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90/120/128gig boot drive under $120

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Anonymous
June 29, 2012 2:29:01 AM

hey guys,

i recently sold my crucial m4 in a package deal to help pay for my new gtx 670, long story short I FRACKING HATE USING A MECHANICAL DRIVE FOR AN OS!!!! i have been spoiled by my m4 for too long and its time to get another ssd. i have only been using my mechanical for a day and it reminds me why i bought an ssd in the first place

it will obviously be used as a boot drive and i will be installing 1 virtual machine on it [15gigs max] the rest will be used for typical programs, CAD, mastercam, solidworks. figured 90gigs is the lowest i can go since i only had about 4gigs left over on a 64gig m4. i install all games on my 2tb WD black drive and i have a 150gig maxtor [OS is temporarily installed on it]

looking for the best boot drive and program performance, not necessarily the best file transfer performance.

price and reliability are what i look for the most in most products

based on price and reliability i have put together this small list. certain bands and models have been excluded because of lack of reliability or price


Plextor M3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial M4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Adata
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SanDisk
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Adata
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel 330
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Anonymous
June 29, 2012 2:54:42 AM

overall as a brand i do not like mushkin, its a hit or miss in terms of one working or not or dying a few days/weeks in from purchase. there are obvious mushkin fanboys out there, i myself like crucial for ssds but i prefer to get a general consensus before i make a purchase.

,if i were to make a purchase right now it would be a sandisk because it is a second gen sandforce with toggle nand and its at a great price that would be tied with the plextor m3 because of the toms hierarchy chart, rave reviews, 2 of the 4 bad reviews are bogus. also tied would be the m4
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a b G Storage
June 29, 2012 2:59:58 AM

Yep, I would agree with you vanwazltoff. Out of the three (Plextor, M4, or Sandisk), I'd go for the Plextor M3. Because it's the same price as the M4 plus you get a 5 year warranty.
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a b G Storage
June 29, 2012 3:10:17 AM

Anonymous said:
overall as a brand i do not like mushkin, its a hit or miss in terms of one working or not or dying a few days/weeks in from purchase. there are obvious mushkin fanboys out there, i myself like crucial for ssds but i prefer to get a general consensus before i make a purchase.

,if i were to make a purchase right now it would be a sandisk because it is a second gen sandforce with toggle nand and its at a great price that would be tied with the plextor m3 because of the toms hierarchy chart, rave reviews, 2 of the 4 bad reviews are bogus. also tied would be the m4


dude you do realize that the very website that you're on has recommended the same line of drives that i just did for at least the last 6 months straight right?
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Anonymous
June 29, 2012 3:23:48 AM

i take more things into account than that. i am assuming that mushkin sponsors toms along samsung and they send out a product to be reviewed each time so they can be in the spot light. that has to be taken into account. in the last round toms rated the plextor higher than a mushkin chronus and the plextor is a more reliable product with a 5 year warranty
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Anonymous
June 29, 2012 3:39:34 AM

plus the mx is synchronous not toggle which sets it apart from the dx series which is toggle, an $80 premium for toggle nand. the sandisk option has toggle nand for the same price as the mx plus its a better product
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Anonymous
June 29, 2012 4:07:36 AM

after this extensive review i think im going with the sandisk

http://www.storagereview.com/sandisk_extreme_ssd_review

obviously its not the 120gig model, but if it performs on the same trend then im sold, it spanks a samsung 830 in most tests
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a b G Storage
June 29, 2012 10:40:42 AM

Anonymous said:
plus the mx is synchronous not toggle which sets it apart from the dx series which is toggle, an $80 premium for toggle nand. the sandisk option has toggle nand for the same price as the mx plus its a better product


you are correct i did like you the wrong one. i grabbed it based on its price cause the 240gb is 200 so i "assumed" the 120 would be around 120ish...

there is not mushkin in you price range... i would now agree with you.
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