Originally Posted by fleetfeather
I think a lot of what you read on Newegg is a classic case of "the vocal minority"...
The people who post reviews on Newegg are more-often-that-not the ones who have things to complain about. Think about all the items you own that work as intended; you don't jump around to the website / store you bought it from and say "yup, it's working" nearly as often as when you buy an item that didn't work and complain about it.
That's just normal human nature.
This has been demonstrated in many, many contexts in a variety of psychological/sociological research articles
^This. You say the ratio is high when you forget to consider that this is only based off the people who bother to post a review. Therefore your ratio is pretty skewed and unbiased not based on the majority of drives that work vs the ones that actually fail. I myself have owned a Samsung 840 from Newegg for about 2 months and I haven't written a review. It is also running fine.
Here's a link to a stress test where the reviewers continously
ran the SSD's 24/7 in a stressed read write cycle to see how long they would last. http://us.hardware.info/reviews/4178/10/hardwareinfo-tests-lifespan-of-samsung-ssd-840-250gb-tlc-ssd-updated-with-final-conclusion-final-update-20-6-2013
You can read it yourself but they tested 2 Samsung 840 SSD's and each lasted about 2 months in the stress test. However the stress test in a day is more than 100x what the average user stresses their storage drive (in terms of read/write cycles). They estimated based on the average user that the SSD's have an average lifespan of 274 years
. This is in theory of course in reality the physical of components will degrade over time like any other computer part way before the actual life cycle fails (unless you bother to clean and keep your components rust free for that long which is decades and by then you would upgrade) due to usage.
I also read another stress test that also did a similar test on these SSD's and they also calculated the average lifespan to be around 200 years. As for price yes they are going down and though they may seem pricey now keep in mind they were over 2x the price 2 years ago (about $800-1000 for 500GB). Now you can find deals for 500GB at $330. If you can afford to wait, then they will go down but now is still a good time to buy since the drop in SSD prices are slowing down (it can't drop at this rate forever or else within 2 years they would be free). I'd say if you waited another year at best you'd see a modest drop from $330 to ~$270 for 500GB SSD's which is just my estimation. But other than that SSD prices are already under a dollar per GB (for 500GB at $330 you're definitely not paying 1GB/$) so seeing that 120GB for $90 is not uncommon.
Sure you'd be faster with SATA3 but if this is your first SSD even at SATA2 it'll be a lot faster than anything you've used before that you don't know what you're missing.Edited by voozers - 9/11/13 at 8:48am