I'm planning on building my next gaming/work computer some time in late april when Z77 MB's and Ivy Bridge hits the stores and of course i'm gonna need an SSD. But which?
I've narrowed it down to either an 120 GB Intel 520 or an 128 GB Samsung 830. But i don't know which
From what i have read Intel should have better warranty, but i've also heard that the 520 should become slower when the free space is getting smaller.
Regarding the Samsung 830, i haven't heard that much bad about it, only that it "only" has 3 years warranty or something like that.
I'm 50:50 on those two SSDs and don't know what to get. Stability is important... and of course speed.
BTW it's gonna be my first SSD, so i have no experience on this.
I have a 256GB crucial m4 and it has been working flawlessly. If this is your first SSD, speed wise they're all going to seem unbelievably quick to you. I haven't heard anything negative about either drive but I'd probably still recommend the m4 only because my 2 co-workers and I have had excellent experiences with them.
SandForce controllers are at the top of the heap in terms of performance. That is probably the reason they have taken the most damage from attacks. There was a weird BSOD issue when they (the 2281) came out but it seemed to fade away with firmware upgrades.
You can bet Intel has tested their firmware and will quickly correct if there's a hint of an issue.
None of the drives spoken of in this thread are flagged for problems. You can end up with a lemon that requires RMA but that's true with any product.
Keep in mind that intel uses a modified firmware for the SF controller that is not present on any other SF drive... http://www.anandtech.com/show/5508/intel-ssd-520-review...
I've done a good bit of research on both the Intel and the Samsung drives since I'm trying to decide between the same ones. In short, I echo what some of the other replies have already said, that being go for whichever one is cheaper. At the time of posting this, that would be the Samsung model on newegg... $310 for the Samsung 256GB vs. $331 for the Intel 240GB.