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