Average Bench: 111% (151st of 992)

Based on 1,789 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]

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Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 860 Pro 256GB averaged 10.7% 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 314MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 48.1MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 860 Pro 256GB is 53.7%. 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 403MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 422MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,789 samples)
Min Avg Max
377 Read 474 516
279 Write 431 489
312 Mixed 403 445
259 SusWrite 422 485
97.4% 433 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.7 4K Read 36.5 46.2
48 4K Write 91.2 133
30.9 4K Mixed 48.1 62.7
165% 58.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
49.5 DQ Read 345 391
110 DQ Write 316 359
50.5 DQ Mixed 314 366
240% 325 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
206GB free
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 489 489 488 489 489 490 MB/s
Read 511
Write 489
Mixed 458
SusWrite 489
110% 487 MB/s
4K Read 43.9
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 58.3
200% 71.2 MB/s
DQ Read 384
DQ Write 345
DQ Mixed 358
270% 362 MB/s
192GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 462 479 483 482 479 480 MB/s
Read 510
Write 465
Mixed 435
SusWrite 478
106% 472 MB/s
4K Read 41.4
4K Write 89.5
4K Mixed 53.9
179% 61.6 MB/s
DQ Read 377
DQ Write 336
DQ Mixed 348
263% 354 MB/s
186GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 480 484 479 483 483 483 MB/s
Read 472
Write 460
Mixed 418
SusWrite 482
103% 458 MB/s
4K Read 39.5
4K Write 64
4K Mixed 43.5
150% 49 MB/s
DQ Read 393
DQ Write 351
DQ Mixed 364
275% 369 MB/s
203GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 464 468 468 444 446 443 MB/s
Read 450
Write 433
Mixed 403
SusWrite 456
98% 435 MB/s
4K Read 26.7
4K Write 51.2
4K Mixed 34.6
112% 37.5 MB/s
DQ Read 392
DQ Write 353
DQ Mixed 362
274% 369 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 13,031,166 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $140 @ launch in Jan '18
AmazonUS $884 mins
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Typical 860 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 166 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 61%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 34%
Sail boat

System: Lenovo 3227H18

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 106% - Outstanding Total price: $198

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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 13 months ago.

Terrible

1 month 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.


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