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Looking to upgrade my Samsung 840 120GB SSD that i have had for about a year now and currently thinking about getting a larger capacity.

Amazon currently has an Intel 530 240GB SSD for $139.99 and i haven't been able to find much on this besides the reviews which seem positive.

Intel 530 240GB SSD

I know Intel is good when it comes to reliability and it comes with a 5 year warranty, just wondering if anyone else has any feedback or thoughts.

Looking for any other information or opinions.

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Edited by jonathan9590 - 4/24/14 at 6:52am
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Ok then, if nothing on the intel, any suggestions on a good low cost 240gb option.

Seems like everyone likes the Samsung evo's....how does that compare with the intel?
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If you don't need a SSD immediately, I would wait until another good deal pops up. A month or two ago, it seemed like there were 240gb and 480gb deals almost every other day on slickdeals.

$139 for a 240gb drive is typical; I wouldn't say it's really a deal. I'd wait for under $120 on a good 240gb SSD; though, I'm a cheapo. The 530 seems fine. Other options to consider are: Samsung Evo (as you have already mentioned), Seagate 600, Crucial M550, Sandisk Extreme II, etc.
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FYI, newegg, amazon and tigerdirect have the Seagate 600 480gb priced at $219 with free shipping. I don't know if you have a spending limit, but this deal is pretty good for a well performing SSD.
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The Intel 530 is a good SSD, although not the fastest model in benchmarks. On the plus side it has a five year warranty, and should have the best NAND (storage) chips that Intel makes, the same quality as used in the Intel 520. The main downside would be the use of the SandForce 2281 SSD controller, although Intel's custom firmware does not have the issues that the early versions used by other SSD manufactures had.

SSD pricing has been all over the place lately, so just keep looking as was suggested above. I would suggest a Sandisk Extreme II as a model to watch for, or the Crucial 500, which is being replaced by the 550, although the 500 is not an old design at all. The 550 is another good choice.

Do not be seduced by the ultra low prices of some of the lesser known brands, you won't get what you don't pay for in some cases.
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If you don't need a SSD immediately, I would wait until another good deal pops up. A month or two ago, it seemed like there were 240gb and 480gb deals almost every other day on slickdeals.

$139 for a 240gb drive is typical; I wouldn't say it's really a deal. I'd wait for under $120 on a good 240gb SSD; though, I'm a cheapo. The 530 seems fine. Other options to consider are: Samsung Evo (as you have already mentioned), Seagate 600, Crucial M550, Sandisk Extreme II, etc.

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The Intel 530 is a good SSD, although not the fastest model in benchmarks. On the plus side it has a five year warranty, and should have the best NAND (storage) chips that Intel makes, the same quality as used in the Intel 520. The main downside would be the use of the SandForce 2281 SSD controller, although Intel's custom firmware does not have the issues that the early versions used by other SSD manufactures had.

SSD pricing has been all over the place lately, so just keep looking as was suggested above. I would suggest a Sandisk Extreme II as a model to watch for, or the Crucial 500, which is being replaced by the 550, although the 500 is not an old design at all. The 550 is another good choice.

Do not be seduced by the ultra low prices of some of the lesser known brands, you won't get what you don't pay for in some cases.

OK, thanks. My current 120GB Samsung is doing fine but guess i just got the itch to upgrade since i am doing some other parts. But i will wait as suggested for something better to come along.

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Dude, you are going to wait another few weeks to save what, $20? Go ahead and get that Intel 530 and be happy with it.
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$140 seems pretty average for a 240GB model these days. There was a 500GB EVO on newegg for like $240 this week. Extra $100 for double the space.
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