Average Bench: 93.6% (231st of 1011)

Based on 33,551 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 6.3% 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 140MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 38.7MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB is 55.1%. 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 296MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 305MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 33,551 samples)
Min Avg Max
347 Read 461 511
134 Write 370 485
214 Mixed 296 362
81.1 SusWrite 305 478
80.2% 358 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22.4 4K Read 30.5 36.5
44.1 4K Write 85 116
27.2 4K Mixed 38.7 47.6
141% 51.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
189 DQ Read 337 386
123 DQ Write 258 334
88.7 DQ Mixed 140 175
148% 245 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
73GB free
Firmware: DXM06B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 476 484 485 485 487 487 MB/s
Read 471
Write 299
Mixed 342
SusWrite 484
90% 399 MB/s
4K Read 36.9
4K Write 116
4K Mixed 47
177% 66.6 MB/s
DQ Read 378
DQ Write 318
DQ Mixed 145
164% 280 MB/s
238GB free
Firmware: DXM05B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 454 466 468 472 473 472 MB/s
Read 508
Write 485
Mixed 329
SusWrite 468
101% 447 MB/s
4K Read 36.8
4K Write 86.3
4K Mixed 44.6
159% 55.9 MB/s
DQ Read 375
DQ Write 339
DQ Mixed 171
179% 295 MB/s
117GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM05B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 425 461 457 457 459 453 MB/s
Read 461
Write 432
Mixed 290
SusWrite 452
92% 409 MB/s
4K Read 31.1
4K Write 85.3
4K Mixed 41.9
146% 52.8 MB/s
DQ Read 378
DQ Write 295
DQ Mixed 149
162% 274 MB/s
194GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM03B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 349 410 409 305 304 294 MB/s
Read 472
Write 382
Mixed 266
SusWrite 345
82% 366 MB/s
4K Read 32.9
4K Write 81.7
4K Mixed 39.9
144% 51.5 MB/s
DQ Read 278
DQ Write 256
DQ Mixed 124
132% 220 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $203 @ launch in Oct '12
AmazonUS $901 month
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Gaming 49%
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Desktop 67%
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Workstation
Workstation 46%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI HERO - $190

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 41% - Average Total price: $972

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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 6 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

4 months ago.

Owning it for almost 6 Years, still running very fast


Good

15 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

13 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

3 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?


Very good

6 years ago.

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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.

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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