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Plextor M5M vs Samsung 840 Pro, Is Extra Performance Worth $40???

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August 30, 2013 10:36:35 AM

Question says it all. I was looking at the 256gb range SSDs and the 2 that I was looking at were the Plextor M5M and the Samsung 840 Pro (both 256gb). The Samsung costs about $40 more for like the best performance and power efficiency available, but benchmarks show that M5M is not that much worse, and costs $40. Tell me what you thing, is it worth spending an extra $40 on the Samsung or should I just get the Plextor?
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August 30, 2013 10:48:45 AM

no, there comes a point where you can only see the difference in benchmarks not in actual use. just stick with newer, quality drives and you can't really go wrong.
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August 30, 2013 10:56:48 AM

swifty_morgan said:
no, there comes a point where you can only see the difference in benchmarks not in actual use. just stick with newer, quality drives and you can't really go wrong.

I agree. In terms of actual user experience, any quality SSD will appear to be just as fast. Samsung does have the benefit of making the entire drive themselves ( NAND, controller, etc, ) so they can coax all the extra performance through customization rather than cobbling parts together from different manufacturers. In the end, is there a particular brand that you trust for better reliability and longevity, and are you willing to pay the price difference for it?
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August 30, 2013 11:30:16 AM

RedJaron said:
swifty_morgan said:
no, there comes a point where you can only see the difference in benchmarks not in actual use. just stick with newer, quality drives and you can't really go wrong.

I agree. In terms of actual user experience, any quality SSD will appear to be just as fast. Samsung does have the benefit of making the entire drive themselves ( NAND, controller, etc, ) so they can coax all the extra performance through customization rather than cobbling parts together from different manufacturers. In the end, is there a particular brand that you trust for better reliability and longevity, and are you willing to pay the price difference for it?


I honestly don't favor any brand over the other, just the performance and reliability.
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August 30, 2013 7:05:42 PM

check into 4k performance. Thats what you will use that makes the difference.
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August 31, 2013 8:27:45 AM

RedJaron said:
swifty_morgan said:
no, there comes a point where you can only see the difference in benchmarks not in actual use. just stick with newer, quality drives and you can't really go wrong.

I agree. In terms of actual user experience, any quality SSD will appear to be just as fast. Samsung does have the benefit of making the entire drive themselves ( NAND, controller, etc, ) so they can coax all the extra performance through customization rather than cobbling parts together from different manufacturers. In the end, is there a particular brand that you trust for better reliability and longevity, and are you willing to pay the price difference for it?


In the end, regardless of the brand, is the extra $40 worth it?
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September 3, 2013 2:12:20 PM

PcMe said:
In the end, regardless of the brand, is the extra $40 worth it?

I'll say probably not. But I'd check with people who have Plextors. I've never used one so I can't say first-hand. Plextor made a name for itself by making extremely durable and reliable CD drives, so I'd hope their SSDs have similar longevity. I've been running a Crucial M4 in my home rig for two years with no problem. My work machine has a basic 840, again no problems there.
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