Average Bench: 103% (197th of 1016)

Based on 85,349 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 3.5% 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 293MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 44.8MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB is 53.6%. 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 353MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 85,349 samples)
Min Avg Max
374 Read 475 516
197 Write 410 492
244 Mixed 341 389
127 SusWrite 353 484
88.6% 395 MB/s
Min Avg Max
23.6 4K Read 34.4 44.3
43.3 4K Write 92.9 129
27.9 4K Mixed 44.8 57.7
159% 57.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
139 DQ Read 334 388
132 DQ Write 290 360
106 DQ Mixed 293 358
225% 306 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
101GB free
Firmware: EXM04B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 351 328 432 433 451 405 MB/s
Read 438
Write 432
Mixed 340
SusWrite 400
91% 403 MB/s
4K Read 37.8
4K Write 82.4
4K Mixed 50.4
166% 56.9 MB/s
DQ Read 381
DQ Write 340
DQ Mixed 333
257% 351 MB/s
112GB free
Firmware: EXM04B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 276 325 374 382 369 371 MB/s
Read 456
Write 432
Mixed 346
SusWrite 350
89% 396 MB/s
4K Read 35.8
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 46.4
174% 65.5 MB/s
DQ Read 353
DQ Write 308
DQ Mixed 305
236% 322 MB/s
90GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXM02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 384 350 337 309 291 277 MB/s
Read 484
Write 410
Mixed 326
SusWrite 325
87% 386 MB/s
4K Read 29.5
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 43.7
160% 61.6 MB/s
DQ Read 378
DQ Write 342
DQ Mixed 343
262% 354 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,626,442 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $232 @ launch in Jul '14
EbayUS $22412 mins
AmazonUS $2506 days
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Typical 850 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 35,573 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $228

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $1,131

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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 5 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

2 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 months ago.

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


Poor

2 months ago.

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


Good

3 months ago.

Reliable and fast, really fast


Disliked

2 months ago.

Comment 

Line up challengers, I dare you—May '16


Excellent

22 months ago.

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


Excellent

10 months ago.

Comment 

Excellent drive very consistent and blazingly fast —Mar '15


Excellent

4 months ago.

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


Good

7 months ago.

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


Good

12 months ago.

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


Outstanding

5 years ago.


Outstanding

4 years ago.

10/10 perfect


Excellent

2 years ago.

Pure Quality meets good Price. Love this SSD


Good

8 months 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

5 years ago.

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


Outstanding

4 years ago.

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


Outstanding

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 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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