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Just ordered a Lenovo X220 laptop and I will throw a SSD into it after it arrives. (And yes I know I will have to remove the rubber protector in order to install the drive)

I'm trying to find the right SSD for the laptop right now, and I'm thinking about getting either Intel 320 or Micron/Crucial C300/C400. 120GB or 128GB model.

I know the Intel 320, while doesn't offer the fastest speed, carries a 5 year warranty and Intel drives are pretty reliable. I believe Intel drives' power consumption is pretty low, too.

On the other hand, I think the Micron C400 offers higher IPOS compared to the Intel 320(not sure about real world numbers tho), and higher speed as well.
But at the same time I also heard about the clogging issues with the Crucial M4(not sure if the C400 have same issues, but they are basically the same drive)

1. Which drive uses less power in real world enviroment?
2. Which drive have higher IOPS, and r/w speed in real world?
3. Does the Crucial/Micron drive support TRIM? (I believe one of the reviews I read say the Crucial TRIM/GC doesn't work that well)
4. Any other issues with either the Intel 320 or Micron/Crucial drives?

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If your laptop only has SATA II, get the 320. Getting the Micron drives will not fully utilize them. Between the C300 and the C400 I would still vote for the C300 because of the higher 4k read IOPS and the more reliable 34nm NAND.
All of these drives support TRIM. The Crucial/Micron drives have very good GC schemes so actually TRIM is not even required. The review you are talking about is probably from Anand and it was a flawed review on a beta firmware before the drive was released. The GC is so good that I have yet to see any performance degradation on my drives which are in RAID (no TRIM).
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If your laptop only has SATA II, get the 320. Getting the Micron drives will not fully utilize them. Between the C300 and the C400 I would still vote for the C300 because of the higher 4k read IOPS and the more reliable 34nm NAND.
All of these drives support TRIM. The Crucial/Micron drives have very good GC schemes so actually TRIM is not even required. The review you are talking about is probably from Anand and it was a flawed review on a beta firmware before the drive was released. The GC is so good that I have yet to see any performance degradation on my drives which are in RAID (no TRIM).
I'm thinking about getting a 128GB Crucial drive and put it in my desktop, and put the desktop's X25-M in the laptop

Yes I think I read the review from Anand, I guess that's one of the problem when a drive is relatively new

Just found another test where the 128GB M4 is faster than the 128GB C300, but 256GB drives are about the same.
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post #4 of 10
Yes the M4 will bench faster mostly because of the faster sequential speed and the slightly faster random write but as an OS drive what really matters is the random read...
I think your suggestion would be best actually. Just make sure you enable TRIM on your laptop since the X25-M does not have GC.
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They say for reliability you should go with Intel but what kind of issues would one expect to have with going with the M4?
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Well Crucial/Micron have had their share of dying drives and compatibility problems early on but they turned out to be very reliable in the long run. Intel has just been rock solid from day 1.
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post #7 of 10
What is GC?

I am also on the same boat, i will be getting a 2500k/P8P67 Deluxe and I am looking for a good drive and a reliable one for my OS, my choices are Intel 320/C300/M4/, which one should I choose?
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GC=Garbage Collection. It is a firmware feature of the SSD controller which wipes used cells which used to contain data that has been deleted. It is a replacement for TRIM which is triggered by the OS and does more or less the same thing except that TRIM does it as files are getting deleted by the OS while GC is not OS aware or dependent.
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post #9 of 10
I will vote for Intel because 1:reliability 2:warranty-5years 3:in real life computing you not gonna see any difference
this is what ssdlife is saying about my 320/80gb:



bigger drives will have even better lifetime
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post #10 of 10
The 320 has garbage collection.

A 9.5 mm C300 will not easily fit into an X220; you'll have to do some custom fitting...

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If you choose to go Intel route, note that the screws that come with the spacer are too long to use without the spacer, and there are no short screws. When you take it off, your drive will have a loose cover. With the x220, that's not a problem, as the rubber mounts will hold you drive together very well.
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