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Thinking of getting an SSD for dual booting windows and mountain lion. What size should I get, I have 2 TB Western digital as well for my storage needs.

Thinking of getting the Samsung 840 just don't know what size I should get. I do gaming, regular user task and some video editing.
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If you want the Samsung 840 i suggest not ... M5S is the same price and alot faster than the 840
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If you want the Samsung 840 i suggest not ... M5S is the same price and alot faster than the 840

Curious, where are you seeing the M5S for the same price as the Samsung 840 (which goes on sale for $140-160 250GB quite often and $260-300 500GB not quite so often)?
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If you're only putting the OSes on there, then a 60GB SSD should be enough. 40GB for windows and 20GB for OSX. Unless you want other things to load faster like games and programs then you should get 256GB.

Right now it looks like Mushkin drives are good. They're really fast and not expensive.

I'd provide links but I don't understand why there are so many variations of the same size on newegg when they seem to be the same speed. And I have to sleep now.

And I'm not sure but isn't it useful to put some videos you are working on, on your SSD for a short time for video editing?
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Curious, where are you seeing the M5S for the same price as the Samsung 840 (which goes on sale for $140-160 250GB quite often and $260-300 500GB not quite so often)?
Newegggg wink.gif
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Newegggg wink.gif

I've yet to see the M5S 256GB go for ~$150.
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I've yet to see the M5S 256GB go for ~$150.
Where? smile.gif Samsung 840 250gb is 190$ on newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147189

Plextor M5S 256GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249025

The plextor m5s is far superior for just 40 bucks more in that case. I wouldn't spend money on the 840 garbage
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You won't be able to see the difference with these modern SSDs unless you're transferring large files.

I have a Samsung 840 in my laptop and a Crucial M4 on my desktop. They're both going strong. If I were you, I'd flip a coin between these two since they're both similarly priced.

Crucial has a lot of rep for SSDs, and there was a news post recently about they releasing the M5 soon.
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You won't be able to see the difference with these modern SSDs unless you're transferring large files.

I have a Samsung 840 in my laptop and a Crucial M4 on my desktop. They're both going strong. If I were you, I'd flip a coin between these two since they're both similarly priced.

Crucial has a lot of rep for SSDs, and there was a news post recently about they releasing the M5 soon.
i wouldn't get either of those unless they're a lot cheaper. Even then I probably wouldnt go for them but thats just me. tongue.gif 250 MB/s is a pretty big difference with the better SSDs plus the higher IOPS.
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Where? smile.gif Samsung 840 250gb is 190$ on newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147189

Plextor M5S 256GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249025

The plextor m5s is far superior for just 40 bucks more in that case. I wouldn't spend money on the 840 garbage

There are sales on the Samsung 840 every 2 weeks or so. The 250GB model usually goes for $140-160 then and I've seen those prices at several merchants (Newegg, B&H Photo Video, Adorama, Tiger Direct, buydig, Rakuten, etc). Personally, I'd rather put the extra funds towards a higher capacity model rather than a higher performing one. The benefits of higher capacity are obvious while the tangible difference in performance is less so.

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Crucial has a lot of rep for SSDs, and there was a news post recently about they releasing the M5 soon.

Crucial has already released the M500. Nothing notable in terms of performance but the pricing on the 960GB model is darned attractive ($600). Already have a couple of the 960GB on order.

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i wouldn't get either of those unless they're a lot cheaper. Even then I probably wouldnt go for them but thats just me. tongue.gif 250 MB/s is a pretty big difference with the better SSDs plus the higher IOPS.

Pray tell, where do you get that 250MB/s difference (sequential write, I'm assuming)? If you're comparing them to SandForce drives, keep in mind that SandForce uses data compression and de-duplication so the 500+ MB/s maximum speeds you're seeing is basically what you'd get if you're writing say, just all 0's or something. If you're dealing with highly incompressible data, those numbers are going to take a nosedive (how big a nosedive depends on the type of NAND used). Since real-world data isn't perfectly compressible, real-world speed of SandForce drives would be somewhere in between advertised/ATTO and AS-SSD/CrystalDiskMark benchmarks.

As for the Mushkins:
Mushkin Chronos - Asynchronous ONFi MLC NAND (slowest)
Mushkin Chronos MX - Synchronous ONFi MLC NAND
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe - Toggle-mode DDR MLC NAND (fastest)

Here's a comparison of the Samsung 840 250GB and OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS (similar to the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe with Toggle NAND):
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/678?vs=366
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Crucial m4 256 mSATA Samsung 840 500GB Intel BXHTS1155LP Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
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Logitech K800 Lian Li PC-Q05B Logitech M570 
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G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Silverstone ST45SF 450W Silverstone Sugo SG05B 
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Core i7-860 Biostar TH55B HD MSI GT 240 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333 
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Intel X25-M 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Samsung 22" Antec EA-380D 
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Rosewill R101-P-BK 
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Intel Core i5-3450S Intel DQ77KB Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600 SO-DIMM Samsung 830 256GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 256 mSATA Samsung 840 500GB Intel BXHTS1155LP Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
KeyboardCaseMouse
Logitech K800 Lian Li PC-Q05B Logitech M570 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 EVGA GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x4GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Silverstone ST45SF 450W Silverstone Sugo SG05B 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Biostar TH55B HD MSI GT 240 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Intel X25-M 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Samsung 22" Antec EA-380D 
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Rosewill R101-P-BK 
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