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Which SSD drive should I get?

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#1 vetDirtyLarry

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 17:52

I 110% admit, I have not followed the world of PC hardware for quite some time now, but I finally am going to upgrade to a SSD it looks like. I will mainly install my OS on it, and keep a few choice games on Steam. The rest I will just install on my normal HD. So a 120GB is good enough for me.

 

So which is the more reliable brand? And more importantly, which will I have less of a hassle installing?

 

Samsung 840 Series 2.5 inch 120GB SATA III internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD120BW
 
Kingston Digital 120GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 (7mm height) with Adapter Solid State Drive 2.5-Inch SV300S37A/120G
 
There is only a $10 difference between the two, so that is not really an issue.
 
My plan would be to start fully from scratch with either more than likely, doubt I need to reimage them or anything along those lines, and just do a fresh install of (probably finally) Windows 8, and copy over the files I need manually.
 
My motherboard is an EVGA X58 SLI, which is definitely up there in age these days.
 
Now the major thing to keep in mind, is I really do not use this PC all that often as an actual "work" computer. I stream movies from it to my PS3, and I occasionally game on it. So the best of the best is not a requirement for myself anymore. I just feel like I should finally make the plunge to an SSD, and the price is finally "right" for me to do so.
 
So which one?



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 17:55

Samsung, hand down. I might actually get that. :laugh:



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 17:56

Samsung....



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 19:05

Thanks all.
I see there is actually a newer version of the samsung for $99, does it make sense to upgrade to it?
http://www.amazon.co...=dp_ob_title_ce

#5 Mindovermaster

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 19:08

Yeah, EVO series are good, too. A little more pricey, but with $9 more, you can't go wrong.



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 19:08

Can't comment on the Kingston, but put me in the "me too" category for Samsung, have three of their 840 Pro's in a couple machines, very pleased with them thus far.



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 19:11

I have both of these (kind of). I put in a 250GB 840 into my wife's laptop and Kingston 120GB on my own desktop (less than a month ago, bought it for $80 too). I can't say anything bad about either.

 

I think Samsung offers longer warranty and came with everything needed (adapters, cables etc.) in the box whereas Kingston was just the HDD packages like a sd card (with sata cable).

 

They work, pick whichever and you should be ok.

 

Edit: Aah, now I remember. This samsung variant is also just the drive minus extra tray and laptop mounts. It's those letters in the series (BW vs something I have).



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 19:17

The Kingston is SandForce based, so definitely don't get that one.

The Samsung 840 has really crappy write speeds, so I wouldn't get that one either.

 

The 840 Evo is massively better than the 840 with write speeds, so I'd go with that one.



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 19:30

One SSD maker I also like is Plextor

 

http://www.amazon.co...rds=plextor ssd

 

Mainly for their 5 year warranty on their SSD drives.



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 19:30

samsung



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 19:30

I'd go for the Samsung one too. Actually, I already did. :p I've got the 250GB 840 SSD; love it, not had any issues since I bought it in December. :)



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 19:32

 

The Kingston is SandForce based, so definitely don't get that one.
The Samsung 840 has really crappy write speeds, so I wouldn't get that one either.
 
The 840 Evo is massively better than the 840 with write speeds, so I'd go with that one.

 

That's a bit misleading saying the Samsung 840 has really crappy write speeds. If your comparing numbers then yes I guess you could say that, however in REAL world usage for the average user, I doubt very much you would notice any difference,

I have one in my pc, replaced my HDD as my o/s drive & it's amazingly fast.

However if there's not much difference in price compared to the evo, I would go with that.. Always good to go with the latest tech.

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 19:44

Samsung crappy write speeds? My Samsung 830 writes about 380MB/s on average and writes at 490MB/s on SATA3 connections, that's hardly "crappy" compared to a mechanical hard drive (note: this is AVERAGE speeds, as benchmarked)



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 19:54

Maybe he hooked it up to a SATA 1



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Posted 01 October 2013 - 20:00

Kingston is a curse that is best avoided.

 

Low quality and higher fail rate.