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Intel 510 vs Crucial C300 vs Crucial M4

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August 27, 2011 2:29:23 AM

I'm deciding between Intel 510, Crucial C300 and Crucial M4. Reliability is important for me, and I don't mind if I lose a little bit of speed at the expense of more reliability (so I wont go for OCZ!). C300 and M4 are faster than 510, so I'll probably choose one of those two, but I don't really know which one! :??: 

The opinions I read on the net are 50-50. Which one is gonna be faster in a real life scenario?


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August 27, 2011 2:57:18 AM

Size matters. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|20-148-441^20-148-441-TS%2C20-148-357^20-148-357-02%23%2C20-148-448^20-148-448-TS%2C20-148-442^20-148-442-TS%2C20-148-362^20-148-362-TS Overall, the m4 is the speedier version. I would go for the m4 series instead. It has better read and write speed.
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August 27, 2011 4:53:40 PM

The size I want is 120GB. Is there a big difference between 510 and M4?

Some people go for 510 because it has a longer lifetime (34nm). But how much longer is it really?
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August 27, 2011 5:42:16 PM

I would go with the cheapest for your required capacity!! (IMO) The Intel 510 & Crucial m4 are excellent drives & have proven to be reliable ones at thar. Intel has the track record of being the most reliable but the Crucial isn't far behind.

As for the 34nm vs 25nm, I wouldn't let that weigh to heavy on your decision. Under normal uses, these drives will last 3+ years & to the point of you needing to upgrade anyways... IMO.
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August 27, 2011 5:51:39 PM

Well, right now NCIX has 510 for $240 ($40 off). So both 510 and M4 are in the same price range.
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August 27, 2011 6:01:35 PM

Here is a quick comparison of their "big brothers": http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/355?vs=357

This should give you a idea on the performance of the 120GB versions. At the price of the Intel 510, I would go with it, since equal with the m4.
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August 27, 2011 11:38:08 PM

The only area in which Intel 510 totally sucks is "random performance". That's the only thing that has held me back from going with 510. How much does random performance matter anyway in everyday usage? Is it a good indicator of how fast the drive is in real life usage?
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August 30, 2011 5:34:50 PM

The Crucial C300 is an "older drive". The Crucial M4 is supposed to be the new and improved version of the C300. It is replacing the C300. The M4 had a bit of a problem but Crucial issued a firmware update that not only fixed the problem but also improved M4 performance.

The Intel 510 got beat up by hardcore gamers and die hard enthusiasts who were obsessed with synthetic benchmarks. I never understood it. Synthetic benchmarks are artificial. At best they can only be a very rough approximation of real world performance.

Most, but not all, modern solid state drives form a fairly tight performance cluster. Typical everyday users can't distinquish any differences in that cluster. The synthetic benchmarks were designed to grossly exaggerate relatively minor differences in performance. Manufacturers manipulated the benchmarks for marketing purposes. It would be completely different if you were doing some sort of professional work.
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August 31, 2011 6:09:05 PM

Newegg right this second has a slick deal on the Cruicial M4 Sata III 128Gb for $169.99
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