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Which SSD is best?

Hey, I was looking at SSDs, and my head is spinning on which to get.
This one: Kingston comes in at only 105 dollars.
This one: Crucial comes in at 120 dollars.
This one: Samsung comes in at 139 dollars.

I was wanting to go with the M500 because it seemed like a decent drive. However, any suggestions for a 250ish gig SSD would be nice. The drive will contain my OS and a few games. I already have a 1 TB Western Digital Blue drive for mass storage.
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  1. Samsung 840 evo is very tried and true drive, best performance and reliability per dollar.
  2. I want to know more about your needs before I throw out a suggestion. So you are a gamer and a casual comp. user? Or do you use powerful computers regularly for work. (i.e. Adobe stuffs, 10+ programs open simultaneously.) SSD's have a wide variety, and the best fit is linked most certainly to personal usage.

    However, in general, I would NOT recommend the Samsung 840/840 evo as the guy above me has. I can explain in detail if you want, but those drives use a technology called TLC which makes them inherently less reliable and long lasting as other drives. I'm sure that some people will try to tell you how TLC is 'good enough' or something, but if you can get a non-TLC drive for the price of a TLC drive (which you can), why would you still buy the TLC?
  3. JPNpower said:
    I want to know more about your needs before I throw out a suggestion. So you are a gamer and a casual comp. user? Or do you use powerful computers regularly for work. (i.e. Adobe stuffs, 10+ programs open simultaneously.) SSD's have a wide variety, and the best fit is linked most certainly to personal usage.

    However, in general, I would NOT recommend the Samsung 840/840 evo as the guy above me has. I can explain in detail if you want, but those drives use a technology called TLC which makes them inherently less reliable and long lasting as other drives. I'm sure that some people will try to tell you how TLC is 'good enough' or something, but if you can get a non-TLC drive for the price of a TLC drive (which you can), why would you still buy the TLC?


    I am a gamer, I use my PC for school, and I do some web browsing. I like to multitask, often running stuff like Pandora while gaming. I am running Windows 8.1 with an FX 6300. I have 4 gigs of RAM. I use my computer often, but shut it off/ put it to sleep when not using it. Most of the games I play are open world. Skyirm, GTA IV, Minecraft, and some Lego Games.
  4. Best answer
    Gotcha Gotcha.

    you are the kind of person who would appreciate the 'budged performance' tier of SSD's the best. In other words, above the 'dirt cheap SSD's range' but below the 'premium mainstream' SSD range. You will NOT appreciate the performance of a very good SSD, even though internet people like to claim so.

    Do you have access to Amazon, Microcenter, Best Buy, etc?

    For now, it seems that the Crucial would be the best choice, but check the Toshiba Q series pro. It is generally faster than the Crucial, but is only worth it if you can find it for cheaper than it. Microcenter and BestBuy often have massive sales on them so check it out.
  5. Right on the front page of Tom's is an updated article.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-recommendation-benchmark,3269.html
  6. JPNpower said:
    Gotcha Gotcha.

    you are the kind of person who would appreciate the 'budged performance' tier of SSD's the best. In other words, above the 'dirt cheap SSD's range' but below the 'premium mainstream' SSD range. You will NOT appreciate the performance of a very good SSD, even though internet people like to claim so.

    Do you have access to Amazon, Microcenter, Best Buy, etc?

    For now, it seems that the Crucial would be the best choice, but check the Toshiba Q series pro. It is generally faster than the Crucial, but is only worth it if you can find it for cheaper than it. Microcenter and BestBuy often have massive sales on them so check it out.


    Thank you for the help. The M500 will be a nice drive to have around for a while.
  7. Last bits,
    Remember toalways kkeep a backup. Do you have a backup solution? If not, get one. Asap. Even the most reliable wd hdds and plextor ssds can and will fail.

    Also, please check out folding at home, it is a distributed computing project where people donate their unused computer power to help cancer research and other medical studies. Toms hardware has its own team too!
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