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Crucial M4 256gb now, or Samsung 830 later?

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December 28, 2012 10:40:40 PM

Hello forums,

I was about to order for my first build and I came across the M4 Crucial for $160.

My original plan was to buy A WD Caviar Black 1TB, then get an ssd down the line, preferably a Samsung 830, but if I can get this one now, I can get into fast speeds immediately rather than wait.

So, should I get the M4 Crucial now and wait on the 1TB since I only plan on installing a few games at a time with my OS, or should I get the Caviar Black now and wait until February for the Samsung 830 to go back in stock?

Thank you for any advice you can give me.
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a c 107 G Storage
December 28, 2012 11:11:10 PM

The 830 has been replaced with the 840/840 Pro. I would not count on it coming back in stock since it's not made any more.

It would be easier to get the SSD now and only have to install Windows once. The Crucial has long been one of the most reliable drive on the market as well. It's not the fastest drive out there but it's faster than any mechanical drive.
December 29, 2012 12:26:52 AM

So, would you suggest the 840 250gb for $180, or the Crucial M4 256gb for $160?
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December 29, 2012 1:01:02 AM

anort3 said:
The 830 has been replaced with the 840/840 Pro. I would not count on it coming back in stock since it's not made any more.

It would be easier to get the SSD now and only have to install Windows once. The Crucial has long been one of the most reliable drive on the market as well. It's not the fastest drive out there but it's faster than any mechanical drive.


Sorry to double post, but the offer on the Crucial M4 ends tonight, so would it be better to pick up that one, or get the 840 not-pro?

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December 29, 2012 1:19:15 AM
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I would probably pick up the Samsung. You would probably never be able to tell the difference between the two though except in benchmarks or in a side by side comparison. So really either drive is a great choice. The Samsung is a newer drive though and faster overall and would be worth $20 more in my opinion.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/ssd-charts-2012/comp...

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/355?vs=678
December 29, 2012 1:26:31 AM

anort3 said:
I would probably pick up the Samsung. You would probably never be able to tell the difference between the two though except in benchmarks or in a side by side comparison. So really either drive is a great choice. The Samsung is a newer drive though and faster overall and would be worth $20 more in my opinion.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/ssd-charts-2012/comp...

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/355?vs=678


Alright, thanks for the insight. Since I won't be able to order in the next hour, I will shoot for the 840 tomorrow. BTW, before I select best answer, could you please tell me how much of a difference TLC NAND (Samsung) makes vs MLC (Crucial)?
a b Ô Samsung
a c 107 G Storage
December 29, 2012 1:51:06 AM

Theoretically TLC will not last as long. A half full Samsung 840 having 50GB of data written to it every day will still last 10 years though and you could never write 50GB a day to one unless you were testing it or it was in a data center somewhere. It's also slower and that's why the 840 Pro is more expensive.

These explain better than I ever could.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5067/understanding-tlc-na...

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6337/samsung-ssd-840-250g...
December 29, 2012 2:37:22 AM

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