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Samsung 850 Pro SSD Review (256GB) – Featuring 3D V-NAND Technology

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Price and Availability

addtocartThe Samsung 850 Pro SSD series is now widely available. At the time Samsung officially announced their new flagship SSD, the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices are as follows: $129.99 for the 128GB, $199.99 for the 256GB, $399.99 for the 512GB and $699.99 for the 1TB capacity. Samsung is also offering a 10 year limited warranty for all the capacities in the 850 Pro series.

At the time I published this review, B&H is selling the 850 Pro series below MSRP prices:

  • 128GB (MZ-7KE128BW) – $114.89 only
  • 256GB (MZ-7KE256BW) – $169.99 only after $20 instant savings
  • 512GB (MZ-7KE512BW) – $359.00 only
  • 1TB (MZ-7KE1T0BW) – $649.99 only after $50 instant savings

Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD Review: Conclusion

3D V-NAND Technology is just the beginning and has just opened new doors for the SSD industry. While PCIe based SSDs are slowly rising from the market, there is still very limited market due to its very high price, despite that it offers a much faster read/write speed. The 2.5-inch SATA SSD is still the popular choice in the market since it’s more affordable. I could still remember the time when a 32GB and 64GB SSD were very expensive, similar to a price of a 128GB or 256GB SSD today.

While, the Samsung 850 Pro is not a cheap SSD, in fact it’s an expensive SSD compared to its competitors. But it does offer a consistent read/write speed and performs better compared to the most SSDs on the market. Performance wise, it blew me away, and didn’t fail my expectations. It performed consistently well with both compressible and incompressible data. Meaning if you are editing videos, photos, audio files or just any sort of data, the 850 Pro can handle it very much, without a significant decrease in speed, specially write speed.

Although the RAPID Mode did give the 850 Pro a significant boost in performance, I wasn’t really excited about it. It’s not really a unique feature anymore. But what I really liked about the Samsung 850 Pro is its raw performance, plus the 10-year warranty and 150TBW guarantee. No other SSDs on the market, as of today, have this kind of warranty and guarantee. The other features like Magician Software, Migration Software, AES Encryption, Rapid Mode and etc were just a plus factor for me.

I got nothing else to say about Samsung’s flagship SSD. If you are looking for an SSD with raw performance and that really delivers, the Samsung 850 Pro may be the SSD you are looking for. But expect to pay a premium price. If you feel that it’s just too expensive for you, the also new Samsung 850 Evo is also a good option. It’s cheaper, features 3D V-NAND technology, but it may not be as fast as the 850 Pro. Nevertheless it’s still a good option. Finally, the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD, not only deserves a highly recommended award, but also The PC Enthusiast’s Editor’s Choice award.

thepcenthusiast editor's choice award

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