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I've read that the Samsung 830 tends to perform TRIM operation when idle unlike Sandforce based controllers which tend to do it more on the fly.

Apparently this can cause an apparent performance drop?

Taking this into consideration, would I be better off with a Vertex 2 over a Samsung 830?

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Highly recommend against the Vertex 2. It's probably OCZ's worst SSD in terms of reliability. If you have the choice of the Vertex 4, go with that. Otherwise, go with the Samsung.

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I've heard nothing but bad things about OCZ SSD's. Admittedly though, I've never used them. I always highly recommend Corsair Force GT SSD's. I have wanted to try one of the new Samsung's though because they are supposed to be really good.

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Any more thoughts?

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I have a Samsung 840. It's my first SSD and I really love it so far sooo much faster then my HDD!!!

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Unless your system is incredibly busy, or your SSD is very full all the time, I'm not sure doing trim operations other than at idle is actually a good idea. This will only come into play if you do keep the drive both busy and constantly near full capacity (with non-static data changing regularly) all the time, honestly. I've got some 830s, and a few variants of other drives based on Sandforce controllers, and I've not found any issues at all with performance that would come back to being TRIM-related. I have found 240/256GB and larger drives perform better than their smaller counterparts, but there's a good reason for that. I choose larger drives as well to avoid having a very full drive which can indeed impact performance if the contents change regularly (static data wouldn't be much of an issue even on a very full SSD).

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SSDs from Samsung are considered one of the best, while disks with the Sandforce controller are considered a bit problematic. If you have to choose between Samsung 830 and OCZ Vertex 2, I'd recommend the first one. It's faster and uses its own memory controller. How it performs low level operations such as TRIM is irrelevant - I have not seen people complain about any performance drop after prolonged usage.

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[quote name='Mark' timestamp='1353964576' post='595350748']would I be better off with a Vertex 2 over a Samsung 830?[/quote]
You would have to be mad to choose a Vertex 2 over the Samsung 830!

Apart from being several generations old, it's also one of OCZ's most unreliable drives.

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