Samsung 830 vs Crucial M4

I am new to the SSD world, never used one before but want to give it a try. I am looking for a balance between cost, speed and reliability and narrowed it down to these two. I'm buying tomorrow.

Which one should I get, is there anything else I should know before buying?

system specs if that matters...

Antec DF-85
MSI Z68A-GD65 G3
Core i5 2500K
Kingston HyperX 8GB
Radeon 5850 (upgrading this as well to 7950)
Seagate 500GB 7200 SATA2
Corsair TX750 V2
Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit
24" LCD Samsung 1920x1200
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    Honestly, I don't think you'll notice a difference between either. both are fast and reliable. Between the two I'd go with the Samsung just because it's newer design. But in actuality, I went with Vertex 4 because I wanted to see how the new controller was. Supposedly it's in the same class as the Samsung and the Crucial.
  2. Samsung SSD are very reliable from what I hear, I would definitely choose Samsung of the two.

    I use a Corsair GS and very happy with it mine, it's fast and reliable, I'd recommend one for sure. SSD don't die as easily as people make it sound like from my usage of them; so your should not have to worry about life span alot and they will both be pretty fast.

  3. I have a Samsung 830 in my Notebook and can recommend it. It is really fast and reliable. After replacing my Sandforce 2 based device I can use sleep mode again :)
  4. I have an 128GB M4 and it performs great, but last night it kinda failed. I bought it in August 2011. Got a response from Crucial that it might be a garbage collection issue and that it needs to sit in an idle state for 8-24 hours to possible correct the issue.

    I'd go with the 830 just based on this failure. Either drive is probably fine though. I haven't read of anything like this on the 830 (although I hadn't heard of this problem on an M4 before either)
  5. Best answer selected by knight_40k.
  6. Thanks guys. Picked up Samsung 830/Gigabyte 7950 yesterday and did a fresh install of windows, very impressed with the performance of SSD, this is what I've been missing!
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