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Which SSD to pick?

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November 23, 2012 5:55:45 PM

I'm thinking of buying a ~120GB SSD and I would like some comments on which one to get.

I've come up with the following list:

Kingston V+200 120GB 82€
Kingston V300 120GB 98€
Intel 330 120GB 89€
Crucial m4 128GB 92€
OCZ Agility 4 128GB 99€
Samsung 840 120GB 99€
Samsung 830 128GB 99€
Kingston HyperX 3K 97€

Note that the prices are the cheapest I've been able to find in my country (Slovenia) considering shipping costs. So far my first option is the Samsung 830, as it seems to be a proven SSD with good reviews.

Here are also my specs:

Intel i7 920
Nvidia 660Ti
Asus P6T
6GB RAM

I'm aware that my mobo only has 3GB/s SATA ports, but I probably won't be upgrading it until I get a new CPU.

Thanks for any input!

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November 23, 2012 6:43:20 PM

Any would work well and opinions vary, but my preferred order would be Intel, Samsung (the 830 over the 840 until it has been out a while), then the Crucial.

You won't be doing a lot of large sequential reads and writes, so 3Gb/s will seem no different than 6Gb/s ports in real use.
November 23, 2012 9:48:17 PM

I would skip the Crucial and the OCZ. Due to the mediocre benchs as well as the controller. It all depends on what you do with your computer. Kingston will do great for most applications. Here is the best comparison for real world applications.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/storage/
Enjoy!!
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November 23, 2012 10:40:36 PM

^ Disagree on Crucial m4s. I have 2 ea in i5-2410m laptop and 2 ea Samsun 830s in desktop i5-2500K. There is difference in benchmarks, agreed - But When it comes to real usage - There is NO real noticeable difference.

For that matter, what counts is reliability and least user problems. Performance is not normally a deal breaker when it comes to real life day-to-day usage

My choice would be for the Samsung 830 or Crucial M4 (which ever is cheapest).
The Samsung 840 would be a great choice, but has not been out long enough
The Vertex 4 is similar in that it is has not been out long enough, Plus it would be my last choice of the ones I've mentioned.

Have 3 M4's, 3 830's, 2 Agility IIIs, two Intel's + plus 3 other older ones.

Added:
Link from xlab on Plextor: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/storage/display/plexto...
Looking at PCMark there is ONLY 5% diff between slowest listed to fastest listed drive - user will hardly see a 5% diff
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November 24, 2012 12:09:03 AM

Get the Samsung 840 120GB for 99€ -- you´ll not regret that! :) 

No worry about the 3GB/s SATA port.
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