Average Bench: 90.4% (309th of 1058)

Based on 94,774 user benchmarks.  Models: Samsung SSD 840 EVO 120GB, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 1, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 120G, Samsung SSD 840 EVO

The 120GB Evo, like its 250GB sibling, features a second level Turbowrite cache (TWC). This 3GB block of high speed SLC memory allows the Evo to write data at 370 MB/s, nearly double its normal rate. When the TWC is full write speeds drop by around 50% but since consumers generally write less than 3GB in a typical write operation, the performance drop will rarely be noticed. On the other hand, in a server environment this sort of performance degradation would be unacceptable. Comparing the 120GB and 250GB Evos shows that they have similar performance profiles. The performance equivalence between the different capacities, coupled with the fact that their prices are almost linear, implies that both capacities represent roughly the same value for money. Within its TWC, the 120GB Evo is capable of chart topping burst IO rates and it sits squarely amongst the best performing 120GB drives. [Aug '14 SSDrivePro]

Excellent average bench

The Samsung 840 Evo 120GB averaged just 9.5% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 840 Evo 120GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 158MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 45.4MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 840 Evo 120GB is 45%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Samsung 840 Evo 120GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 136MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 315MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 94,774 samples)
Min Avg Max
364 Read 462 504
293 Write 404 487
241 Mixed 315 389
52.8 SusWrite 136 179
73.5% 329 MB/s
Min Avg Max
24.2 4K Read 38.4 46
40.4 4K Write 85.1 114
27.1 4K Mixed 45.4 54.5
161% 56.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
162 DQ Read 329 381
105 DQ Write 292 362
74.1 DQ Mixed 158 181
160% 260 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
48GB free
Firmware: EXT0DB6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 348 145 145 145 145 145 MB/s
Read 499
Write 477
Mixed 336
SusWrite 179
83% 373 MB/s
4K Read 46.2
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 54.8
200% 71.5 MB/s
DQ Read 365
DQ Write 315
DQ Mixed 172
175% 284 MB/s
59GB free
Firmware: EXT0DB6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 337 144 144 144 144 144 MB/s
Read 486
Write 319
Mixed 331
SusWrite 176
73% 328 MB/s
4K Read 43.4
4K Write 104
4K Mixed 51.2
186% 66.1 MB/s
DQ Read 352
DQ Write 311
DQ Mixed 173
173% 279 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 49,340,610 SSDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $95 @ launch in Jul '13
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EbayUS $20015 mins
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Typical 840 Evo 120GB Builds (Compare 7,523 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 49%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z87-G45 GAMING (MS-7821) - $242

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 70% - Good Total price: $796

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 Comments

Controller: Samsung 3 Core MEX. Memory: Samsung 19nm Toggle Mode TLC

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17 months ago.

Fast and Cheap SSD for a great price


Excellent

3 years ago.

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Good for general purpose use - best compromise between Price and performance. I have bought over 20 of these to retrofit into Laptops and desktop pc's to give a performance boost especially with a clean Windows 8.1 install. Makes a cheap Celeron Laptop fly like a new core i5 laptop with a standard electro-mechanical Hdd. PC World will not sell computers with SSD's in because if people savvy the huge performance boot you get with an SSD they will just buy a cheap sub £200 laptop and clone the disk to an SSD. Dell hike their prices to fit a 250GB SSD when you buy a new PC by £350 - WHAT A RIP OFF, No wonder they are going out of business. The 250GB and 500GB Samsung SSD's are equally good - recommended in fact. I have bought all of these in some quantity.—Oct '14


Excellent

2 years ago.

best performance for this price


Good

5 years ago.

Price vs Performance that drive is perfect


Good

4 years ago.

i love this ssd, still fast on my old laptop with SATA 2.


Good

4 years ago.

Super Fast and Price is exelent


Good

5 years ago.

Works really great. I've had it for 3 months already and had no troubles with it. It's fast and cheap. My 4 year old HP DV7-3180us feels like new with it.


Excellent

4 years ago.

my first samsung ssd. very good performance and price.


Above average

7 years ago.


Excellent

1 month ago.

Top of the pack back in the day: I purchased this baby at nearly 1€/GB possibly as far back as 2014. This workhorse was my Windows and Linux boot drive, and code compilation drive for several years. It absorbed everything I could throw at it through the SATA 3 bus, but given its capacity, at its peak and end-of-use, it didn't run very many of my programs beyond Windows, Steam, Firefox, and similar relatively small software you'd launch and use often. Could I have lived without it? No doubt. Would I say it was a good purchase way back when? Absolutely. Only downside were abysmal read speeds with the old firmware -- After a few months (years?) of data sitting there untouched, the read speeds would plummet to HDD levels. Thankfully a firmware update fixed this, possibly at the cost of endurance, but, even after abusing the drive much more than the average consumer would, I never even got close to Samsung's rated endurance.


Good

6 years ago.

Low price , higher access , more faster !


Excellent

2 years ago.

Had this in my system for 5 years now. It didnt lose any performance or gave me any errors. Its still a fast little OS SSD and is still supported via software from samsungs side.


Excellent

7 years ago.

This SSD is perfect.


Excellent

6 years ago.

awesome ssd


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