Average Bench: 108% (184th of 1021)

Based on 5,913 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 8.0% 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 301MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 47.3MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 860 Pro 256GB is 59.1%. 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 400MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 400MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,913 samples)
Min Avg Max
366 Read 473 516
236 Write 426 490
307 Mixed 400 446
190 SusWrite 400 486
95.6% 425 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.5 4K Read 36.7 46
45.7 4K Write 89.6 124
29 4K Mixed 47.3 61.3
164% 57.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
147 DQ Read 334 390
96.6 DQ Write 292 360
86.8 DQ Mixed 301 366
229% 309 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
96GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 434 460 428 408 385 377 MB/s
Read 510
Write 492
Mixed 433
SusWrite 415
104% 463 MB/s
4K Read 46.3
4K Write 133
4K Mixed 50.2
205% 76.4 MB/s
DQ Read 384
DQ Write 336
DQ Mixed 348
264% 356 MB/s
152GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 247 257 261 273 271 271 MB/s
Read 373
Write 375
Mixed 346
SusWrite 264
76% 339 MB/s
4K Read 40.7
4K Write 88.7
4K Mixed 52.2
176% 60.5 MB/s
DQ Read 249
DQ Write 182
DQ Mixed 216
161% 216 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 26,446,511 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $140 @ launch in Jan '18
AmazonUS $8830 mins
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Typical 860 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 325 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 12%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 69%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 46%
Yacht

System: Lenovo 3227H18

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $173

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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

11 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

13 months ago.

Good :)


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