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This might only be an AS SSD benchmark from my only personal use of the samsung 830 vs plextor M5p 128GB SSD's but it gives you an idea on the performance of these two SSD's.

Samsung 830 128GB


Plextor M5p 128GB
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No way am I getting a 250gb capacity, sorry. A 64GB would be more than enough for total system storage, as in in 3 years I haven't used more than 40-50GB on my main computer. The only reason I'm picking a 128gb drive for this set-up is because I know the 128s are much faster than the 64gb models.

Really an 80gb model would be perfect capacity for my needs, it'd leave a ton of extra room for me (though I've shown that in 3 years, no need for more than 50GB).

You get into price/gb then a 512gb or whatever is really the 'best'. I'm looking for the best value drive $120 or under basically. Seems like 830 $100, 840 $80, 840 pro $120, and maybe like plextor or sandisk is my choices but I'm still not getting a clear cut answer here.

You fail to realize that prices on SSDs fluctuate so much among such a small range that trying to place price points on drives is suicide. You can only define them by low-end/high-end, etc.

Best Lower End SSDs:
  • Sandisk Extreme
  • Sandisk Ultra Plus
  • Samsung 840
  • Mushkin Chronos


Best Mid-End SSDs:

  • OCZ Vertex 3
  • Plextor M5S


Best High-End SSDs:

  • Plextor M5P (Best for the money in general)
  • Corsair Neutron GTX
  • Samsung 840 Pro
  • OCZ Vector
  • OCZ Vertex 450 (Incoming to Market)
  • OCZ Vertex 4
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No way am I getting a 250gb capacity, sorry. A 64GB would be more than enough for total system storage, as in in 3 years I haven't used more than 40-50GB on my main computer. The only reason I'm picking a 128gb drive for this set-up is because I know the 128s are much faster than the 64gb models.

Really an 80gb model would be perfect capacity for my needs, it'd leave a ton of extra room for me (though I've shown that in 3 years, no need for more than 50GB).

If you use around 40-50GB, then a 120-128GB drive would be ideal. You really do want to leave plenty of free space on the SSD to maintain performance.

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Originally Posted by Belial View Post

You get into price/gb then a 512gb or whatever is really the 'best'.

Actually, not really. Those actually tend to be slightly more expensive per GB compared to 240-256GB models.

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Originally Posted by Belial View Post

I'm looking for the best value drive $120 or under basically. Seems like 830 $100, 840 $80, 840 pro $120, and maybe like plextor or sandisk is my choices but I'm still not getting a clear cut answer here.

Imho, the Plextor M5S or Samsung 830 are your best choices among the above.
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If you use around 40-50GB, then a 120-128GB drive would be ideal. You really do want to leave plenty of free space on the SSD to maintain performance.
Actually, not really. Those actually tend to be slightly more expensive per GB compared to 240-256GB models.
Imho, the Plextor M5S or Samsung 830 are your best choices among the above.

The SanDisk Extreme and the Plextor M5S are really the only two choices available at that $100 price range as the Samsung 830 is almost always impossible to find in stock as it is a discontinued drive. The Plextor M5P and the Corsair Neutron GTX tend to dip that low in sales if one wants to wait a bit though.
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Thanks for the compliment!

I can give you my impressions, but just be aware thatbboth are larger than 128GB, so I cannot speak to that size in particula. GGenerally, though, the difference between 128GB and 256GB is in writes and maybe a 10-20 percent difference in random IOPS.

The Samsung is my boot drive, due to its incredible reliability, consistency, and equivalent speeds regardless of the data type. It's been in use for quite some tim, wwith around 1.2k total P/E cycles at this point. However, I have not lost even 1MB/s in performance in any of the metrics, and using the Intel SSD Life thing, I have "99.9 percent" of the drive life left.

The Plextor M5P-Xtreme 256GB is very similar to the Samsung 830 256GB in the way it performs. It's not going to set benchmark records, but it is nearly as consistent as the Samsung in its performance. I have not had it for nearly as long, so I cannot speak too much on long term reliability, but it has also not shown a single iota of speed loss. It's a small amount faster in writes than the Samsung, but the Samsung beats its reads, hence my using the Samsung for the most heavily read drive and this as a games/projects (audio recording, editing, and mixing) drive.

Frankly, in my time with the drives, I doubt that I could tell the difference between the two in blind testing, any better than chance (assuming that no benches are run). I could care less about getting 550MBs instead of 525MBs, but I very much care about consistency and of course reliability. If you're like me in this regard, and it sounds like you are, then you absolutely cannot go wrong with either. Get whichever is cheaper, and enjoy using it for the next decade!
   
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This might only be an AS SSD benchmark from my only personal use of the samsung 830 vs plextor M5p 128GB SSD's but it gives you an idea on the performance of these two SSD's.

Samsung 830 128GB


Plextor M5p 128GB

Well the Plextor M5p, the cheapest I can find it is $129, after rebate, compared to the Samsung 840 Pro is only $120 at mirocenter bundle (which I will qualify for). I mean I consider rebates 100% but come on. Now I don't know how M5p vs 840 Pro is in performance, but quick searches seem to incidate that the M5p is meant to compete with the 840 Pro, not 830, and it's slightly weaker.

I mean it seems like you are comparing a 660TI vs 7970 when it's really more like 7970 vs 680.

I definitely appreciate real world, direct comparison, by someone who has both. That's far more valuable than a hundred 'get X because I have it so therefore it must be better' replies. You always make great posts thumb.gif

Unless we can find the M5p for cheaper, maybe newegg just sucks or the benches I'm looking at are wrong.

So what should I choose?

840 @ $80
830 @ $100
840 Pro @ $120
Other....?
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No way am I getting a 250gb capacity, sorry. A 64GB would be more than enough for total system storage, as in in 3 years I haven't used more than 40-50GB on my main computer. The only reason I'm picking a 128gb drive for this set-up is because I know the 128s are much faster than the 64gb models.

Really an 80gb model would be perfect capacity for my needs, it'd leave a ton of extra room for me (though I've shown that in 3 years, no need for more than 50GB).

You get into price/gb then a 512gb or whatever is really the 'best'. I'm looking for the best value drive $120 or under basically. Seems like 830 $100, 840 $80, 840 pro $120, and maybe like plextor or sandisk is my choices but I'm still not getting a clear cut answer here.

You fail to realize that prices on SSDs fluctuate so much among such a small range that trying to place price points on drives is suicide. You can only define them by low-end/high-end, etc.

Best Lower End SSDs:
  • Sandisk Extreme
  • Sandisk Ultra Plus
  • Samsung 840
  • Mushkin Chronos


Best Mid-End SSDs:

  • OCZ Vertex 3
  • Plextor M5S


Best High-End SSDs:

  • Plextor M5P (Best for the money in general)
  • Corsair Neutron GTX
  • Samsung 840 Pro
  • OCZ Vector
  • OCZ Vertex 450 (Incoming to Market)
  • OCZ Vertex 4

They don't fluctuate that much, as in they aren't going to fluctuate that much in the next day. This is for an immediate purchase. And when all SSD prices go up, all models do, not just one or the other. I'd like to know what the best choice right now is.

I mean i know there isn't much difference, but there is still a better and worse. The last time I made a decision on an SSD, it was for a 64-80GB SSD back when the 830 was hot, like a year ago. The crucial m4 was alaways slightly more expensive than the 830 and just a tad slower in real world, so no. The kingston hyperx 3k was slightly cheaper but sizeably slower ( not worth like $5 cheaper basically). I think that was really the only other competitors, that and then the Intel X25-M G2 and G3 (ie the 320), which made up for their slower speed with higher capacity at 80GB and similar price as these 64gb gen 3 drives. The 320 was slightly more expensive but I think a better choice at only $10 more, and I regret going with the 80gb intel gen 2 drives instead of a samsung 830 64gb, but whatever.

So i'm sure one drive is better than another here, it's not some relative 'there is no good or bad here man', there's going to be a better choice. We can already see that the Plextor M5p 128gb @$130 is worse than a $120 840 Pro as it's slightly more expensive and slightly slower. So that's one drive of many choices down. Come on man, help me out here.
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The Kingston HyperX 3k 120gb is a pretty good deal, bought one when it was on sale, cost me 90 bucks.
It's a pretty fast drive, it's not the best by any means, but it definitely shows off speed.
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Okay how about this - has anyone here used the 830 AND 840PRO (or similar drives, ie m4 and 840 pro, hyperk vs m5p)? If the performance difference isn't noticeable, I'll go cheaper with the 840 non-pro.
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You can't go wrong with the 840 honestly. You won't notice a whole heck of a huge difference between any of those, and if you do, it'll be maybe one or two seconds difference.
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