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Corsair FS 3 or Crucial M4?

Poll Results: Corsair FS 3 or Crucial M4?

 
  • 82% (14)
    Crucial M4
  • 17% (3)
    Corsair FS 3
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post #1 of 15
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I'm going to buy 2 sdd's (I would like you to help me to decide), but I can not decide between those two brands. There is no difference in price.
I would like to have sdd's without blue screen.

Crucial:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/64gb-...-s-new-version
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/128gb...-s-new-version

or

Corsair:

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/60gb-...0mb-s-80k-iops
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120gb...-85000-iops-pc

Why Corsair has better write comparing to Crucial and is less expensive?

Thank you.

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post #2 of 15
Im not sure. I dont have SSD's.. This might help:http://www.anandtech.com/bench/SSD/65
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post #3 of 15
the Corsair Force3 series uses asynchronous NAND flash which is really fast for compressible data, but slower for incompressible data, that's probably why.
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The biggest difference btwn the two is the controller. Crucial uses a Marvell Controller, Corsair uses sandforce.

Sandforce has had a TON of issues with reliability and it's supposedly solved, but I would wait until we've had some time to see for sure.

Marvell had one issue early on with sleep states, but that was quickly fixed with a firmware update, so they're much more reliable.

In terms of speed, depends on usage. Most of us get an SSD as a system boot drive and for that usage, 4k random read/write is much more important and the Crucial drives excel there.

Sustained read/write is less important unless you plan on getting a SSD to store large files that are constantly moved. For most of us that would be kinda silly since benefit there is minimal and HD's are much more cost effective at that.

Enterprise and those who work with rendering/digital design, etc is a different story.

edit: M4 uses synchronus NAND , Force uses asynchronus NAND. Sychronus NAND is more expensive, but honestly, the difference it makes is not really relevant when comparing controllers, but more so when comparing drives with the same controller. IE, SF asynchornus NAND SSD vs SF synchronus NAND, sychrnonus performs much better. However, btwn controllers, the benchmarks already take into account the NAND difference, so it's not gonna make a difference beyond what's already revealed in benchmarks. .
Edited by banthracis - 11/7/11 at 7:53am
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post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by banthracis View Post
The biggest difference btwn the two is the controller. Crucial uses a Marvell Controller, Corsair uses sandforce.

Sandforce has had a TON of issues with reliability and it's supposedly solved, but I would wait until we've had some time to see for sure.

Marvell had one issue early on with sleep states, but that was quickly fixed with a firmware update, so they're much more reliable.

In terms of speed, depends on usage. Most of us get an SSD as a system boot drive and for that usage, 4k random read/write is much more important and the Crucial drives excel there.

Sustained read/write is less important unless you plan on getting a SSD to store large files that are constantly moved. For most of us that would be kinda silly since benefit there is minimal and HD's are much more cost effective at that.

Enterprise and those who work with rendering/digital design, etc is a different story.

edit: M4 uses synchronus NAND , Force uses asynchronus NAND. Sychronus NAND is more expensive, but honestly, the difference it makes is not really relevant when comparing controllers, but more so when comparing drives with the same controller. IE, SF asynchornus NAND SSD vs SF synchronus NAND, sychrnonus performs much better. However, btwn controllers, the benchmarks already take into account the NAND difference, so it's not gonna make a difference beyond what's already revealed in benchmarks. .
I checked and Corsair FS3 has 80,000 IOPS where Crucial 20,000 IOPS. So lower that number is the better?
Sorry if this is stupid question but I'm confused.
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post #7 of 15
higher iops is better, generally.
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post #8 of 15
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Thanks all for input. As I browse this SDD section I see a lot of people suggest to get Crucial C300/M4 , so I guess I will be fine with Crucial C4 since it will be used just for win boot up and games.
There wont be any movement of big files or something like that.
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Crucial M4's, forget anything else.
 
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post #10 of 15
Corsair Force

The M4 is a extremely unbalanced SSD
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