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I currently own a 128gb c300 thats installed in my sig rig and absolutely love the thing. No complaints whatsoever.

Anyway, looking to buy my folks a 64gb or 128gb ssd which will be used as an os drive in there pc. Now I realize the m4 is newer and seems to be the favorite among ocner's, but I also realize the c300 has more iops.

This will be used on a sata2 controller so It will be limited on its speed anyway. I found a good deal on a used 64gb c300 for around $100, or I can buy a brand new m4 64gb for about $10 more.


What would you guys do? Which one would perform better on a sata2 controller? Does the higher iops of the c300 make that much of a difference? or should I just go with whatever is cheaper?

any and all advice is greatly appreciated.


Edit: also, would it be worth it for me to upgrade to a 128gb m4 from my 128gb c300? this would be for my sig rig. If I upgrade to a m4 I could just give my parents my c300

I guess what Im asking, what is the all around better performing drive.
Edited by AliceInChains - 11/8/11 at 7:24pm
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I'd just go with whatever is cheaper since it's going to be on SATAII anyways. The prices you list sound expensive though - I thought new 64GB M4's can be found for ~$80 and used ones even cheaper?
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Originally Posted by AliceInChains View Post
I currently own a 128gb c300 thats installed in my sig rig and absolutely love the thing. No complaints whatsoever.

Anyway, looking to buy my folks a 64gb or 128gb ssd which will be used as an os drive in there pc. Now I realize the m4 is newer and seems to be the favorite among ocner's, but I also realize the c300 has more iops.

This will be used on a sata2 controller so It will be limited on its speed anyway. I found a good deal on a used 64gb c300 for around $100, or I can buy a brand new m4 64gb for about $10 more.


What would you guys do? Which one would perform better on a sata2 controller? Does the higher iops of the c300 make that much of a difference? or should I just go with whatever is cheaper?

any and all advice is greatly appreciated.


Edit: also, would it be worth it for me to upgrade to a 128gb m4 from my 128gb c300? this would be for my sig rig. If I upgrade to a m4 I could just give my parents my c300

I guess what Im asking, what is the all around better performing drive.
If you don't upgrade I won't ever speak to you

Get the M4 for yourself!

Best place to purchase

And here

Or you can cheap out and just get them a 64GB of either...

The C300 should be faster...noticeable? I don't think so. I went from sata 2 to sata 3 and I didn't notice a difference. My 4k reads went from 18MB to 25-26MB too lol
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I'd just go with whatever is cheaper since it's going to be on SATAII anyways. The prices you list sound expensive though - I thought new 64GB M4's can be found for ~$80 and used ones even cheaper?
I was just listing newegg prices. I'm going to hold out till I find a better deal I think. Ive seen 64gb c300s go for pretty cheap in the market place. Right now someone has one that's bnib for 100 shipped.
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If you don't upgrade I won't ever speak to you

Get the M4 for yourself!

Best place to purchase

And here

Or you can cheap out and just get them a 64GB of either...

The C300 should be faster...noticeable? I don't think so. I went from sata 2 to sata 3 and I didn't notice a difference. My 4k reads went from 18MB to 25-26MB too lol
Seenthats what I thought. I thought the c300 was faster because of the higher iops. If that's the case why is the m4 more popular? Because it's cheaper?
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Not a big jump between the 2. RAID 0 with another C300, or upgrade to a 256gb SSD.

Also, if your parents' main benefit from an SSD would be programs loading faster, you could cheap out on any 64GB SSD - they wouldn't know the difference between M4 and Kingston V+100 or w/e.
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Seenthats what I thought. I thought the c300 was faster because of the higher iops. If that's the case why is the m4 more popular? Because it's cheaper?
Maybe b/c they were going for so cheap when they were on sale or I think b/c it is just newer tech? Oh wait it isn't lol, it is just an optimized C300 with faster sequential reads, but lower 4k reads. And it is using 25nm NAND flash that technically has a lower write life than the C300.

But it has that sexy 500+ reads on sequential still of you like having a bigger E-Peen.

Man I contradict myself a lot lol

Really, get them anything that is the cheapest, they will notice a huge difference either way.

I heard the OCZ Octane will be cheap...maybe wait?
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I think Im going to get them an m4. Not that expensive and it should last them several years. Im definately sticking with crucial, as I have had great experience with them. Ive never owned any other brand of ssd to be honest.

Unless I find a super cheap c300 Ill probably get them an m4 and just keep my c300 as I dont copy any big files to and from the ssd. I just use it for games and programs/os
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i love that album cover! AIC is awesome, you inspired me to listen to some good ol AIC right this vvery second

back on topic, both are solid SSDs, i have arrays with both of those, C300 and M4, and you simply cannot get better...i have tested arrays with several manufacturers with my reviews (too many to list) and the C300 remains my fave, but the M4 is damn close.

The M4 is just as good as the C300, but the C300 does have better 4k low QD performance, to the tune of 10mb/s difference. that is the most common access for desktop usage, so i would recommend you keep yours. There is a reason the C300 is still very expensive!
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I'd get myself a new m4 and give C300 to the parents. Although C300 is indeed very fast still. But you have native SATA 6Gb/s ports and they don't. You will benefit from faster sequential speeds since I am sure you transfer large files more often than they do.
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