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Crucial M4 128GB vs Samsung 830 128GB

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September 23, 2012 6:52:40 PM

About to build a new system. I'm looking at using one of the two SSDs listed below. They are very close in price. The Samsung appears to have higher sequential read and write speeds and higher IOPS speeds.

Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 128GB SATA III MLC
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 128GB SATA III MLC

I've read a lot of comments regarding these drives but would still appreciate any comments regarding comparative reliability, performance, firmware update issues, etc. of these two drives.
a b Ô Samsung
a b G Storage
September 24, 2012 12:29:40 AM

I would recommend the Samsung 830 it is fast and reliable, also power consumption is good.
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September 24, 2012 12:41:35 AM

Samsung 830's are great. I was really impressed with mine. The software that came with it is exceptional. I vote for the Samsung.
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a b Ô Samsung
a c 107 G Storage
September 24, 2012 12:41:51 AM

Both drives are very reliable and although the Samsung is faster you would not be able to tell it using them side by side. At the same or close to the same price the Samsung would be my choice. If the Crucial was more than a few dollars cheaper I would get it.
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September 27, 2012 12:10:07 AM

Thanks to all for their responses. I grabbed a Samsung 830 256 GB on sale today at Newegg for $170. Pushed me over budget by about $50 compared to the 830 128 GB but has twice the capacity and from what I understand will perform slightly better than the 128 GB. Will be paired with a i5 3750k CPU on a ASRock Pro 4-M micro ATX MB and 8 GB DDR3 1600 RAM. Win 7 OS.

First time using a SSD so I need to do the research about setting it up properly. Know about setting AHCI in BIOS prior to OS install and disabling other mechanical drive settings (some should be disabled automatically when Win 7 is installed) but would appreciate any advice on proper setup and optimization.
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September 27, 2012 12:18:54 AM

highcountryrider said:
Thanks to all for their responses. I grabbed a Samsung 830 256 GB on sale today at Newegg for $170. Pushed me over budget by about $50 compared to the 830 128 GB but has twice the capacity and from what I understand will perform slightly better than the 128 GB. Will be paired with a i5 3750k CPU on a ASRock Pro 4-M micro ATX MB and 8 GB DDR3 1600 RAM. Win 7 OS.

First time using a SSD so I need to do the research about setting it up properly. Know about setting AHCI in BIOS prior to OS install and disabling other mechanical drive settings (some should be disabled automatically when Win 7 is installed) but would appreciate any advice on proper setup and optimization.


256GB Samsung 830 :o  , I'm drooling! I have the 64GB but I just use it as a system drive.

Anyway, I recommend just running the software that is in the box with your SSD. And make sure TRIM is enabled but it should be by default. The software has a performance tuning utility included with it.
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a b Ô Samsung
a c 180 G Storage
September 27, 2012 2:09:42 AM

Both fantastic choices!
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September 27, 2012 2:20:04 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Both fantastic choices!

Thanks but I'm a bit confused. Is that in response to my original post?
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a b Ô Samsung
a c 180 G Storage
September 27, 2012 2:32:32 AM

Yes, both are fantastic lines of SSD , you would be happy with either.
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September 27, 2012 2:52:03 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Yes, both are fantastic lines of SSD , you would be happy with either.

As I stated in a earlier reply I've purchased the Samsung 830 256GB. Hopefully I will be able to post back here after the system is up and running with some in use information.
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October 4, 2012 12:21:12 AM

Best answer selected by highcountryrider.
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