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February 20, 2012 4:38:47 PM

Hello, I have cash in hand but I can't decide on whether to go with the Samsung 830 sata 3 256gb or the Crucial m4 256gb. Both stack up real well against each other in testing and both have a decent track record from what I can see.They are also similarly priced too. plz help!

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a c 119 G Storage
February 20, 2012 5:05:00 PM

I'm not sure why but Crucial makes 5 models of the M4 and Samsung has the one. It does seem that the CT256M4SSD2 model has the better feedback of the Crucial drives and is just a bit better than the Samsung as well so baring a coin flip I would go with the Crucial CT256M4SSD2.

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F240GBGT-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$374.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This SSD also has very good feedback and I use the 180gb version for my boot drive and I am very happy with the performance and if you check out the read/write speeds and compare them to the two that you selected you will notice a difference.
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February 20, 2012 6:34:07 PM

Just to be unhelpful... and potentially add doubt.... I would go Samsung

You really wont notice the difference in performance... but the Samsung has better rep in terms of quality.
For peace of mind.. id go Samsung in this scenario.

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February 20, 2012 6:40:46 PM

Can someone please move this thread to the SSD sub-category, my bad I didn't mean to post on the HDD section.



I see what your getting at and I think I like it. I was leaning towards Sammy myself simply because all the chips on the board are made by them, so its basically 100% manufactured in-house.

I like the numbers on it, and interesting to see that it's rated for 2 million hrs MTBF, where as most are only 1.2 or 1.5 million. I'm going to see if I can find a better price on it though.

Almost forgot my specs.

It's a lappy!

Asus G73JH-X1 Republic of Gamers

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8GB DDR3 RAM
Boot drive: PQI 64GB ssd (2 or 3 yrs old, I cant remember)
Secondary Drive: Seagate Momentus 7200rpm 500GB (It's got two 2.5 inch bays)
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ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 1gb gddr5
17.3 inch 1080p led screen
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February 20, 2012 6:58:14 PM

A SSD is considered a hard drive so being here isn't going to be wrong and you will still get some answers. If in the end you are not completely satisfied with the answers that you get you can close the thread by selecting a best answer and then you can open a new thread in the sub catagory that you wanted.
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February 21, 2012 12:18:08 PM

Does anyone know the difference between the desktop and laptop upgrade kits for the samsung 830 series? I'm assuming that there is no difference in the drives themselves, the only thing that makes them different is the SKUs and what accessories come with them.
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February 21, 2012 12:25:46 PM

phil0083 said:
Does anyone know the difference between the desktop and laptop upgrade kits for the samsung 830 series? I'm assuming that there is no difference in the drives themselves, the only thing that makes them different is the SKUs and what accessories come with them.


Desktop kit drives are usually 7mm + (Intel 320 for instance is 7mm + plastic bracket) and include the 3.5" adaptor or tray of some sort. Laptop drives on the other hand tend to be slimmer (Crucial M4 slim kit 7mm) and might not have any 3.5" merchandise. Other than that same thing. I would go with laptop kit, same price, same performance, smaller drive and a chance to put it into most laptops.
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February 21, 2012 2:18:25 PM

EDVINASM said:
Desktop kit drives are usually 7mm + (Intel 320 for instance is 7mm + plastic bracket) and include the 3.5" adaptor or tray of some sort. Laptop drives on the other hand tend to be slimmer (Crucial M4 slim kit 7mm) and might not have any 3.5" merchandise. Other than that same thing. I would go with laptop kit, same price, same performance, smaller drive and a chance to put it into most laptops.



The housing may be slimmer but I'm pretty sure they both have the same board inside, if I had to bet, that is.
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February 21, 2012 2:46:50 PM

phil0083 said:
The housing may be slimmer but I'm pretty sure they both have the same board inside, if I had to bet, that is.


That's true, though mind you it's a marketing trick desktop Vs laptop Vs thin laptop SSDs. I bought Intel 320 Desktop Kit. Works fine in any desktop PC with SATA interface. Then the drive went into Lenovo E525 laptop, not a problem. Then tried temporarily to place into Lenovo X121e. Not a chance. The bezel is in the way and if removed voids warranty. Read about most SSDs, they are 7mm+ unless stated as slim (i.e. Crucial M4 slim). Be aware! Go with slim option if have them available near you. Better compatibility, same drive same performance.
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February 21, 2012 3:03:15 PM

Initially SSD's were made for laptops and because of the speeds that they have they were quickly adopted for the desktop and the evedence of this is the fact that a lot of the SSD's come with a 3.5 adaptor. One company in peticular does make a SSD for the desktop and the is OCZ. The OCZ Colossus Series has a 3.5 form factor. So unless a SSD is made for a desktop then the SSD should fit into a laptop.
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February 22, 2012 12:23:57 AM

inzone said:
Initially SSD's were made for laptops and because of the speeds that they have they were quickly adopted for the desktop and the evedence of this is the fact that a lot of the SSD's come with a 3.5 adaptor. One company in peticular does make a SSD for the desktop and the is OCZ. The OCZ Colossus Series has a 3.5 form factor. So unless a SSD is made for a desktop then the SSD should fit into a laptop.



That is true, though I believe the Colossus Series has 2 boards in it if I'm not mistaken, thus attributing to its larger size.

But I digress, THE OP HAS CHOSEN!!!!!!

Decided to go with the Samsung 830 256GB because its got better advertised write speeds than the Curcial m4 256gb, which I know depending on what manufacturer your dealing with might not mean squat. But I think Sammy will be good for it. I would've gone with one of the Corsair Force GT's but its running with sandforce controllers and even though they are second-gen chips, I've still read about quite a few people having trouble. I'll take reliability versus raw throughput any day lol.

I just went with the cheapest one I could find since I had already made up my mind that the laptop and desktop upgrade kits are essentially the same drive.

Found the Samung 830 series 256GB laptop upgrade kit for $340 at B&H photo/video

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/828449-REG/Samsung_MZ_7PC256N_AM_256GB_830_Series_SSD.html
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February 28, 2012 11:31:21 PM

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