Samsung 860 Pro SSD Review (4TB) – So Much Storage


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 Pro 4TB 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


The Samsung 860 Pro pulled through the PCMark Vantage Suite with ok results, the score being 87824 with a high transfer speed of 479MB/s.  I will be the first to admit I have been void in the SATA 3 space for a while, mostly working with storage 6-8 times as fast, but I would like to have seen better results in this benchmark, as outdated as it is.


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.


The Samsung 860 Pro 4TB SATA 3 SSD has a Storage 2.0 score of and bandwidth of 323MB/s. Let’s see how it ranks amongst others:

Holding strong with its brethren, the Samsung 860 Pro SATA3 4TB SSD falls just below the Intel 600P and WD Black PCIe SSDs, both NVMe SSDs of a much higher performance.


  1. “Its warranty is five years which demonstrates, not only their confidence in their product but also, their confidence in their latest generation 64-layer 2bit MLC NAND memory.”

    850 PRO has 10 years warranty. Nothing impressive.

  2. I still think the MX500 1TB is an insane deal for %98 for people.

  3. Extensive and detailed review as always !
    Are you going to leave the Pro in it’s loneliness ? Or is the Evo review in the works ?

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