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Looking at these 2 drives:

Samsung 830 256GB
Intel 520 240GB

Both are about $320. Looking to see what is the best all around drive.
post #2 of 14
Really tough call there, I think, they're close enough in price and performance that neither will be noticeably better than the other, both should be extremely reliable, and they're both good-looking drives. It may come down to simply having a tad extra space on the Samsung.
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Intel 520 is still Sandforce, regardless of whether Intel put in a lot of effort to improve their firmware. I'd wait it out after seeing Intel's disappointing 320 series with the 8MB bug. The 520 hasn't been out long enough for users to discover any potential problems. Samsung 830 OTOH, if there were big issues you would've heard about them by now.
 
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Also what about the Vertex 4?
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Originally Posted by falcon26 View Post

Also what about the Vertex 4?

Well, it's OCZ for one, they aren't exactly the most reliable.

Also it's a new indilinx firmware. I'd give it some time (months) for it to stabilize and iron out the errors first.
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Originally Posted by Sxcerino View Post

Well, it's OCZ for one, they aren't exactly the most reliable.
Also it's a new indilinx firmware. I'd give it some time (months) for it to stabilize and iron out the errors first.

The reliability problems have stemmed from the SF2281 controller, and they're using a new Indilinx controller (not specifically firmware, but it is specific to the new controller). Don't count them out yet.
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post #7 of 14
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I may go for the Samsung 830 256GB for $299..
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^ good choice IMO !
post #9 of 14
IF i had your cash, i would've gone for the Vertex 4 smile.gif
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post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chunky_Chimp View Post

The reliability problems have stemmed from the SF2281 controller, and they're using a new Indilinx controller (not specifically firmware, but it is specific to the new controller). Don't count them out yet.

I agree, most of it was due to the SF controller.

However even in indilinx based drives in earlier generations, OCZ was still unreliable compared to Intel X25-M80G2s.

Of course, SSDs and Indilinx have matured a lot from then, but I would still give it some time before they could be counted as one of the goodies smile.gif
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