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Hello,

I'm looking to upgrade my Macbook's HDD to SSD. I'm looking at Crucial M4 256GB and Samsung 840 250GB (non-pro).
The M4 is about 245$ and 840 is 205$. The 840 Pro is out of my budget. I've used 128GB M4 in my desktop PC before and didn't have any problems with it.

Most common suggestion using google:

* Get the cheaper one
* The M4 is older and got more firmware updates which makes it rock solid and reliable
* TLC NAND is going to last about 7 years if I write 10GB a day (which I don't)
* M4 is slower but more reliable tho the real life performance difference is basically un-noticable

I'm unable to make a choice. Go for cheaper/faster Samsung or more expensive/stable/reliable Crucial.

Help me out.

Thanks!
Edited by AeroZ - 7/29/13 at 11:15pm
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post #2 of 8
Just get the samsung since its cheaper. It proven to be a very reliable ssd. You will be trouble free for sure.
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SAMSUNG 840
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I currently have a Samsung 830 and I love it. Never had any issues with it whatsoever.
I wouldn't consider firmware updates as a plus TBH, just means there was something that needed fixing. I don't think I ever had to do any updating for my Samsung.

About the durability of the TLC NAND: have a look at this http://uk.hardware.info/reviews/4178/hardwareinfo-tests-lifespan-of-samsung-ssd-840-250gb-tlc-ssd-updated-with-final-conclusion

However, Samsung just released the 840 Evo which is looking pretty sweet and replaces the non-Pro model, so I would either wait a little until it's widely available. It'll probably reduce the price of the regular 840 a bit, or perhaps you could go for the Evo then. Your call.

A note about the M4: I recently had to repair my brother's M4 because his laptop didn't recognize it anymore nor did windows explorer. I'm not saying they are bad or unreliable and this was probably an isolated case but just sharing my experiences.

TL;DR : I would wait for the 840 Evo to become widely available and then decide between the 840 or 840 Evo depending on the price/performance

EDIT: Oh and the 840 Evo looks very sleek, but not everyone cares about the looks of his SSD like I do biggrin.gif
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post #5 of 8
Definitely the 840. After owning a few different brands of SSD, I tend to get the cheapest and have had no issues.
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We just replaced a OCZ vertex 3 that was having issues with a Samsung 840 non-pro and couldn't be happier. Its an excellent boot ssd
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post #7 of 8
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Yeah, got my Samsung 840 250GB today, too. Cloned my current drive and all works flawlessi and fast.
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I went from a M4 to the 840. I did not notice a difference. Get the 840.

    
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