Average Bench: 110% (192nd of 1037)

Based on 6,601 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 9.9% 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 53.4%. 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 401MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 402MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 6,601 samples)
Min Avg Max
365 Read 478 515
288 Write 433 489
297 Mixed 402 446
206 SusWrite 401 485
96.5% 429 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.5 4K Read 36.8 45.4
50.6 4K Write 92.4 124
29.8 4K Mixed 48.6 60.6
167% 59.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
182 DQ Read 344 389
116 DQ Write 304 361
133 DQ Mixed 314 366
238% 320 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
202GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 424 436 439 431 430 433 MB/s
Read 476
Write 457
Mixed 428
SusWrite 432
101% 448 MB/s
4K Read 31.7
4K Write 73
4K Mixed 39.9
138% 48.2 MB/s
DQ Read 389
DQ Write 188
DQ Mixed 242
192% 273 MB/s
128GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 231 394 452 421 423 425 MB/s
Read 439
Write 431
Mixed 396
SusWrite 391
93% 414 MB/s
4K Read 36.4
4K Write 103
4K Mixed 29.5
148% 56.4 MB/s
DQ Read 336
DQ Write 344
DQ Mixed 351
261% 344 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 31,666,059 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $140 @ launch in Jan '18
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Typical 860 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 38,443 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 87%
Aircraft carrier

Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX (MS-7C02) - $125

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 69% - Good Total price: $857

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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 2 years ago.

Terrible

15 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

2 years ago.


Excellent

17 months ago.

Good :)


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