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Hey guys I'm going to be ordering the parts for my first computer build in the coming week or two. I'm stuck on which boot drive to get. I'm looking at the 128gb variants of the M4, Vertex 4, and HyperX but can't decide between them.

Crucial M4: Seems to be very well liked, tested, and reliable
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

Kingston HyperX: The speeds look awesome but from what I've read I'm not likely to achieve the listed speeds.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239045

OCZ Vertex 4: Looks to be the fastest drive yet, but all I've heard are nightmares w/ BSODS, fail to boots, bad firmware, and horrible customer support.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791




Also, if you're interested in helping me out with the rest of my build (I'd love some feedback/confirmation) feel free to check out my post here:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1263777/first-time-build-would-love-some-feedback

Thank you all in advance for the help exhappysmiley.png
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Personally I'd go for the M4, for it's known reliability and you can often find it for quite cheap. It may not be speced as fast as the other drives, but for day to day use you would be hard pressed to detect the difference between a SATA2 and SATA3 drive, let alone the difference between a M4 and a HyperX. I definitely would stay away from any OCZ SSD, they seem to have the highest RMA rate.
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Gonna just quote a post of mine from another thread, applicable here too. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by Malcolm View Post

I would definitely recommend the Crucial M4 (and so would many others on here as well!) It's a very solid drive and unlike the Mushkin and Vertex 3 I owned before, my 128 and 256GB M4s have given me zero issues. I updated the firmware on both of them and the utility works flawlessly (and doesn't wipe the drive's contents during!)
Here's some benchies for both: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
256GB in laptop:
509
128GB in sig rig:
509
You won't be disappointed with the M4! wheee.gif
post #4 of 25
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How much of a difference will there be between these?

Noticeable?
post #5 of 25
Difference between the 2 fastest : none.

It's all about reliability at this point which means go for the M4.
post #6 of 25
Only in benchmark testing. Day to day will never notice.
I own the 256gb Crucial M4, and has been stable without issue. 3 firmware updates all working great.
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i agree with m4 being the most reliable but i would go for vertex.
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Difference between the 2 fastest : none.
It's all about reliability at this point which means go for the M4.

Definitely this^
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You probably won't notice a huge difference between them but here's a couple things to consider.

The hyper x is based on the SF-2281 which is the controller you're thinking of from the OCZ Vertex 3 Firmware Issues. It's not a very common problem but seems to crop up in certain hardware configurations.

The M4 and Vertex 4 both use Marvell controllers, but the vertex4's is rebranded to Indilinx with its own in-house firmware. Its also likely to be a newer version as the performance is better than what firmware can do for it.

M4 - Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2
Vertex4 - Marvell 88SS9187? (Or at least an overclocked 88SS9174 with custom firmware)

The Vertex 4 has already had two major firmware updates that were destructive (had to reformat) so i don't see another coming so soon, but it shows that with an in-house firmware team, issues are addressed faster. I'd take a destructive update that drastically improves performance over no update anyday.

As far as i know they all use IMFT 25nm NAND.

If you can get the V4 on sale id' go that route. but again, perceived performance will be about the same across the board (except for sequential writes on the m4 which may take ~5 second longer to xfer large files). I'm using a sandforce 2281 based drive and have had no issues at all.
    
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post #10 of 25
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You probably won't notice a huge difference between them but here's a couple things to consider.
The hyper x is based on the SF-2281 which is the controller you're thinking of from the OCZ Vertex 3 Firmware Issues. It's not a very common problem but seems to crop up in certain hardware configurations.
The M4 and Vertex 4 both use Marvell controllers, but the vertex4's is rebranded to Indilinx with its own in-house firmware. Its also likely to be a newer version as the performance is better than what firmware can do for it.
M4 - Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2
Vertex4 - Marvell 88SS9187? (Or at least an overclocked 88SS9174 with custom firmware)
The Vertex 4 has already had two major firmware updates that were destructive (had to reformat) so i don't see another coming so soon, but it shows that with an in-house firmware team, issues are addressed faster. I'd take a destructive update that drastically improves performance over no update anyday.
As far as i know they all use IMFT 25nm NAND.
If you can get the V4 on sale id' go that route. but again, perceived performance will be about the same across the board (except for sequential writes on the m4 which may take ~5 second longer to xfer large files). I'm using a sandforce 2281 based drive and have had no issues at all.

Lol dangit, I was fairly set on the M4 until I read this
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