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Going to get an SSD and I've locked on to Samsung since they have reasonable reliability and a huge amount of consumers. (aka Bandwagoning lol)

So what drive will be better/faster, the 840 Pro or EVO (at the 120/128GB size)?

I know that if I up the size, I'll get more performance, but I'm only looking for this size range.
Price isn't too much of an issue.


Thanks in advance for answers! smile.gif
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The 840 EVO series are more or less a direction replacement for the base 840 series. The 840 Pro models will still offer better performance.
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...The 840 Pro models will still offer better performance.

And, probably, a longer warranty.
   
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Going to get an SSD and I've locked on to Samsung since they have reasonable reliability and a huge amount of consumers. (aka Bandwagoning lol)

So what drive will be better/faster, the 840 Pro or EVO (at the 120/128GB size)?

I know that if I up the size, I'll get more performance, but I'm only looking for this size range.
Price isn't too much of an issue.


Thanks in advance for answers! smile.gif

if price isn't an issue, stretch your wallet a bit more.

Here's the better idea.

Samsung 840 PRO 128gb SSD is around $140
Samsung 840 EVO 250gb SSD is around $190.

$50 bucks more for 122 more gigabytes! Trust me, if you're planning on installing your OS on this and more than a few games, you'll DEFINITELY appreciate the greater space available on the 250gb EVO rather than that anemic 128gb PRO. Stressing over storage management is a pain in the butt. With games only getting bigger, taking up 20-25gb a pop, you'll wish you had the larger storage ahead of time. Performance differences will be minimal.
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if price isn't an issue, stretch your wallet a bit more.

Here's the better idea.

Samsung 840 PRO 128gb SSD is around $140
Samsung 840 EVO 250gb SSD is around $190.

$50 bucks more for 122 more gigabytes! Trust me, if you're planning on installing your OS on this and more than a few games, you'll DEFINITELY appreciate the greater space available on the 250gb EVO rather than that anemic 128gb PRO. Stressing over storage management is a pain in the butt. With games only getting bigger, taking up 20-25gb a pop, you'll wish you had the larger storage ahead of time. Performance differences will be minimal.

Thanks for the input, but I'm really only gonna have my OS and one game on it (that being Battlefield 4, which, with DLCs should be less than half of the drive, plenty of room left over for smooth performance).

I will consider this if I'm planning to get a bigger drive though, although 120/128GB is good enough for my situation. smile.gif
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Thanks for the input, but I'm really only gonna have my OS and one game on it (that being Battlefield 4, which, with DLCs should be less than half of the drive, plenty of room left over for smooth performance).

I will consider this if I'm planning to get a bigger drive though, although 120/128GB is good enough for my situation. smile.gif

Here's what I foresee (i am a wizard btw)

You install your OS and you install BF4. You think to yourself, I'll just put everything else on some larger 1terabyte mechanical hard drive. Well, here's the thing, once you feel how the SSD performs, you will be spoiled by it. Surely your pictures/movies/music can stick to the mechanical hard drive, but after running a program or two off your SSD, you'll want all of your programs on it. Just my 2 cents.

I personally like the feeling that my CPU is being put to more work rather than just waiting around for a mechanical drive to spit up the next bit of code.
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Here's what I foresee (i am a wizard btw)

You install your OS and you install BF4. You think to yourself, I'll just put everything else on some larger 1terabyte mechanical hard drive. Well, here's the thing, once you feel how the SSD performs, you will be spoiled by it. Surely your pictures/movies/music can stick to the mechanical hard drive, but after running a program or two off your SSD, you'll want all of your programs on it. Just my 2 cents.

I personally like the feeling that my CPU is being put to more work rather than just waiting around for a mechanical drive to spit up the next bit of code.

Now I am determined to change what you foresee. I don't really have many a program that I use all the time that really requires uber duber speeds, just games. And even then, when BF4 comes out, I'll be pretty occupied with that and all my school work sits fine on my HDD (as does MSOffice and other skewl related shtuff).

But I do see your point, pretty sure I'll cry when I see how fast everything loads. But one must resist for the sake of humanity.
The struggle is real. tyvm
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Now I am determined to change what you foresee. I don't really have many a program that I use all the time that really requires uber duber speeds, just games. And even then, when BF4 comes out, I'll be pretty occupied with that and all my school work sits fine on my HDD (as does MSOffice and other skewl related shtuff).

But I do see your point, pretty sure I'll cry when I see how fast everything loads. But one must resist for the sake of humanity.
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then I'd go with the 128gb EVO. the EVO's are supposedly more reliable than the PRO's (SLC vs MLC) and they also introduce speeds to these lower tiers that were previously reserved for the 256gb+ models.
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the EVO's are supposedly more reliable than the PRO's (SLC vs MLC)
No.

EVO uses TLC, which is rubbish in terms of reliability.

What they do is they treat a small part of each TLC NAND die as SLC, and use it as write buffer. It improves reliability when compared to regular TLC drives, but (I am fairly sure) not beyond MLC drives.
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No.

EVO uses TLC, which is rubbish in terms of reliability.

What they do is they treat a small part of each TLC NAND die as SLC, and use it as write buffer. It improves reliability when compared to regular TLC drives, but (I am fairly sure) not beyond MLC drives.

Was just looking around and saw this.
It's a torture test for TLC using the 840s, which are supposedly less reliable than the Simulated SLC/TLC SSD that is the EVO.
And they had a pretty long calculated life span.

Not sure what to believe because I'm no expert, but this test seems to be rather backed up.
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