Samsung SSD 860 Pro Review: Fast, Reliable SATA Solid State Storage

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Samsung SSD 860 Pro - PCMark Storage 2.0 Tests

We like PCMark 8's Storage 2.0 benchmark module for its real-world application measurement approach to testing. PCMark 8 offers a trace-based measurement of system response times under various scripted workloads of traditional client / desktop system operation. From simple application start-up performance, to data streaming from a drive in a game engine, and video and photo editing with Adobe applications, we feel comfortable that these tests reasonably illustrate the performance profile of SSDs in an end-user / consumer PC usage model, more so than a purely synthetic transfer test.

Futuremark's PCMark Storage 2.0




The Samsung SSD 860 PRO was the fastest drive overall according to PCMark's Storage test. In these trace-based benchmarks, the Samsung SSD 860 PRO put up the best overall score and best times in the individual tests. In terms of overall bandwidth, however, the Samsung drive just missed the mark set by the Intel SSD 545s, though technically this one falls within the margin of error and can be considered a tie.

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