Samsung 860 EVO M.2 SATA3 SSD Review (2TB)


Although we might not typically rely on a manufacturers own testing tool, this Samsung magician result does a great job of confirming the performance that we have been seeing with the Samsung 860 EVO 2TB 6Gbps SSD.


The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed to record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications


Our PCMark Vantage performance is very similar to that of the 860 Pro with five of the eight tests above the 400MB/s range and a Total Score of 87565.


The SSD Review uses PCMark 8’s Storage test suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. With 10 traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games, it covers some of the most popular light to heavy workloads. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices. After an initial break-in cycle and three rounds of the testing, we are given a file score and bandwidth amount. The higher the score/bandwidth, the better the drive performs.

We werent happy whatsoever with this result and we are still trying to work out why this might be lower than we expected…significantly lower. We figured it would average around 310MB/s but, as you can see below, the Samsung EVO 860 fell below other SATA 3 drives that it shouldn’t have.  We will continue to explore reasoning, updating the report should we find a cure.

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