Here's my before and after. Went from the 128GB Crucial M4 to the 500GB 840 TLC.
Not only do I notice no difference between the Samsung and the Crucial M4, but the Samsung benchmarks way higher.Crucial M4 128GBSamsung 840 500GB
Here's what I posted over at HardOCP:
The way I thought about it, either I could get the 256GB Pro and be forced to upgrade in 2 years due to running out of storage space. Or, I could get the 500GB TLC for a little bit more, and not run out of space for at least 5 years, which means it's also the cheaper solution over a 5 year period. Also, being an enthusiast, I will obviously upgrade my SSD in the next 5 years so any endurance talk is void for me.
But whats icing on the cake is both Anandtech and HardOCP show that these bigger capacities drives will outlast the technology itself, I'm looking at at least 14 years with my 500GB TLC NAND. Unless the controller dies, there is absolutely nothing to worry about regarding the NAND in the higher capacity models. As an OS drive and for all my games/steam, the 500GB was a bargain at £240. Games these days are extremely big upon install. Mass Effect 3 was around 15GB alone. I can only see games getting bigger so 250/256GB for me is no solution.Tip:
Use the Samsung Migration software to clone your current SSD and copy it over to the new Samsung. After the disks have been swapped, perform the firmware update using Samsung Magician. This was the simplest way and it worked a treat for me.
For those folks on the fence, seriously, you will notice no difference between the Samsung 250GB/500GB TLC, the 840 Pro, Vector, Corsair GTX etc. Only in benchmarks are things apparent. So choose whats important to you, benchmarks or actual usable storage/price. All these drives are blazing fast, you will notice no difference in day to day use.Edited by Eths - 2/25/13 at 3:26am