Average Bench: 110% (175th of 1016)

Based on 3,667 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 9.6% 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 299MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 48.4MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 860 Pro 256GB is 51.2%. 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 402MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,667 samples)
Min Avg Max
374 Read 476 516
273 Write 428 490
301 Mixed 401 447
213 SusWrite 402 486
96% 427 MB/s
Min Avg Max
19.1 4K Read 37.6 45.9
48.7 4K Write 92.9 128
29.7 4K Mixed 48.4 61.1
168% 59.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
41.2 DQ Read 328 390
98.3 DQ Write 297 360
53.2 DQ Mixed 299 367
228% 308 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
176GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 374 453 482 479 479 479 MB/s
Read 511
Write 478
Mixed 435
SusWrite 458
106% 470 MB/s
4K Read 46.3
4K Write 127
4K Mixed 62.4
217% 78.6 MB/s
DQ Read 296
DQ Write 278
DQ Mixed 286
215% 287 MB/s
175GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 314 370 439 461 448 460 MB/s
Read 515
Write 460
Mixed 433
SusWrite 415
103% 456 MB/s
4K Read 42.1
4K Write 99.5
4K Mixed 54.9
187% 65.5 MB/s
DQ Read 381
DQ Write 340
DQ Mixed 353
267% 358 MB/s
58GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 288 253 246 237 235 224 MB/s
Read 480
Write 431
Mixed 324
SusWrite 247
83% 370 MB/s
4K Read 39.2
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 54.7
190% 69.2 MB/s
DQ Read 383
DQ Write 332
DQ Mixed 352
265% 356 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,457,314 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $140 @ launch in Jan '18
AmazonUS $862 mins
BHPhotoUS $871 day
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Typical 860 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 286 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 60%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 33%
Sail boat

System: Lenovo 3227H18

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $182

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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 23 months ago.

Terrible

7 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

23 months ago.


Excellent

9 months ago.

Good :)


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