Average Bench: 110% (163rd of 1003)

Based on 2,892 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 10.4% 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 310MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 48.3MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 860 Pro 256GB is 53.2%. 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 405MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 417MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,892 samples)
Min Avg Max
386 Read 476 515
289 Write 435 489
319 Mixed 405 449
221 SusWrite 417 484
97.6% 433 MB/s
Min Avg Max
17.6 4K Read 36.5 46.2
48.4 4K Write 90.9 128
30.2 4K Mixed 48.3 62.1
165% 58.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
59.8 DQ Read 341 391
103 DQ Write 309 361
50.1 DQ Mixed 310 367
237% 320 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
164GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 483 486 486 491 490 491 MB/s
Read 517
Write 482
Mixed 442
SusWrite 488
109% 482 MB/s
4K Read 47.2
4K Write 132
4K Mixed 60.6
219% 79.8 MB/s
DQ Read 385
DQ Write 341
DQ Mixed 354
268% 360 MB/s
131GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 281 379 460 450 455 443 MB/s
Read 464
Write 449
Mixed 416
SusWrite 411
98% 435 MB/s
4K Read 39.2
4K Write 72.1
4K Mixed 50.3
162% 53.9 MB/s
DQ Read 372
DQ Write 331
DQ Mixed 351
263% 351 MB/s
185GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 324 361 363 319 385 386 MB/s
Read 422
Write 360
Mixed 360
SusWrite 356
84% 375 MB/s
4K Read 37.9
4K Write 78.4
4K Mixed 49.3
162% 55.2 MB/s
DQ Read 376
DQ Write 332
DQ Mixed 351
264% 353 MB/s
120GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 173 172 272 351 460 364 MB/s
Read 514
Write 463
Mixed 430
SusWrite 299
96% 426 MB/s
4K Read 41.9
4K Write 97.9
4K Mixed 47.7
176% 62.5 MB/s
DQ Read 36
DQ Write 268
DQ Mixed 53.3
70% 119 MB/s
202GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 383 392 396 368 367 366 MB/s
Read 383
Write 366
Mixed 355
SusWrite 378
84% 370 MB/s
4K Read 30.4
4K Write 38.9
4K Mixed 26.6
101% 32 MB/s
DQ Read 384
DQ Write 347
DQ Mixed 350
267% 360 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 15,834,531 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $140 @ launch in Jan '18
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Typical 860 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 231 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 13%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 61%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski

System: Lenovo 3227H18

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 101% - Outstanding Total price: $221

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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 17 months ago.

Terrible

1 month 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

17 months ago.


Excellent

3 months ago.

Good :)


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