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Intel 330 Series or Samsung 840 Series or Plextor PX-128M5S or SanDisk

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December 18, 2012 10:26:59 PM

Hi Guys,
Im looking to get a SSD and these three are all around the same price range with the plextor being $4 more =P but adding 8GB

here is the list:
Intel 330 Series 120GB SSD $105
Samsung 840 Series 120GB SSD $105
Plextor PX-128M5S 128GB SSD $109
SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB $99

I am mainly planning to use it for my OS windows 7, some gaming and photoshop, maybe some music/sound and HD video editing
Thanks!

Also i have heard that you should leave around 20% of space on your SSD, is this true and why?
Thanks!
a b G Storage
December 19, 2012 12:09:32 AM

Yes, it is very true! Because SSDs doesn´t work properly at its maximum storage capacity.

I´d go with Samsung 840 Series 120GB SSD $105
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December 19, 2012 7:53:41 AM

Thanks for the reply!

Why would you go with the 840? I have heard it uses a cheaper build and the write speeds don't look as good, not that is a major downfall for what i plan to use it for

Also do you know the technical reason why their performance decreases? and specifically why 20% :na: 
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a b G Storage
December 19, 2012 10:39:11 AM

Actually let me correct that.

It is not that the Samsung 840 uses cheaper build -- it uses the newest TLC NAND tech -- TLC stands for Triple Level Cell flash http://www.anandtech.com/show/5067/understanding-tlc-na...

Intel 330 Series and Plextor PX-128M5S use MLC NAND (Multi-Level Cell), which actually is faster than TLC [Older SSDs use Single-Level Cell (SLC).]

TLC increases the number of bits per cell, providing 50% more storage capacity than MLC, but it should be cheaper, as there is a concern regarding to TLC performance and endurance http://www.anandtech.com/show/6459/samsung-ssd-840-test...

So, there should be, at least in theory, around a 30% difference in price between Samsung 840 Series and Intel 330 Series (and Plextor PX-128M5S), but they all are basically priced the same, according to your price research. Thus Intel 330 Series and Plextor PX-128M5S are better choice than the Samsung 840.

Nonetheless I can not tell you which deal is the better between Intel 330 Series and Plextor PX-128M5S, because I do not know the Plextor SSD, so I´d recommend you the Intel.

On the other hand, I have myself a Samsung 830 128 GB, which is a very good SSD -- it is a little bit better than the Intel 330 Series 120GB (I do not know the price differences in your location tough) http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/589?vs=533&i=260...

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a b G Storage
December 19, 2012 11:53:07 AM

I had used the Samsung 830s whenever I need to install a SSD - the 840 Pro has better write specs but it's about $40-50 more for 128GB. My experience with the 830 was that they're incredibly reliable and very fast.

If you're installing in a desktop motherboard with SATAIII ports, I would splurge for the 840 Pro or the Intel 520 - $30-50 is nothing in over the long term and the write performance difference is ridiculous.
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December 19, 2012 11:18:26 PM

Thanks for all the responses guys!
I think i am going to go with the Intel 330, as it seems to have good benchmarks from what i can find and intel are normally fairly reliable and they seem a fairly good software set and the actual material build quailty is better than the samsung, which is probably the only thing stoping me from getting it

Just incase anyone finds this and wants to know the benchmarks of the SSD's they are:
Intel 330: AS-SSD seq READ -- 473 mb/s
AS-SSD seq WRITE -- avg 130 mb/s -->
Samsung 840 120GB : AS-SSD seq READ -- 504.5 MB/s
AS-SDD seq WRITE -- 125.5 MB/s -->
Plextor PX-128M5S 128GB: Seq. Read: 263.03 MB/s
Seq. Write: 195.34 MB/s
4K Random Read: 21.98 MB/s - 4k Random Write: 42.01 MB/s - 4Kto64 Random Read: 154.66 MB/s - 4Kto64 Random Write: 55.74 MB/s -->
SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 120GB: AS-SDD seq READ -- 444.63 MB/s
AS-SDD seq WRITE -- 149.16 MB/s -->

All these HDD's were from ww.pccasegear.com and in the same price range hense why i was asking for them, because it can be abit hard to be fussy in Australia as we don't get all the stock :cry: 
But thanks for the help! Thought i might get a quick responce from the community from the knowledge and experience! :D 
jemm said:
Actually let me correct that.

It is not that the Samsung 840 uses cheaper build -- it uses the newest TLC NAND tech -- TLC stands for Triple Level Cell flash http://www.anandtech.com/show/5067/understanding-tlc-na...

Intel 330 Series and Plextor PX-128M5S use MLC NAND (Multi-Level Cell), which actually is faster than TLC [Older SSDs use Single-Level Cell (SLC).]

TLC increases the number of bits per cell, providing 50% more storage capacity than MLC, but it should be cheaper, as there is a concern regarding to TLC performance and endurance http://www.anandtech.com/show/6459/samsung-ssd-840-test...

So, there should be, at least in theory, around a 30% difference in price between Samsung 840 Series and Intel 330 Series (and Plextor PX-128M5S), but they all are basically priced the same, according to your price research. Thus Intel 330 Series and Plextor PX-128M5S are better choice than the Samsung 840.

Nonetheless I can not tell you which deal is the better between Intel 330 Series and Plextor PX-128M5S, because I do not know the Plextor SSD, so I´d recommend you the Intel.

On the other hand, I have myself a Samsung 830 128 GB, which is a very good SSD -- it is a little bit better than the Intel 330 Series 120GB (I do not know the price differences in your location tough) http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/589?vs=533&i=260...
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December 20, 2012 5:31:09 AM

Best answer selected by deltoran.
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