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Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SATA III SSD Review

By Jon Coulter from Feb 26, 2018 @ 8:00 CST
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Samsung

Final Thoughts





The 860 EVO carries on the long-standing tradition of "for a few bucks more you can get an EVO". Samsung's 860 EVO is a worthy successor to their 850 EVO. It outperforms its predecessor and at the same time delivers better consistency.


This is one hell of an accomplishment over the bandwidth limited SATA interface. Like we stated in our 860 Pro review, we didn't think we would see another SATA-based EVO coming from Samsung, but we are glad to be wrong in this case. Samsung remains fully committed to pushing the boundaries of the SATA interface. The 860 Series represents Samsung's commitment to advancing and delivering the very best in the legacy space.


Samsung's fourth generation V-NAND, MJX controller and refined ECC algorithms give the 860 EVO, something that the 850 EVO was lacking - class-leading endurance. That's not to say that the 850 EVO didn't already have class-leading real-world endurance, because it did, (as proven through independent endurance testing) just not on paper. But, now with the 860 EVO, class-leading endurance is backed up with a factory warranty that covers the 860 EVO for up to 6x the endurance of the 850 EVO.



Like they did with previous EVO series, Samsung gives you the full nine-yards when you buy an 860 EVO. You get easy to use Samsung Migration software for cloning, you get the industries best SSD Tool-Box software, and you also get Samsung's award winning RAPID caching technology. We didn't cover RAPID in this review, but it can deliver a massive performance increase in certain scenarios, and additionally reduce write amplification significantly.


Looking back at our testing results, one thing becomes crystal clear - the 860 EVO is the second best performing SATA SSD on the market. The only better performing SATA SSD is Samsung's own 860 Pro. The 860 EVO easily outperforms competing SATA SSDs including more expensive MLC powered competitors.


Our sustain sequential write test showed that the 1TB 860 EVO doesn't suffer from low sustained write performance like we commonly see from TLC SSD. Our PCMark 8 testing showed that the 1TB 860 EVO is overall the best performing TLC SSD on the market when running moderate workloads.


Class-leading performance at a reasonable price is always TweakTown recommended.




  • Overall Performance
  • Endurance
  • Random Write Performance




  • Non-SLC Read Response

Product Summary Breakdown

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Overall TweakTown Rating97%

The Bottom Line: Samsung delivers the goods in spectacular fashion with the 860 EVO. This SSD needs to be on your short list.

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