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I've curiously been looking around at SSDs as of late, because it seems like prices are dropping slowly, and I'm really starting to get tired of my 7200RPM desktop hard drive bottle-necking my relativity up to date system. The worst part is having to wait about 3 minutes after I login to my desktop for everything to "load". It seems even slower when I'm in a hurry.

One reason why I am actually even thinking of an SSD, is because I just recently actually got a job. But it also means less time for me. I realize that with technology, really nothing is foolproof. But some brands certainly do have a greater track record than others. Like I was saying, being a student, and now working a job, I don't have much free time. If a drive crashed on me, or I had other issues with it, it would be very costly, not in terms of money, but time.

I've seemed to have narrowed it down to either Crucial or Intel as far as SSD brand. But part of me is leaning a bit more towards the Intel. Am I just worrying for nothing? Intel SSD's certainly aren't the cheapest brand either... What are some good SSD models that don't seem to have a high failure rate? I've been hearing lots of stories about people's drives not working or having other problems.

If you can recommend me some exact models of SSD, that would be great, I've never really looked into them much before a few days ago. I'm looking for either a 120GB/128GB model, with my budget at about $200.

Also, what is the deal about the drive controller? I've been hearing a lot about Sandforce... good and bad. Which is the latest controller?

And what's up with the huge differences in sustained Sequential write speed? The OCZ dirve that is on sale today at Newegg (Vertex 3 VTX3-25SAT3-120G) has a write speed of 500MB/s and a MTBF of 2 million. While the more expensive Intel 510 Series (Elm Crest) SSDSC2MH120A2K5 SSD only gets 210MB/s write, and 1.2 million MTBF.
Edited by EliteGamer83 - 4/24/12 at 8:23am
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1179518/seans-ssd-buyers-guide-information-thread

You will be set with any of these:
  • Crucial M4
  • Corsair Performance Pro
  • Intel 520/510
  • Plextor M3/M3 Pro
  • Samsung 830


*Note: There is an issue with read and write throttling or something on the M4 and the newest firmware has been increasing access times. However, there is very little to any actual real world loss in performance which is noticeable to the end user.

The Plextor M3 and the Intel 520 both have 5 year warranties too.

Reliability wise Intel and Samsung are the top.
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Thanks for your reply! That thread of your was extremely useful. Now I see why you're the storage editor. thumb.gif

So I think I've narrowed it down to 3 choices. I think that they're all nearly equally good, but of course I only need one. Being as this is the SSD fourm maybe you, or someone else could help me make a decision based on the fact that, you all are more knowledgeable than me on SSD's, plus you may or may not have some personal experience with these drives.

So which would you say is the best based on price VS. performance VS. reliability VS. warranty?

Samsung 830 (128GB) ($170): http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-830-MZ-7PC128D-Internal-Desktop/dp/B005T3GPXE/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335291579&sr=1-1

Crucial M4 (128GB) ($140): http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT128M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JKZI

Intel 520 Series (120GB) ($160): http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Series-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-Drive/dp/B006VCP7YA/ref=cm_cmu_pg__header
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Thanks for your reply! That thread of your was extremely useful. Now I see why you're the storage editor. thumb.gif
So I think I've narrowed it down to 3 choices. I think that they're all nearly equally good, but of course I only need one. Being as this is the SSD fourm maybe you, or someone else could help me make a decision based on the fact that, you all are more knowledgeable than me on SSD's, plus you may or may not have some personal experience with these drives.
So which would you say is the best based on price VS. performance VS. reliability VS. warranty?
Samsung 830 (128GB) ($170): http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-830-MZ-7PC128D-Internal-Desktop/dp/B005T3GPXE/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335291579&sr=1-1
Crucial M4 (128GB) ($140): http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-CT128M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JKZI
Intel 520 Series (120GB) ($160): http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Series-2-5-Inch-Solid-State-Drive/dp/B006VCP7YA/ref=cm_cmu_pg__header

Real-world performance difference is negligible.

The 520 has a 5 year warranty... but if you plan to upgrade/replace before then, the M4 3-year is good enough.


Another option is the Intel 330 ($150): http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Solid-State-Drive-Series-2-5-inch/dp/B007P71J9W
This is Intel-validated SandForce with a 3-yr warranty
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What exactly is the difference from the 520 and the 330? I see that as far as benchmarks, the 330 is clearly faster (and newer) than the 330, but how is it actually different from the 520? I would think that if it was newer and superior to the 520, that it would be more expensive.

And as far as the Samsung, would you say that it is out then?
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What exactly is the difference from the 520 and the 330? I see that as far as benchmarks, the 330 is clearly faster (and newer) than the 330, but how is it actually different from the 520? I would think that if it was newer and superior to the 520, that it would be more expensive.

And as far as the Samsung, would you say that it is out then?

The 330 has lower binned NAND rated @ 3000 P/E cycles while the 520 uses higher binned NAND rated for 5,000 P/E cycles.

The 330 has reduced controller performance, 42,000 read and 52,000 write IOPS (for the 180GB model) from the 520’s 50,000 / 80,000.

The 330 has a 3 year warranty while the 520 has a 5 year warranty.
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