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Samsung 840 vs. 840 Pro SSD

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November 5, 2012 12:21:50 PM

The Pro will really only benefit you if you do a lot of large sequential writes, like a video editing scratch disk.

Personally, I would still go with an 830 on Black Friday when you'll get a 256Gb for about what the 840 Pro is listed at now. The 830 will be every bit as fast except on benchmarks and it is a time tested model.
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November 5, 2012 12:27:30 PM

arcticle said:
Which should I buy? Is the extra $50 for the Pro justified?

840: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
840 Pro: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The 840 is in a weird position - it's direct competitor would be the 830, which has very comparable specs, except the 830 has better sequential write. And you can find the 128gb for $100, just a bit cheaper than the 840. And TLC seems 'iffy'.

To me, if you're going to go with the 840, you might as well go with the Pro version - that'd be a real step up from the 830.

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November 5, 2012 12:34:59 PM

I wouldn't consider the 840 vanilla if the 830 can still be purchased.
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November 5, 2012 1:30:38 PM

I do not recommend purchasing a Samsung 840 or 840 Pro at this time. Both are brand new. In fact the official release date is tomorrow. Neither one has had a chance to establish a track record. I recommend waiting 6 months to see if any problems or issues develop. I am sure eventually the 840 series will be another great product from Samsung.

In the meatime, I recommend the Samsung 830 which has a stellar record. Performance and reliability are very good. There have been some great sale prices.
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November 5, 2012 1:43:08 PM

I think I will wait until the 830 goes on sale then... I DO plan on really only saving games, music, and my operating system to my SSD. I am not going to be "writing" very much on my SSD then I assume? So what I should be looking for is a high "read"?
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November 5, 2012 1:54:57 PM

Samsung created the 840 for home users, but every normal user shouldn't feel the difference between 840 and 840 Pro.
So go with the 830 or 840, what you can get cheaper, but JohnnyLucky is right the 830 is really known reliable.
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November 5, 2012 2:13:02 PM

arcticle said:
I think I will wait until the 830 goes on sale then... I DO plan on really only saving games, music, and my operating system to my SSD. I am not going to be "writing" very much on my SSD then I assume? So what I should be looking for is a high "read"?
Good choice. The 830 is a great drive, if you can get a 256Gb drive around $150 on a holiday sale, that would be great for a drive that Tom's rates as first tier: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-recommendation-...
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November 9, 2012 7:49:19 AM

840 has better battery figures - consumes less juice!
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November 23, 2012 9:38:45 AM

Supposedly the 256GB 840 with Far Cry 3 is supposed to be on sale for this Black Friday for several days for $169.00. I say supposedly because I have yet to find a merchant selling it and I have checked Best Buy, Walmart, TigerDirect, NewEgg, Target, and Amazon (Amazon does have the 256GB 840 TLC without Far Cry 3 for $169.00 as of 30 minutes ago).

I have tried calling Samsung Wednesday and e-mailing them to ask where to get the package deal. No answer on the phone or to the e-mail. Maybe they let people leave early. It was like 2pm US Central time when I tried contacting them.

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November 30, 2012 12:01:05 PM

I bought that package a few days ago... Bahaha. Thanks for the feedback though!
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November 30, 2012 12:01:13 PM

Best answer selected by Arcticle.
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