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After months of meditating on the worth of buying an SSD and my general stance against them in a consumer based environment, I decided to take a risk and splash the cash on an SSD. Provided that I have only two more upgrades until my setup is "fully" completed as in watercooling + storage, I decided that I'll buy my watercooling kit in France and the SSD in Hanoi.

So now I stumble upon the choice of which SSD to buy. I have enough money to buy a SSD in the 120GB range.

I have narrowed the choice to 3 SSD :

-The Crucial M4 128GB
-The Patriot WildFire 120GB
-The Corsair Force 3 120GB

I heard that the Crucial M4 had a lower failure rate because of it using Marvell controllers as opposed of Patriot and Corsair using Sandforce based controllers. Between those two, the Patriot seems to be in a higher tier in comparison to the Corsair (as Tomshardware.com said -I also know that I have to have the critical eye/take with a grain of salt-)

So basically, Crucial M4 128GB or Patriot WildFire 120GB ?

Considering the former to be somehow safer and the later to be way better performance wise, what should I buy ?

Posts with a serious argumentation about how Watercooling > SSD ARE ALLOWED !

-Luxio
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The M4 is the only ssd to get.

Best all round ssd
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M4 is fast enough for anything, 500MB/s reads and 200 Mb/s writes. What you wanna look at if you are a normal user is high reads, for renderings stuff it would be writes. The Corsair would have higher reads and writes but uses a Sanforce controller and is more expensive.

I personally got the M4. They are just deadly reliable from many user experiences which is why I bought a M4 for this build and a C300 for the other.
    
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You seemed to have already eliminated it but I figured I would just point out that Corsair released a firmware update for the Force 3 series like 2 days ago to fix the random BSOD issue.

http://forum.corsair.com/forums/showthread.php?t=100162
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post #5 of 16
Crucial M4 baby! The firmware update takes less than 5 minutes (Took me longer to burn the bootable CD /derp)
post #6 of 16
With the new firmware Crucial released, the M4 is definitely the way to go.
post #7 of 16
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All the SSD are affordable and do not exceed my budget so do I still get the M4 ? And more writes could be better because I also do light rendering as well.

I am focusing on reliability, but also speed. And if I recall correctly, the WildFire's reads and writes exceed both the M4 and the Force 3.

-Luxio
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M4 without a doubt
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Yes. The WildFire's 32nm Toshiba NAND are more reliable and provide a higher performance. However, it is still sandforce based, which has many associated bugs/problems. It does have significant synthetic benchmark advantages over the M4. I would also reccomend the M4 over the two sandforce drives.
    
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post #10 of 16
The SandForce problem doesn't bother me a bit, especially with firmware updates just released to prevent it. I'd buy the Wildfire. Truth be told, if all are within your budget, I'd go with the Kingston HyperX, Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe or the Vertex 3 MAX IOPS.

Choosing the M4 wouldn't be a mistake, though (gotta throw that in there or people seem to get all kinds of indignant).
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