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I want to buy an SSD. I've read the essentials thread, but I'm still unsure. I plan to run Linux on it. I do game (and I do plan to game on Linux. Yes, I'm a masochist) but I'm also planning on using an HDD for bulk data storage. I heard HGST is the best option for HDD right now. Anyway, what do you recommend for an SSD for Linux? Is the Samsung 850 Pro or SanDisk Extreme Pro really the best bang for buck, currently?

Looking for
  • 256GB-512GB (1TB too expensive)
  • SATA 3
  • Budget - $100-~$200

Update
I decided on the Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB. I got a good deal on it. Thank you all for your suggestions and advice.
Edited by Pakeo - 2/10/16 at 12:10pm
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Thanks, I was leaning towards that. Do you have any specific reasons why it's the best choice?
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Bang for the buck is not usually associated with the top performing SSDs in the market. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is the better buy: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=1059852&gclid=CP2EgPa-wskCFYP1HwodaTEHVw&is=REG&ap=y&m=Y&Q=&A=details

 

Have you ever had an SSD before?

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I'd lean to "most capacity for the dollar" versus "the best"

The difference between these SSDs, especially at the larger capacities, is negligible (probably only apparent in benchmarks, unrepresentative of day to day usage)

If you can grab yourself a 500GB SSD for ~$160 I'd go for that. SandDisk, Kingston, Samsung, Crucial - whichever fits the budget.


500GB Samsung EVO - $150
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147373

500GB Crucial (MX200) - $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148949

512GB Mushkin (MLC) - $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226689

512GB Mushkin (EC02) - $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226765



A Samsung 850 Pro (512GB) is going to set you back - $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226765

A Samsung 850 Pro (256GB) is going to set you back - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147360
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You need to shop around more. I found it at B&H for $211. Thank you for your honest answer. I will take what you've said into consideration. I will look into cost per GB more closely now.
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Bang for the buck is not usually associated with the top performing SSDs in the market. The SanDisk Extreme Pro is the better buy: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=1059852&gclid=CP2EgPa-wskCFYP1HwodaTEHVw&is=REG&ap=y&m=Y&Q=&A=details

Have you ever had an SSD before?
No, I haven't, total SSD newb.
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Brand name is very important in SSDs. Crucial makes some of the best SSDs I've ever owned. I know when buying one from them that I'm getting a nice quality drive. Brand name isn't always the case with PC hardware but it is the case with SSDs.
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I'd lean to "most capacity for the dollar" versus "the best"

The difference between these SSDs, especially at the larger capacities, is negligible (probably only apparent in benchmarks, unrepresentative of day to day usage)

If you can grab yourself a 500GB SSD for ~$160 I'd go for that. SandDisk, Kingston, Samsung, Crucial - whichever fits the budget.
Are all the ones you listed MLC or TLC? I can't find anything that says what type of memory they use. All the manufacturer sites of marketing BS. I'm starting to think this will be the deciding factor, as MLC has more P/E cycles than TLC. Oh, and encryption support, have to have that nowadays. Does that even matter? Do SSDs have to "support" encryption to be encrypted? I know HDDs don't have this problem. Does the controller matter anymore? I heard it was a big factor in the early days.

Nevermind, Newegg came to the rescue with their organization.

I've read up on the benefits 3D NAND that the Samsung drives are using, and this is pushing me towards them again, as the other drives recommended are still using 2D. The technology of 3D sounds very appealing.
Edited by Pakeo - 12/5/15 at 8:53pm
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Are all the ones you listed MLC or TLC? I can't find anything that says what type of memory they use. All the manufacturer sites of marketing BS. I'm starting to think this will be the deciding factor, as MLC has more P/E cycles than TLC. Oh, and encryption support, have to have that nowadays. Does that even matter? Do SSDs have to "support" encryption to be encrypted? I know HDDs don't have this problem. Does the controller matter anymore? I heard it was a big factor in the early days.

Nevermind, Newegg came to the rescue with their organization.

I've read up on the benefits 3D NAND that the Samsung drives are using, and this is pushing me towards them again, as the other drives recommended are still using 2D. The technology of 3D sounds very appealing.

All of that stuff you mentioned isn't really worth worrying about because like I said brand recognition is one of the most important factors when making a decision. Things like 3D NAND and TLC vs MLC are not going to make a lick of difference in normal day to day usage for the vast majority of consumers. You want brand name and price/capacity. Specific hardware, controllers, NAND type, all those other things are meaningless unless you have a very specialized usage which you don't have.
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Are all the ones you listed MLC or TLC? I can't find anything that says what type of memory they use. All the manufacturer sites of marketing BS. I'm starting to think this will be the deciding factor, as MLC has more P/E cycles than TLC. Oh, and encryption support, have to have that nowadays. Does that even matter? Do SSDs have to "support" encryption to be encrypted? I know HDDs don't have this problem. Does the controller matter anymore? I heard it was a big factor in the early days.

Nevermind, Newegg came to the rescue with their organization.

I've read up on the benefits 3D NAND that the Samsung drives are using, and this is pushing me towards them again, as the other drives recommended are still using 2D. The technology of 3D sounds very appealing.

None of that makes a difference really unless you're afraid somebody is going to physically pull your SSD out to steal data. It won't protect you against viruses or anything, nor does it keep you from using software drive encryption (BitLocker or something)

Drive encryption is better in the corporate environment when you start pushing out laptops that may carry sensitive (legally protected) data.

Unless you plan on using your SSD for 50+ years, don't worry about MLC or TLC.

The drives I listed in my previous post are all great candidates.


Don't focus so much on the underlying technology - just the results.
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