Average Bench: 111% (170th of 1011)

Based on 3,119 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 11.4% 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 314MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 48.6MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 860 Pro 256GB is 52.3%. 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 404MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 414MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,119 samples)
Min Avg Max
381 Read 480 516
244 Write 431 491
306 Mixed 404 448
200 SusWrite 414 487
97.2% 432 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.6 4K Read 37.8 46.5
48.2 4K Write 94 130
29.7 4K Mixed 48.6 62.1
169% 60.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
57.9 DQ Read 341 390
114 DQ Write 313 361
54.5 DQ Mixed 314 366
239% 323 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
103GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 338 375 380 377 375 377 MB/s
Read 381
Write 364
Mixed 308
SusWrite 370
80% 356 MB/s
4K Read 28.1
4K Write 54
4K Mixed 36.2
118% 39.4 MB/s
DQ Read 37.4
DQ Write 114
DQ Mixed 51.1
46% 67.5 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,667,530 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $140 @ launch in Jan '18
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Typical 860 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 256 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 60%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

System: Lenovo 3227H18

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 47% - Average Total price: $201

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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 19 months ago.

Terrible

3 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

19 months ago.


Excellent

5 months ago.

Good :)


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