Average Bench: 92.4% (204th of 980)

Based on 27,966 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 7.5% 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 38.7MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB is 52.5%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 289MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 291MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 27,966 samples)
Min Avg Max
340 Read 454 510
137 Write 359 480
213 Mixed 291 359
81 SusWrite 289 475
77.9% 348 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21.6 4K Read 30.5 36.7
45.4 4K Write 85.8 120
26.8 4K Mixed 38.7 47.8
141% 51.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
102 DQ Read 332 385
124 DQ Write 259 331
43 DQ Mixed 139 175
147% 243 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
49GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM06B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 357 170 118 109 104 100 MB/s
Read 507
Write 248
Mixed 311
SusWrite 160
68% 306 MB/s
4K Read 33.6
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 34.9
150% 56.8 MB/s
DQ Read 268
DQ Write 121
DQ Mixed 108
103% 165 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 11,464,199 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $203 @ launch in Oct '12
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Gaming 61%
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Desktop 72%
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Workstation 53%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI HERO - $190

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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

19 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


Good

8 months ago.

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


Good

21 months ago.

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


Average

5 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

20 months ago.


Liked

23 months 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

5 years ago.

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Liked

2 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

4 years ago.

Just the best 256G SSD for me!


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