DQ Write 93.1 108
26.6 DQ Mixed 132 158
109% 161 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
186GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXM03B1Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 396 404 398 393 399 398 MB/s
Read 465
Write 400
Mixed 278
SusWrite 398
86% 385 MB/s
4K Read 19.8
4K Write 76
4K Mixed 24.9
102% 40.2 MB/s
DQ Read 294
DQ Write 105
DQ Mixed 155
126% 185 MB/s
113GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXM03B1Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 376 361 351 335 330 320 MB/s
Read 459
Write 399
Mixed 286
SusWrite 346
84% 372 MB/s
4K Read 21.5
4K Write 75
4K Mixed 27.7
108% 41.4 MB/s
DQ Read 292
DQ Write 107
DQ Mixed 154
126% 185 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 9,101,861 SSDs tested.

Typical 830 256GB Builds (Compare 9,021 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 59%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 62%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski

Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 - $167

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 68% - Good Total price: $830

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 Comments

Controller: Samsung 3-core MCX. NAND: Samsung 27nm Toggle Mode MLC

Faster. More reliable. Design that delivers...

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Below average

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Very good

6 years ago.

This is fantastic SSD by Samsung. It's not quite as good as some of the competition (Kingston HyperX or Sandisk Extreme SSD) at handling heavy IO loads. That said there is not a lot separating these top rated SSD's anymore and unless your usage pattern includes heavy simultaneous IO this drive will offer better sequential write performance at a slightly lower price.


Excellent

16 months ago.

My first SSD. Still working like a charm. Will stick to Samsung until it dies.


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