Average Bench: 111% (156th of 1000)

Based on 2,243 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 11.1% 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 52.8%. 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 407MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 417MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,243 samples)
Min Avg Max
380 Read 477 516
290 Write 438 490
322 Mixed 407 446
209 SusWrite 417 485
97.9% 435 MB/s
Min Avg Max
22.7 4K Read 37.4 46.5
49.9 4K Write 92 133
29.7 4K Mixed 48.2 62.5
167% 59.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
45.3 DQ Read 346 391
121 DQ Write 316 360
55.8 DQ Mixed 316 367
241% 326 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
90GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 484 482 477 475 476 454 MB/s
Read 517
Write 461
Mixed 440
SusWrite 475
106% 473 MB/s
4K Read 46.1
4K Write 128
4K Mixed 51.7
204% 75.4 MB/s
DQ Read 383
DQ Write 350
DQ Mixed 340
262% 358 MB/s
133GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 464 463 454 460 466 475 MB/s
Read 492
Write 454
Mixed 409
SusWrite 464
102% 455 MB/s
4K Read 41
4K Write 84.7
4K Mixed 52.1
174% 59.3 MB/s
DQ Read 381
DQ Write 344
DQ Mixed 354
268% 360 MB/s
132GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 460 461 458 457 463 475 MB/s
Read 503
Write 447
Mixed 411
SusWrite 462
103% 456 MB/s
4K Read 41.2
4K Write 84.7
4K Mixed 51.3
173% 59.1 MB/s
DQ Read 381
DQ Write 342
DQ Mixed 355
268% 360 MB/s
69GB free (System drive)
Firmware: RVM01B6Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 390 435 406 363 344 332 MB/s
Read 480
Write 463
Mixed 425
SusWrite 378
98% 436 MB/s
4K Read 43.1
4K Write 104
4K Mixed 30.9
160% 59.3 MB/s
DQ Read 346
DQ Write 343
DQ Mixed 355
264% 348 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 14,375,159 SSDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $140 @ launch in Jan '18
AmazonUS $8410 hrs
BHPhotoUS $886 hrs
NeweggUS $886 hrs
EbayUS $9814 mins
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Typical 860 Pro 256GB Builds (Compare 201 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: 103% - Outstanding Total price: $219

Popular 860 Pro 256GB systems:

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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 15 months ago.

Terrible

3 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

15 months ago.


Excellent

1 month ago.

Good :)


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