90/120/128gig boot drive under $120

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=N82E16820249014

Crucial M4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

Adata
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211602

SanDisk
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171567

Adata
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211588

Intel 330
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167121
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  1. no one will recommend any of those.

    most popular and has the highest quality parts money can buy. its cheaper because the sell a *** ton.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226318

    find a negative review thats creditable, i dare you.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. www.amazon.com/Corsair-Force-Series-2-5-Inch-CSSD-F120GBGT-BK/dp/B0057QETGS

    A 120 GB corsair force gt is only $120 on amazon.
  8. 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
  9. 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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