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I'm looking to get into the SSD game. From what I gather, the M4 is a good choice in terms of speed/expense/reliability. Any reason not to go with the M4?

Okay, further than that, I need to decide between 128GB and 256GB. I think I could get by on 128GB for what I need to put on it, but I'm wondering how much the performance between the two differs. I've read that it isn't simply the same speed in different capacities - that but because they use different memory chips, and different block sizes or page sizes or whatever they're called, the drives can return different performances in different scenarios.

Now in terms of what I want to spend, I'm leaning towards the 128GB, but would I get a noticible performance increase from upgrading to the 256GB?
    
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Not worth the extra price imo. Probably won't be able to tell a difference in everyday use/gaming. My 128gb m4 has been plenty of space too.
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No you will not notice a difference in speeds, if anything the 256GB version reads slower than the 128GB M4. It only writes faster. Though still you wouldn't notice a difference most likely b/w the two in use.

Get the one you need. smile.gif
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sean is right, the 240's are slower but you will never see or feel the difference. The price is the only drawback.
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Actually the 256GBs are faster in every way except 4K random reads.

They are built differently in that the 128GB has 4K pages while the 256GB has 8K pages. Not sure what kind of implications this has on speed, though.

You probably won't notice a difference.
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if you go 256gb SSD then I would recommend the Samsung 830 drive. The 256gb version is pretty good.
For 128gb get the M4
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Actually the 256GBs are faster in every way except 4K random reads.

Aren't 4k random reads a pretty significant portion of desktop HD usage though?

Also, does the m4 come with mounting brackets for a 3.5" drive bay? The newegg page doesn't say anything about them.
    
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Mine didn't come with brackets. I had to use the ones I got with my HAF X.
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Actually the 256GBs are faster in every way except 4K random reads.

Aren't 4k random reads a pretty significant portion of desktop HD usage though?

Also, does the m4 come with mounting brackets for a 3.5" drive bay? The newegg page doesn't say anything about them.

No the cheaper one does not, it is only a bare drive, but this one does come with a drive adapter: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148526

I highly recommend you check this out over the M4 tho: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249015&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL022112&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL022112-_-EMC-022112-Index-_-SSD-_-20249015-L04A

You don't need an adapter tho...you can stick it wherever in your case...
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Can someone explain this discrepency to me?

On this page it says the 128GB has better random read performance than the 256 (about 25%) for 4k random reads. But on this page, which is a roundup of more drives, it says the 256 crushes the 128 with more than double the performance.

What am I missing here?
    
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