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Game Drive Died - Need Replacement Help - 840 Pro, 840 EVO, or Vector (250gb/256gb Size)

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September 4, 2013 6:42:55 PM

I would really appreciate any help the community could provide. I have a large gap of knowledge when it comes to SSDs.

The last of my 150gb WD Raptor hard drives die tonight. Originally I had 2 in Raid 0, but they all seem to be dying off shortly after passing their 5 year warranties.

My original setup was a OCZ Vertex 4 - 128g, which serves as the OS/boot drive. Two Raptors in Raid 0, which served as my gaming drive. Lastly, a 1T Western Digital Black drive as back up storage.

Since I am looking to replace my gaming drive I was debating merits of the following:

Vector - $280 on tigerdirect
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

840 Pro - $225 on amazon
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

840 EVO - $180 on newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any advice or opinions would be welcome.

Thanks in advance for taking a look at this

-Tgb
a b G Storage
September 4, 2013 6:48:43 PM

The 840 Pro is every bit as good as the Vector, and then a bit more. The Vector you linked comes with a 3.5" adapter bracket so that's probably why it costs so much more.

The 840 Evo is a little slower than the 840 Pro, and uses memory that won't last quite as long. But the difference is minimal for regular usage; I'd generally recommend the Evo for best bang for the buck.
September 4, 2013 6:52:34 PM

Sakkura said:
The 840 Pro is every bit as good as the Vector, and then a bit more. The Vector you linked comes with a 3.5" adapter bracket so that's probably why it costs so much more.

The 840 Evo is a little slower than the 840 Pro, and uses memory that won't last quite as long. But the difference is minimal for regular usage; I'd generally recommend the Evo for best bang for the buck.


Do you think the load times for the gaming drive will be noticeably different between the Pro and EVO?

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a b G Storage
September 4, 2013 6:59:14 PM
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Nope. Read performance is very close, at least at reasonably low queue depths (high queue depths only really happens for servers). Write performance is fairly close too, apart from large sustained writes where the Pro will pull ahead by a significant margin.
September 4, 2013 7:03:43 PM

Excellent. Thanks for the help guys.
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