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I've been looking at what SSD to get and at the moment Amazon UK has a good deal on the 256gb Pro drive, then there's the 500gb Evo for under £200.

Only issue is lifespan, i've seen the Evo should last an easy 10 years with above average use, but how long would it last under occasional heavy use as well as average/above average use such as gaming, browsing and downloading every day? Is that where the Pro is recommended instead? I realise tests show the Evo can take a lot of usage, but with video editing thrown in i'm not so certain. Opinions on this
please? I don't want to buy a drive and have it develop issues in a short time, if i can get 6+ years out of it with that type of usage that would be fine.

My first SSD, a 128gb g skill falcon failed a while back, only in use for about 2 years.. but i've a feeling it was faulty from the beginning as i'd get random stutters of sound and stuff like that when working with video in sony vegas, disappeared when i moved back to hdd.
post #2 of 8
Go for the EVO, by the time the drive fails, you wont even be using SSDs

I have 2 EVOs here and they are awesome, you can even see the total TBs written to the drive and see how much is left till the SSD "dies"
Edited by danilon62 - 3/22/14 at 11:57am
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Originally Posted by danilon62 View Post

Go for the EVO, by the time the drive fails, you wont even be using SSDs

I have 2 EVOs here and they are awesome, you can even see the total TBs written to the drive and see how much is left till the SSD "dies"
But how would it be at handling heavy use? I see people recommend the Pro if video editing and stuff like that. I'm not really sure
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But how would it be at handling heavy use? I see people recommend the Pro if video editing and stuff like that. I'm not really sure

The NAND used in the EVO is a NAND of lower "quality" according to what some people say, that means that It doesn't handle as many writes as one of better quality, but Ive seen hundreds of tests, folks writing intencionally hundreds of TBs to a drive and it being still like the first day.

I have already written Half Terabyte on it (with paging file and that stuff on, and check, some hundreds of hours of use, and 105 boots)



And acording to Cristal Disk Info, its still at 100% remaining life. Imagine when I reach 1TB the counter goes down to 99% , that means that I can write 99TBs more of data on it, and then, ill just die.

NAND flash isnt like HDDs, that can magnetically "erase" data and write on it for an infinte amount of times, NAND flahs can be "reflashed" for a finite amount of times, that amount of times is somehow already prestablished when you first turn on the drive



Still, If you are able to destroy the drive by writing that enormous amount of data on it, you will even know the exact moment of its death.

Also, the amount of TBs writeable on a 240GB SSD is the double of a 120GB one, same happends with the 500GB one, double the durability of the 500GB one (if speaking about the total of TBs written)

Just go with the 500GB EVO, you'll love it. Your G.Skill SSD seems to be a quite old SSD, the reliability of SSDs have changed a lot in five years.
Edited by danilon62 - 3/22/14 at 1:02pm
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Read this and judge yourself wink.gif

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=nl&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fnl.hardware.info%2Freviews%2F4177%2F10%2Fhardwareinfo-test-levensduur-samsung-ssd-840-250gb-tlc-ssd-eind-update-20-6-2013-update-9-eindconclusie-20-6-2013

It showed that the 840 could handle up to 888TB in writes and having over 3k sector cycles.

That is the old samsung SSD. So the newer ones (EVO/PRO) should last even longer lol
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That is the old samsung SSD. So the newer ones (EVO/PRO) should last even longer lol

 

Yea they should :)

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You need to read this, EVO's endurance is far understated:

http://techreport.com/review/26058/the-ssd-endurance-experiment-data-retention-after-600tb

...that said it will go down the drain faster than an equivalent capacity PRO, but it's twice the capacity.
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