Originally Posted by whiteironknuckle
Originally Posted by Lagpirate
I'm going to throw up another hash mark for Samsung 840 pro. I love everything about this drive. The build quality, performance, and aesthetics of this drive go unmatched. If you simply want the best, Samsung is the way to go.
However, with that said: crucial offers the most bang or your buck IMO. My friend got a 900+gb ssd from crucial and only paid around 500 bucks for it. And the performance difference is unnoticeable in real-world applications.
The pro comes in a maximum of 512GB as far as I know. The Crucial M500
is available in 960GB for only $600 (and I have seen it for less on sale). For an MLC drive with solid encryption this is a steal and the EVO is overpriced in comparison.
Fixed, because I can't allow people to be wrong on the Internet.
If you actually run the numbers, then you'll see that the EVO isn't too overpriced compared to the M500, both at MSRP. 40GB is a surprising amount (4%), and the $/GB only varies by a cent or two. But yeah, if you want longevity, you want an M500. Enterprise features, MLC NAND, massive size, and 1024GB of NAND on the PCB. 64GB are used for automatic overprovisioning and as backup once the main NAND starts to die. Realistically, the performance is about the same since SATA III is such a huge bottleneck. Typical 128GB consumer drives have eight channels, meaning you've got something like RAID 0 or single- to dual- to tri- to quad-channel RAM. Correct me if I'm wrong please, but bigger drives need more channels, making it similar to a bigger RAID array or MOAR RAM. Samsung 840s double in write speeds from 120GB to 250GB, but not from 250GB to 500GB, though it is a large increase nonetheless (120MB/s to 250MB/s to 330MB/s or so). MLC drives in general get bottlenecked slightly at 256GB and significantly at 384GB or 512GB.
Also, SSD manufacturers, please make more 180GB and 360GB drives. I want more options. Thanks!