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Crucial M4 or Samsung 840

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I noticed a few days ago that the HDD in my rig was making a whining noise. That usually means that it is going bad based on my experience. I also want an excuse to replace the slow bastard anyway. The system has been powered down since then. I want to replace it with approximately a 500GB SSD. Mechanical drives are off the table. I have researched what my options are. Sandforce SSDs are out the question. I want something that is stable for at least five years. The Samsung 840 is the faster the two based on specs. I doubt there is a major real world difference. Is the pro version worth the extra cost? Wow! A lot of people have said the Crucial M4 is proven reliable; even if it is slightly slower than the newer options on the market. Any of these SSDs will be an upgrade to the rig either way. Which of these would you buy?
Edited by Geek Branden - 3/24/13 at 8:24pm
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You can't go wrong with either, flip a coin?
post #3 of 38
You can't go wrong with either, flip a coin?
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Imho if you can find a great deal for 840 PRO's, then get them. They are the one of the best SSDs on the market. As for reliability, M4s have a longer history proving reliability. Real world gains from hdd to ssd are far more than ssd to ssd. Bottom line, get one that meets your requirements of space for the right price.
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I think most people will tell you to go with the cheaper one because at this level, especially coming from an HDD, they're all very fast. However, I say at this price point spend the few extra bucks and get the Samsung pro.
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No real difference between SSD speeds unless you're basically transferring large files / a lot of files all the time. The Crucial M4 should be fine:

$378.95

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?is=REG&Q=&A=details&O=productlist&sku=768804

As stated, both are reliable. Too much Newegg love at times.
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The Samsung 840 Pro is on sale. It comes with a five year warranty. I would imagine then that the SSD is expected to last well beyond that. Would a longer warranty plus small performance advantages justify an extra $65 dollars? I know both of them are good drives. It is tempting to spend the extra money. I still have to purchase a new computer chassis along with some other parts. I hate to spend more than is necessary even though I can easily afford it. I really hate second guessing myself. : /
Edited by Geek Branden - 3/24/13 at 11:54pm
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This is not applying only on you.I see a lot of people thinking this way.
I cant understand this,people are whiling to spend 500$ on high end graphic card or case,that is by the way a bunch of low end aluminum.But when it comes to 512gb fastest,more reliable consumers storage in galaxy wink.gif today,then they think its too much.
Its not too much,the most expensive SSD is the one you bought it and then it gives you pain in ... with BSODs(i am not thinking on Crucial M4 here) and cripple performance(here i am).
My advice is to delay what every you plan to buy and buy good storage.
Edited by Unit Igor - 3/27/13 at 11:18am
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you cant go wrong with any SSDs. my old computer is still using the OCZ agility firs gen. O.o

but since the MLC nands are so much cheaper then before. i would just get those.

the samsung 840 non-pro has TLC but they are still rated beyond 11 years under 10gig transfer daily. which is like 30+ years for consumers.

the MLC is like 35+ years IIRC. but i think we'll be using fiber plasma drives by then wink.gif
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