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I'll keep this simple. I'm refreshing a computer for a friend, and I'm looking at SSDs. Unlike me, he doesn't care one bit about benchmarks and he only does some gaming on it. In fact, the most intensive thing the machine will see is Diablo 3 and CounterStrike Global Offensive. He just told me he wants it to boot faster and to generally "feel faster" like his laptop does (which of course has a SSD in it).

I was looking at the various offerings at the 120/128GB level, and after looking around I found what I think is the best bang-for-buck available at this moment: a PNY XLR8 120GB for $61 shipped to my door.

So the simple question I have is there any other drive that should I should consider? This one has a 5-year warranty with Toggle MLC NAND for $60, and the only closest drives I can find are ones like the Intel 530 or Crucial M500. Both of which at $80 shipped would cost me 30% more, have less performance, and the Crucial only has a 3-year warranty.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178720

Can't be beat for $89 after MIR for 240gb

PNY XLR8 120GB for $61 = 2 mb/$1

PNY Optima SSD7SC240GOPT-RB 2.5" 240GB $89 = 2.7 mb/$1
Edited by CravinR1 - 4/18/14 at 9:22pm
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I understand your friend don't have money,but storage is definitely not something you can buy by the price but rather by reliability.
I suggest you take something that has proven reliability like any Samsung,SanDisc Extreme II,Crucial,Intel ,Plextors become to expensive.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178720

Can't be beat for $89 after MIR for 240gb

PNY XLR8 120GB for $61 = 2 mb/$1

PNY Optima SSD7SC240GOPT-RB 2.5" 240GB $89 = 2.7 mb/$1

I saw this one while looking but ultimately passed on it because:

1) both he and I hate rebates
2) there's too much negative feedback about people not getting their rebates from PNY
3) While I did say he doesn't care about benchmarks, he doesn't want a entry-level or bargain drive and I can't find any specs on it compared to the XLR8.
4) A new unproven drive with iffy personal reviews and no professional reviews

Don't get me wrong, if it was $90 shipped I would be more likely to buy it.
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I understand your friend don't have money,but storage is definitely not something you can buy by the price but rather by reliability.
I suggest you take something that has proven reliability like any Samsung,SanDisc Extreme II,Crucial,Intel ,Plextors become to expensive.

When did I ever say he doesn't have money? I'm not looking for the cheapest drive, otherwise I'd be looking at crap like Kingston or A-Data. I'm looking for the best bang-for-buck 120/128GB SSD drive.
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I have the adata sp900 128gb and it's been quite the nice drive. Granted I prefer and recommend the Samsung evo
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I have the adata sp900 128gb and it's been quite the nice drive. Granted I prefer and recommend the Samsung evo

I have one for my server. It's cheap, but it has a SandForce controller instead of the JMicron you might expect from the price-point. Crucial M500s won't be particularly fast, but Crucial is well-respected and 240GB M500s are $110. 120GB fills up fast, so I'd spend a bit extra and get double the space.
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