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July 25, 2012 11:52:44 AM

So I am starting a new build and have almost everything pinned down. I thought I had my SSD boot drive picked out but Newegg threw a fast ball and offered $55 off another SSD (Today and tomorrow only). Now I am faced with a predicament.

The board I plan on buying is the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (also looked at MSI, GA, and ASUS Z77 boards in the same price range. Thought ASRock was best. Other thoughts?)

The two SSD's I am in between are below:

Intel 330 Series Maple Crest 120 GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have noticed the read/write for the Hyper X are stated higher and the board will end up being $80 instead of $95 for the Intel.

I also just checked out the Intel 520 Series Cherryville 120 GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This one costs a little more than I initially wanted to spend, but let's throw it into the mix.

What do you guys think?

Any help is much appreciated!

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a b G Storage
July 25, 2012 12:14:02 PM

If you need a long lasting drive then Intel is simply the best, and that is a killer price on it. If you want to save a buck, but still want something reliable then look into Crucial or Samsung. If you just want a drive that you plan on replacing in a few years anyways then look into OCZ or Mushkin.

AS Rock just got the Tom's recommended award, and they are a good company. I had to RMA a board from them last year and they were pretty quick about it, and very professional.
ASUS typically has the nicest BIOS/UEFI options, and have an overall reputation of being 'the best' boards on the market, but they have had a few flop products so be sure to read reviews before purchase.
MSI is great for high quality budget boards, but I would be hesitant about using them in a high end build unless they have some feature you 'must have' that others do not offer in the price range.
a c 157 G Storage
July 25, 2012 12:59:52 PM

Kingston HyperX 3K 120 GB < I have this one and it runs flawlessly!
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July 25, 2012 1:04:10 PM

CaedenV said:
If you need a long lasting drive then Intel is simply the best, and that is a killer price on it. If you want to save a buck, but still want something reliable then look into Crucial or Samsung. If you just want a drive that you plan on replacing in a few years anyways then look into OCZ or Mushkin.

AS Rock just got the Tom's recommended award, and they are a good company. I had to RMA a board from them last year and they were pretty quick about it, and very professional.
ASUS typically has the nicest BIOS/UEFI options, and have an overall reputation of being 'the best' boards on the market, but they have had a few flop products so be sure to read reviews before purchase.
MSI is great for high quality budget boards, but I would be hesitant about using them in a high end build unless they have some feature you 'must have' that others do not offer in the price range.



Thank you very much for the quick and informative reply.

I would definitely like the drive to be as reliable and long lasting as possible. Just to clarify, are you talking about the Intel 330 or 520 on the killer price?

I did also look at the Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 128GB. How does that stack up to the Intel 330 120GB? Since both of these are reputable companies, please neglect price and take into consideration performance instead.

Also, how much better is the 520 than the 330 and M4?



I think I will stick with the ASRock on that note. It seems to have better features (and more of them) than the GA, MSI, and ASUS I was looking at (GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H, ASUS P8Z77-V LK, MSI Z77A-G45).

Thanks again for the help!
a c 157 G Storage
July 25, 2012 1:06:22 PM

Samsung 830 and Crucial M4 are awesome and reliable.
July 25, 2012 1:11:15 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Samsung 830 and Crucial M4 are awesome and reliable.


That throws another into the mix! More research!

So would you take the $80 Hyper X over all others from a reliability and performance standpoint?
a c 157 G Storage
July 25, 2012 1:11:55 PM

Samsung 830 and Crucial M4 and Hyper X in that order.
July 25, 2012 1:14:24 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Samsung 830 and Crucial M4 and Hyper X in that order.


Okay. Thank you.

Where does the Intel 520 & 330 fall into this mix?
a c 157 G Storage
July 25, 2012 1:16:43 PM

I n my opinion after those 3.
July 25, 2012 1:42:39 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Yes!


Mmm. I see.

Well. Level-setting with you, The Hyper X is $80 (only until tomorrow) and the M4 is $120. The Crucial is supposedly more reliable (would you say that is true?), but the Kingston is supposed to have faster read/write speeds (although I have read the Hyper X does not legitimately run at these speeds)...

What do I do?!?!?!?! Haha!

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a c 157 G Storage
July 25, 2012 1:44:37 PM
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Those are ATTO standards which do show high reads because of using compressed data.

M4 is more reliable but $80.00 is hard to pass up i'm getting another.
July 25, 2012 1:49:32 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Those are ATTO standards which do show high reads because of using compressed data.

M4 is more reliable but $80.00 is hard to pass up i'm getting another.



Hahaha!

I think I may dive in. Before I do however, how often do you expect to replace one of your SSD's?

Thank you so much for all of your help.
a c 157 G Storage
July 25, 2012 1:51:03 PM

When the bigger ones get a little cheaper.LOL
July 25, 2012 1:56:36 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
When the bigger ones get a little cheaper.LOL


Lol! I hear that. How is Kingston's customer service?

I am sorry I am asking soooo many questions. This is my first time on a forum and having such a wealth of knowledge from people who are willing to give it is rather awesome. Thanks for your patience.
a c 157 G Storage
July 25, 2012 1:58:00 PM

Never had an issue with my 2 so i'm not sure.
July 25, 2012 1:59:41 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Never had an issue with my 2 so i'm not sure.


I see. Well. It is happening then.

Thanks again for all of your help.
July 25, 2012 2:04:13 PM

You should also consider the OCZ Vertex 4 128GB.It just gets amazing driver support form OCZ i mean i dont know another SSD that got so much better after updates.If they keep updating it it might just become the fastest SSD out there (it might already be).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 157 G Storage
July 25, 2012 2:09:29 PM

Indilinx < Altered Marvell controller in the OCZ 4
a c 157 G Storage
July 25, 2012 2:09:41 PM

Decent drive but i like the samsung an crucial the best.
July 25, 2012 2:24:43 PM

Weren't there some super deals on the M4 recently? So it does happen. . .
a c 157 G Storage
July 25, 2012 2:25:04 PM

M4 ...last week they had some deals.
July 25, 2012 2:45:24 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
M4 ...last week they had some deals.


Yeah. I believe it was $71.99 for an M4. Wish I would have taken that while I had the chance. Thought it would stay a little longer.
July 25, 2012 2:54:34 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Indilinx < Altered Marvell controller in the OCZ 4


Kamen_BG said:
You should also consider the OCZ Vertex 4 128GB.It just gets amazing driver support form OCZ i mean i dont know another SSD that got so much better after updates.If they keep updating it it might just become the fastest SSD out there (it might already be).

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


The updates are a plus... but I have also read that they can be the drive's downfall. I am not a seasoned computer pro. I am just starting out as a matter of fact so I don't know how friendly that would be to me.

I am just so nervous to buy that Hyper X in fear of it failing. Honestly, I am fearful of any SSD. They all seem to have problems.
a c 157 G Storage
July 25, 2012 3:04:42 PM

Then buy the M4.
July 25, 2012 4:11:11 PM

Or the Samsung 830. Had mine (128) a few months and no problems. No failures reported on Gnu-egg.

I think I saw the M4 for $99 ? for 24 hours. Or was it $109. This was the 128.
July 25, 2012 8:36:11 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
http://www.gadgetneeds.net/contact/

If this is the contact support,stay away!


So I had finally decided to ditch the 1TB WD Black Caviar I was going to buy and instead of one SSD, I was going to buy two Hyper X's... I waited too long. :cry:  :cry:  :cry:  :cry: 

I am now over that and accepted that a Crucial M4 with the WD 1 TB will be fine.

When doing a little more research on the Crucial M4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I went to Crucial's web site http://www.crucial.com/store/partspecs.aspx?IMODULE=CT1...

and used their compatibility checker with my ASRock MOBO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The compatibility checker says this M4 is okay: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The two Part numbers:
CT128M4SSD2BAA
CT128M4SSD2

The only difference between the two part numbers is BAA... I previously thought that this difference was that a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter was included.

It said they weren't compatible. I don't see why that is, but do you think that is right??
July 25, 2012 11:36:28 PM

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