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My HDD failed...I have a TB drive ready for storage, but I thought I would take this opportunity to install an SSD on this windows installation.


It's gonna be a boot drive and a few light programs, (no games, just documents, office, photoshop, and the OS).


Here are my options (or other) I'm looking to not spend over 160 or so.

128gb would probably be plenty, but having more would obviously be better, but I want reliability and speed.

Here are my options:

A 128gb Samsung 840 for 150$

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147192


Or a sandisk 256gb for 170

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171741

Or a mushing enhanced chronos 180gb (would be best, I would have about 130gb after windows and format) for 140

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226291


I've searched online, but...I'm new to all this. Can someone give me a quick run down on each of these, reccomend one in my price point that's fast (doesn't need to be the fastest) and reliable? And preferably 128gb or over?

How reliable are the drives? Specifically the sandisk and mushkin?
post #2 of 17
I personally can't speak to the performance or reliability of the Mushkin or Samsung drives, but I have heard good things about the Samsung drives lately.

What I can speak to, and I don't mean to throw more options into the mix, is the Crucial M4. I have had this drive for close to two years and have nothing but good things to say about it. Back when I was researching SSD's I was most interested in reliability, I knew even the slowest SSD was going to be much faster then the standard mechanical drive I was coming from. It came down to the M4 and the Intel 320, and ultimately the M4 won out for me... Things have changed I'm sure and maybe my knowledge is a bit out dated but I would consider the M4. It has a 3 year warranty if that can be any indication of the life expectancy.....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by onelostsoul View Post

I personally can't speak to the performance or reliability of the Mushkin or Samsung drives, but I have heard good things about the Samsung drives lately.

What I can speak to, and I don't mean to throw more options into the mix, is the Crucial M4. I have had this drive for close to two years and have nothing but good things to say about it. Back when I was researching SSD's I was most interested in reliability, I knew even the slowest SSD was going to be much faster then the standard mechanical drive I was coming from. It came down to the M4 and the Intel 320, and ultimately the M4 won out for me... Things have changed I'm sure and maybe my knowledge is a bit out dated but I would consider the M4. It has a 3 year warranty if that can be any indication of the life expectancy.....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

Thanks thIs looks great. Does the slower write speed hinder anything? I'm mainly concerned with the read speed for boot up of the OS and my applications installed on it.

Also, can you speak on the capacity? Is 128gb enough for the OS and main apps? (No games)
post #4 of 17
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Also, aside from that crucial (w looking into newer tech, I found these.

Ocz vertex 4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227791


Or this plextor for only 110 bucks
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249024
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I've been very happy with my vertex 4 since launch last year. FINALLY OCZ has come around and seen that they need a few solid products, not 10 ranging from crap to so-so. The Sandisk is good too, I use it for games only, and have been quite happy with performance. Ensure it's firmware is at R211 if you get it though to avoid trim issues.

I have heard nothing but good about Plextor drives, very solid. M4's have a decent rep as well, although their write speed isn't fantastic.
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I've been eyeballing the OCZ Vector for quite a while, but OCZ recently
brought out the Vertex 450 so I might reconsider , because the performance
is almost as good as the Vector but it is said to be slightly cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227966

Newegg seem to have the wrong specs tho in read/write speeds.
It should be 540MB/s Sequential Read and 530MB/s Sequential Write
according to OCZ. (not 525 MB/s read, 290 MB/s write)
which I personally would be quite happy with.

The Kingston HyperX 3K has been getting pretty good reviews too.
And looks quite tasty as well smile.gif (555MB/s read and 510MB/s write)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820239045
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Originally Posted by JambonJovi View Post

Newegg seem to have the wrong specs tho in read/write speeds.
It should be 540MB/s Sequential Read and 530MB/s Sequential Write
according to OCZ. (not 525 MB/s read, 290 MB/s write)
which I personally would be quite happy with.

My bad. They ARE the specs for the 128GB one.
The 256GB and 512GB are faster tho...

All in all, they're pretty SOLID DRIVES biggrinsmiley.gif
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I really suggest Samsung. I own the 830. Its fast, durable and i never had any problems.

The 840 non pro is cheap and has midrange speed. The 840 pro is very fast and has 5 years!! warranty.
For the capacity: 128gb is enough for the OS and Photoshop. I have around 75 gb free from 119gb with the OS, some programs and Starcraft 2 (which uses 14 gb).
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I really suggest Samsung. I own the 830. Its fast, durable and i never had any problems.

The 840 non pro is cheap and has midrange speed. The 840 pro is very fast and has 5 years!! warranty.
For the capacity: 128gb is enough for the OS and Photoshop. I have around 75 gb free from 119gb with the OS, some programs and Starcraft 2 (which uses 14 gb).

The Plextor M5P is cheaper and offers basically the same performance (+ or - 0.05%). In both the 128GB and 256GB flavors. Its a much better option than the 840 Pro. The Samsung 840 is just awful compared to similar offerings like the Sandisk Extreme at the similar to same cost as the Samsung 840.

And the Samsung 830 is a discontinued drive so good luck finding it.

And other comparable drives are the Corsair Neutron GTX.

The drive considered the most reliable on the market has been the Crucial M4. Its not the fastest, but its performance is rock solid and the difference between it and the "top tier" ssds is nearly un-noticeable in real world performance.

TL;DR: There are far better options that Samsung. Its kinda like buying Apple where you pay more for the name even though there are faster/cheaper/same options out there.


@ OP, if your usage is anything what you are saying, go with that Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB drive over the 120/128gb options. It's a much better price/GB option, and the speed difference is not going to be honestly noticeable if you go with a "higher end" ssd.

Personally, I have my programs/some documents/ and about 3 games on my 256GB M4, and I only have 70GB left. Rule of thumb with SSDs is to preferably keep about ~20% of it unfilled if you want to get the best performance out of it. A 128GB SSD won't allow that from what I can tell your usage will be.
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