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What's the difference between these three Crucial SSDs?

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January 7, 2012 8:27:10 PM

I've been looking around for a solid ssd to replace my failed 1tb Seagate barracuda while it's being RMA'd (and also to improve my PC's performance) and I've stumbled across the Crucial M4 128gb sata III SSD and figure it's in my price range and I've heard crucial is a reliable brand so I guess I'll buy it. However, on there are three different versions of the 128gb model:

What's the difference between the three? I see the discounted one has slower sequential read times, but which one should I buy?
a c 283 G Storage
January 7, 2012 9:15:34 PM

The one on the left is a standard model for desktop pc's. According to newegg it is a new model.

The one in the middle has a height of 7mm instead of 9.5mm. It is designed for use in laptops.

The one on the right is an older standard model for desktop pc's that comes with some extra goodies - Data Transfer Kit with Cloning Software for PC and Mac plus a USB to SATA cable.
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January 7, 2012 10:10:25 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Crucial M4 is a tier 5 SSD .... I'd grab a Tier 3 120 / 128 GB unit

Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB, OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS 120 GB, Patriot WildFire 120 GB, Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB

Ya but crucial is more reliable than ocz (by far from what i've heard) adn the crucial 256gb (tier 3) is wayy too expensive adn tbh i've never heard anything about the Mushkin product line of SSDs
a b G Storage
January 8, 2012 3:51:27 PM

Hi argo49!

add 5$ and buy samsung 830 128gb or performance pro 128gb!

Both are reliable! performance pro uses same controller as M4 but with better write performance! :)