Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

Desktop PC – Real World Benchmarks

PCMark 8 Storage  Benchmark 2.0

This is how Futuremark describes the PCmark 8 Storage
Benchmark –

PCMark 8 Storage benchmark is ideal for testing the
performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives. 

Using traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite,
Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games, PCMark 8 Storage highlights
real-world performance differences between storage devices. You do not need to
have these applications installed on your system to run the Storage benchmark.

The PCMark 8 Storage benchmark test contains the
following workload traces: Adobe Photoshop light, Adobe Photoshop heavy, Adobe
Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe After Effects, Microsoft Word, Microsoft
Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, World of Warcraft and Battlefield 3

You can read a detailed description of each storage test and
how the overall score is calculated in the PCMark 8 Technical Guide by clicking
here.

The results from this benchmark are, I feel, a valuable
insight into how a drive will support real world applications.

I thank Futuremark for providing Myce with a license to use
PCMark 8 Pro.

Here is the result for the Samsung 860 PRO –

 

Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

Exceeding an overall score of 5,000 is very impressive.

Here is a comparison of the overall score with the other
client products I have tested –

Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

You can see that the 860 PRO 256GB has equalled the score
achieved by the 860 EVO.

File Copy Benchmarks

FastCopy is a useful program for recording how long copying
files to and from a drive takes. FastCopy can be downloaded here.

A Ram Disk (a virtual drive held in RAM) is used as the
source drive when a file is ‘copied to’ the test drive and is then used as the
destination when a file is ‘copied from’ the test drive.  This ensures that the
test drive is on the critical path for the time taken.

Here are the results – 

Copy a Blu-ray Movie to the Samsung 860 PRO

Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

 

You can see that the 860 PRO 256GB is faster than the 860
EVO 250GB in this test. This is because the size of the Movie is bigger than the
860 EVO 250GB’s maximum SLC Write Cache size of 12GB and therefore the 850
EVO’s transfer speed drops to its post ‘TurboWrite’ speed for part of the
transfer. 

Copy a Blu-ray Movie from the Samsung 860 PRO

Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

 

Copy a Game to the Samsung 860 PRO

Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

 

Copy a Game from the Samsung 860 PRO

 

Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

Copy a folder of JPEGs to the Samsung 860 PRO

Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

 

Copy a folder of JPEGs from the Samsung 860 PRO

Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review

Samsung 860 PRO 256GB SATA SSD Review


Now let’s head to the next page, to look at the results
for the OakGate FOB Tests…..