Average Bench: 92.3% (290th of 1058)

Based on 60,972 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 7.7% 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 37.9MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB is 52%. 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 297MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 306MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 60,972 samples)
Min Avg Max
356 Read 463 509
134 Write 369 482
208 Mixed 297 362
92 SusWrite 306 472
80.4% 359 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21.4 4K Read 30.3 36.1
41.2 4K Write 78.7 112
25.7 4K Mixed 37.9 47
136% 49 MB/s
Min Avg Max
201 DQ Read 333 385
110 DQ Write 252 332
94.5 DQ Mixed 141 175
147% 242 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
59GB free
Firmware: DXM06B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 485 487 485 485 486 486 MB/s
Read 508
Write 467
Mixed 350
SusWrite 486
102% 452 MB/s
4K Read 35.7
4K Write 92.2
4K Mixed 44.3
160% 57.4 MB/s
DQ Read 381
DQ Write 310
DQ Mixed 175
177% 289 MB/s
52GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 6B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 182 173 172 175 171 164 MB/s
Read 479
Write 282
Mixed 247
SusWrite 173
66% 295 MB/s
4K Read 35.3
4K Write 99.7
4K Mixed 42.8
161% 59.3 MB/s
DQ Read 381
DQ Write 225
DQ Mixed 138
147% 248 MB/s
135GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM04B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 349 351 351 345 346 333 MB/s
Read 444
Write 394
Mixed 277
SusWrite 346
82% 365 MB/s
4K Read 19.3
4K Write 38.2
4K Mixed 25
82% 27.5 MB/s
DQ Read 380
DQ Write 302
DQ Mixed 123
151% 268 MB/s
209GB free (System drive)
Firmware: DXM03B0Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 219 286 301 286 246 271 MB/s
Read 354
Write 317
Mixed 203
SusWrite 268
64% 285 MB/s
4K Read 23.5
4K Write 57.9
4K Mixed 29.9
105% 37.1 MB/s
DQ Read 28.6
DQ Write 87.4
DQ Mixed 38.8
35% 51.6 MB/s
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $203 @ launch in Oct '12
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Gaming 65%
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Desktop
Desktop 83%
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Workstation
Workstation 55%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VI HERO - $190

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 48% - Average Total price: $1,099

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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 8 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

14 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

2 years ago.

Owning it for almost 6 Years, still running very fast


Good

3 years ago.

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


Good

4 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

4 years ago.


Excellent

13 months ago.

Comment 

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


Poor

5 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

8 years ago.

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Liked

5 years ago.

Comment 

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


Very good

8 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

7 years ago.

Just the best 256G SSD for me!


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