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March 21, 2012 5:09:11 PM

Hey guys,

I am on the lookout for an SSD. It is going to be in a high-end system, I'm running Win7 Ultimate, the system itself has already been installed on an OCZ Revodrive 120GB. The thing is, I need more space for apps.

The size should be minimum 240GB and the absolute maximum price is 450$.

I am also looking for myself, but there are about 50 to choose from, starting at 320$ and I don't know the volatility and performance of them all. So far my best bet is the Samsung 830 Series 256GB SSD.

I hope you can help me.

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March 21, 2012 5:26:34 PM

best price/performance 240GB: mushkin enhanced chronos. This is also an excellent performer. It's reliability is the similar to every other sandforce drive (except for intel's). Your revo is a sandforce drive, albeit a much faster one).
best reliable performance: samsung 830. Very good drive. More reliable than a sandforce based drive. Performance is about on par with sandforce, depending on the benchmark. Very expensive.
Reliable and cheap(ish): Crucial m4. This ssd has been around for a while and is a favorite of many. Reliable, good performance (bit less than Samsung and sandforce ssds). Decent price.

My choice would be the mushkin, since it's price is just awesome. If sandforce bothers you, i'd pick the m4 because it's cheaper than the samsung. SSDs perform so much faster than hdds that the small gaps in performance between them is negligible outside of benchmarks.
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March 21, 2012 5:54:44 PM

Thanks a lot both of you. I got the idea for a samsung at page 6 of the review you referred to DAROBA.

I have had 0 problems with my revodrive and I've been pretty hard on it, replacing and moving large amounts of data every day. If that's based on sandforce i don't think reliability will be a problem. It also claims to have 2million hours between errors.

I don't seem to be able to find any mushkin drives in denmark at all.. pretty weird.

One thing I've wondered about regarding Samsung 830 is. Will I be able to take advantage of its potential if I don't use it as my master drive? It has its own controller and everything.

Crucial M4 is not an option as its price is almost exactly the same as a Samsung 830 they are both around 380$
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March 21, 2012 6:14:29 PM

Here is my standard recommendation:

If reliability and stability is a major concern, then I recommend Samsung. Samsung was awarded contracts to supply Dell, Sony, Lenovo, Apple and other off the shelf brands with OEM versions of their 470 Series SATA 2 3Gb/s ssd's. Eventually the 470's were released for retail sale to consumers. There have been no major issues reported. The 470 has an absolutely stellar record.

Then Samsung released their 830 Series SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd's as successors to the 470. The first ones were OEM versions for Dell and the other off the shelf brands followed by release of retail versions for consumers. The ssd's are Samsung's own design with their own components and firmware. It looks like Samsung got it right again.

Here is a link to the ssd database:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/data-storage/ssd-database.ht...

Just scroll down to the brands you are interested in and follow the links to the reviews.

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March 21, 2012 6:20:42 PM

Nice page you've got yourself there JohnnyLucky.

You didn't answer my question regarding using the Samsung drive as a slave drive in my system though. I'm worried about this exactly because they have their own way of doing things, and from what I can understand it's designed to be running the system.
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March 21, 2012 6:23:07 PM

AtotehZ said:
Thanks a lot both of you. I got the idea for a samsung at page 6 of the review you referred to DAROBA.

I have had 0 problems with my revodrive and I've been pretty hard on it, replacing and moving large amounts of data every day. If that's based on sandforce i don't think reliability will be a problem. It also claims to have 2million hours between errors.

I don't seem to be able to find any mushkin drives in denmark at all.. pretty weird.

One thing I've wondered about regarding Samsung 830 is. Will I be able to take advantage of its potential if I don't use it as my master drive? It has its own controller and everything.

Crucial M4 is not an option as its price is almost exactly the same as a Samsung 830 they are both around 380$



What store are you using? My recommendations were for newegg.com but they're not in denmark.

And yes a samsung can be used to it's full potential even if it's not the boot drive. Your revo drive is likely faster so keep it as your main. All SSDs have onboard controllers.
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March 21, 2012 6:24:28 PM

Best answer selected by AtotehZ.nnThanks, this settles it. I'll be buying the Samsung 830. The reason prices are so skewed compared to America seems to be because the price of a Crucial M4 recently dropped and the danish market has yet to follow.
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March 21, 2012 6:29:50 PM

AtotehZ said:
Nice page you've got yourself there JohnnyLucky.

You didn't answer my question regarding using the Samsung drive as a slave drive in my system though. I'm worried about this exactly because they have their own way of doing things, and from what I can understand it's designed to be running the system.



First, thank you.

Second, your original post did not mention using a Samsung 830 series ssd as a slave drive.

Good Luck! :) 
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March 22, 2012 10:15:40 AM

JohnnyLucky said:
First, thank you.

Second, your original post did not mention using a Samsung 830 series ssd as a slave drive.

Good Luck! :) 


You're welcome, and you're right, it wasn't in my original post. I thought I had edited it so fast noone would notice. Sorry about that.

Have a nice day.
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