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I know everyone claims that the M4 is the absolute end-all-be-all, but I am just curious how it differs in real world comparisons compared to other high-end SSDs.

I would love to grab a 128GB M4 but the 120GB Corsair GT has some killer stats and the red goes nicely with my new build theme. I know the M4 beats it on benchmarks but I am just curious how they compare in real world usage. Is the M4 really THAT much better in day to day tasks, talking about ms differences?

I have a feeling either one would be an improvement over my X25-M, at least moderately. Maybe.

I don't care too much about synthetic benchmarks as much as I care about real world differences.

Fast boot times, fast program loads, fast OS operations, reliable...

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When you get a sickeningly fast SSD and compare it to a HDD you used to own, the difference is drastic. For example: an upgrade from Caviar Black to M4.

When you get a sickenlingly fast SSD and compare it to a revoltingly faster SSD, the difference isnt really noticeable if you are a normal user like me. For example: an upgrade from M4 to Vertex 3.

However what you will notice is stability. You will not notice the few 1-3 seconds difference in boot time, the 1-3 seconds faster load time in games between the 2 mentioned SSDs. But what you will notice is the BSODs you get when you end up with an unreliable SSD. The bootloops, the PC crashes, the BSODs will be noticed, and this ends up taking up time to fix them up and the speed and time difference you gain from having a faster SSD (Sandforce-based Vertex3) will be insignificant compared to the time taken to get it to work, when a "slower" SSD (M4) does 99% of the time.

Reliability > Speed anyday (as long as the 2 drives are not worlds apart).
    
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i am very happy with my m4, no problem at all
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I'd say that the only other (non-fail sandforce) competitor to the M4 is the Samsung 830. So far, that thing is a beast. (in fact, I might probably choose this over an M4 though real world difference shouldn't be too noticeable)
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Originally Posted by sloppyjoe123 View Post

When you get a sickeningly fast SSD and compare it to a HDD you used to own, the difference is drastic. For example: an upgrade from Caviar Black to M4.
When you get a sickenlingly fast SSD and compare it to a revoltingly faster SSD, the difference isnt really noticeable if you are a normal user like me. For example: an upgrade from M4 to Vertex 3.
However what you will notice is stability. You will not notice the few 1-3 seconds difference in boot time, the 1-3 seconds faster load time in games between the 2 mentioned SSDs. But what you will notice is the BSODs you get when you end up with an unreliable SSD. The bootloops, the PC crashes, the BSODs will be noticed, and this ends up taking up time to fix them up and the speed and time difference you gain from having a faster SSD (Sandforce-based Vertex3) will be insignificant compared to the time taken to get it to work, when a "slower" SSD (M4) does 99% of the time.
Reliability > Speed anyday (as long as the 2 drives are not worlds apart).

I 100% agree, Reliability > *. Which is why I love my Intel SSD so much. I have heard though that past issues have since been resolved with the newest firmware, so the reliability between the two drives I discussed should be the same?


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i am very happy with my m4, no problem at all

Not what I asked, lol. But thank you. I know the M4 is highly praised over here.
 
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Nope, reliablity for the Sandforce drives are still sketchy.

And even if they are said to be "fixed", I wouldnt call them reliable just yet. Just because the fixed Sandforce SSD is working for a month, doesnt mean it is reliable. It needs time to prove itself, which the M4, Intel drives and Samsung 830 does.
    
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I 100% agree, Reliability > *. Which is why I love my Intel SSD so much. I have heard though that past issues have since been resolved with the newest firmware, so the reliability between the two drives I discussed should be the same?

Again, the only SSD's i'll recommend for speed+reliability are the M4 and the Samsung 830.
Intel is also rock-solid in reliability overall (they have had their issues in the past) but they're not exactly the best in terms of speed/price ratio
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The m4 may not be the fastest SSD out there but it is rock solid and still has pretty good performance. I have no issues with it at all and I am very happy with my purchase.

I would rather have a tad slower SSD if it guarantees stability and that's what I got with my m4. I have had no HDD related issues with my PC ever
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I might need to get another SSD, I was looking into some of the ones mentioned here... Mine has driver issues or something that have not been resolved, even with firmware updates. Windows and everything else locks up for 30secs-2 mins then resumes to normal. Once per bootup. I read it might be MB and SSD compatibility.
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