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Best (256gb) SSD for Game/Boot drive

I'm looking for a SSD that can load windows 7 or 8 pretty quick and also load current games fast. I've been looking at a couple drives from OCZ(vector/vertex 4), Samsung(840 pro),intel(520) and Kingston(3k). The one I've been looking at the most is the Samsung 840 pro but I want to look at other options. If you guys could leave two recommendations for fast ssd's-one for the best performance and one for the best price/performance(value). Thanks in advance.
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  1. Other popular choices are the Crucial M4 and the Plextor M5 and the latest from Sandisk Extreme is said to be fairly decent.
  2. All modern ssd's will perform about the same.
    The differences are detectable only by synthetic benchmarks at high queue depths which are unrealistic for desktop users.
    The value of the pro version is endurance. It means that your ssd will still be going strong after the normal 840 gives out of updates in 15 years. It means it does not matter.
    Here is an older link to ssd return rates:
    http://www.behardware.com/articles/881-7/components-returns-rates-7.html
    My pick would be any modern intel or Samsung.
  3. geofelt said:
    All modern ssd's will perform about the same.
    The differences are detectable only by synthetic benchmarks at high queue depths which are unrealistic for desktop users.
    The value of the pro version is endurance. It means that your ssd will still be going strong after the normal 840 gives out of updates in 15 years. It means it does not matter.
    Here is an older link to ssd return rates:
    http://www.behardware.com/articles/881-7/components-returns-rates-7.html
    My pick would be any modern intel or Samsung.

    Thanks for the quick replies. I like what Geofelt said. So I have quickly come to the conclusion that I'll probably get an Intel or Samsung pro drive. My second question is how you would setup those drives. I plan on getting a WD black 2tb drive. Should I get a higher capacity drive and use that as my game/boot drive and have my HDD just be for data/files or get a smaller drive, just use it for a boot drive and maybe cache some of that over for the hdd to use as my game drive. I'm probably making it harder that it is but I want to get my money worth with my new build. Thanks for your replies.
  4. I'd go biggest ssd you can get for OS/apps/games and hdd for media.

    Do not have the hdd connected when installing the os on the ssd.

    Update ssd firmware before install (in another pc).

    Run WEI and the toolbox that comes with the drive after os install.
  5. Intel, Crucial & Samsung have very good service histories. Intel is a little pricier, of course. My experience with SSDs is that after a few days/weeks you will no longer notice the speed difference. It just becomes normal. Personally, I was never disappointed with HDD speed. I bought/buy SSDs based upon reliability. No moving parts, no heat, low power etc. IMHO, if all you want is speed you'll be disappointed.
  6. J_E_D_70 said:
    I'd go biggest ssd you can get for OS/apps/games and hdd for media.

    Do not have the hdd connected when installing the os on the ssd.

    Update ssd firmware before install (in another pc).

    Run WEI and the toolbox that comes with the drive after os install.


    That makes sense. So should I get a intel 240gb ssd so I can make a HDD cache. Or should I just keep all of the maybe 200gb left for the games/media.
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    JED70 has some good suggestions^

    Larger ssd's are a bit faster, a 240gb ssd is good.

    I meant my comment on the Samsung pro to suggest that the plain 840 would be equally good.
    If there is a price difference, there is no real need to spend more on the pro version. You will never see the benefits. A SSD will be obsolete long before endurance becomes a problem.

    If this is a new build, I sugest deferring on the hard drive and build using the ssd only. It is easy to add a hard drive for storage later if you need to.

    SSD for cache does not make sense to me. If a file is heavily used, put it on the ssd in the first place. A cache is useful only in very specific scenarios. If, for example, there is a set of read only files that you will use this week that takes 64gb,and next week an entirely different 64gb set will be used then a 64gb cache can be good.
    But if you use 74gb it will not work well, if you are updating, it takes double updates, and if you are constantly accessing different parts of the hard drive, the cache will not do much good.
  8. ^ yep, no cache plz. Just put the files where they belong between the two kinds of drives.

    Check around for ssd optimization guides (hibernate off, etc). Haven't run a page file for over a year and zero problems.

    Also as said above, if only gaming with a 256gb ssd you don't need a hdd at all.
  9. J_E_D_70 said:
    ^ yep, no cache plz. Just put the files where they belong between the two kinds of drives.

    Check around for ssd optimization guides (hibernate off, etc). Haven't run a page file for over a year and zero problems.

    Also as said above, if only gaming with a 256gb ssd you don't need a hdd at all.


    I think I'm still going to be getting a 1tb drive just for the reason that I will be doing light work that occasionally has me saving things when school starts back up. Should I still get a WD black for that or should I go with something like a Seagate Barracuda or WD blue/green
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