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Can't choose SSD at my price points

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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More about choose price points
  1. Crucial m4 $240 or a Samsung 830
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Best answer
    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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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=N82E16820147164
  8. dont forget about the Kingston HyperX at that price point. Blazing fast and reliable IMO. Talking about the non 3K HyperX too.
  9. 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=N82E16820147164

    Not in US. Here it is much more expensive.

    Anonymous 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 :??:
  10. the 3K has 3000 P/E NAND and the non 3k, 5000 P/E NAND

    http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/kingston-hyperx-3k-240gb-sata-iii-ssd-review-better-value-with-incredible-performance/

    HyperX 3K is still awesome IMO the difference in NAND wont matter for the average user.
  11. Best answer selected by gassie.
  12. I think I'll just go with Vertex 4. Thanks everyone!
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