Average Bench: 111% (143rd of 980)

Based on 1,395 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 11.0% 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 315MB/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 53.1%. 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 400MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 417MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,395 samples)
Min Avg Max
356 Read 469 514
279 Write 431 490
308 Mixed 400 447
242 SusWrite 417 485
96.6% 429 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.5 4K Read 37.1 46.2
48.3 4K Write 94.3 128
26.4 4K Mixed 48.5 61.8
168% 59.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
83.8 DQ Read 344 389
113 DQ Write 314 358
53.4 DQ Mixed 315 365
240% 324 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
192GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 468 476 474 484 483 484 MB/s
Read 503
Write 485
Mixed 401
SusWrite 478
105% 467 MB/s
4K Read 44.2
4K Write 113
4K Mixed 56.8
200% 71.5 MB/s
DQ Read 380
DQ Write 336
DQ Mixed 353
266% 356 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 11,409,630 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $140 @ launch in Jan '18
AmazonUS $875 mins
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Typical 860 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 111 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 13%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 62%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski

System: Lenovo 3227H18

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 105% - Outstanding Total price: $207

Popular 860 Pro 256GB systems:

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 Comments

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

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