Samsung’s fastest-ever SATA SSD – South African pricing

Benchmarks for Samsung’s new 860-series SSDs are in, showing impressive performance.

Samsung has launched two new SATA SSDs, the 860 EVO and the 860 PRO – aimed at the mainstream and professional markets respectively.

Samsung’s previous-generation 850 EVO SSD dominated performance and endurance comparisons against similarly-priced drives, making it an ideal choice for a consumer SSD.

The more expensive 850 PRO competed against the best drives on the market and regularly outpaced them in terms of performance.

According to early benchmark and pricing data, the new 860-series drives have improved on the previous generation.


Both SDDs use the Samsung MJX Controller and are available in capacities of up to 4TB.

The specifications and South African pricing for the Samsung 860-Series SSDs are below. No local pricing for the 4TB versions was available at the time of writing.

Specifications Samsung 860 EVO Samsung 860 PRO
Interface SATA 6Gbps SATA 6Gbps
Form Factor 2.5-inch, mSATA, M.2. 2.5-inch
Flash V-NAND 3bit MLC V-NAND 2bit MLC
Capacity 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB
Cache Memory
  • 250GB – 512MB LPDDR4
  • 500GB – 512MB LPDDR4
  • 1TB – 1GB LPDDR4
  • 2TB – 2GB LPDDR4
  • 4TB – 4GB LPDDR4
  • 256GB – 512MB LPDDR4
  • 512GB – 512MB LPDDR4
  • 1TB – 1GB LPDDR4
  • 2TB – 2GB LPDDR4
  • 4TB – 4GB LPDDR4
Sequential Read/Write 550/520 MB/s 560/530 MB/s
Random Read/Write 98k/90k IOPS 100k/90k IOPS
Total Bytes Written
  • 250GB – 150TB
  • 500GB – 300TB
  • 1TB – 600TB
  • 2TB – 1,200TB
  • 4TB – 2,400TB
  • 256GB – 300TB
  • 512GB – 600TB
  • 1TB – 1,200TB
  • 2TB – 2,400TB
  • 4TB – 4,800TB

Samsung 860 EVO SSD


Benchmarks conducted by AnandTech show the exceptional performance of the Samsung 860 PRO 512GB and 4TB SSDs compared to their predecessors and other high-end drives.

It stated that the Samsung PM981 PCIe SSD was the only drive to outpace the Samsung 860 PRO in data transfer rates in its tests.

The figures show that the 860 Pro is now the most powerful SATA SSD on the market, claiming the title from its predecessor, the 850 Pro.

The Samsung 860 Evo is not as suited for professional applications, but is the better choice for gamers and everyday users, due to its impressive performance and much lower price.

Now read: First 512GB microSD card available soon

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