Average Bench: 92.6% (254th of 1016)

Based on 39,565 user benchmarks.  Models: Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series, Samsung SSD 840, Samsung SSD 840 PRO Seri, Samsung SSD 840 PRO

The 840 Pro is stunning. Samsung have created a completely in-house package including both the controller and their own new 21nm toggle mode NAND. On release (Oct '12) this was the fastest performing deep queue depth consumer grade SSD available. Fast forward six months (Apr '13) and the 840 Pro still holds both the random read/write deep queue depth speed records of 384 MB/s and 326 MB/s, impressive considering how fast the SSD space tends to move. There are no obvious weaknesses, in-fact the 840 pro takes first place in nearly all of the speed categories and is only seriously rivalled by one drive, the OCZ Vector. To conclude, in terms of both outright performance, particularly server orientated, and value for money the 256GB and 128GB 840 Pros are amongst the top handful of drives currently available. [Jun '13 SSDrivePro]

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Excellent average bench

The Samsung 840 Pro 256GB averaged just 7.4% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 139MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 38.5MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB is 50.5%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 297MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 308MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 39,565 samples)
Min Avg Max
335 Read 456 509
124 Write 371 483
214 Mixed 297 361
85.3 SusWrite 308 474
80.2% 358 MB/s
Min Avg Max
20.7 4K Read 30.2 36.3
43.6 4K Write 82.7 116
26.5 4K Mixed 38.5 47.9
139% 50.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
103 DQ Read 321 385
110 DQ Write 248 333
71.3 DQ Mixed 139 175
143% 236 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
106GB free
Firmware: DXM06B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 405 407 404 404 402 402 MB/s
Read 506
Write 479
Mixed 354
SusWrite 404
98% 436 MB/s
4K Read 34.8
4K Write 96.2
4K Mixed 43.4
159% 58.1 MB/s
DQ Read 379
DQ Write 331
DQ Mixed 152
169% 287 MB/s
196GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM06B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 401 409 429 429 421 423 MB/s
Read 443
Write 422
Mixed 287
SusWrite 419
88% 393 MB/s
4K Read 27.9
4K Write 84.8
4K Mixed 41.7
141% 51.5 MB/s
DQ Read 380
DQ Write 308
DQ Mixed 142
161% 277 MB/s
238GB free
Firmware: DXM06B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 444 453 452 450 447 451 MB/s
Read 507
Write 448
Mixed 326
SusWrite 450
97% 433 MB/s
4K Read 36.7
4K Write 59.3
4K Mixed 39
137% 45 MB/s
DQ Read 375
DQ Write 162
DQ Mixed 141
138% 226 MB/s
122GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM05B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 183 207 203 199 192 192 MB/s
Read 495
Write 396
Mixed 294
SusWrite 196
77% 345 MB/s
4K Read 31
4K Write 81.5
4K Mixed 39.6
141% 50.7 MB/s
DQ Read 384
DQ Write 288
DQ Mixed 160
168% 278 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $203 @ launch in Oct '12
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Gaming 51%
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Desktop 67%
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Workstation
Workstation 47%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI HERO - $190

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 41% - Average Total price: $1,011

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 Comments

Controller: Samsung 3-core MDX. Flash Memory: Samsung 21nm Toggle Mode MLC

Delivers high speeds for both compressible and incompressible data...

Added 7 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

2 years ago.

Got it a year or so ago and I loved it then and still love it now, though it is a little pricy

Comment 

T61P with win7 64 &, Intel Extreme X9000, 8gb ram, fast ......... verrrry fast. Faster than many new computers. Gives a lot of new life to older PCs.—Sep '14


Excellent

9 months ago.

Owning it for almost 6 Years, still running very fast


Good

20 months ago.

An awesome drive! Going to get one to upgrade my rig!


Good

2 years ago.

Excellent performance and reliability. I already have 5TB traffic over the past year. Performance has not decreased!


Average

18 months ago.

Need to improve a lot on Research and Development . Please don't fool people with your small small improvements .With R&D U can do much better.


Liked

2 years ago.


Liked

2 years ago.

Comment 

though for any practical purpose the EVO is just as good/fast—Sep '14


Poor

4 years ago.

Can someone please explain to me why I get under 1MB/s 4K Mixed IO with my Samsung 840 pro when the average UBM Speed is 21.8MB/s for 4K Mixed IO operations?


Liked

3 years ago.

Comment 

Great drive under normal/light load. Write latency starts to fall apart a bit under sustained loads.—Sep '14


Very good

6 years ago.

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Very good

7 years ago.

This drive, the latest from Samsung, takes SSD technology a small but clear step forward. It excels in the area of deep queue depth 4k random writes where it outperforms all of its direct competition. The brand new and almost impossible to get hold of Plextor M5 is currently the strongest competitor to the Samsung but until prices on the Plextor drop from an astronomical £250, Samsung have an easy win despite not having priced the 840 particularly aggressively themselves.


Excellent

5 years ago.

Just the best 256G SSD for me!


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