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I've been doing some research lately, because I've decided my 2 year old Intel X25-M (1st gen) is a bit small at 80GB and a speed upgrade wouldn't be a bad plus.

My research started at the M4 vs. V3 Max IOPS vs. Samsung 830. I would absolutely love to get the v3 max iops because of its performance, but the reliability (CS, initial reliability, and long term reliability) have somewhat scared me off (not fully). I was leaning toward the M4 because of all of the great support behind it, but I still really wanted that bit of extra performance from something like the v3 max iops.

I've seen the reviews and benchmarks, which put the M4 at a much better standpoint now with the 0009 firmware, that its random performance is its strong point, and that this is where every day use comes into play. After reading the Tom's Hardware SSD performance in games article, I found sequential writes can be very important in games, especially something like swtor. This is something I found the v3 max iops to be much better in than the M4.

I then thought about the HyperX, which seems to be a lot more reliable than the v3 max iops, yet as good in performance.

My question is, is there anyone who has owned the HyperX for over a month or so and hasn't had any reliability issues? I'm about set on this drive, I just need a little more support.
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You wouldn't notice a difference in performance between the m4 and the Hyper-X.

Tom's article doesn't state what kind of data is being written. Do you realize that incompressible data will bring the sequential write levels of the max iops down almost to the m4's level?

Personally, based on what you have written, I'd have to recommend the Corsair Performance Pro to you.

It has great reads and writes and doesn't fall on it's face with incompressible data like some of the Sandforce drives.

http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/corsair-performance-pro-sata-3-256gb-ssd-review-marvell-controller-with-a-punch/5/
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Yes, gaming mainly will use incompressible data (especially in an MMO type game where the majority of the degradations in performance happen in largely populated or dense areas where multiple textures need to be loaded), and you're right, the difference between the incompressible sequential write on the max iops and the m4 is about 1 or 2 mb/s. The HyperX, however, does excel here even more than the other two. Actually, the 830 reigns as king here with some benchmarks putting it about 100 mb/s incompressible sequential write over the max iops and m4.

The 830's scores are even higher than the corsair performance pro you recommended in that regard, but I don't have a solid control putting the two drives up together against each other (two different systems, two different tests...results may be skewed). This is what I mean:

http://www.pctunerup.com/up/results/_201111/20111130201359_PerformancePro128GB_empty_30_11_2011.JPG
http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph4863/41267.png

I haven't seen much on the corsair performance pro, probably because it's new. Why did you recommend it? Just because of its ability to excel in incompressible data writing?
Edited by ChicAgoHawk - 12/4/11 at 2:15pm
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I don't know if I would trust Kingston SSDs because I don't know if they are reliable or not so I would go with the M4
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I recommended the Corsair pro because it's a proven platform.

We have to compare apples to apples here.

The Samsung 830 128gb will do seq write at 320mbs.

The Corsair Pro 128gb will do it at 340mbs.

The test Anand showed had the 830 as king because it was a 512gb drive. The larger the drive, the better the writes are.
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@mcg Would using the marvell controller on my p8p67 benefit the corsair over the intel one then? Just curious, where did you get those benches? I also can't believe I didn't mention this, but I'm going for the 256gb drive. Nonetheless, performance comparison should scale accordingly.

@neelwebs Yeah, that's why I was worried. Wanted the performance, didn't want to worry about it causing headaches in 3 weeks or so. Kingston is actually a reputable company...it's just those damn sandforce controllers...
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@mcg Would using the marvell controller on my p8p67 benefit the corsair over the intel one then? Just curious, where did you get those benches? I also can't believe I didn't mention this, but I'm going for the 256gb drive. Nonetheless, performance comparison should scale accordingly.

No. Marvell's controller on a ssd board is great but the motherboard solution is not at all.

To be fair to Marvell on the motherboard aspect, it's not their fault. No solution for Sata 6gb/s is going to work as well as one that connected directly to the chipset.

I have the Marvell port turned off on my p8p67m pro.

The native Intel 6gb/s ports provide the best performance.
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Same, I haven't used my marvell controllers yet. Alright, I may have to try out the Corsair Performance Pro. Could you show me where you got those benchmarks, though?
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Same, I haven't used my marvell controllers yet. Alright, I may have to try out the Corsair Performance Pro. Could you show me where you got those benchmarks, though?

I had to go to Newegg and look up the drive actually. Can't find a review of the 128gb at this point.
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Here is a benchmark of my week old 120GB HyperX
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Edited by hour1702 - 12/6/11 at 6:07pm
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