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Poll Results: Which SSD would you get out of all of these at these prices?

 
  • 40% (4)
    Crucial M4- $160 (256GB)
  • 60% (6)
    Samsung 840 Series- $175 (250GB)
  • 0% (0)
    Intel 330- $170 (240GB)
  • 0% (0)
    SanDisk Extreme- $168 (240GB)
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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

Originally jumped on this 128GB Corsair SSD since it was really cheap when I once bought it, however it has gotten much slower in the past year that I have owned it. I have read up extensively on the matter and just come to the conclusion that Corsair doesn't really make good SSD's. I was planning to get another SSD anyway but I didn't want to install another drive, so replacing this with a 256GB (or around that amount) version of a better SSD seems like the way to go.

Here are a list of good SSD's I have found.

Crucial M4- $160 (256GB)
Looking for a Samsung 830 for $160 or under, might have to wait for Christmas sales
Samsung 840 Series- $175 (250GB)
Intel 330- $170 (240GB)
SanDisk Extreme- $168 (240GB)
Kingston HyperX 3K- $180 (240GB)

Picking one in terms of reliablity and speed. Reliable enough for me not to worry about it failing (my Corsair hasn't failed me yet, but it's getting much slower each day) but still one of the faster SSD's out there. I'm mainly looking at the Crucial and the Samsung, especially at the Crucial. I've had bad luck with my mSATA M4 in my laptop as it is failing and I'll have to RMA it, but I know Crucial is a good brand, so I'm not taken back by my first experience. My only worry with the M4 is since it's an older drive using a Marvel controller (still very reliable), it will be significantly slower than the rest.

How do those compare to one another? I don't want to get the Pro version of the Samsung because it's a lot more expensive for better performance you'll only see through benchmarking.

What do you guys think of the choices I listed? Thanks so much for helping!
Edited by apav - 12/11/12 at 2:12am
post #2 of 26
From what i hear nothing comes close to the Samsung 840.
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post #3 of 26
All SSDs slow down a bit as they're filled, but it shouldn't be to a major degree. You can always restore your current drive to "like-new" speeds with a secure erase (of course you'd want to back up your data first).

If you're set on getting a new drive though I would jump on that 840. That's a fantastic price for arguably the fastest SSD on the market, and Samsung's quality control and customer support is top notch.
post #4 of 26
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Originally Posted by Booty Warrior View Post

All SSDs slow down a bit as they're filled, but it shouldn't be to a major degree. You can always restore your current drive to "like-new" speeds with a secure erase (of course you'd want to back up your data first).
If you're set on getting a new drive though I would jump on that 840. That's a fantastic price for arguably the fastest SSD on the market, and Samsung's quality control and customer support is top notch.

If you look at this thread:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1246440/crucial-m4-vs-corsair-force-series-3-120gb

This is the reason why I'm getting a new one. I cheaped out on a decent SSD I thought was a great deal, but in fact they were probably just trying to get rid of them. I need a bigger drive anyway.

And mind you this is just the regular 840, not the Pro version. Hmm, how would the 840 compare to the 830? I know the 840 is newer and probably faster, but is the 840 reliable?
post #5 of 26
I would also recommend looking at the OCZ Vertex 4 256GB. I currently have it and it has been running very well. Plus you get a 5-Year Warrenty. Here's a picture of the CrystalDiskMark score I got just now. (27% filled - 256GB version - 2 months)
post #6 of 26
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And mind you this is just the regular 840, not the Pro version.

thats what i thought when i started reading this thread
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how would the 840 compare to the 830?

they are pretty much on par
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I know the 840 is newer and probably faster, but is the 840 reliable?

faster see above, reliable should be even with the different NAND type.. personally i would go an 830 over a 840 unless i was getting the 840 pro unless the standard 840 was alot cheaper than the 830 smile.gif
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post #7 of 26
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thats what i thought when i started reading this thread
they are pretty much on par
faster see above, reliable should be even with the different NAND type.. personally i would go an 830 over a 840 unless i was getting the 840 pro unless the standard 840 was alot cheaper than the 830 smile.gif

Thanks, I cant seem to find the 830 cheaper than $170 anywhere. On amazon where the 840 is $170 the 830 is $250. 830 is in the $200 price range in all other stores, so I think 840 is the clear winner here biggrin.gif
post #8 of 26
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stubass View Post

thats what i thought when i started reading this thread
they are pretty much on par
faster see above, reliable should be even with the different NAND type.. personally i would go an 830 over a 840 unless i was getting the 840 pro unless the standard 840 was alot cheaper than the 830 smile.gif

Thanks, I cant seem to find the 830 cheaper than $170 anywhere. On amazon where the 840 is $170 the 830 is $250. 830 is in the $200 price range in all other stores, so I think 840 is the clear winner here biggrin.gif

yeah, a $30 saving would sway me too biggrin.gif
BTW samsung is my vote wink.gif

tho the crucial is hard to beat and with an extra 16GB is tempting too thinking.gif now lol
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post #9 of 26
I'd go with the Crucial. It's the cheapest and you'll be hard pressed to notice any real world performance difference among the SSDs you listed. Seriously, though, I doubt you'd notice a performance upgrade over your Corsair Force 3. Granted, the extra space is bound to be useful.
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post #10 of 26
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Well here are the real world tasks I am going to be doing on this drive:

-Drive will have OS on it
-Video Editing
-Gaming
-Skyrim modding (many programs that open, edit, and save large files. On my vertex 4 ssd in my laptop it would take 5-10 minutes every time to open the biggest file)
-lots of copy and pasting!

You don't think the Samsung would do this faster than the Crucial? I'm looking at the 830 now because it appears to be better. So I'll either buy a Crucial M4 now for $160 or wait until the 830 goes on sale again.

Edit: Crap, there isn't a single new 830 under $200 left! I might have to wait until Christmas until we see another price drop, because they're all $200 and above now, which is ridiculous.
Edited by apav - 12/11/12 at 2:10am
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