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Poll Results: Which SSD should I pick?

 
  • 5% (3)
    Corsair GT 256GB
  • 3% (2)
    Corsair Performance Pro
  • 37% (20)
    Crucial 256 GB m4
  • 11% (6)
    Intel 520 240GB
  • 24% (13)
    Samsung 830 256GB
  • 16% (9)
    Plextor M3 Series 240GB
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post #11 of 35
I just ordered a Plextor M3 earlier tonight. After comparing to a Crucial M4 and Samsung 830 it has the same performance with a cheaper price tag, 5 star ratings, and a 5 year warranty. Can't beat that. Only thing missing for my build now is miss Ivy biggrin.gif
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go crucial with your eyes closed thumb.gif
post #13 of 35
i would say the Samsung 830 or a M3 either of them thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by bwebmasta View Post

Okay, now that I have my system build together, I need to make a choice on the SSD. I have looked all over this forum, NewEgg, Amazon, Corsair, Tom's Hardware, and on and on...doing research and looking at feedback, enough already. I didn't want to post in either of the SSD club thread's, before I got some more insight. Here is what I have it narrowed down to:
Corsair GT 256GB $274
Corsair Performance Pro Series CSSD-P256 $329
Crucial 256 GB m4 $297
Intel 520 240GB $342
Samsung 830 256GB $289
Plextor M3 Series 240GB $329
This drive would serve as OS and software. I already have a Intel 320 300GB SSD in my Alienware I will be pulling out, it will be a second drive for games, etc. Then my RAID5 of 3 Seagates as storage.
The problem I have is this: With the Sandforce, BSOD, firmware fiasco around it, I am leery of the the Sandforce controllers. The Corsair GT uses the Sandforce 2200 controller, the Corsair Pro series uses the Marvell Marvell 88SS9174. The Intel 520, Crucial, and Sandisk uses the 2281 Sandforce controller, I know Samsung 830's drive uses their own tri-core controller and I have not heard many issues about them. The Marvell controller seems to have a rock solid reputation.
Price wise, they are all pretty similar the Corsair GT the lowest, but the fastest in speed. So, I am looking at the balance of speed, price, warranty, and reliability. Reliability is priority one, speed, space, the warranty and price, well of course I would go for the lower price, but reliability trumps price. The longest warranty on the drive listed are the Intel 520 and Plextor, 5 years. The others are 3 years. The MTBF, the longest is the Corsair GT and Sandisk, 2 million hours. I am leaning more toward the 256GB selections, more space.
So..I am on the fence a little. Some of you have have experience with many of these already, what's your take? Issues?

Crucial, intel or samsung. I chose the intel one because I personally like intel and it is very high performing, also has the best warranty and is very reliable. But The intel one here costs too much to warrant it, go for the Crucial or samsung (Samsung IMO), you will not be disappointed with either
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Originally Posted by bwebmasta View Post


Good stuff, this has been a real study on the SSD's currently out. I want performance, but want the "better" out of these drives so to speak. Now I saw many picked the Crucial M4 with the Marvell controller, I wonder why?

@ 64GB and 128GB sizes they are top performers and very reliable, especially with product support by Crucial.
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What I wanted to know is between Samsung's, Marvell and Sandforce 2281/2200 series which is better and has the better performance and reliability? It seems from a lot of my reading and looking at reviews, the Sandforce based drives seem to have some issues with BSOD, freezing, and the whole firmware update issue. Now in my 15+ years of IT I know some people don't follow instructions, (and can really screw things up themselves lol) those things do happen.

Reliability hands down goes to Marvell and Samsung controllers. SandForce drives atm, not so much. It isn't just people doing things wrong with the SandForce drives, it is just that most of them just plain suck due to bugs in the firmware. Out of the 17 I have had experience with only 6 were fine. 11 of them I RMA'd for a different non-SandForce drive. The Intel 520 is the only exception, especially since they spent a whole extra year on developing their own modified SandForce firmware for it. Though SandFroce drives are good when they work. And with teh kinda recent take over by LSI there is always something to look forward to.
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When I look at speed claims, it looked as though the Corsair GT had the faster read/write times, just wanted to make sure I am looking at the numbers correctly and wanted to get a "real" performance insight, as claimed numbers do differ from actual.

I usually go my AS SSD benchmark because it uses non-compressible data, so it stresses the hardest on SSDs, especially the SandForce drives because the controller does real time compression and can not compress the data. And by AS SSD @ 256GB the Plextor M3 wins followed by the Corsair Performance Pro then the intel 520 and Samsung 830. Then the M4, force GT, etc. But you will not notice a difference b/w any of them in real life usage. Honestly it is even hard to notice the difference b/w SSDs in RAID 0 vs a single one and a SSD on SATA 6Gb/s vs SATA 3Gb/s. lol

I suggest you start by reliability and product support -> capacity -> price -> speeds.

Intel and Samsung are the top names in the enterprise world, they have a record of great support and reliability.

Below that would be Crucial, Corsair, Plextor, etc in the consumer world.
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BTW, I have an Asus P8/Z68 board with the Marvell and Intel 6GB/s SATA ports. Not sure if a difference is made from using either.
Do not use the Marvell SATA controller, the mobo ones are crap and limited on bandwidth. lol.
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Which of the Sandforce controllers are better of the two, just wondered?
What two?

Sandforce 2281/2200 series?

It is the same controller. The 2200 series includes the 2281 and 2282 controller, etc.
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Not to confuse you anymore, but you could also consider this drive. Same sandforce controller as a couple of the ones you listed and at $239 for 240GB, its under the magic $1/GB

edit: Sequential read/writes are not all that important. Anandtech is a good place to look for SSD reviews, he generally does a good job of explaining what is important

And this^ is very tempting lol.
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The Crucial M4 gets my vote a thousand times over. I've nothing but good experiences with mine since October.
    
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I'm currently running a Plextor 128GB and have had so many less issues than the Corsair Force GT 60GB that I only kept for a month.

This thing is only running on SATA 2 in my old Lenovo T500 until Ivy lappies come out but it's actually quicker than my Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 60GB in my desktop running on Intel SATA 3, go figure. AS SSD shows a huge difference in speed.

My vote went to my new favorite SSD, the Plextor M3.
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post #18 of 35
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

@ 64GB and 128GB sizes they are top performers and very reliable, especially with product support by Crucial.

So how do the 256GB sizes fair with Crucial? Just as good I would assume?

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Reliability hands down goes to Marvell and Samsung controllers. SandForce drives atm, not so much. It isn't just people doing things wrong with the SandForce drives, it is just that most of them just plain suck due to bugs in the firmware. Out of the 17 I have had experience with only 6 were fine. 11 of them I RMA'd for a different non-SandForce drive. The Intel 520 is the only exception, especially since they spent a whole extra year on developing their own modified SandForce firmware for it. Though SandFroce drives are good when they work. And with teh kinda recent take over by LSI there is always something to look forward to.

So, it seems I should stick with the drives with Marvell or the Samsung controller with the exception of the Intel 520. I love my Intel 320 300GB, no issues, but those Sandforce issues I am reading about are making me cringe.

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I usually go my AS SSD benchmark because it uses non-compressible data, so it stresses the hardest on SSDs, especially the SandForce drives because the controller does real time compression and can not compress the data. And by AS SSD @ 256GB the Plextor M3 wins followed by the Corsair Performance Pro then the intel 520 and Samsung 830. Then the M4, force GT, etc. But you will not notice a difference b/w any of them in real life usage. Honestly it is even hard to notice the difference b/w SSDs in RAID 0 vs a single one and a SSD on SATA 6Gb/s vs SATA 3Gb/s. lol
I suggest you start by reliability and product support -> capacity -> price -> speeds.
Intel and Samsung are the top names in the enterprise world, they have a record of great support and reliability.
Below that would be Crucial, Corsair, Plextor, etc in the consumer world.

Yeah, I am thinking in that same train of thought...I am just going to pull the trigger on one of the safer choices.


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Do not use the Marvell SATA controller, the mobo ones are crap and limited on bandwidth. lol.

Good to know, I will just use those ports for my 650d dock and my Blu-Ray reader then.
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What two?
Sandforce 2281/2200 series?
It is the same controller. The 2200 series includes the 2281 and 2282 controller, etc.
And this^ is very tempting lol.

So, the same controller...lol. I thought they were different...

Yeah, he would have to throw that Mushkin in the mix...it is tempting. tongue.gif
post #19 of 35
I would say corsair.........*looks at sig* not being bias.

i just bought another 2 340gb ssd's at $249 from amazon. the Corsair GT were reasonably priced aswell from what i saw.

but seriously
. any SSD you stated would be fine. and if i was in your position, then the cheapest you can find any of those will do.

if you asked this a year or 2 ago, then intel. but quality as i am sure Sean can attest to on ALL ssd's has risen since then.
    
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So how do the 256GB sizes fair with Crucial? Just as good I would assume?
Yea, the others like the M3,Samsung 830, and such just bench a little better than the M4 @ 256GB.
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So, it seems I should stick with the drives with Marvell or the Samsung controller with the exception of the Intel 520. I love my Intel 320 300GB, no issues, but those Sandforce issues I am reading about are making me cringe.
I forgot about the Intel controller on the 320, but that is also SATA 2 and we are comparing SATA 3 drives. biggrin.gif
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Yeah, I am thinking in that same train of thought...I am just going to pull the trigger on one of the safer choices.
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Do not use the Marvell SATA controller, the mobo ones are crap and limited on bandwidth. lol.

Good to know, I will just use those ports for my 650d dock and my Blu-Ray reader then.
That is what I am doing in my other PC lol
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What two?
Sandforce 2281/2200 series?
It is the same controller. The 2200 series includes the 2281 and 2282 controller, etc.
And this^ is very tempting lol.

So, the same controller...lol. I thought they were different...
No worries.
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Yeah, he would have to throw that Mushkin in the mix...it is tempting. tongue.gif
A few other members have it and say its good, I haven't researches it tho myself, but it is tempting me as a VM storage drive. biggrin.gif
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