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I went on newegg to buy an SSD and I see both of these listed. Could someone tell me the difference? They're the same price. Just need to know before I commit.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=1&srchInDesc=

Thanks

EDIT: I was going to buy the M4 but I see people recommending the C300. I'm going to pair the SSD with a Maximus IV Gene-Z/2600k combo if that helps.

Edited by sintricate - 7/26/11 at 6:15pm
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The C300 or the M4?

If i had to choose Id get the C300.
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M4
Sustained Sequential Read: Up to 415 MB/s (SATA 6Gb/s)
Sustained Sequential Write: Up to 175 MB/s (SATA 6Gb/s)

C300
Sustained Sequential Read: 355MB/sec (SATA 6Gb/s) 265MB/sec (SATA 3Gb/s)
Sustained Sequential Write: 140MB/sec (SATA 6Gb/s) 140MB/sec (SATA 3Gb/s)

i would choose the M4 if I HAD to go cricial. What will it be goin in just out of curiosity if it supports SATA6 or not
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Though the C300 has better random read and writes which is what you will probably use more. Unless your doing video editing and stuff like that with big files get an Intel 510.
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The M4 CCA model comes with a USB Adapter and a CD with the manual, datasheet, Adobe Reader, and their EZ Gig III Cloning software. The drives are identical, just go for whatever's cheaper.

And the C300 has slightly better random reads (4k), but the M4 has higher sequential reads and writes. The M4 has 25nm NAND which consumes less power but has a lower number of writes per cell, while the C300 has 32nm NAND which consumes more power and has a higher number of writes per cell. I wouldn't worry about the life of the drive as you should get at least 5 years with each, by the time it goes bad you'll have already upgraded to a much better drive. It's really whether you want higher sequential (M4) or higher random (C300) speeds.
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Originally Posted by Ecstacy View Post
The M4 CCA model comes with a USB Adapter and a CD with the manual, datasheet, Adobe Reader, and their EZ Gig III Cloning software. The drives are identical, just go for whatever's cheaper.

And the C300 has slightly better random reads (4k), but the M4 has higher sequential reads and writes. The M4 has 25nm NAND which consumes less power but has a lower number of writes per cell, while the C300 has 32nm NAND which consumes more power and has a higher number of writes per cell. I wouldn't worry about the life of the drive as you should get at least 5 years with each, by the time it goes bad you'll have already upgraded to a much better drive. It's really whether you want higher sequential (M4) or higher random (C300) speeds.
Is the C300 that much faster on random speeds than the M4? I already bought the M4 but I mean if it's that much better, I could always return it I guess... but it would have to be a big difference.
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The M4 is the new cost reduced version of the C300. They are not quite identical
M4 uses 25nm IMFT NAND flash which are intrinsically slower and have only 3000 write cycles
The C300 uses 34nm IMFT NAND rated for 5000 write cycles.
The faster sequential speed is an optimization of the Marvell controller both of these drives share with the Intel 510 and the Corsair performance 3 drives.
The Intel also uses 34nm NAND Flash while the Corsair uses Toshiba memory chips.
I would say the 510>C300>M4.
Whether you will feel the difference in speed between the drives really depends on your utilization. I think though that it is more likely for you to feel the impact of the random read/write speed advantage than the sequential under regular OS drive use.
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Originally Posted by sintricate View Post
Is the C300 that much faster on random speeds than the M4? I already bought the M4 but I mean if it's that much better, I could always return it I guess... but it would have to be a big difference.
The difference isn't that big, I wouldn't bother sending it back to replace it with the C300 but that's just me. Here's 2 reviews if you wanna see the difference between the two drives.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4253/t...0-ssd-review/1

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/C..._128_GB/1.html
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You should specify that the 510 also uses Flash from IMFT
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