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Vertix 4, Plextor M3, Crucial M4 or Samsung 830 what is the better?

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July 9, 2012 12:07:20 PM

I'm really confused, i need SSD 128GB for my work 3D Graphics, i don't know what i the better in performance
i was decided to get OCZ Vertix 4 but i saw results of it when it's capacity is 50% or more full it's reduced to about the half, i'm thinking now in Crucial M4
What's the best to me?
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July 9, 2012 5:17:13 PM

look at the link again, nsync.

page 3 clearly puts both the samsung 830 and plextor m3 pro as the top 128G performance drives.
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July 9, 2012 5:32:24 PM

Plextor M3 is an okay drive, reviews are great but I don't know. I personally have tested 3 drives, 2 128GB in RAID0 and a single 256GB. I didn't like the performance per dollar I saw. "This is my testing, it is very possible my testing is flawed. I plan to do some more test on them"

I would recommend the Samsung 830 with full confidence. M4 is a great choice too.
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July 9, 2012 6:12:47 PM

Actually look at page 6 of that article....the Sandforce are broken down as follows

High End - SandForce controller with Toggle DDR NAND (Mushkin Chronos Deluxe, Patriot Wildfire, OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS, Kingston HyperX 3K, OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G)

Middle - SandForce controller with Synchronous ONFi NAND (OCZ Vertex 3, Corsair Force GT, Kingston HyperX, Intel SSD 520)

Bottom End - SandForce controller with Asynchronous ONFi NAND (OCZ Agility 3, Corsair Force 3, Mushkin Chronos, Patriot Pyro, OWC Mercury Electra 6G)


Tier 1
240 GB second-gen SandForce SSDs with Toggle NAND (See High End Models above)
Samsung 830 SSD 256 GB
Plextor M3 Pro 128 GB/256 GB

Tier 2
240 GB second-gen SandForce SSDs with Sync ONFi NAND (See Middle Models above)
Plextor M3 128 GB/256 GB

Tier 3
Crucial m4 256 GB
OCZ Vertex 4 512/256 GB
Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB
120 GB second-gen SandForce SSDs with Toggle NAND (See High End Models above)
240 GB second-gen SandForce SSDs with Async ONFi NAND (See Middle Models above)
Corsair Performance Pro 128 GB

Tier 4
None

Tier 5
Crucial m4 128 GB
Intel SSD 330 180 GB
Samsung 830 SSD 64 GB
120 GB second-gen SandForce SSDs with Sync ONFi NAND (See Middle Models above)

So, among your choices (each tier according to the article represents a 10% performance difference)

Vertex 4 (256/512GB) falls into Tier 3, 21% slower on average than tier 1
Crucial M4 (256GB) is also in tier 3, the 128MB model is in Tier 5, 46% slower than tier 1
The Plextor M3 128GB is in Tier 1, the Samsung 830 128GB is in Tier 3

The Plextor M3 at just over $1.00 per GB is a great buy for a Tier 1 product; Samsung 830 costs more and like the M4 is 2 tiers down. The Chronos Deluxe 240 GB however @ $0.83 GB is the lowest cost model in the Tier1 category. The 120 MB Chronos @ $185 makes no sense however, and the cheaper MX model doesn't have the extended long life hi performance toggle mode flash.
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