The best of 6 (120/128gb SSDs)

Discussion in 'SSD and HDD storage' started by Bigman3, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. Bigman3

    Bigman3 Member

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    Hi, I can get the next 120gb/128gb SSDs for about the same price, so i wanted your opinion on which to chose.
    My general use: gaming, files moving, Code compiling (Visual Studio), browsing, no regular video editing or such.

    The list:
    * Sandisk Extreme
    * Crucial m4
    * OCZ Octane
    * OCZ Agility 3
    * Corsair Force Series GT
    * Corsair Force Series 3

    So, what would you go for and why?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Chillin

    Chillin Ancient Guru

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    Crucial M4

    Proven reliability and one of the fastest SSD's out there over the entire spectrum.
     
  3. Bigman3

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    Okay thanks. but, can you explain this?

    m4 Crucial:
    Corsair Force Series GT:


    The GT should be much faster.
     
  4. Xzibit

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    Vertex 4 :D
    I have one. It's damn fast :)
     

  5. scheherazade

    scheherazade Ancient Guru

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    4K speed is what matters. Most transfers are a bunch of small reads/writes in a sequence.

    The "big numbers benchmarks" are sequential speeds (very large reads/writes), which are not how a drive is normally used.

    Basically, the big numbers used to sell drives, have little to do with the drive's actual performance.

    Quick google results.
    Look at the 4K numbers.
    http://thessdreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/GT-AS-SSD-Bench.png
    http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/8562/asssdm4bench.png
    They're actually quite close.

    4k QD 64 also doesn't matter, since the only way you'll drive up a QD is with a thrashing benchmark. Normal usage won't go much over low single digits, 64 is a pipe dream.

    -scheherazade
     
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    Okay! thanks!
     
  7. Chillin

    Chillin Ancient Guru

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    Though if you can find a Samsung 830 on sale then that would get my vote as well.
     
  8. Xtreme1979

    Xtreme1979 Maha Guru

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    Samsung 830 Vote here as well, but since it isn't on the list Crucial M4. Something about a manufacturer (Samsung) who makes all the components in house bodes well for me. Plus it's fast! :)
     
  9. Anarion

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    Sandforce SSD never reach their advertised speeds in real life usage since those are from compressible data. No one copies only zeros or ones so in real usage many other controllers spank Sandforce (in IOPS too). Sequential speeds are useful if you do video editing and in that case three Samsung F3 1TB drives in RAID0 spank Sanforce SSD:s, especially in writing (in fact, these are better in sequential writing than my 830). For some video editing, recording etc. is normal use so it's important to choose storage that suits the user best. SSD isn't always the best option.

    I vote Samsung 830.
     
  10. Bigman3

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    I can get the Samsung 830 from eBay for 180$(+shipping), which is roughly the same price that i can get the Crucial M4 in the local store.

    So, i guess i`ll go for the Samsumg ;)
     

  11. RighteousRami

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    I have both an intel 120GB 520 and a sandisk extreme 120GB. Both perform really well. to be brutally honest the more you read and get worried about failing drives etc the more time your wasting. Pretty much once you get your first one you can see that there isnt much to be worried about and all SSD's that are a reasonable brand will work well for you. Plus prices are reasonable atm for any model. Id most likley reccomend the vertex 4 atm as it has everest 2 controller. But im also happy with my sand force controlled ssd's as im not SUPER fussy.

    The next SSD i will be getting will probably be the 19nm toshiba SSDs.
     
  12. Stop It RAWR

    Stop It RAWR Master Guru

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    This, mainly because I just bought a 256GB one in the UK for £145, not bad for a drive that was nearly £350 less than 9 months ago!

    That said, as prices have bombed, you can't really go wrong, we've finally seen SSDs reach mainstream prices methinks.
     
  13. Chillin

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    They are going to get much cheaper soon as the <20nm nodes start to come online.
     
  14. Stop It RAWR

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    Indeed, but of course that's exactly what has caused each price drop so far, and the Samsung 830 uses 20nm chips itself but the recent dive in prices have a more market related reason, but that's for another thread :)
     
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    The new Toshiba SSD's are going to use 19nm MLC.
     

  16. cyba

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    Well, I've a Crucial M4, an Intel 520, a Vertex 4, a Samsung 840, and a Plextor M5 Pro (bought in that order, I'm a sucker for trying out affordable SSDs), all 128GB - OS and Progs only (I use 1TB Velociraptors for the rest.) These drives are in three boxes and one fast laptop all running either WN7 or WN8. I've dropped the M4 because it's the oldest of the bunch. Personally, of these SSDs I'd go, subjectively, with the Plextor and its Truespeed tech, i.e. no long term, and in some drives, short term performance degradation. It's in an AMD 8 core PC - not the fastest of the three - but certainly whips along. I agree there are too many variables to make a definitive judgement (how much faster, or not, might it go with the Core i7 and its motherboard?) Like Intel, OCZ, and Samsung, it has a 5 year warranty. I don't think M4 did when I bought it. They might have now. Given the rapid development of SSDs and their decreasing prices you're bound to have new quicker, even more robust, and larger drive by then.
     
  17. PhazeDelta1

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    I wouldn;t go for any of those. I'd choose either the Samsung 840 Pro or the OCZ Vertex 4.
     

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