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October 6, 2013 12:24:15 PM

Since I was running on a 2Tb hdd for about 3 years now, I have decided that this black friday or christmas I will buy a ssd. Im pretty new to storage stuff like SSD and HHD. Im planning to get a sdd with atleast 128 gb. Im using this sdd for faster boot up and faster loading for programs and games.

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October 6, 2013 12:25:59 PM

Samsung 840 Pro is still the best option currently.
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October 6, 2013 12:27:14 PM

Hmm, are there anymore other suggestions
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October 6, 2013 12:40:00 PM

I also agree with the Samsung 840 series. You don't need the Pro unless you want the highest end part. There is a plain 840 an 840 Evo and the 840 Pro in order of lowest end to highest end. The 840 or 840 Evo are plenty for anyone wanting a good, fast, reliable SSD. I would suggest the Evo as a great choice. Not as expensive as the Pro but it's the newest of the line and is quite a bit faster than the vanilla 840.

Also if you can afford it get the ~250GB version. They are still dropping in price overall and with 250GB you will not have to be as careful what you install at any one time. Also factor in 20% of an SSD needs to be left as free space for TRIM to work correctly. Some games are as big as 20-30GB.
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October 6, 2013 3:25:11 PM

slomo4sho said:
Samsung 840 Pro is still the best option currently.


It is an excellent drive to be sure, but while it is the best in terms of peak sequential/random performance and power requirements, it is not the best in terms of performance consistency. One would have to have at least 25% free space on it in order to keep performance up which, with the relatively low SSD capacities (compared to HDDs), may not be so easy to do for some users. IMHO, Sandisk Extreme II is a better overall performer in that area. Even Samsung's newer 840 EVO does better in the performance consistency department.

That said, you really can't go wrong coming from an HDD to any flagship SSD (e.g. Samsung 840 Pro / EVO, Sandisk Extreme II, OCZ Vector).
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October 6, 2013 3:54:14 PM

monsterhuang said:
hmm, i was planning to get the 840 pro but sadly it ran out of stock. The 840 evo lacks a bit of random write, i usually buy pc parts on newegg instead of amazon because of problems in the past for amazon. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Here is where I bought mine: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/897039-REG/Samsun...

Great folks to do business with! In stock. Free shipping and no state tax if you live outside of NY. Highly recommended!

Yogi

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October 6, 2013 4:05:24 PM

I've bought from there before also and gotten decent service.

I'm Curious as to which one you bought Yogi.
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October 6, 2013 4:14:32 PM

popatim said:
I've bought from there before also and gotten decent service.

I'm Curious as to which one you bought Yogi.


I bought the one that I linked to: the 128 GB Samsung 840 Pro. I love it!

I also bought a caddy to adapt the 2.5" SSD to 3.5" drive cage. The caddy was DOA. There was a long delay from when I bought it (8/22) until last week when I found out that it did not work, way over 30 days for return. I called B&H and they gave me an RMA and a free return shipping label! Amazon and Newegg would never do that!

Yogi

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October 6, 2013 4:57:51 PM

<Doh> I didnt see the link was to a specific item, sorry, thought it was just to their site.
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October 6, 2013 5:02:44 PM

I have ordered quite a bit from B@H over the years. Good company.

That being said if you want the best prices check here. It's 122.99 with free shipping at NCIX.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...

I would still go with larger over faster. You will wish you had a larger drive if you get a 128GB model.

The 250GB 840 Evo is only $174.99 also at NCIX.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/samsung-internal-hard-driv...

Edit:

If those links don't work then right click them and open in a new tab/window and that should work.
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October 6, 2013 6:29:05 PM

Hmmm, I will be playing games like Bf3 and other big games. But i don't know if a 128gb is enough or not enough. I mean, a few games would only take up about 40 GB maybe. I will also want my windows to boot faster so does that mean i have to put my windows file into the SSD too? I wont be putting loads of games in there since most games I play is from 5-15 Gb. Garrys mod, which loads pretty slowly and Battle field 4 and 3. I wont be putting all of my games in there so i doubt it would be 100 gigabyte since i have to have 25% free from what anort3 said.


edit: Wait nvm, half of the games i got on steam is already 220 Gb. So if i add the other half.... yeah... But since I will only add the games that has slow loading time, then it will be around 50-70gb. So what do you guys think? Since im getting it on black friday or christmas, my budget will be under 200 instead of under 150
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October 6, 2013 11:54:04 PM

Like I said get the largest dive you can afford. You can put an 840 Evo side by side with an 840 Pro and never be able to tell the difference even on some benchmarks.
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October 7, 2013 5:13:48 AM

So now im deciding to go with a 840 evo 200's gb or 840 pro 200's gb. Or is there any other brands besides samsung
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October 7, 2013 6:26:56 AM

monsterhuang said:
So now im deciding to go with a 840 evo 200's gb or 840 pro 200's gb. Or is there any other brands besides samsung


There are "other brands" but Samsung is the best.

Yogi

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October 7, 2013 12:41:53 PM

Y0GI said:
monsterhuang said:
So now im deciding to go with a 840 evo 200's gb or 840 pro 200's gb. Or is there any other brands besides samsung


There are "other brands" but Samsung is the best.

Yogi

Then ill guess ill have to order a 840 pro or evo from BOH since newegg's pro is out of stock

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October 7, 2013 12:45:35 PM

monsterhuang said:
Y0GI said:
monsterhuang said:
So now im deciding to go with a 840 evo 200's gb or 840 pro 200's gb. Or is there any other brands besides samsung


There are "other brands" but Samsung is the best.

Yogi

Then ill guess ill have to order a 840 pro or evo from BOH since newegg's pro is out of stock



Sounds like a good plan.

Good luck!

Yogi

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October 7, 2013 12:55:20 PM

If there are anymore suggestions please feel free to post it, as i am looking for the best answers.
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October 8, 2013 12:35:57 PM

One last question guys, if i were to compare the samsung 256gb evo vs pro, what are the diferences. How big are the differences in performance? Would it be worth the extra bucks for a pro instead of a evo
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October 8, 2013 6:35:19 PM

Black friday is 7 weeks away and Christmas another month further. You have plenty of time to google for benchmarks which is about the only time a user would actually see any difference between any of the top end drives.

Long time Tom's user Johnny Lucky maintains an SSD database with links to reviews that you can use.
http://www.johnnylucky.org/data-storage/ssd-database.ht...

What benchmarks wont show you is the warranty: evo=3 yrs, pro=5.
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October 8, 2013 6:38:33 PM

monsterhuang said:
One last question guys, if i were to compare the samsung 256gb evo vs pro, what are the diferences. How big are the differences in performance? Would it be worth the extra bucks for a pro instead of a evo


Honestly, the real world differences will not be that significant. The 840 Pro will give you marginally better sequential write speeds and slightly higher random read/write IOPS. Those will hardly be noticeable in the real world, especially coming from an HDD. Also, 840 EVO should deliver slightly better performance consistency which, IMO, is more important than peak sequential/random numbers SSDs tend to get when they're fresh and new, but then drop off as the drive ages and/or fills with data. If you opt for the Pro, make sure to leave 20-25% free space on it so that performance stays consistent.

Hope that helps.
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October 9, 2013 12:38:04 PM

Thank you to those who helped me, I appreciate it.
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October 9, 2013 6:28:33 PM

monsterhuang said:
Thank you to those who helped me, I appreciate it.


I'm new with SSDs and have a Kingston Hyper X 120 GB and a second HDD and will defer to more knowledgeable users. Not a gamer and it works fine. I have a feeling there isn't that much difference among the quality SSDs. But I've learned with wear leveling, that the bigger the SSD with the same amount of installed software on it, the less percent of the drive used the better (and unpartitioned space by the user is not needed-just empty space), the longer it should last due to writing limits. Plus I noticed that highly rated Digital Storm uses a lot of Corsair Neutrons in their builds. This seems to be a good price for this size SSD. Check it out. I can't state anything about the controllers and all of that since i don't know that much.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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