Monday, January 14, 2013

Samsung 840 series 250GB SSD benchmarks

Finally, it is time to post some benchmarks of my new Samsung 840 series 250GB SSD. I got this for a cheap JPY13,524 which was cheaper than the regular price due to holiday promotions. I am using this drive entirely for the OS (Windows 8 Pro), programs and games. Since I have ample amount of space in this drive, finally I’m using a pagefile (albeit smaller than the recommended size because I have a lot of RAM anyways) and also using the SSD for the temporary files. (However, I do clean up the temporary files at every boot using CCleaner.)

I wasn’t sure whether to use hibernation with this drive. The reason to use hibernation (or the hiberfile.sys) is to speed up boot up even further, making use of fast boot. Currently I am not using it, but I will experiment with it later. Perhaps it will fix the slow load up of system tray applications in Windows 8.







Note that there was no 2.5” to 3.5” converter provided.


The drive itself




Note 1: These scores were not taken on a fresh drive. All the software except the games were installed and the SSD was being used as the system drive when the benchmarks scores were taken.

Note 2: These scores were taken with the latest firmware (version DXT07B0Q as of 2013/01/14) that improved the dirty drive performance of Samsung 840 and 840 Pro series of SSDs.

Note 3: All the benchmarks were run on my main rig with Windows 8. Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver version was used.

ATTO Disk Benchmark

Samsung 840 250GB ATTO

CrystalDiskMark3.0.2 x64

Samsung 840 250GB CrystalDiskMark

AS SSD Benchmark 1.6.4237.30508

Samsung 840 250GB AS SSD

Windows 8 Experience Index score

My previous SSD, the Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD gave a score of 7.9. This drive gives 8.1, but it might drop a bit as the drive gets filled. I will let you know in a few months what happens.

Windows 8 Experience Index Samsung 840 250GB

Windows 8 Bootup on ASRock Z68 Extreme4 (with Fast Boot turned OFF)

Windows 8 Professional boot up with Samsung 840 Series 250GB SSD


  1. is it just my bad eyes or one of the screws on the drive has been tampered with ?

    1. haha. i just hope it is your bad eyes because i don't wanna open up the case and take out the SSD to investigate. either way, package was properly sealed. if any tampering was involved, it must have been an assembler at Samsung factories.

  2. Hi! Im currently using this same drive as my Win7 drive, and i want to perform the firmware update! Do you know if it is necesary to reinstall windows after performing the upgrade? THANKS!!

    1. you don't have to reinstall Windows.

      but for some reason, SSD Magician did not download the firmware for me. it just stood still doing nothing. so i downloaded the "correct" firmware from Samsung's website and pointed SSD Magician to that file and then it worked. But later on when I checked for firmware updates via SSD Magician, it said my firmware is up to date. it must have been a little software glitch the first time. nothing weird happened while the actual flashing was underway.

  3. Hi. im planning to buy one of these. whats the best between 840 and 840pro for money spend. price difference is between 8-10k and i want best out of my money.

    1. 840Pro is not worth it. The difference is only in write speeds. Read speeds are identical. You won't need super high write speeds unless you are writing huge files from like realtime video capturing etc. in that case I recommend the Corsair Neutron GTX because it has an enterprise grade controller and does not get exhausted after a length write session. All other drives with consumer grade controllers become exhausted after a while. They need a break in between work. :)

  4. ok then. im taking the advise for the expert and go with non pro version. thanx. :)


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