Average Bench: 109% (209th of 1058)

Based on 8,186 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 9.3% 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 48.2MB/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. Sustained Write Speed 397MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 398MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 8,186 samples)
Min Avg Max
369 Read 475 516
253 Write 419 491
308 Mixed 398 449
198 SusWrite 397 487
95.1% 422 MB/s
Min Avg Max
18.4 4K Read 37 45.7
44.6 4K Write 91.3 123
27.4 4K Mixed 48.2 61.1
166% 58.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
217 DQ Read 349 390
120 DQ Write 306 362
133 DQ Mixed 316 368
240% 324 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: 447 452 452 453 453 454 MB/s
Read 504
Write 445
Mixed 421
SusWrite 452
102% 455 MB/s
4K Read 43.1
4K Write 97.7
4K Mixed 56
189% 65.6 MB/s
DQ Read 218
DQ Write 184
DQ Mixed 198
149% 200 MB/s
161GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 314 405 428 428 433 424 MB/s
Read 458
Write 418
Mixed 395
SusWrite 406
94% 419 MB/s
4K Read 38.4
4K Write 78.2
4K Mixed 47.8
161% 54.8 MB/s
DQ Read 282
DQ Write 130
DQ Mixed 8.8
59% 140 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 41,720,122 SSDs tested.

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MSRP ≈ $140 @ launch in Jan '18
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Typical 860 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 34,935 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 112%
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Desktop
Desktop 95%
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Workstation
Workstation 94%
Nuclear submarine

Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO (MS-7B98) - $127

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 66% - Good Total price: $983

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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

22 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

3 years ago.


Excellent

24 months ago.

Good :)


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