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has anyone actually used both?

i have an ocz vertex 4 on my desktop and i love it. i want to upgrade my work computer out of my own pocket since my boss won't get me a SSD. i need fast hard drive since i do photo editings and programming.

i'm looking at the 256 GB of both. a used samsung 840 pro is $213. Should i buy used? is the warranty 5 year tied to a serial # or actual pruchase date?


i can get a new ocz vector for 229.99 from newegg and just sell the far cry 3 download that comes with it. Thoughts?

i don't really care too much about data reliablity since i backup and both drives come with 5 year warrantys.
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I haven't used both drives but I figured I might as well give you my view smile.gif

Just basing off memory here but if I recall the two drives performed very similarly for the majority (though I'm not sure how they compare in degradation over use). I see used here as a bit of a risk unless it's a very new drive with little data written and you can get a receipt provided with it, unless there was a clear policy regarding resold products and exempting that need (e.g. EVGA).

For what will likely net you no noticeable end difference, I'm not sure it'd be worth the bother going for the used 840 Pro when for a little extra you can get a new drive that with no condition or warranty worries for a little bit more that will be evened out in the end by selling the bundled game. And this is all coming from someone quite enthused about the 840 Pros, though I try hard to be impartial when offering advice.

Worst comes to worst and there's something significantly off about the Vector, return it within 30 days and get a full refund. I'm doubtful it'll come to that though.

Hope anything above was helpful. Enjoy the SSD when you get it, I can imagine the benefit being significant thumb.gif
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I am getting the OCZ Vector 256GB myself this week to replace my Agility3. The Samsungs weren't really an option since there is no vendor that sells them here.

I haven't had any issues with OCZ, although they do seem to have more problems than most other drives. Samsung drives are constantly praised on here for being reliable, but I don't keep drives long enough to start getting hadware problems. I also just backup. I have messed up OS drives a lot more often by messing around with drivers than from failing drives (only had 2 laptop HDD and 1 external fail on me in 10 years)

Check out this review for a good comparison between the two drives. I would go with new over used. I don't think the warranty would transfer in second hand sales, but I could be wrong.
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In reference to the above post: depending on the context, reliability could also be referring to the sustained performance of the drive over time. I'm not an expert but as far as my basic knowlesge goes, it boils down to: each different controller handles the various aspects of maintaining the drive performance over writes with similar but varied approaches. The way "garbage collection" is handled, how much of the memory is allocated towards over-provisioning, how it interfaces and reacts with TRIM etc.

Depending on how heavy you work the drive, different drives will to the end user appear to cope better and keep higher performance over time. The time period in which you could notice degraded performance doesn't need to be that long either. Samsung have kept their controller details pretty tight to the chest if I recall but I think it was said the have a balanced setup going but I doubt OCZ has a terrible management system in place either way. Just to inform you basically that reliability can be spoken about in different ways for solid state drives smile.gif All quite vastly different to the traditional HDD.
Edited by CoD511 - 3/27/13 at 1:50am
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thanks everyone. samsung is def. a force to be reckoned with. i'm thinking i'm going to buy the 840 pro for my work computer and the vector for my desktop.
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looks like rakuten is selling the vector today for 199.99

what a deal...
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i bought a ocz vector 256 from rakuten.com for $179.99. i forgot i had a $20 gift certificate.


i'm going to also get the samsung 840 pro. also the vector comes with far cry 3. so it's more like i pad $140.
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That's a pretty awesome deal there, would have gone for it too biggrin.gif
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hey, so i just bought a used 840 pro - used for 9 hours according to the seller descsritpion on amazon.

the cost was $181 after shipping. i guess not bad. i'm going to install the vector on my work machine and the 840 pro on my home. my vertex 4 is going on sale now at amazon.
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