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September 11, 2012 5:54:57 PM

Hello, I'm having a lot of trouble choosing 256 gb SSD. Here is list of SSDs I'm thinking about and their prices on my location:

OCZ Agility 4 $180
Crucial m4 $240
OCZ Vertex 4 $250
Plextor M5S $260
Samsung 320 $300

From reading reviews and forum posts most suitable ssd would be Samsung but I'm not sure if high price is worth it. Performance/price wise best choice would be Agility 4, is it really that unreliable and are there statistics that really shows that? Or should I just go with one of in $240-$260 range. Oh, it will be my first SSD and primary usage is for gaming. Cheers!
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September 11, 2012 7:30:13 PM

Crucial m4 $240 or a Samsung 830
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September 12, 2012 6:15:38 AM

So it's worth paying $60 more for m4 and $120 more for samsung? And Vertex 4 and M5S aren't good for gaming? Thanks.
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September 12, 2012 6:35:02 AM

The M4 is getting a bit dated, but it still a solid SSD which has been proven over time. Definitely don't go with the Agility 4. It uses cheaper NAND which causes a severe write performance hit due to the Indilinx controller lacking the same sort of compression technology that SandForce had. The Vertex 4 is fine, but for an average user, it may be better to go with a more reliable option like the Samsung 830 or Crucial M4. The Samsung 830 is a very solid drive, which I'd take in a heartbeat if cost was no object. The Plextor M5S doesn't look like anything special compared to the old M3 that it replaces. I'd probably take the M4 overall, but if you do want to shell out the money, the Samsung 830 is a better (and equally reliable) drive.
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September 12, 2012 6:40:41 AM

I personally would go for the Vertex 4. The 830 is fairly good as well, but wouldn't go for the Crucial M4 as its a bit old now.
Would avoid the Agility, its OCZ mid-range product and doesnt perform as well as the others listed. Great choice if pure $/GB is the goal.
Dont know enough about the Plextor M5S to make judgement.
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September 12, 2012 8:33:47 AM

aicom said:
The Vertex 4 is fine, but for an average user, it may be better to go with a more reliable option like the Samsung 830 or Crucial M4.

Will I need to update firmware (on first time/often) for Vertex 4 and 830 is plug in and forget?
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September 12, 2012 8:40:36 AM

Vertex 4 has some firmware updates on it that improve performance. You dont need to constantly update though, mines still running 1.4. Just update it when you get it and leave it at that.
Not sure about the 830, but I would assume it has had firmware updates.
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September 12, 2012 4:22:32 PM

dont forget about the Kingston HyperX at that price point. Blazing fast and reliable IMO. Talking about the non 3K HyperX too.
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September 12, 2012 5:10:20 PM

mad-max79 said:
I would recommend Samsung 830, the drive is reliable and fast enough. But yes Samsung made two firmware updates since they launched the last year, price is not $300 like mentioned in first post.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not in US. Here it is much more expensive.

AlienIsGOD said:
dont forget about the Kingston HyperX at that price point. Blazing fast and reliable IMO. Talking about the non 3K HyperX too.


Only 3k Hyperx 240 GB available here. Same as Vertex 4 at $250. Now this is even more confusing :??: 
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September 12, 2012 7:17:24 PM

Best answer selected by gassie.
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September 12, 2012 7:20:51 PM

I think I'll just go with Vertex 4. Thanks everyone!
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