Average Bench: 93.4% (236th of 1011)

Based on 36,748 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 6.6% 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 141MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 39.3MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB is 53.1%. 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 293MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 294MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 36,748 samples)
Min Avg Max
342 Read 459 510
135 Write 364 482
208 Mixed 294 363
86 SusWrite 293 474
79% 353 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21.5 4K Read 30.7 36.5
46.1 4K Write 86.5 117
28.2 4K Mixed 39.3 48
143% 52.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
162 DQ Read 333 385
113 DQ Write 258 334
83.8 DQ Mixed 141 175
148% 244 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
81GB free
Firmware: DXM06B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 393 414 428 434 433 434 MB/s
Read 473
Write 436
Mixed 354
SusWrite 423
95% 421 MB/s
4K Read 30
4K Write 78.5
4K Mixed 38.4
136% 49 MB/s
DQ Read 263
DQ Write 240
DQ Mixed 148
139% 217 MB/s
29GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM05B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 164 137 117 107 92 97 MB/s
Read 492
Write 302
Mixed 248
SusWrite 119
64% 290 MB/s
4K Read 34.8
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 42.7
161% 59.8 MB/s
DQ Read 343
DQ Write 227
DQ Mixed 126
137% 232 MB/s
59GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM05B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 452 380 170 149 141 138 MB/s
Read 501
Write 450
Mixed 322
SusWrite 238
85% 378 MB/s
4K Read 32.2
4K Write 79.2
4K Mixed 39.7
142% 50.4 MB/s
DQ Read 220
DQ Write 188
DQ Mixed 114
110% 174 MB/s
187GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM06B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 443 440 440 445 450 448 MB/s
Read 465
Write 449
Mixed 315
SusWrite 444
94% 418 MB/s
4K Read 21.3
4K Write 42.7
4K Mixed 27.1
90% 30.4 MB/s
DQ Read 264
DQ Write 249
DQ Mixed 143
138% 219 MB/s
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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: 43% - Average Total price: $982

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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

8 months ago.

Owning it for almost 6 Years, still running very fast


Good

19 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

16 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?


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

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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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