Hi, I'll be purchasing my first SSD in a couple weeks and I've narrowed down my choices to 4. I'll be purchasing the SSD in Taiwan and I've converted the prices to USD already. Here are the 4:
> ADATA SP920 256GB (~$148) ~$0.58/GB
> Crucial M550 256GB (~$165) ~$0.64/GB
> Crucial M500 240GB (~$132) ~$0.55/GB
> Samsung 840 EVO 250GB (~$165) ~$0.66/GB
*$1 = NTD30.29 as of 27 April 2014
My budget is ~$165. The cheaper the better.
I will be installing Windows 8.1 64-bit on it along with Photoshop CS5 and BF4. All my games, movies, music, etc. will be installed/placed in my 2TB HDD.
I like the SP920 because it comes with a 2.5"-3.5" adapter mount and Acronis True Image HD, which allows me to copy the OS from my HDD to the SSD. I've heard that the Samsung 840 EVO is a really good SSD, but it's the most expensive (price/GB) of the four. I've read that the SP920 is pretty much the same as the M550 except the M550 has twice the number of dies.
Stability is number one, speed is number two. I don't want another drive to die on me in less than year.
I normally recommend Samsung solid state drives. They perform extremely well and have a proven track record.
Reliability does not appear to be an issue with the Samsung 840 EVO. "The Tech Report" has been conducting an ssd torture test since last August. They are testing 5 different models including the Samsung 840 Pro and 840 EVO. Every so often they publish an update. So far all 5 ssd's have survived having over 600TB of data written to and deleted from each ssd. It now appears as if all 5 ssd's might reach a full Petabyte of data written to and deleted from each ssd. That is very encouraging. Here is a link to the the original article:
Personally, I use Windows 8.1 (64bit) and play BF4 (No experience with PS though, but no doubt at all it'll be the same), using the EVO.
I've found it has dramatically lessened boot/loading times, and I love it
I'd assume so, but to be honest I'm not sure. All SSDs will probably last at least 10 years with standard usage.
I know that Samsung do have (I think) 3 years warranty, which is probably more than enough for any manufacturing issues to arise.