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I've been looking into a 512Gb SSD for my next build. I'm about 2-3months off from buying everything and getting it put together. Right now I'm looking at the Samsung 830, Crucial M4 and the Plextor M3 (512Gb variants). I've just begun my research -- are there any new drives/new tech related to SSDs coming out anytime soon that I should be aware of? I'm fine with spending some coin on a fast/large drive; I'd like to have my OS/main apps/games on one drive to keep it simple and 512gb would do it.

Also - I assume that if I were to find one of those three drives on sale/discounted at all; it might be worth just grabbing now since 512gb drives won't be dropping in price anytime soon. Any suggestions are appreciated as always!
 
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I've been looking into a 512Gb SSD for my next build. I'm about 2-3months off from buying everything and getting it put together. Right now I'm looking at the Samsung 830, Crucial M4 and the Plextor M3 (512Gb variants). I've just begun my research -- are there any new drives/new tech related to SSDs coming out anytime soon that I should be aware of? I'm fine with spending some coin on a fast/large drive; I'd like to have my OS/main apps/games on one drive to keep it simple and 512gb would do it.

Also - I assume that if I were to find one of those three drives on sale/discounted at all; it might be worth just grabbing now since 512gb drives won't be dropping in price anytime soon. Any suggestions are appreciated as always!

Samsung is working on a controller revision soon I heard and the Marvell controller is going to get a upgrade soon as well.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5676/marvells-3rd-generation-88ss9187-ssd-controller

I'd wait on the decision till you build the system.
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To the guy above, personally, if you already have an SSD and it is working well, I wouldn't upgrade. Obviously the numbers ARE better on the newer drives, but they also cost a ton of money, and they aren't that much better.
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I have flashbacks featuring BSOD's , pulling hair, endless firmware updates
As in your drive is doing this? If so it isn't supposed to obviously. Have you talked to Intel about a replacement?


Sorry for the confusion Raptorxrx and everyone else, I guess I haven't expressed myself clearly.

What I meant to say was - every time that someone mentions Sandforce drives, I think of all the initial firmware bugs and trouble their owners had to go through. I'm sure most of the bugs were sorted out later on in the firmware, but still, the doubt remains and I will avoid SF drives from now on. However, I am willing to give Intel benefit of the doubt and go with the 520 series if their performance is like in the review i quoted above.

As for my 120 GB Intel 320, it is working perfect, no slowdowns, and it's performance is about the same as when i first bought it 10 month ago ( confirmed that with AS SSD). As why I want to replace it, it's a mix of upgrade itch and a need for more capacity.

Windows, utilities, Steam and few other games will add to ~100GB so I'd feel more comfortable with a 250 GB drive. And now I am looking for the fastest, reasonably priced SSD.

It is unfortunate that most of the solid state drive reviews focus on the generic benchmarks and only few feature real world tests that average user will find useful.
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Intel has custom firmware for their Sandforce, so if you choose that, you shouldn't have troubles. Intel wouldn't want to screw up there name by releasing a faulty product, because that's how they sell their SSD's at a premium. I am partial to the Plextor M3 personally, because it has better performance than the M4, and it's time this forum starts moving away from the generic "get the m4" response. Are you interested in selling your SSD, or are you just getting another one too?
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Thanks for the link Sean. I don't plan on building until ivy bridge cpus are out anyway, so I'll be keeping an eye on these too.
 
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@Sean Webster - what do you think (or have you looked at) about the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G? I'm looking at getting the 240GB and from the reviews I'm very impressed with the product. It's the first drive to use the new Sandforce 2282 (update from 2281) with Toshiba 32nm Toggle NAND.
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Intel has custom firmware for their Sandforce, so if you choose that, you shouldn't have troubles. Intel wouldn't want to screw up there name by releasing a faulty product, because that's how they sell their SSD's at a premium. I am partial to the Plextor M3 personally, because it has better performance than the M4, and it's time this forum starts moving away from the generic "get the m4" response. Are you interested in selling your SSD, or are you just getting another one too?

Totally agree with this. It's to the point of nauseating how every time a question comes up about what SSD to get, it's always "Get the M4" "Crucial M4" "Get the Crucial". Seriously, there are newer and better drives out.
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@Sean Webster - what do you think (or have you looked at) about the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G? I'm looking at getting the 240GB and from the reviews I'm very impressed with the product. It's the first drive to use the new Sandforce 2282 (update from 2281) with Toshiba 32nm Toggle NAND.

Looks good and it shouldn't have the issues the 2281 controller has from what I remember reading. Toggle NAND = best biggrin.gif
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Intel has custom firmware for their Sandforce, so if you choose that, you shouldn't have troubles. Intel wouldn't want to screw up there name by releasing a faulty product, because that's how they sell their SSD's at a premium. I am partial to the Plextor M3 personally, because it has better performance than the M4, and it's time this forum starts moving away from the generic "get the m4" response. Are you interested in selling your SSD, or are you just getting another one too?

Totally agree with this. It's to the point of nauseating how every time a question comes up about what SSD to get, it's always "Get the M4" "Crucial M4" "Get the Crucial". Seriously, there are newer and better drives out.
+1 More lol, I <3 my M3 and the Corsair Performance Pro is great and the Samsung 830 and the...yea lol. The M4 is just usually the cheapest tho. haha
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Hello! I've been following this thread and about a billion others as I've been researching my first SSD purchase. I must say, Sean, you have the best SSD thread out of any review site I've been on. Which is why I wish to pick your brain (and anyone else's) for a quick opinion on two very similar drives. (I also know I am nitpicking as they are both fantastic drives, but hey. it's 300 bucks, it may as well be well spent)

Corsair Performance Pro 256gb
Plextor M3 256gb

I've seen plenty of benches going blow for blow between the two, but I was curious what your opinion would be price being equal. I like the 5 year warranty on the plextor and the thermal dampening is a nice touch, but I like the 34nm NAND on the corsair very much. Assuming I intend to run these things into death for 10 years, do you think the extra warranty time is better or the longer lasting NAND? I imagine that if an SSD is going to go bust for defectiveness, it will be in the first year anyway like most silicon.

Beyond that, though I know benchies are similar due to both having 512mb ram cache and toggle nand, but do you have a subjective opinion on performance between the two?

As an aside, I'm sure a few people might be interested that the Corsair Performance Pro has a $30 rebate on newegg as of today, March 27 through April 2nd taking it to $310. This is why I am posting now, actually. smile.gif
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I say go with which ever is cheaper. If they are the same price grab the Plextor with the 5 yr warranty.
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Oh, and another question for anyone. I intend to eventually have two 256gb SSDs for extra data storage. Any opinions on whether it would be better to get, say, two m3s/perf pros and slap them in raid 0 (I know that can negatively affect access times), or use the m3/perf pro and then get a cheaper m4/mushkin chronos deluxe for overflow data storage? The overflow is mostly going to be steam games, so I figured I'd dedicate a second SSD entirely to that or raid it up for extra performance.

As noted, this is a 99% gaming oriented rig, so if anyone has some subjective opinions about gaming load times and such on a raid 0 of SSDs vs singular SSD, that would be extra helpful. Cheers.

Edit: Righto, guess I'll take advantage of that rebate today then for the corsair. Thanks for the opinion!
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