Average Bench: 93.3% (260th of 1034)

Based on 53,910 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 6.6% 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 142MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 38.3MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB is 50.8%. 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 299MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 317MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 53,910 samples)
Min Avg Max
339 Read 457 510
139 Write 373 484
213 Mixed 299 362
92.9 SusWrite 317 480
81.1% 362 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21.9 4K Read 30.4 36.5
45 4K Write 81.3 116
26.5 4K Mixed 38.3 47.6
138% 50 MB/s
Min Avg Max
172 DQ Read 329 384
113 DQ Write 255 334
88.7 DQ Mixed 142 176
147% 242 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
238GB free
Firmware: DXM05B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 475 474 476 481 482 480 MB/s
Read 494
Write 468
Mixed 366
SusWrite 478
102% 452 MB/s
4K Read 34.1
4K Write 110
4K Mixed 46.6
170% 63.5 MB/s
DQ Read 380
DQ Write 313
DQ Mixed 172
177% 288 MB/s
64GB free
Firmware: DXM05B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 444 443 478 439 439 315 MB/s
Read 504
Write 454
Mixed 340
SusWrite 426
97% 431 MB/s
4K Read 36.1
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 48.2
177% 66.1 MB/s
DQ Read 383
DQ Write 314
DQ Mixed 171
176% 289 MB/s
110GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM05B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 272 269 267 250 255 252 MB/s
Read 435
Write 344
Mixed 262
SusWrite 261
73% 325 MB/s
4K Read 28.6
4K Write 92.3
4K Mixed 33.4
135% 51.4 MB/s
DQ Read 374
DQ Write 296
DQ Mixed 136
156% 268 MB/s
202GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM05B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 390 409 402 373 373 416 MB/s
Read 387
Write 387
Mixed 319
SusWrite 394
84% 372 MB/s
4K Read 17.5
4K Write 33.8
4K Mixed 17
66% 22.8 MB/s
DQ Read 380
DQ Write 338
DQ Mixed 163
176% 294 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $203 @ launch in Oct '12
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Typical 840 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 2,116 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 65%
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Desktop
Desktop 84%
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Workstation
Workstation 54%
Yacht

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI HERO - $190

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $985

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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

5 months 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

17 months ago.

Owning it for almost 6 Years, still running very fast


Good

2 years ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.

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


Average

2 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.


Liked

3 years ago.


Excellent

4 months 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?


Very good

7 years ago.

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Liked

4 years ago.

Comment 

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


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

6 years ago.

Just the best 256G SSD for me!


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