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May 15, 2013 11:27:21 PM

Hi again Tomshardware forum, I currently in dilemma atm. I am a little bit lost on which SSD to grab at this moment. I am going to be purchasing an SSD really soon and it is going to be used as a boot drive and maybe going to install one or two games (WoW/BF3).

Currently there is a Samsung 840 non pro 120g SSD on amazon for $100. Is this a good buy? And is the 128g Samsung 840 pro worth the extra $30-$40? Will the 840 pro perform significantly faster in boot times?

I am open to any suggestions but please keep in mind that I am looking for an SSD with the fastest boot times, reliability, and bang for buck.

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May 15, 2013 11:43:34 PM

I believe the non-pro has a shorter life-span based on the technology used within. I like the OCZ Vertex 4; thus far, hasn't given a single problem or issue. It's up to you, but make sure you select an SSD with at least a 3+ year warranty in case of failure. When a manufacturer stands by its product, it's usually a sign of quality. My other choice would be a Samsung, but their popularity has created a bloated price on the market.

Check to see if there are any compatibility problems with your hardware. Oh, and a SATA3 SSD will run just fine on a SATA2, if you are wondering.
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May 16, 2013 12:03:53 AM

yes, there is significant difference between pro and non-pro; at synthetic benchmarks you will hate what you see difference is like huge when you compare read/write ratios
pro version is able to write around 500mb/s read and 450mb/s write speeds
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non-pro version comes with around 450mb/s read and 150mb/s write

no, it doesnt worth 40$ difference because for gaming even with an hdd you will have pretty much the same loading times for gaming performance.

also pro and non-pro reading speeds are almost the same. booting windows/installing games/opening files will almost have the same timing to start.
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May 16, 2013 12:04:26 AM

I have had my Intel SSD for nearly two years and not one single slow down or hiccup. The Intel Toolbox software says its still at 100% health. Intel is known to be extremely reliable, trusted brand name. The 330's aren't the fastest SSD's but you aren't going to notice any real world difference besides a super fast system.
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May 16, 2013 12:05:11 AM

Get a kingston SSDNOW v300, it uses MLC instead of Samsungs TLC wich lasts longer and writes faster. Also best bang for buck imo.
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May 16, 2013 12:17:55 PM

n1ghtr4v3n said:
yes, there is significant difference between pro and non-pro; at synthetic benchmarks you will hate what you see difference is like huge when you compare read/write ratios
pro version is able to write around 500mb/s read and 450mb/s write speeds
where
non-pro version comes with around 450mb/s read and 150mb/s write

no, it doesnt worth 40$ difference because for gaming even with an hdd you will have pretty much the same loading times for gaming performance.

also pro and non-pro reading speeds are almost the same. booting windows/installing games/opening files will almost have the same timing to start.

Hey thanks for replying, I have read reviews on the 840 non pro series from Tweaktown and HardOCP and in the reviews, it states that there is lag in the 840 non pro. This really makes me turn away from it, what do you think?
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May 16, 2013 12:37:22 PM

mcaalrington said:
I believe the non-pro has a shorter life-span based on the technology used within. I like the OCZ Vertex 4; thus far, hasn't given a single problem or issue. It's up to you, but make sure you select an SSD with at least a 3+ year warranty in case of failure. When a manufacturer stands by its product, it's usually a sign of quality. My other choice would be a Samsung, but their popularity has created a bloated price on the market.

Check to see if there are any compatibility problems with your hardware. Oh, and a SATA3 SSD will run just fine on a SATA2, if you are wondering.


Thanks for replying. Yeah any of the new SSD's should be compatible with my system. The 120g 840 non pro comes with a 3 year warranty while the 128g pro version comes with a 5 year warranty. I was thinking of going and grabbing the OCZ vector b/c it comes with a free copy of far cry 3, but from what the reviews are saying, the drive isn't really reliable. A lot of people are saying that the vector they bought died right after purchase.
I would really like to buy it off amazon since I am a prime member (two day shipping!), Should I just pull the trigger on the 840 120g non pro?

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May 16, 2013 1:14:01 PM

I was debating this same thing and decided that I'd go with the pro. You'll forget about the 30-40 bucks in no time and will be happy with it probably.
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May 16, 2013 10:32:26 PM

Sirken said:
n1ghtr4v3n said:
yes, there is significant difference between pro and non-pro; at synthetic benchmarks you will hate what you see difference is like huge when you compare read/write ratios
pro version is able to write around 500mb/s read and 450mb/s write speeds
where
non-pro version comes with around 450mb/s read and 150mb/s write

no, it doesnt worth 40$ difference because for gaming even with an hdd you will have pretty much the same loading times for gaming performance.

also pro and non-pro reading speeds are almost the same. booting windows/installing games/opening files will almost have the same timing to start.

Hey thanks for replying, I have read reviews on the 840 non pro series from Tweaktown and HardOCP and in the reviews, it states that there is lag in the 840 non pro. This really makes me turn away from it, what do you think?


yea it may be true, pro version comes with toggle nand mode which is the fastest controller for todays ssd's. but to be honest real world performance you will only be realizing is when you try to copy some large chunk of a file. othewise it wont be noticeable.
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May 19, 2013 4:32:57 AM

n1ghtr4v3n said:
Sirken said:
n1ghtr4v3n said:
yes, there is significant difference between pro and non-pro; at synthetic benchmarks you will hate what you see difference is like huge when you compare read/write ratios
pro version is able to write around 500mb/s read and 450mb/s write speeds
where
non-pro version comes with around 450mb/s read and 150mb/s write

no, it doesnt worth 40$ difference because for gaming even with an hdd you will have pretty much the same loading times for gaming performance.

also pro and non-pro reading speeds are almost the same. booting windows/installing games/opening files will almost have the same timing to start.

Hey thanks for replying, I have read reviews on the 840 non pro series from Tweaktown and HardOCP and in the reviews, it states that there is lag in the 840 non pro. This really makes me turn away from it, what do you think?


yea it may be true, pro version comes with toggle nand mode which is the fastest controller for todays ssd's. but to be honest real world performance you will only be realizing is when you try to copy some large chunk of a file. othewise it wont be noticeable.

So the 840 non pro would be a decent choice for the money? I have been scrambling the forums and researching the net for days now (need to find something better to do XD). I find it odd that the 840 non pro has really great ratings (amazon/newegg) from people who own it yet when I go on forums and/or read reviews they say that the 840 non pro isn't worth the buy because of its TLC. I can probably grab a 840 non pro for about $79.99 on Amazon, yet the 840 pro is around $129.99. Decisions....decisions.... I guess Ill go with the pro for the extra warranty and better components.
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May 20, 2013 12:10:15 AM

i believe pro 840 will be a good choice, it comes with a better technology. Im not really sure about the lag problem (which i dont really think its possible) non pro life span is told to be shorter. pro is a better quality equipment after all.
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