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Trying to decide between Samsung 830 and Crucial M4

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August 29, 2012 6:50:42 PM

I've decided to upgrade my desktop and laptop. The problem is I don't know which drive to buy. I'm looking at the 256GB and 512GB options for Samsung 830 and Crucial M4. The Crucial drives are a good bit cheaper, but are the Samsung drives noticeably better?

I don't need the best performance on my laptop, but I would like more capacity since I don't have another drive bay and I'm stuck with USB 2 ports only.

I use both computers for software development, but I use the desktop more. I play games and occasionally work in Photoshop on the desktop as well.

Any advice would be appreciated.
August 29, 2012 8:19:16 PM

The 830 generally outpace the Crucial's m4. That being said, both are fast I don't think you could go wrong with either drive.
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August 30, 2012 1:36:08 AM

I normally recommend Samsung 830 first and Crucial m4 second.

I maintain the ssd database listed in the sticky at the very top of this forum section:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/data-storage/ssd-database.ht...

Scroll down to the Crucial and Samsung sections where you will find links to technical reviews of both products.
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August 30, 2012 5:07:18 AM

Both are very good drives. I would say get the largest capacity drive at the lowest possible price.

Here is a link to 2 pages of excellent daily deals, sales, and special promotions:

http://www.logicbuy.com/categorydeals/computers/hard-dr...

The sales and prices change every day. Sometimes you have to check every day until what you want is available at a rock bottom price.
August 30, 2012 5:13:14 AM

JohnnyLucky said:
I normally recommend Samsung 830 first and Crucial m4 second.

I maintain the ssd database listed in the sticky at the very top of this forum section:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/data-storage/ssd-database.ht...

Scroll down to the Crucial and Samsung sections where you will find links to technical reviews of both products.

PSU Recommended List, PSU Lemon List, and SSD's?

NICE JOB JOHNNY! :sol: 
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August 30, 2012 5:39:16 AM

amuffin - Thanks! They're more detailed versions of the main hardware reviews database:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/reviews/index.html

I check 75 web sites for hardware reviews almost daily. I've got it down to a science and can get everything done in one hour or less. There are two exceptions - the Intel and AMD motherboard databases. They are in need of a serious updates. Once updated they'll be easy to maintain.
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a c 289 G Storage
August 30, 2012 6:25:34 AM

four4magicparts - If you are in the USA the Crucial m4 is not necessarily less expensive than the Samsung 830. For example, today the m4 128GB is $99.99 and free shipping while the Samsung 830 128GB is $96.49 and free shipping:

http://www.logicbuy.com/categorydeals/computers/hard-dr...

The prices change daily. I've seen both for a little less.

A few days ago the Samsung 830 256GB was on sale for $189.99 while the Crucial m4 256GB was $179.99.

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