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From the local selection of SSDs, I'm looking at either the Crucial M4 or Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD. I've heard good things about the M4, but the read/write speeds don't seem to compare at all to the Corsair unit?

I don't understand the wide gap in performance.. which am I best off with for better performance and fast seek times?
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Get the m4. The Corsair Performance Pro is faster and what I'd be comparing to the m4, as they both have the same controller.

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I would stay away from the corsair, they use a type of flash that is not very good with non-compressible data. Having said that, not such a big fan of the M4 either. Are these the only ssd's your local stocks?

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Corsair SSD is a joke. and tech support is a joke too, i have the email to prove it. here's an example of one of the stupid crap Corsair tech support response to my email:

me: I have a corsair force 3 246gb SSD, I was wondering why is it freezing randomly, and sometime won't even boot ?
Corsair tech support: It's normal nature of the SSD to freeze.
me: really ?
Corsair: Yes
Corsair: Can i help you with anything else ?
me: Okie this doesnt make sense, you're telling me it's normal for my $300 dollars SSD to randomly freezes and crash ?

After that no answer from them since.

I return the POS and got myself a Samsung SSD, no issues and way faster than that POS Corsair Force 3 SSD. You can go on Corsair forum and see it for yourself how much issues people have with all their SSD drives.


go with Crucial
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Really? wow that's awful, here i was thinking that corsair was a decent brand...

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Go for the Crucial m4

crucial has a Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2
corsair has a SandForce SF2281

It seems the Marvell is much more reliable then the SandForce controller. At the moment i wouldnt go near any SF controller.
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Really? wow that's awful, here i was thinking that corsair was a decent brand...
Cheers
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Corsair is a very good brand, just not in the SSD department.

M4 is one of the best SSDs out there.
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post #8 of 18
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Originally Posted by LiFTed View Post

From the local selection of SSDs, I'm looking at either the Crucial M4 or Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD. I've heard good things about the M4, but the read/write speeds don't seem to compare at all to the Corsair unit?
I don't understand the wide gap in performance.. which am I best off with for better performance and fast seek times?

The Force 3 is advertised with speeds using 100% compressible data. You won't find that in the real world.

The m4 is faster than the Force 3. You need a Force 3 GT to keep up with the M4.
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The Force 3 is advertised with speeds using 100% compressible data. You won't find that in the real world.
The m4 is faster than the Force 3. You need a Force 3 GT to keep up with the M4.

what he said. the keys to ssd speed are incompressible sequential and 4k speed.

neither of those are advertised by manufacturers, unfortunately. the m4 is more or less 2x as fast in both of those categories.

if you can, you should also look into the Samsung 830 and the Plextor M3. The corsair performance pro uses the marvell controller that everyone loves around here (with good reason....the m4 and m3 are some of the best drives out there and its what they use) but corsair does not have a good track record with supporting their ssd's as was previously mentioned.
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Can anyone confirm that corsair cheaps out on their NAND?
Is this using the Marvel controller?
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