Average Bench: 102% (237th of 1058)

Based on 129,423 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 2.1% 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 303MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 43.7MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB is 48.7%. 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 337MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 346MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 129,423 samples)
Min Avg Max
367 Read 473 515
170 Write 402 488
252 Mixed 337 382
136 SusWrite 346 485
87.5% 390 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22.6 4K Read 33.7 42.7
44.8 4K Write 88.8 118
26.2 4K Mixed 43.7 55.4
154% 55.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
222 DQ Read 351 388
134 DQ Write 293 361
168 DQ Mixed 303 357
232% 316 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
122GB free
Firmware: EXM04B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 488 494 495 495 496 495 MB/s
Read 517
Write 492
Mixed 399
SusWrite 494
107% 475 MB/s
4K Read 36.8
4K Write 109
4K Mixed 51.4
179% 65.6 MB/s
DQ Read 387
DQ Write 362
DQ Mixed 362
275% 371 MB/s
99GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXM02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 318 255 292 284 264 300 MB/s
Read 474
Write 448
Mixed 357
SusWrite 286
88% 391 MB/s
4K Read 30.6
4K Write 77.8
4K Mixed 31.8
128% 46.7 MB/s
DQ Read 373
DQ Write 259
DQ Mixed 276
217% 303 MB/s
18GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXM04B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 110 109 118 99 87 81 MB/s
Read 286
Write 193
Mixed 184
SusWrite 101
42% 191 MB/s
4K Read 12.2
4K Write 24.5
4K Mixed 15.1
51% 17.3 MB/s
DQ Read 320
DQ Write 155
DQ Mixed 235
175% 237 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 51,172,203 SSDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $232 @ launch in Jul '14
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Typical 850 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 24,012 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 70%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $295

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 69% - Good Total price: $1,089

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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 7 years ago.

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12 months ago.

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

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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

2 years ago.

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


Poor

2 years ago.

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


Disliked

2 years ago.

Comment 

Line up challengers, I dare you—May '16


Good

2 years ago.

Reliable and fast, really fast


Excellent

2 years ago.

Comment 

Excellent drive very consistent and blazingly fast —Mar '15


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.

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


Outstanding

7 years ago.


Excellent

18 months ago.

the most resilient SSD


Excellent

12 months 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

6 years ago.

10/10 perfect


Good

2 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

4 years ago.

Pure Quality meets good Price. Love this SSD


Excellent

7 years ago.

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


Outstanding

6 years ago.

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


Outstanding

5 years ago.

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


Excellent

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

4 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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