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I am in the lookout for an SSD, I have long put this off and I am now ready to purchase one. You may recognize me from Overclock.Net, where I won the April 2013 Ultimate Rig and reluctantly failed to put an SSD in my i7 3820 and dual 7950 system (Now a 980ti)
I am looking for around 250gb of storage, and obviously will be having a trusted hard drive alongside it. This SSD will be exclusively for Windows 10 and some program installations I use often (For example, Chrome and Office etc)

However I am on a bit of a budget, I will be purchasing from within the UK and looking at either Amazon or eBuyer (I am a Prime member) and have personally been looking at the Samsung 850 EVO (250gb) and I can get it for roughly £85, however this is abit steep for me. My only worry about this drive is its age, it does appear to be a couple of years old and has been recommended for a very long time, am I best off with a newer drive that doesn't perform as well to ensure I have the latest, longer lasting SSD?
Are there other alternatives that are preferably. cheaper, and have a good warranty and performance?
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Samsung 850 EVO is still one of the best options, offering great value. The Crucial MX200/MX300 are great, Toshiba VX500 too.

 

If you want really cheap but still reliable then look at the Crucial BX300.

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Running a MX300 on my Ryzen build here. Unless your using your computer to make money or can find a steal of deal I would just steer clear of the PCIE M.2 drives. Yeah they are fast as all get out but it comes at a premium.

I love this guy. Straight to point and no bull anywhere in the video.

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The EVOs are still the current EVO version that is put out by Samsung and is still an excellent drive. Samsung usually announces new versions around six months to a year before their anticipated release date (then is usually six months or more late before the actual release). There have been occasional rumors of an 860 series but, until (and unless) Samsung actually announces it, my best guess (which isn't saying much) is it will be at least two years before Samsung releases a new member of the 800 series.

In the meantime, Samsung has been making minor improvements to the 850 line all along so the 850s being made now are somewhat better than the original ones, which were pretty darned good. I feel they are well worth the added cost over other brands and worth saving up for. The fact the 850 EVOs have been out for around a couple of years means they have withstood the test of time. It also has one of the best warranties—5 years— compared to other drives; that alone can justify the added coast and also shows Samsung's faith in their drives.
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The Kingston SSDNow UV400 240GB 2.5inch SATAIII SSD is available on Ebuyer for £77.66. I don't think you can go wrong with that one or the Samsung 850 EVO. Sometimes, it's better to wait for technology to mature and get the drivers to reach sufficient development where more performance can be extracted from them.

I've been thinking about my next build, and was looking at the Western Digital Green 120GB, sacrificing the storage space on the SSD for more, conventional or networked attached storage options. As long as you've got enough for the operating system, and a few applications, everything else is a waste, but that's just my own personal line of thought on that one. I've been out of the tech loop for a while, and I haven't used Samsung or Western Digital. I have Seagate hard-drives, but I'm really interested in the Kingston SSDs now.
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The Kingston SSDNow UV400 240GB 2.5inch SATAIII SSD is available on Ebuyer for £77.66. I don't think you can go wrong with that one or the Samsung 850 EVO. Sometimes, it's better to wait for technology to mature and get the drivers to reach sufficient development where more performance can be extracted from them.

I've been thinking about my next build, and was looking at the Western Digital Green 120GB, sacrificing the storage space on the SSD for more, conventional or networked attached storage options. As long as you've got enough for the operating system, and a few applications, everything else is a waste, but that's just my own personal line of thought on that one. I've been out of the tech loop for a while, and I haven't used Samsung or Western Digital. I have Seagate hard-drives, but I'm really interested in the Kingston SSDs now.

While I have had excellent luck with Kingston's USB thumb drives and SD cards and still recommend them as being excellent quality for the price, I do not recommend their SSDs. The reviews on them haven't been as great and, a while back, Kingston was caught supplying prerelease drives for reviewers that were higher quality than the drives that were released.
     
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While I have had excellent luck with Kingston's USB thumb drives and SD cards and still recommend them as being excellent quality for the price, I do not recommend their SSDs. The reviews on them haven't been as great and, a while back, Kingston was caught supplying prerelease drives for reviewers that were higher quality than the drives that were released.

Speed of a SSD is important, but what's most important for me is the lifespan and the fact that SSDs are inherently faster than HDDs. If I'm paying $50 for a reliable 120GB SSD with 10% slower transfer speeds than advertised, it makes no difference to me. That being said, I don't support their biased reviewing practices, but I do like their affordability and reliability.

I've been running my Kingston SSD for 5 years now with no issue. May be slower than advertised, but it still beats HDDs and other SSDs with the same capacity for the price vs. speed.
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I strongly recommend the 850 Evo, the 850 pro's price tag compared to the performance gain is too high a price to pay for such little performance gains. Been rocking it for 1 year and a half with no issues.
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I strongly recommend the 850 Evo, the 850 pro's price tag compared to the performance gain is too high a price to pay for such little performance gains. Been rocking it for 1 year and a half with no issues.

Performance gain isn't the only reason one might want to get the Pros instead of the EVOs. The Pros have a longer warranty period—ten years instead of five years—and a larger TBW rating on the warranty. The latter alone would be justification for the Pros if one made a huge number of writes on the SSDs on a regular basis, such as video rendering or a large amount of raw photo editing (I'm talking about on a professional scale here). Most people will do just fine with the EVOs and will never notice any real world performance differences.
     
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Samsung 850 EVO 4TB SSDs Samsung 950 Pro 512GB m.2 SSD boot drive Noctua NH-D15S Cpu cooler Win 7 Ultimate 
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Kingston HyperX 32GB (8 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDR... 128GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD 4TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD 4TB Samsung 850 EVO SSD 
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So to sum up...

Go with the 850 Evo because of its performance, warranty, and popularity?
     
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120.5 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro x64 LG D2343P-BN 3D Monitor @ 70Hz Corsair K70 (MX Brown) 
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Samsung 850 EVO 250GB WD Caviar Blue 1tb 7200RPM WD Caviar Blue 1tb 7200RPM WD Caviar Blue 500gb 7200RPM 
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120.5 Custom Loop Windows 10 Pro x64 LG D2343P-BN 3D Monitor @ 70Hz Corsair K70 (MX Brown) 
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