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Which SSD to choose?

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January 19, 2013 7:32:01 PM

I've done a little research how are prices of SSD drives in my area (middle Europe). I don't know which SSD performs better, I'd really like to know how they're ordered by performance, if anyone knows :)  I'll be doing mostly gaming, nothing fancy with program or video/audio editing.

Also, can somebody tell me which SSD is the best value for money?
All my choices are around 120GB, becouse for my budget (around 100€) that is the best I can get + windows, programs and games will all fit in there, that's the most important thing for me. :) 

Help: 1€ = 1,33$

List of SSD's (sorted by price):

Kingston V300 120GB - 91€
Samsung 840 Series 120GB - 95€
OCZ Vertex 3 120GB - 99€
OCZ Agility 4 120GB - 100€
Corsair Force3 120GB - 101€
Kingston V+200 120GB - 102€
Intel 330 Series 120GB - 103€
Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB - 107€
OCZ Agility 3 120 GB - 108€
SanDisk G25 Extreme 120GB - 108€
Crucial m4 128GB - 110€

Any advice would be helpfull. I just don't know how to compare SSD's, hence they're relatively new to the market and I can't find any objective benchmarks to sort them out.

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a c 323 G Storage
January 19, 2013 7:59:50 PM

All of them benchmark fairly close. The most reliable brands the last few years has been Samsung, Intel and Crucial. You will not notice a difference between any of them in actual use.

Personally, if it were me buying, I would go with the Samsung 840 based on its performance for the money. HERE is a comparison on many different models (at the bottom).
January 19, 2013 8:28:45 PM

I saw that, but how to know which generation SandForce SSD is it and if it's Toggle NAND, Async ONFi NAND or Sync ONFi NAND? What does it mean and how can I find out which SSD drive has which?

Aren't there differences in read/write speeds and IOPS noticable?
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a c 323 G Storage
January 19, 2013 8:39:03 PM

You will not notice the difference between any of those drives in normal use.

I use many drives, as I always test them for a while after builds before delivery, and there is almost no difference between an older Vertex 2 and RAIDed pair of Samsung 840 Pro's as far as running normal applications and typical daily use. The only time that differences really become apparent is doing large sequential writes with apps like video editing on large files.

Take a look at LuckyJohnny's SSD database HERE for information on the specific NAND types in each drive.

a b G Storage
January 19, 2013 8:44:53 PM

I´d go with Crucial m4 128GB - 110€, which uses MLC NAND, while the Samsung 840 goes with TLC NAND, which apart from be slower, wears out faster.
a b G Storage
January 19, 2013 9:01:32 PM

I would go with the Crucial m4 too, not the fastest SSD out there, but they are very reliable. If you are looking for speed, the Samsung 840Pro is the way to go and mine have proven to be reliable so far.
a c 323 G Storage
January 19, 2013 9:19:46 PM

Cesn said:
Thank you both, it helped a lot. Can you just help me in which tier to put these drives:
Kingston V300 120GB,
Kingston V+200 120GB and
SanDisk G25 Extreme 120GB

according to this link
I would rate those three i this order SanDisk G25 Extreme 120GB(tier 3)>Kingston V300 120GB>Kingston V+200 120GB(tier 7).