Average Bench: 104% (142nd of 959)

Based on 51,731 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]

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Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 850 Pro 256GB averaged 4.4% 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 306MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 44.7MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB is 53.2%. 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 341MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 361MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 51,731 samples)
Min Avg Max
364 Read 472 516
257 Write 419 489
260 Mixed 341 384
142 SusWrite 361 479
89.5% 398 MB/s
Min Avg Max
21.9 4K Read 33.5 43.1
44.1 4K Write 93.8 128
28.6 4K Mixed 44.7 57.8
158% 57.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
139 DQ Read 347 387
146 DQ Write 312 352
53.1 DQ Mixed 306 358
236% 322 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
151GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXM04B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 408 400 391 371 355 337 MB/s
Read 450
Write 436
Mixed 344
SusWrite 377
90% 402 MB/s
4K Read 42.1
4K Write 110
4K Mixed 47.4
183% 66.4 MB/s
DQ Read 380
DQ Write 328
DQ Mixed 347
262% 352 MB/s
63GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXM04B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 362 348 335 331 320 310 MB/s
Read 476
Write 462
Mixed 352
SusWrite 334
91% 406 MB/s
4K Read 33.4
4K Write 100
4K Mixed 44.8
161% 59.5 MB/s
DQ Read 359
DQ Write 329
DQ Mixed 327
250% 338 MB/s
204GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXM04B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 457 443 445 444 448 447 MB/s
Read 462
Write 452
Mixed 351
SusWrite 447
96% 428 MB/s
4K Read 27.9
4K Write 65.3
4K Mixed 39
127% 44.1 MB/s
DQ Read 387
DQ Write 340
DQ Mixed 325
254% 351 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 9,125,601 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $232 @ launch in Jul '14
NeweggUS $1638 months
AmazonUS $1891 min
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Typical 850 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 18,238 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 91% - Outstanding Total price: $1,110

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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 4 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

12 days 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

4 months ago.

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


Average

3 months ago.

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


Poor

7 months ago.

Reliable and fast, really fast


Excellent

6 months ago.

Comment 

Line up challengers, I dare you—May '16


Excellent

7 months ago.

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


Outstanding

3 years ago.


Excellent

12 days ago.

Comment 

Excellent drive very consistent and blazingly fast —Mar '15


Poor

16 months ago.

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


Poor

16 months ago.

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


Poor

13 months ago.

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


Outstanding

3 years ago.

10/10 perfect


Excellent

12 months ago.

Pure Quality meets good Price. Love this SSD


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Outstanding

3 years ago.

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


Outstanding

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

13 months ago.

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


Excellent

9 months 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 i7-8700K $370Nvidia GTX 1070 $350Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $100
AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $155Nvidia GTX 1060-6GB $249Samsung 850 Evo 500GB $98
Intel Core i7-7700K $355AMD RX 480 $280Samsung 850 Pro 256GB $163
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