Average Bench: 102% (248th of 1072)

Based on 141,929 user benchmarks.  Models: Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256GB, Samsun SSD 850 PRO 256G, Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256G, Samsung SSD 850 PRO, Samsung SSD 850

The 256GB Samsung 850 Pro is the fastest consumer SSD we have seen to date. Thanks to Samsung's new 3D V-NAND the 850 Pro has lower power consumption and better performance, albeit marginally, than both the 840 Evo and 840 Pro. Looking at the benchmark figures for the 840 and 850 Pros shows that the effective performance improvement is 10% whereas the 850 Pro beats the 840 Evo by 16%. These drives effectively saturate SATA 3.0 making it difficult to distinguish between them in day-to-day use. At current prices the 850 Pro is prohibitively expensive, prices need to drop by 15% before it approaches the 840 Pro from a value perspective. Samsung may release a value orientated 850 Evo soon, but for now "most" users are better off with the 840 Pro. [Oct '14 SSDrivePro]

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 850 Pro 256GB averaged 1.8% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 295MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 44.1MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB is 52.8%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 334MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 346MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 141,929 samples)
Min Avg Max
350 Read 469 515
128 Write 396 488
221 Mixed 334 383
99.6 SusWrite 346 484
86.6% 386 MB/s
Min Avg Max
23.2 4K Read 33.9 43.6
41.5 4K Write 89.6 125
27.9 4K Mixed 44.1 56.7
155% 55.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
217 DQ Read 344 388
112 DQ Write 282 361
138 DQ Mixed 295 356
226% 307 MB/s
User Benchmarks BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
126GB free
Firmware: EXM04B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 486 486 484 473 486 485 MB/s
Read 511
Write 487
Mixed 375
SusWrite 483
105% 464 MB/s
4K Read 33
4K Write 83.6
4K Mixed 43.1
150% 53.2 MB/s
DQ Read 387
DQ Write 361
DQ Mixed 347
268% 365 MB/s
151GB free
Firmware: EXM02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 386 387 387 387 386 386 MB/s
Read 369
Write 385
Mixed 317
SusWrite 386
82% 364 MB/s
4K Read 31.9
4K Write 73.9
4K Mixed 41.4
140% 49.1 MB/s
DQ Read 279
DQ Write 233
DQ Mixed 250
189% 254 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 75,677,398 SSDs tested

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Typical 850 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 13,906 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming
Gaming 69%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $295

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 92% - Outstanding Total price: $765

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 Comments

Controller: Samsung Triple Core MEX. Memory: Samsung 40nm MLC V-NAND

The world's first 3D vertical NAND flash memory...

Added 9 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

22 months ago.

its very slow i cant even transfer anything on it without my pc exploding dkfhueiouhfdios;

Comment 

Awesome drive, own one and can say that coupled with Windows 8.1, the boot speed is virtually instantaneous—Sep '14

Comment 

Besides killer raw speed, Samsung ships Magician software with it that provides additional tuning and longevity options. Fabulous overall package.—Dec '14

Comment 

very impressed with speed compared to the 850 evo which was noticibly slower on my system. I sent the evo back and now all I will buy is 850 pro.—Feb '15

Comment 

Very reliable product, 10 year warranty provides a lot of relief and the rapid discounting in the channel has made this a no brainer—May '15


Good

12 months ago.

It is similar to Evo version, It doesn't deserve the price


Poor

4 years ago.

Simply the best non-M.2 SSD out there..


Liked

1 month ago.

Comment 

Line up challengers, I dare you—May '16


Good

4 years ago.

Reliable and fast, really fast


Excellent

5 years ago.

Comment 

Excellent drive very consistent and blazingly fast —Mar '15


Excellent

6 years ago.

Nice one its third i bought from samsung very satisfied :)


Excellent

4 years ago.

One of the fastest SSD I ever have, plus 10 years warranty!


Good

12 months ago.

this expected to be my next ssd unless better ssd will be released the next year.


Good

5 years ago.

Fastest, most reliable and best performance/price in Denmark Okt. 2015


Outstanding

9 years ago.


Excellent

3 years ago.

For a 2014 released and bought SSD drive this still kicks ass in 2020. Its light weight, easy to mount, plug n play, ofcourse its SATA but above all, its still fast to this date!


Outstanding

8 years ago.

10/10 perfect


Good

4 years ago.

Make for a great upgrade for computers that will mostly be store to cloud drives, but need the performance and reliability that SSDs have.


Excellent

6 years ago.

Pure Quality meets good Price. Love this SSD


Excellent

9 years ago.

The 850 PRO is the best SSD there is to date. Lets not forget RAPID mode guys :)


Outstanding

8 years ago.

Can't beat the all-around performance on this.


Outstanding

7 years ago.

Excellent speed. Also after the price drop it is very much worth it.


Excellent

6 years ago.

Been using this drive for years, no performance change, runs like the day I bought it. Definitely recommend.


Excellent

6 years ago.

In use as primary drive since fall 2015. Win 8.1, home use. No issues. User folders relocated to secondary drive.


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Intel Core i5-13600K $279Nvidia RTX 4060 $300Crucial MX500 250GB $40
Intel Core i5-12600K $182Nvidia RTX 4060-Ti $385Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $80
Intel Core i5-12400F $133Nvidia RTX 4070 $409Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $39Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $40SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $30Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $43SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $51G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $351SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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