Average Bench: 110% (190th of 1040)

Based on 7,644 user benchmarks.  Models: Samsung SSD 860 PRO 256GB, Samsung SSD 860 PRO 256G

The 860 Pro is Samsung’s latest consumer-grade SATA SSD flagship, superseding the popular, but now three years old, 850 Pro. Like the 850 Pro, the 860 Pro is based on Samsung’s proprietary and revolutionary (at the time), MLC V-NAND (3D). A 10% price premium over the 256 GB 850 Pro will purchase the 256 GB 860 Pro which has an impressive 16% faster effective speed. This is achieved via an updated controller (MJX) and 64 layers of V-NAND (versus 32 layers per the 850 Pro). The 860 Pro has sequential speeds of up to 540 MB/s which almost completely saturate its SATA 3.0 interface. These peak levels of performance are slightly higher, but still comparable to the peak performance of the 860 Evo before its SLC write cache (12 GB on the 250 GB Evo) is saturated, making the 860 Evo (at around 30% cheaper) a more economical choice for users who rarely write more than 12 GB at a time. There are also reliability improvements compared to the 850 generation with Samsung now offering a warranty of 300 TBW (terabytes written) for the 256 GB 860 Pro, compared to 150 TBW for the 256 GB 850 Pro. Thanks to higher density NAND, the 860 Pro is also available in a 4 TB variant, whereas previously 2 TB was the largest capacity for a Samsung SATA MLC SSD.  [Feb '18 SSDrivePro]

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 860 Pro 256GB averaged 10.4% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 860 Pro 256GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 311MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 48.5MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 860 Pro 256GB is 53.6%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Samsung 860 Pro 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 401MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 410MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 7,644 samples)
Min Avg Max
373 Read 476 517
257 Write 429 491
312 Mixed 401 448
211 SusWrite 410 487
96.6% 429 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.2 4K Read 37.2 46.4
47.4 4K Write 92.1 127
29.7 4K Mixed 48.5 61.5
167% 59.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
170 DQ Read 345 389
109 DQ Write 305 360
62.2 DQ Mixed 311 366
237% 320 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
173GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 384 480 477 486 487 480 MB/s
Read 512
Write 458
Mixed 442
SusWrite 466
106% 469 MB/s
4K Read 42.7
4K Write 104
4K Mixed 56.9
193% 68 MB/s
DQ Read 379
DQ Write 352
DQ Mixed 359
271% 363 MB/s
67GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 290 251 245 237 231 227 MB/s
Read 466
Write 280
Mixed 364
SusWrite 247
76% 339 MB/s
4K Read 34
4K Write 77.5
4K Mixed 40.9
145% 50.8 MB/s
DQ Read 371
DQ Write 277
DQ Mixed 312
237% 320 MB/s
135GB free
Firmware: RVM02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 345 339 346 347 345 340 MB/s
Read 353
Write 344
Mixed 329
SusWrite 344
77% 342 MB/s
4K Read 31.2
4K Write 77.9
4K Mixed 39.3
139% 49.5 MB/s
DQ Read 256
DQ Write 212
DQ Mixed 222
169% 230 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 38,050,059 SSDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $140 @ launch in Jan '18
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Typical 860 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 59,152 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 88%
Aircraft carrier

Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (MS-7C02) - $123

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $862

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 Comments

Controller: Samsung MJX. Memory: Samsung 64 layer MLC V-NAND

Speeds are more consistent and sustained, even with heavy workloads and multiple tasks...

Added 2 years ago.

Terrible

19 months ago.

2012 i bought hyperx 120 gb and only 1 gb free space left. it was full with application then looked results and tough 860 pro better then kingston. kingston hyber x 120 gb read speed 555 Mb (2012 model) and 860 pro (2019 model) 560 mb read speed honestly i replaced only ssd drive and kingston definetly faster then samsung even it has 1 gb free space, when i click applications it load faster then samsung.. windows starts, opening firefox, photoshop or intellij vs 7 years old kingston ssd definetly faster then samsung 860 pro ssd disc.


Good

2 years ago.


Excellent

21 months ago.

Good :)


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