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July 2, 2014 1:19:52 PM

I am going to purchase a Corsair SSD, in the size of 256GB or 240GB.

I have come down to the Force Series LS and Force Series LX. What is the difference? The Cheaper LX is 16GB larger. The LS is $50 more expensive and smaller.

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July 2, 2014 1:45:16 PM

They use different controllers. The LS uses a Phison controller, and the LX uses a Silicon Motion controller. Each are cheaper and a bit lower performing than a Sandforce, Intel, or Marvell controller. Between the two, I think the Phison might perform a little better.

However, I wouldn't buy either. I would buy either a Samsung EVO (better performance, slightly higher price) or a Crucial MX100 (cheaper price, decent performance). Leave 10-20% of free space on it, and enjoy the performance boost!
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July 2, 2014 7:20:23 PM

2Be_or_Not2Be said:
They use different controllers. The LS uses a Phison controller, and the LX uses a Silicon Motion controller. Each are cheaper and a bit lower performing than a Sandforce, Intel, or Marvell controller. Between the two, I think the Phison might perform a little better.

However, I wouldn't buy either. I would buy either a Samsung EVO (better performance, slightly higher price) or a Crucial MX100 (cheaper price, decent performance). Leave 10-20% of free space on it, and enjoy the performance boost!


Can you answer this: What is the fastest SSD under $200 from Intel, Corsair or Samsung, 240GB or larger?
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July 2, 2014 8:28:56 PM

Are you in the United States or somewhere else?

You can purchase many standard SATA 3 6Gb/s 256GB solid state drives for desktop computers and laptops for less than $200.00. Temporarily the fastest ssd's are Samsung drives with the new "rapid mode technology" enabled. The new technology uses a portion of the motherboard's system memory as a cache similar to a ramdisk.

Yesterday morning Tom's Hardware and over two dozen other sites published the first technical reviews of the new Samsung 850 Pro SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd. The reviews indicate it is probably be the fastest standard single ssd. Newegg started taking pre-orders for it. The release date is the 21st of July. Unfortunately it is a little bit over your budget. Newegg is offering the new 256GB model for $229.99 and shipping is free. In addition, Newegg is offering a $15.00 gift card with the purchase which reduces the total price to $214.99.

I maintain the ssd database listed in a sticky at the very top of this forum page. Here is the link:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/data-storage/ssd-database.ht...

Scroll down to the brands and models you are interested in and follow the links to the technical reviews.



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July 2, 2014 10:18:10 PM

JohnnyLucky said:
Are you in the United States or somewhere else?

You can purchase many standard SATA 3 6Gb/s 256GB solid state drives for desktop computers and laptops for less than $200.00. Temporarily the fastest ssd's are Samsung drives with the new "rapid mode technology" enabled. The new technology uses a portion of the motherboard's system memory as a cache similar to a ramdisk.

Yesterday morning Tom's Hardware and over two dozen other sites published the first technical reviews of the new Samsung 850 Pro SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd. The reviews indicate it is probably be the fastest standard single ssd. Newegg started taking pre-orders for it. The release date is the 21st of July. Unfortunately it is a little bit over your budget. Newegg is offering the new 256GB model for $229.99 and shipping is free. In addition, Newegg is offering a $15.00 gift card with the purchase which reduces the total price to $214.99.

I maintain the ssd database listed in a sticky at the very top of this forum page. Here is the link:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/data-storage/ssd-database.ht...

Scroll down to the brands and models you are interested in and follow the links to the technical reviews.





Yes, I'm in the US. I've seen drives like the Intel 730 which are basically $1/gb.

My dilemma now is between the Intel 335 Series 240Gb($129) or the Samsung Evo 250GB($129-159)

I'm no SSD expert. Which one is faster, better overall, better software. If it help I have an Intel Z68 Motherboard. I think it's the DZ68DB.
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July 3, 2014 7:55:09 AM

BranFlake5 said:
JohnnyLucky said:
Are you in the United States or somewhere else?

You can purchase many standard SATA 3 6Gb/s 256GB solid state drives for desktop computers and laptops for less than $200.00. Temporarily the fastest ssd's are Samsung drives with the new "rapid mode technology" enabled. The new technology uses a portion of the motherboard's system memory as a cache similar to a ramdisk.

Yesterday morning Tom's Hardware and over two dozen other sites published the first technical reviews of the new Samsung 850 Pro SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd. The reviews indicate it is probably be the fastest standard single ssd. Newegg started taking pre-orders for it. The release date is the 21st of July. Unfortunately it is a little bit over your budget. Newegg is offering the new 256GB model for $229.99 and shipping is free. In addition, Newegg is offering a $15.00 gift card with the purchase which reduces the total price to $214.99.

I maintain the ssd database listed in a sticky at the very top of this forum page. Here is the link:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/data-storage/ssd-database.ht...

Scroll down to the brands and models you are interested in and follow the links to the technical reviews.





Yes, I'm in the US. I've seen drives like the Intel 730 which are basically $1/gb.

My dilemma now is between the Intel 335 Series 240Gb($129) or the Samsung Evo 250GB($129-159)

I'm no SSD expert. Which one is faster, better overall, better software. If it help I have an Intel Z68 Motherboard. I think it's the DZ68DB.


Of the two you picked, the Samsung EVO is the fastest performing drive, with the factors mentioned by JohnnyLucky. Pick it, and don't worry about anything else.

It helps if your system has at least 4GB of RAM so that the Samung SSD Magician software (included with the SSD) can work its magic. Also, don't use all of the space on the drive. As long as you have 25% free space on it, it will perform optimally.
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