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SDD Samsung 840 vs Intel 330 Price difference worth?

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November 7, 2012 11:02:01 AM


Hi,

I ran in to these prices when looking for an SDD to buy.
Ideally around 200 GB is what I want as that is the current size of my OS's partition.
However I think I could live perfectly with 120GB.

SAMSUNG SSD 840 Series Basic 2.5" - 120 GB (MZ-7TD120BW) 99,79 €

SAMSUNG SSD 840 Series Basic 2,5" - 250 GB (MZ-7TD250BW) 174,99 €

SAMSUNG SSD 830 Series - 256 GB (MZ-7PC256B/WW) 169,99 €

SSD Intel 330 180GB SATA (SSDSC2CT180A3K5) 119,90 €

SSD Intel 335 240GB SATA 6Gb/s (SSDSC2CT240A4K5) 179,90 €

I've read that the 840 series out perform the 330, I was inclined to buy the 330 180GB but then saw the 840 120GB at 99.79, Should I save 20€ take less storage space in favour of better speeds or is the 20€ extra for the 330's extra 60GB worth?

Should I consider any of the other options?

Thanks.

a b G Storage
November 7, 2012 11:32:47 AM

If you watch for deals, the Samsung 830 can come in really cheap (at least here in the states). I picked up a 128 for 70$ last week. They are going to be clearing 830 inventory to make room for the 840 (brand new).

SSD performance is best measured by IOPS IIRC, however the most important factors are really reliability (which both samsung and intel are great choices) and price. If you've got the patience, I would watch for deals on the 830.

There are some tricks to making the most of your SSD space too. If you relocate your win7 libraries to a location other than C:\Users\Me\Documents etc, and some of these tips: http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/... you can minimize the size of your install. Using the command line utility "mklink /d" will let you move programs back and forth between SSD and HDD without reinstalling.
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a c 283 G Storage
November 7, 2012 12:30:50 PM

The Samsung 840 Series SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd's are brand new. In fact, yesterday was the official release date. Although I am confident the 840 and 840 Pro will be excellent ssd's they does not yet have a proven track record like the Samsung 830. As usual, I recommend waiting 6 months before purchasing to see if any problems develop.

The Samsung 830 is the drive I recommend. It has a stellar track record for performance and reliability. There have been some excellent sales lately.

I maintain the ssd database listed in the sticky at the very top of this ssd section. Here is the link:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/data-storage/ssd-database.ht...

Scroll down to the brands and models you are interested in and follow the links to the technical reviews.
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