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New SSD, Intel vs. Samsung vs. Crucial vs. Kingston

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June 18, 2012 2:45:54 PM

Hello Everyone,

I'm in the market for a gaming SSD. I've been looking at the:

-Intel 330 120GB ($110.99 after rebate)
-Samsung 830 128GB ($129.99)
-Crucial M4 128GB ($122.49)
-Kingston SSDNow V+200 120GB (Can get with employee discount for $100)



The price is really close on all of these, but my main concern is with reliability and performance. I see back and forth reviews on all of these, but it looks like the Samsung 830 has been getting the overall recommendation.

I originally was looking at OCZ Vertex 4, but I see too many people complaining about them being reliable and having issues updating them. I'm sure they're not terrible, but not comfortable with them until they get a few more generations down the road.

I just wanted to get some of your input on these and any help would be greatly appreciated.


Build:
Proc: Intel i5-3570K
Mobo: ASrock Extreme4 Z77
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 7850 OC
PSU: OCZ ZT 750W
HDD: WD Black 1TB


-Josh
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June 18, 2012 2:54:23 PM

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but I see too many people complaining about them being reliable and having issues updating them.


You forgot the number one rule in reviews...don't read reviews. People who write reviews on retailer websites are stupid and 99% of the time have no idea what they are talking about.

Read reviews made by professionals on big name websites like Anand, Toms, Cnet, pcmag, pcworld, maxpc...etc.

The Vertex 4 is probably faster than all of the other SSD's you listed and its not on a sandforce controller which is actually *known* for reliability issues...
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June 18, 2012 3:17:52 PM

I agree, most of them are pointless. Most of them will be a negative review due to them arriving DOA or not knowing what they are doing.

I have also read some of these issues here as well though. One specifically stating how Samsung has had contracts for their previous 470 model. I do normally like OCZ and will go against the purchase reviews, but after reading it in multiple places not sure if I trust their SSDs.
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June 20, 2012 10:53:46 AM

I'd go for the samsung. I have the previous generation 470, which I bought because it was the only drive without problems. The 830 is a pretty similar story. It won't let you down. Additionally, samsung drives have the lowest power consumption rates, which when you think about it is a lot more important that it at first seems (at least for laptops lol). There's a reason why Apple chose it for their precious MBA and Retina Pro's ;) 
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June 20, 2012 4:06:51 PM

Torashin said:
I'd go for the samsung. I have the previous generation 470, which I bought because it was the only drive without problems. The 830 is a pretty similar story. It won't let you down. Additionally, samsung drives have the lowest power consumption rates, which when you think about it is a lot more important that it at first seems (at least for laptops lol). There's a reason why Apple chose it for their precious MBA and Retina Pro's ;) 


Thanks, after looking more and more it seems like that will be the best option. I just ordered it from Amazon for a little under $130.
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June 20, 2012 4:07:43 PM

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