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Hey,

i'll start with the situation I guess, I'm in the process of getting all the parts I will be using in my new build and would like some advice/suggestions on SSD. Now to give a perspective - I've never owned or used a computer with SSD so any SSD would be a huge improvement for me.
I've done most of my homework, I've read couple different reviews on each of the SSDs I mention in topic title but now I'd really appreciate some "real-life" experience. Now I do know that OCN Forums have specific topics for each of the drives separately but they are massive in size and the information they provide is sparse, spanning several pages of "off-topic" in-between.

I'll repeat the drives in question:
  • INTEL 520 SATA3 SSD 120G 2.5 MLC 25NM 10
  • OCZ, Vertex 3, 120GB, 2.5, SATA III, 120 GB MLC, Retail, VTX3-25SAT3-120G
  • OCZ 2.5" Vertex 4 Series Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - 128 GB
  • Samsung 830 Series internal SSD - 128 GB (MZ-7PC128B/WW)
  • CRUCIAL m4 2.5" internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - 128 GB

As you can see, all of them are roughly the same size(120 vs 128), I've come to a decision that this would be the best size for me at the moment - OS + Parts of Adobe Creative suite + 3/4 currently played games. I do understand that bigger drives offer slight increase in performance but as I've been told, in real-life use this will not be noticeable.
As I mentioned, the SSD will be used to host OS, Adobe Creative Suite parts and up to 4 currently played games, for the rest of the system I have a 2x 300GB VelociRaptor(Raid 1) for some more frequently used files that will make the SSD weep - heavy Dropbox use, lots of file exchanges, downloads - lots of writing to HDD and 2x 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 for everything else.

Now regarding price, all of the mentioned drives are roughly the same price(+/- 20$ from the price of Samsung 830), Crucial m4 being the cheapest and OCZ Vertex 4 being the most expensive.

Knowing all that, what would you suggest I get and if possible - why?
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Hey,
i'll start with the situation I guess, I'm in the process of getting all the parts I will be using in my new build and would like some advice/suggestions on SSD. Now to give a perspective - I've never owned or used a computer with SSD so any SSD would be a huge improvement for me.
I've done most of my homework, I've read couple different reviews on each of the SSDs I mention in topic title but now I'd really appreciate some "real-life" experience. Now I do know that OCN Forums have specific topics for each of the drives separately but they are massive in size and the information they provide is sparse, spanning several pages of "off-topic" in-between.
I'll repeat the drives in question:
  • INTEL 520 SATA3 SSD 120G 2.5 MLC 25NM 10
  • OCZ, Vertex 3, 120GB, 2.5, SATA III, 120 GB MLC, Retail, VTX3-25SAT3-120G
  • OCZ 2.5" Vertex 4 Series Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - 128 GB
  • Samsung 830 Series internal SSD - 128 GB (MZ-7PC128B/WW)
  • CRUCIAL m4 2.5" internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - 128 GB
As you can see, all of them are roughly the same size(120 vs 128), I've come to a decision that this would be the best size for me at the moment - OS + Parts of Adobe Creative suite + 3/4 currently played games. I do understand that bigger drives offer slight increase in performance but as I've been told, in real-life use this will not be noticeable.
As I mentioned, the SSD will be used to host OS, Adobe Creative Suite parts and up to 4 currently played games, for the rest of the system I have a 2x 300GB VelociRaptor(Raid 1) for some more frequently used files that will make the SSD weep - heavy Dropbox use, lots of file exchanges, downloads - lots of writing to HDD and 2x 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 for everything else.
Now regarding price, all of the mentioned drives are roughly the same price(+/- 20$ from the price of Samsung 830), Crucial m4 being the cheapest and OCZ Vertex 4 being the most expensive.
Knowing all that, what would you suggest I get and if possible - why?

Crucial M4, samsung and the intel are all decent smile.gif

I would go with the Intel myself (and I did wink.gif) because they have the longest warranty and are very reliable. Considering you are doing a lot of reading/writing.
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Samsung 830 or Plextor M3 (was just 140 last Friday...) imo.
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Thanks for the replies.

I did initially look at the Plextor M3 SSD but it's not available at the normal store(where I get 15% discount) and the places that do have it, have quite a hefty price premium(converted it comes to around +50$ over the OCZ Vertex 4 which was the most expensive of the 5 I mentioned) and I didn't get the "It's worth the premium" wibe from the couple reviews I read about it. Now, I can of course pay the premium if you guys say that it's really worth it over others.

I'm hesitant to add a 6th drive to the list as I'm already having issues deciding but if you guys say it's worth it redface.gif


On a complete side note, massive, like really, massive, thanks to you Sean for all the SSD guides/info on the forums here, they are exactly what I was looking for as a potential new SSD owner smile.gif, thumb.gif !
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Vertex 4!thumb.gif
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how about Corsair Performance Pro????
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I have to say I must have missed Corsair Performance Pro in my initial review-lurking round as I know next to nothing about it, it's price is just slightly above Intel 520. I'll take a look at some reviews once I get home from work but maybe someone has a more personal experience with this SSD in particular?
I've been told plenty of times(from people living in USA) that Corsair has excellent customer support, this is in-case something happens to the drive, is this true in Europe aswell or is the support here worse? Asking for this in-part due to me also planning on getting their K90 keyboard aswell as either Vengeance 1300/1500 headset.
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I recently updated my ssd benchmarks and I think this should shorten the search and help decide. (It varies on which criteria suits your needs as general opinions may not meet some requirements)

http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/4945/120128ssd080512.jpg
* MTBF: 1.2 million hours = 40GB writes per day for 5 years.
* Warranty expires when Media Wear Indicator is 0 from 100.

(Sorry I can't explain the affects of each criteria atm)
Edited by tumbirs - 5/8/12 at 4:08pm
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Originally Posted by tumbirs View Post

I recently updated my ssd benchmarks and I think this should shorten the search and help decide. (It varies on which criteria suits your needs as general opinions may not meet some requirements)
http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/1679/file1120128ssd.jpg
* MTBF: 1.2 million hours = 40GB per day for 5 years.
* Warranty expires when Media Wear Indicator is 0 from 100.
(Sorry I can't explain the affects of each criteria atm)

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Originally Posted by tumbirs View Post

I recently updated my ssd benchmarks and I think this should shorten the search and help decide. (It varies on which criteria suits your needs as general opinions may not meet some requirements)
http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/1679/file1120128ssd.jpg
* MTBF: 1.2 million hours = 40GB writes per day for 5 years.
* Warranty expires when Media Wear Indicator is 0 from 100.
(Sorry I can't explain the affects of each criteria atm)

This is really nice, thanks a lot smile.gif, actually helped quite a bit.

I was about to order a Corsair Performance Pro SSD but when I went to order it on the website they had just run out(I called, like ~1h before I called the last one was bought ._.) as was Intel 520 and Samsung 830, Intel/Samsung I would have to wait for ~1month and the Corsair for ~3 weeks so I just risked and went ahead with OCZ Vertex 4, hopefully I don't run into any problems with the drive and don't have to rely on Corsairs RMA for a fix smile.gif.

Thanks a lot everyone who replied, it all helped weigh the choices! Kudos smile.gif
Edited by pandabit - 4/29/12 at 9:14am
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