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So I finally decided to take the plunge and get an SSD. I have done a little research and I think I have narrowed it down to 3 possible options.

1) Crucial M4 256GB
http://microcenter.com/product/364547/m4_CT256M4SSD2_256GB_SATA_60Gb-s_25_Internal_Solid_State_Drive_%28SSD%29_with_Marvell_Controller

2) SanDisk Ultra Plus
http://microcenter.com/product/406438/Ultra_Plus_SDSSDHP-256G-G2_256GB_SATA_60Gb-s_Internal_Solid_State_Drive_%28SSD%29

3)Samsung 840 Series
http://microcenter.com/product/402604/840_Series_MZ-7TD250BW_250GB_SATA_60Gb-s_25_Internal_Solid_State_Drive_%28SSD%29

I am having trouble deciding which one out of these would be the better buy. I am also open for any other recommendations anyone might have. I just want a good quality drive that won't gove me a boatload of issues.

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 12
I've heard some very good things about the Samsung 840 drives. Just make sure it's the Pro version and not the Basic. It should be stated in the product title.
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Go with the Samsung Pro 840.

Link to the Pro version: http://microcenter.com/search/search_results.aspx?Ntt=samsung+pro+840&N=
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The Samsung Pro is $240, is it really worth the extra $$$?
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I've read that it's significantly faster. You may have to read up a few reviews to confirm this though.
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I have the crucial m4 and the Kingston ssd's I have nothing but praise for the crucial ssd's!
Edited by azrael36 - 5/12/13 at 5:08pm
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post #7 of 12
Wait for a sale to bring the 256GB 840 Pro down to about $210-220. The 830 256GB was around $170 before it discontinued and those were built to the same standard but are slightly slower (not that matters in real world).



The Crucial m4 is significantly slower ( Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2 controller) and the Sandisk has unknown reliability ( Marvell SS889175-BJM2 controller). The 830 256GB was able to outlast a ton of other SSDs. If you want to go Crucial, go with the Crucial M500 (Crucial m4's successor).

Sandisk review , it's slower than Samsung 830: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/2108/6/ , also see http://www.anandtech.com/show/6553/sandisk-ultra-plus-ssd-review-256gb/6 , also http://www.rwlabs.com/article.php?cat=&id=816&pagenumber=9



http://www.storagereview.com/sandisk_ultra_plus_ssd_review

* The 840 pro works well even when the disk is 50 or 75% full.

For me, the utmost priority was reliability that's why I bought Samsung.


see http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/5196/samsung-840-ssd-storage-endurance-testing-tlc-to-the-end/index.html


If you're buying any SSD check out http://www.johnnylucky.org/data-storage/ssd-database.html as well as http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?271063-SSD-Write-Endurance-25nm-Vs-34nm
Edited by AlphaC - 5/12/13 at 5:43pm
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post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Crooksy View Post

I've heard some very good things about the Samsung 840 drives. Just make sure it's the Pro version and not the Basic. It should be stated in the product title.

Out of the non-Pro version, the 250Gb & 500Gb are gold...but not platimun like the Pro version, although I think the non-Pro 250Gb is the better buy over the Pro 256Gb based on cost/performance thinking.gif

Quote:
Originally Posted by Danman1280 View Post

The Samsung Pro is $240, is it really worth the extra $$$?

IMO...nope, unless you want braggin' rights whistle.gif ...it's a great ssd but the performance difference over the 250Gb (non-pro version) is not going to make you do flips unless you're a serious benchmarker wink.gif

I recommend you save yourself $60 & buy the 840 250Gb (non-pro version) thumb.gif I use mine for games & I'm enjoying it wheee.gif

Little fella had received nothin' but nice reviews...

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Samsung/840_Non-Pro_SSD_250_GB/1.html
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/02/19/samsung_840_120gb_ssd_review/
http://hothardware.com/Reviews/Samsung-840-Series-SSD-Review/
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/5078/samsung_840_250gb_ssd_review/index.html
Edited by drBlahMan - 5/12/13 at 5:45pm
post #9 of 12
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Yeah, I'm just gaming on my machine. So the 840 non-pro seems like the most practical decision.
post #10 of 12
You will not notice the difference bud, Get what is cheaper. smile.gif
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