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I am looking to get a new 240+ gig SSD and am really leaning toward Samsung. I can get an 840 for about $175 and the 840 Pro for about $220. My question is not about benchmark performance I know the pro is faster. I am however wondering about durability. I am not in need to a super fast drive, just a good reliable SSD, wondering if the non pro is worth the look.
post #2 of 13
The Samsung 840 uses TLC nand which stores 3 bits per cell, the 840 Pro uses MLC which stores 2 btis per cell, the 840 Pro is more durable due to using the mlc nand due to less writes per cell.

Other than Samsung the Plextor M5 Pro, or an Intel SSD might be worth considering.

This article might help:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6459/samsung-ssd-840-testing-the-endurance-of-tlc-nand
post #3 of 13
It depends on your use case, but for most people, based on figures from Anandtech, the SSD will become obsolete before it dies due to wear.
Edited by Noupoi - 5/30/13 at 10:55am
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So based on the numbers Anand found even the non Pro should have a solid life span.
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Yes, but the health of the SSD has a direct correlation with the performance the SSD has over time.
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The PC build in question is a gaming machine so the write speeds are not a big deal to me.
post #7 of 13
You will be fine with the non pro bud. Still an excellent drive. thumb.gif
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While the Pro has a theoretically longer life span, the non-Pro will still outlast 99.9% or more of its users.
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It's really just all marketing and hype over the "Pro" models. Had they not had the name "Pro" I doubt that even half of the people now buying would buy them.
It's the same in many other cases in the components industry. "Gaming" motherboards, speakers, and headsets are bought without regard for value or quality.

Not to disregard the Samsung 840 Pro's quality in any way, it's just that the MLC vs. TLC decision it's not really of concern to 99% of people yet many forum posters will glorify it, and there could not be any practical difference between the two of them in usage.

What should really be debated is reliability and value, as in 840 vs. M4 vs. ....

Also, FYI, there are like 50 other threads on this topic, not just on this forum but on many others as well.
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It's really just all marketing and hype over the "Pro" models. Had they not had the name "Pro" I doubt that even half of the people now buying would buy them. It's the same in many other cases in the components industry. "Gaming" motherboards, speakers, and headsets are bought without regard for value or quality.

I'm not so sure. Samsumg could've called the 840 Pro something like "Excelsior" and the 840 non-Pro "Bucket" and it wouldn't have made any difference to me.

Then again, I actually read the specs carefully and understand what they mean.
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