Samsung 860 EVO SSD 250gb Review

Is the Samsung 860 EVO SSD worth investing in?

SSDs were first used by professionals that wanted a bump in speed and performance for heavy workloads, but ever since SSD makers created more affordable drives, the SSD market got bigger, with plenty of offers and various price-per-performance ratios that were too good to pass on.

When launched, the 850 EVO was seen as a performant SATA SSD, with the durable V-NAND form and a huge lifespan. But the prices were not reflecting that at all. Moreover, there was the SATA performance ceiling, which clearly made NVMe SSDs more popular than the 860 EVO.

However, with the price going lower as years passed after the launch, the 860 EVO went on sale. We are talking about a 1TB EVO for under $110, a 2TB EVO for $200 or even less, and a 250GB EVO for less than $70 (directly from Samsung) and down to under $60 from various online retailers.

With the price per performance fixed by the passing of years, is a 250GB Samsung 860 EVO still a relevant buy in 2020? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons, the technical specifications, benchmark test results, and other details to reach a verdict.

Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SSD – PROS AND CONS

Being a SATA-based drive, the 860 EVO is more affordable than the 960 Pro and 960 Evo (both NVMe drives). In 2018, when it was launched, the 860 EVO had great read/write speeds, and today, they’re not bad at all.

+ Pros: fast, affordable, long lifespan, reliable brand

– Cons: SATA performance ceiling, lower sequential write speed than expected


We will take a look at the 250 GB 860 EVO, the only difference being the TBW and lower capacity compared to the 500GB, 1TB and 2TB models. Compared to the predecessor – the 850 Evo, we see the double of TBW in the 860 EVO, and the lifespan gets even bigger in the higher capacity models.

  • Capacity: 250GB
  • Interface: SATA: 6 Gbps
  • NAND: Samsung 3D V-NAND 3bit MLC
  • Cache: 512MB LPDDR4
  • Controller: Samsung MJX Controller
  • Seq.Read/Write Speed: up to 550/520MB/s
  • Ran.Read/Write Speed (QD32): Max. 98K IOPS / 90K IOPS
  • Warranty & Endurance: 5 years, 150TBW

The design of the 860 EVO is similar to the one of the previous models – a black case and a light gray square under the Samsung brand. On the back, we see a large sticker containing all the information about the SSD, including the size, model, serial number, and rating.

Let’s see how the Samsung 860 EVO performed in various benchmark tests.

About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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