Average Bench: 109% (210th of 1058)

Based on 11,387 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 9.2% 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 316MB/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 51.4%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Samsung 860 Pro 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 397MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 399MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 11,387 samples)
Min Avg Max
387 Read 478 516
216 Write 420 489
313 Mixed 399 447
194 SusWrite 397 486
95.4% 424 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.5 4K Read 36.8 45.7
47.7 4K Write 90.1 123
29.8 4K Mixed 48.1 60.7
165% 58.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
205 DQ Read 347 390
129 DQ Write 306 361
139 DQ Mixed 316 367
240% 323 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
233GB free
Firmware: RVM02B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 458 452 451 453 453 454 MB/s
Read 470
Write 449
Mixed 433
SusWrite 454
102% 451 MB/s
4K Read 33
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 50
171% 63.7 MB/s
DQ Read 374
DQ Write 338
DQ Mixed 355
266% 355 MB/s
168GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 442 450 447 449 435 450 MB/s
Read 478
Write 451
Mixed 386
SusWrite 445
99% 440 MB/s
4K Read 32.2
4K Write 65.1
4K Mixed 41.2
136% 46.2 MB/s
DQ Read 391
DQ Write 323
DQ Mixed 365
271% 359 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 51,173,711 SSDs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $140 @ launch in Jan '18
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Typical 860 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 89,999 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 88%
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Desktop
Desktop 86%
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Workstation
Workstation 85%
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Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (MS-7C02) - $126

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 68% - Good Total price: $944

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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 3 years ago.

Terrible

2 years 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

3 years ago.


Excellent

2 years ago.

Good :)


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