Folks, I need help
After doing extensive research and reading so many reviews and specs my eyes fell out, I finally broke it down to 3. I am looking for some input on which of these 3 is the most reliable. My main concern is reliability. Speed is secondary, but these 3 are close enough to satisfy me. Price between these 3 is also not a factor. I am willing to go up to $210. I would like some feedback from anyone using any of these 3, or if you have used more than 1 of these, on reliability. I don't want to have to replace this in 6 months. I want something that has been proven reliable. Who can tell me which is the better of the 3? I am also mainly concerned about ease of install. Which of these has the minimum amount of firmware updates, prep, etc before installing? Overall, I am looking to install the drive, and have it up and running within a couple of hours. I do not want to have to make all day plans to do this install. thanks for any and all help. I also would like to know what is required before installing the ssd...ie - I know I have to change bios to ahci, but do I do this before installing the ssd, or before installing windows?
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get the m4, it's consistently been on sale in the $145-150 range. i just picked one up for my system and it's awesome. the 830 might be a little faster, but unnoticably, and the reliability of the m4 is next to none. save some money and buy the m4.
also, you don't have any sata3 slots on your mobo so you'll hit a ceiling of 270mb/s reads and writes. all drives will fully saturate this, so there won't be a difference in read speeds between the 830 and m4. as i just installed the m4, it was fairly easy to figure out. (you have to enable ACHI in the bios), and from there just install windows. there is a new firmware update available with the m4 that fixed a bug with the drive, but a newly purchased drive should have this pre-installed.
This is the Intel 520 bak0n not the 320. This intel is the fastest, non enterprise, drive around. It has both intel branding (respected) and a sandforce 2281 controller.
I would buy the intel, although you have made the toughest ssd call online.
The Samsung 830 is super. Well liked, fast, and solid.
The M4 is great. It builds on the success of the C300 which was the 2nd gen drive to have.
I doubt there are many users (or any) who could see the difference between these three drives in regular use. All of them should max your SATA II interface in almost every way and even when you upgrade to ivy bridge they will perform your socks off. Wait for a great sale on any of the above and pull the trigger!
I also have an Asus P7p55 pro and I can't recommend OCZ for the moment...
no complains on the excellent performance of my 6 month old Vertex 2 but it suddenly broke down yesterday and I now have to RMA it...
I also gotta contradict BakOn as we're talking about the 520 and not the 510 here. The reliability claim is based upon the 510 not having a Sandforce controller (which had the famous BSOD issue now fixed). However the 520 used a SF controller and is now the new king of the hill.
If ya don't get the Intel, I'd look for SSD's with the premium 3Xnm Toshiba Toggle Mode Flash which is found, among others, on the Vertex 3 MaxIOPS, Patriot Wildfire and , OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G. The Samsung 830 should be on anypne's list of considerations also.
thanks for the help. I think I will go with the samsung, mainly because they make all of their own stuff. Speeds are too close to call on any of them, and I am not really a fan of the sandforce controller. thanks for all the suggestons