Review: Samsung SSD 860 EVO SATA3 250GB [MZ-76E250B/EU]

We already reviewed the bestseller from Samsung on our website. Since the last order in September 2018, in which this SSD was placed, it had not dropped in price due to its crazy popularity. The disk is still in the segment for budget assemblies, but in 2018 there were many negative reviews about it on the Yandex.Market and Amazon, where customers complain about poor compatibility with AMD systems and a large number of defective unites released in summer of 2018 year.

The SSD uses TLC technology and is not the cheapest option among its rivals. For a long time, it was in demand due to its reliability, about it so much was said in the reviews.

According to Samsung itself, the drive is designed specifically for mainstream PCs and laptops, uses V-NAND technology and a robust controller with a streamlined algorithm. Manufactured in a wide range of form factors for best compatibility with most configurations. Read and write speeds are stable even under high loads and when using multi-tasking. The sequential write speed of the 860 EVO drive using intelligent writing technology (Intelligent TurboWrite) reaches 520 MB / s. The sequential read speed reaches 550 MB / s. TurboWrite buffer size for improvement file transfer speed increased from 12 GB to 78 GB.

The drive write resource (TBW) is up to 8 times higher than a similar characteristic of the previous drive model – 850 EVO SSD. The latest V-NAND technology provides a working life of up to 2400 TBW or a 5-year limited warranty.

Users note that the drive works at the maximum stated speed, as long as the cache capacity is sufficient, then the speed drops to about 300 Mb / S.

You can buy Samsung SSD 860 EVO SATA3 250GB for the price 59,99 . Don’t forget to use discount coupon on computeruniverse.netFWNNROU (How to use it?).


  • Capacity: 500 GB
  • Interface: SATA3
  • Technology: TLC 3D NAND
  • Samsung MJX Controller
  • Form factor: 2.5 ″,
  • Read / write speed: max. 520 MB / s, max. 550 MB / s
  • Installation height: 6.8 mm
  • Hardware encryption
  • 5 year warranty

Drive Speed ​​Characteristics

  • Reading speed 550 MB / s
  • Write speed 520 MB / s
  • Random write speed (4 KB blocks) 90000 IOPS
  • The total number of bytes written (TBW) is 150 TB
  • Support for 4 KB sectors: yes
  • Buffer size 512 MB
  • Data Encryption: Yes
  • TRIM support: yes
  • Time between failures 1500000 h
  • Impact resistance when working 1500 G
  • Impact resistance during storage 1500 G

Dimensions and weight

  • Width 69.85 mm
  • Height 6.8 mm
  • Length 100 mm
  • Weight 50 g
  • Weight with packaging on the site computeruniverse: 0,12kg

Kit included

  • 2.5 “(7 mm) SATA III (6 Gb / s) solid-state drive and user manual (all other cables, screws, brackets are not included).

Review of Samsung SSD 860 EVO SATA3 250GB [MZ-76E250B/EU]

Experience and reviews indicate the exceptional reliability of this SSD. An excellent drive for your money, recommended first of all for those who choose time-tested options for their own computers.

Advantages and disadvantages

Samsung’s SSD is not one of the most popular drives in Russia, but also in the whole world. In our joint orders from computeruniverse, they were added more than once and I am sure that they will be ordered more than once in future. Of course, today it is not the best option in terms of price / volume, especially among TLC SSDs. However, Samsung managed to prove itself that it manages to sell its discs at a price higher than that of competitors.

– SSD is equipped with modern V-NAND memory and a controller with a debugged algorithm;
– Improved performance: sequential read / write speed of up to 550 MB / s and 520 MB / s, respectively. Reliability: 1.5 million hours of reliability (MTBF)
– The latest V-NAND technology provides the industry’s maximum warranty period (5 years) or 4800 Terabytes.
– Ideal for home and work PCs and laptops for personal, gaming and business use. Operating temperature: 0 – 70 ℃
– Hardware and software compatibility: Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit), Vista (SP1 and above), XP (SP2 and above), MAC OSX and Linux

In 2018, the Samsung product received a lot of negative feedback from customers, this is due to the following problems:

– lack of support for modern AMD chipsets;
– defective SSD batches starting from July 2018;

The SSD to trust

The newest edition to the world’s best-selling* SATA SSD series, the Samsung 860 EVO. Specially designed for mainstream PCs and laptops, with the latest V-NAND and a robust algorithm-based controller, this fast and reliable SSD comes in a wide range of compatible form factors and capacities.

Enhanced performance

Speeds are more consistent, even with heavy workloads and multi-tasks. The 860 EVO performs at sequential writes up to 520 MB/s* with Intelligent TurboWrite technology, and sequential reads up to 550 MB/s. The TurboWrite buffer size* is upgraded from 12 GB to 78 GB for faster file transfer.

Boosted endurance

Safely store and render large sized 4K videos and 3D data used by the latest applications, up to 8x higher TBW (Terabytes Written)* than the previous 850 EVO. The latest V-NAND technology gives you up to 2,400 TBW, or is backed by a 5-year limited warranty.

Smart compatibility

Benefit from faster, more fluid communication with your host system. The refined ECC* algorithm and a new MJX controller generate higher speeds, and the improved queued trim enhances Linux compatibility. Our advanced engineering makes the 860 EVO more compatible with your computing system.

Multi form factors

Whatever size your computer needs, there is an 860 EVO for you. Choose among the 2.5-inch size for desktop PCs and laptops, and the SATA-based M.2 (2280) or the mSATA for ultra-slim computing devices.

Samsung Magician

Samsung Magician software is designed to help you manage your SSD with a simple and intuitive user interface.

Tests and comparison with other SSD

A graph of the speed of continuous sequential recording on Samsung 860 EVO models of various capacities (Samsung 860 EVO 250 Gb, Samsung 860 EVO 500Gb, Samsung 860 EVO 1 Tb).

Sequential read and write performance

The result Samsung 860 EVO 250 GB is here at an average level: drives with MLC-memory or with a more spacious SLC-cache regularly produce higher rates when writing.

Random Read Performance

According to the test results, it can be seen that in comparison with the models of the previous generation Samsung 850 EVO, the drive has become somewhat faster.

Random write performance

The recording speed of the 860 EVO with a capacity of 250 GB remained at the same level as the 850 EVO – the models use identical eight-channel flash memory arrays built on 256-gigabit 64-layer TLC 3D V-NAND crystals.

Mixed load performance

Samsung 860 EVO 250 GB shows itself in this test a little better than the 850 EVO thanks to the new MJX controller, which helps the new product to reveal high performance in such difficult situations.
Test results are taken from the website

Customer Reviews

As disadvantages of the Samsung SSD 860 EVO SATA3 500GB, buyers point out only the overestimated cost of the drive, which is more expensive than most other models from rivals. Otherwise, they appreciated the enormous actual disk recording resource, reliable TLC 3D V-NAND memory with 512 Gbps cores, solid appearance, proprietary Rapid mode, and amazing performance in all types of loads. Also, users were satisfied with the work of proprietary utility Samsung Magician, with which it is easy to flash the drive and monitor its health.

upd. Many reviews left in recent months are no longer as rosy as the first. Buyers complain about the lack of support for modern AMD chipsets, confirming the incorrect and slow work of the drive, for example, on AMD 770 Socket AM2 motherboards. However, the problem can be solved by connecting an additional controller (in the case of the author who left a negative review – it was a PCI-E x1 controller from Orient on ASmedia ASM1061 chip). Defective goods are shipped with July 2018 dates of manufacture.

Warning! Defective Items are being shipped with July 2018 releases
August 23, 2018 [Verified Purchase]
Capacity: 1 TB
I ordered a hard disk and tested through the Crystal Disk benchmark. It was only giving 50% less speeds than specifications. I have a 5 yr old Samsung SSD with same operating system which was reading above 500MB/S for the sequential test. I have run the same test with another Samsung SSD 850 EVO, which also gave above 500MB/s. I made sure that all the parameters are same for different SSDs.
I got a replacement disk from amazon and it turned to be defective as well. I tried one from Best Buy released in the same month and discovered the same. Samsung’s Quality testing has gone downhill and they should be ashamed of themselves for selling so many defective units.
Before a person from Samsung replies to my comment, they should also note that I have already contacted Samsung and they said the issue can’t be fixed and to return the drive.

Critical review of Samsung SSD 860 EVO SATA3 on Amazon site.


Think you need a new computer because yours is slow?
Date of purchase: May 31, 2018 [Verified Purchase]
Capacity: 250 GB
It used to be that adding RAM was the easiest and cheapest way to speed up a slow computer. That never addressed the real bottleneck of a computer, which is the hard drive. I had a customer complaining that they probably needed a new computer even though theirs was only a little over a year old. Knowing that they had a standard platter-style hard drive, I suggested this. Boy is she glad that I did! Saved her hundreds of dollars on a new computer and likely thousands on lost time waiting for her computer to ‘compute’ as her entire business relies on her computer to make her money.

Positive review of SSD on Amazon

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