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So now that it's been established that Samsung may not be the way to go...

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(In regards to the title, I refer to the 840 EVO read speed issues which Samsung was forced to acknowledge, the lesser but similar issues with the non-EVO 840 which Samsung has decided to ignore, this article showcasing Samsung's drives being the first to generate errors among those tested, and this article detailing how Samsung's drive uniquely failed to provide any SMART warnings before dying. Everything points to serious quality control issues.)

Used to be basically comfortable with picking up this or that Samsung without really thinking about it, because of its ubiquity (even here in the forums of people in the know). I think those days are over. So that begs the question: What's the best alternative?
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I returned my 840 EVO and got a Crucial M550.
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In terms of what you are getting?

Performance
Samsung 850 Pro (their MLC drives have not been experiencing any problems)

Otherwise:
San Disk Extreme Pro

Value
Crucial MX100

M.2
Samsung XP941 remains the dominant drive

Plextor though makes the next fastest drive, the M6e.

We'll likely see more drives flood the M.2 form factor as it picks up.

Other thoughts

To be honest, I think that this is a bit overblown. I would recommend that you avoid TLC drives for now (including the ones that San Disk recently released), but that you can continue to get MLC drives. Samsung's Pro series of SSDs have been just fine and I think they are perfectly safe.
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Ya MLC drives have gotten much better since the initial SSD days of MLC.

I have the Plextor M5 Extreme Pro works great and super fast.
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(In regards to the title, I refer to the 840 EVO read speed issues which Samsung was forced to acknowledge, the lesser but similar issues with the non-EVO 840 which Samsung has decided to ignore, this article showcasing Samsung's drives being the first to generate errors among those tested, and this article detailing how Samsung's drive uniquely failed to provide any SMART warnings before dying. Everything points to serious quality control issues.)

Used to be basically comfortable with picking up this or that Samsung without really thinking about it, because of its ubiquity (even here in the forums of people in the know). I think those days are over. So that begs the question: What's the best alternative?
You can't beat value over the MX100.

Although I did manage to get a 120GB 840 EVO for a steal price so...tongue.gif

Real world performance, you won't notice much if any, difference.
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