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Samsung 860 Pro 1TB SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jan 23, 2018 3:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Samsung

Consumer Workloads

 

We categorize these tests as indicative of a moderate workload environment.

 

PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.2.0.0

 

The reason we like PCMark Vantage is because the recorded traces are played back without system stops. What we see is the raw performance of the drive. This allows us to see a marked difference between scoring that other trace-based benchmarks do not exhibit. An example of a marked difference in scoring on the same drive would be empty vs. filled vs. steady state.

 

We run Vantage three ways. The first run is with the OS drive 75% full to simulate a lightly used OS volume filled with data to an amount we feel is common for most users. The second run is with the OS volume written into a "Steady State" utilizing SNIA's guidelines. Steady-state testing simulates a drive's performance similar to that of a drive that been subjected to consumer workloads for extensive amounts of time. The third run is a Vantage HDD test with the test drive attached as an empty, lightly used secondary device.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

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OS Volume 75% Full - Steady State

 

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Secondary Volume Empty - FOB

 

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There's a big difference between an empty drive, one that's 75% full/used, and one that's in a steady state.

 

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The important scores to pay attention to are "OS Volume Steady State" and "OS Volume 75% full." These two categories are most important because they are indicative of typical of consumer user states. When a drive is in a steady state, it means garbage collection is running at the same time it's reading/writing. This is exactly why we focus on steady-state performance. We are looking for a minimum score of 50K when the drive is in a steady state.

 

With this testing, the 2TB 850 Pro's capacity advantage results in slightly better performance than we are getting from the 860 Pro. We didn't have a 1TB 850 Pro in the lab for comparison, so we had to use the 2TB model which is slightly faster than the 1TB model. Samsung's Pro series has always dominated this testing and the 860 Pro is no exception.

 

 

 

PCMark 7 - System Storage

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.4.0

 

We will look to Raw System Storage scoring for evaluation because it's done without system stops and, therefore, allows us to see significant scoring differences between drives.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

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Whenever a SATA SSD scores 7K or above with PCMark 7 it is in an elite class. When a SATA SSD exceeds 8K it is in Samsung class. Yet again, the 860 Pro sets a new lab record for SATA and for Samsung. We see a nice improvement over the 850 Pro 2TB which is the fastest model in the 850 Pro Series.

 

 

PCMark 8 - Storage Bandwidth

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.4.304

 

We use PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs, and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices. We focus on the total score first and then storage bandwidth when evaluating PCMark 8 results.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

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PCMark 8 is the most intensive moderate workload simulation we run. With respect to moderate workloads, this test is what we consider the best indicator of a drive's overall performance.

 

We looked back at our records and found that the 4TB 850 EVO scored slightly higher and delivered a slightly better storage bandwidth of 338.78, so this is not a lab record for all SATA SSDs, but the 1TB 860 Pro does set a lab record for 1TB class SSDs. Once again, we can see a huge improvement over the 2TB 850 Pro even though it has a huge capacity advantage.

 

 

BAPCo SYSmark 2014 SE System Performance

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.0.0.70

 

SYSmark 2014 SE is considered the gold standard for testing system performance because it is an application-based benchmark. This test gives us the ultimate in real-world results because it utilizes actual applications running on the system, instead of playing back recorded traces. If you want to know what kind of impact a particular SSD will have on your system's overall performance; this test will show you.

 

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Our systems are much more powerful than the calibration system (1000-point baseline) used by BAPCo, so we ran an OCZ TL100 120GB SATA III SSD to establish a comparison point relative to our test systems. We will be running this test going forward and we will add drives to our chart as we test them.

 

We haven't tested a lot of SATA SSDs with SYSmark, but we are comfortable in saying that the 860 Pro likely delivers the best overall system performance of any SATA SSD. The 860 Pro achieved two lab milestones by scoring over 1,600 in Responsiveness, and over 1,700 in Overall Rating.

 

Note: we are replacing our PCMark 8 Extended testing with SYSmark because we believe SYSmark is much more relevant for consumer SSD testing.

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