Average Bench: 95% (279th of 1071)

Based on 73,119 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]

Excellent average bench

The Samsung 840 Pro 256GB averaged just 5.0% 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 147MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 39.5MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB is 48.5%. 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 303MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 312MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 73,119 samples)
Min Avg Max
359 Read 459 510
138 Write 367 480
215 Mixed 303 368
84.6 SusWrite 312 477
80.7% 360 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22.1 4K Read 31 36.1
44.4 4K Write 85.6 114
26.9 4K Mixed 39.5 47.6
143% 52 MB/s
Min Avg Max
216 DQ Read 346 385
132 DQ Write 262 334
112 DQ Mixed 147 176
153% 252 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
117GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM03B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 165 181 215 203 243 182 MB/s
Read 477
Write 270
Mixed 252
SusWrite 198
66% 299 MB/s
4K Read 30.6
4K Write 73.8
4K Mixed 37.9
134% 47.4 MB/s
DQ Read 375
DQ Write 234
DQ Mixed 134
146% 248 MB/s
93GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM04B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 186 173 166 163 162 167 MB/s
Read 436
Write 268
Mixed 236
SusWrite 170
62% 277 MB/s
4K Read 24.6
4K Write 69.4
4K Mixed 30.7
113% 41.6 MB/s
DQ Read 387
DQ Write 246
DQ Mixed 140
152% 257 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 63,158,347 SSDs tested.

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MSRP ≈ $203 @ launch in Oct '12
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Typical 840 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 2,703 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 41%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 32%
Sail boat

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $673

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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 10 years ago.

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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

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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

3 years ago.

Owning it for almost 6 Years, still running very fast


Good

4 years ago.

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


Average

4 years 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.


Good

5 years ago.

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


Liked

5 years ago.


Poor

7 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?


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Liked

6 years ago.

Comment 

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


Very good

9 years ago.

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Very good

10 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

8 years ago.

Just the best 256G SSD for me!


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