Like we stated in our opening remarks, we didn't think we would see another SATA SSD coming out of the Samsung camp because the 850 Series was still the undisputed king of SATA storage. We figured that the 850 Series would just be quietly upgraded with Samsung's 64-layer V-NAND. Not so. Samsung remains fully committed to pushing the boundaries of the SATA interface. The 860 Pro represents Samsung's commitment to delivering the very best in the legacy space. Samsung engineered and produced their new MJX controller for this very purpose.
Samsung feels that the 860 Pro is their fastest SATA SSD to date. Our benchmarks clearly show that it is the best performing SATA SSD ever made; shattering lab records right and left. But, it's not just about speed with the 860 Pro, it's also about consistency and endurance. The 860 Pro delivers even better consistency than the already class-leading 850 Pro. The 860 Pro also addresses the only weakness of the 850 Pro. The single thing that could be said that a competitor could do better; endurance. The 860 Pro is now the undisputed king of endurance in the consumer space, delivering up to 8x the endurance of the 850 Pro. Even more amazing is the fact that Samsung accomplished this class-leading endurance without introducing overprovisioning into the mix.
With the 860 Pro, Samsung was able to accomplish the hardest trick in the book for a flash-based MLC SSD - increase low queue depth random read performance significantly. With the 860 Pro, it's not faux low queue depth random read performance that is read back from an SLC cache, it is the real deal, all the time, for the entire capacity of the drive. We proved this with our response testing, where the 860 Pro delivered another lab record for lowest random read response time for a SATA SSD. The 860 Pro is the best of the best. You can feel it when you use it. In-fact, the 860 Pro delivers a better user experience than you will get from many NVMe SSDs currently on the market. This is exactly what our SYSmark testing results prove.
In a world dominated by inferior TLC SSDs, it is refreshing to see that someone is still willing to offer cutting-edge MLC powered SSDs. The goodness of MLC does come at a relatively high price per GB, but we believe it is money well spent. We are certain that anyone who pays the price for ownership will see the quality, feel the performance and consider the money paid well spent.
Whenever an SSD is the world's best in its class, it is TweakTown recommended.
- Overall Performance
- Low QD Random Read Performance
- Price (Maybe)
|Overall TweakTown Rating||98%|
The Bottom Line: The price may be a bit steep, but in this case you get what you pay for. The very best.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, Pricing & Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO & Anvil's]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks – CDM & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (OS) - Vantage, PCMark 7, PCMark 8 & SYSmark 2014 SE]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary) - IOPS, Response & Transfers]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks – 70/30 Mixed Workload & Sustained Sequential Write]
- Page 9 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 10 [Final Thoughts]