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I'm purchasing a SSD next week sometime, and I've narrowed down my choices to one of 3 drives. I'm looking for some advice and recommendations. My main and really only concerns are reliability and limited performance degradation. The 3 that I am looking at are:

Intel X25-M 120GB G2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-035-_-Product

Crucial C300 128GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-348-_-Product

Samsung 470 128GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-063-_-Product

Performance differences are not really a concern as real world performance will be close in all 3 drives (although write speeds will probably be better on the Crucial and Samsung drives). I know Intel has a really nice software suite that helps keep the drive in good shape, but Samsung's seems to be lacking from what I've read. I don't know if Crucial has anything. I'm not considering Sandforce drives as they seem to have the highest failure rate of the higher performing drives. Thoughts?
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And I forgot to mention, I will be using the 3Gbps SATA ports.
post #3 of 11
Its all up to you, but in terms of reliability, Samsung have always been very reliable to me for memory, have loads of old Samsung HDD that still work fine and new ones also, also had great performance, Ive heard great things about there SSD's, only thing is this SSD doesn't support Sata 6gbps, but your using 3 so it shouldn't be a problem, Intel SSD's are relatively new (i think) but supposed to be great also, Crucial SSD's have been around a good while, dont really know much about Crucial, only there ram, which is good.
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Thanks for the reply! The Samsung unit looks good from benches that I've seen and it's write speed looks better than the Intel and Crucial drives. There is just very little data out there about new vs. used state and failure rates. Anyone else?
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C300>X25-M>Samsung
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Interestingly, I reduced my selection to the same candidates as yourself before making a decision. I too, put reliability at the top of my list because it's going into a workstation that pays the bills. I don't have a lot of time to be jacking around with "new product" bugs.

After MANY hours of research, I came to the conclusion that the Intel 25X-M series (160GB for me) is the way to go. I based this on the fact that it has been refined over 2+ years and appears to have the very lowest failure rate (by far). Serious IT guys swear by them. The C300's are a bit faster, and may some day be as reliable, but they're just not there yet.

Also, Intel has an impressive suite of SW to support its SSDs. I plan to order one shortly.

A few tips to increase lifespan and performance of SSDs...

1) Leave at least 20% of the drive un-partitioned. This is referred to as over-provisioning. The controller's wear-leveling and garbage collection will take advantage of the unused space, resulting in a greatly extended lifespan and consistent speed performance. IMPORTANT: Make sure the drive is either factory-fresh, or secure-erased BEFORE creating the OS partition! Otherwise, you may be baking-in lower performance.

2) Use an OS that supports the TRIM command.

3) Do not setup a RAID. I know people will say that GC will make up for the loss of TRIM, but I have found results that tend to dispute that. Also, RAID'ing quality SSDs does not significantly improve "real world" performance for desktops. And finally, striping the drives reduces the reliability of the aggregate drive by a factor of two.

4) Make sure you thoroughly investigate "performance tweaks" before implementing them. A good example is the recommendation to eliminate the page file in W7. It sounds like a reasonable idea on the surface, but the bottom line is that zero performance improvement is realized and doing so can cause some software not to run. As it turns out, the page file is very SSD friendly.

5) Keep your benchmarking at an absolute minimum because it bites into the life span and can degrade performance requiring a secure-erase to get it back in some circumstances. Having said that, I plan to benchmark my drive before I load the OS just to make sure the installation is right, and then secure-erase it before installing the OS to make sure it is in like-new-performance condition.
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Gotta be honest - SSDs sound like more trouble than they are worth ...
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeke311 View Post
Gotta be honest - SSDs sound like more trouble than they are worth ...
"The greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about."
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post #9 of 11
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Thanks RW\\! Leaning towards Intel, and the fact that it's the cheapest drive helps too!
post #10 of 11
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Just ordered the 120gb Intel SSD. Thanks for the help people!
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