Best Overall Reliable SSD's?

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by ZzBloopzZ, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. ZzBloopzZ

    ZzBloopzZ [H]ard|Gawd

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    Hello,

    I have been out of the loop this past few years. I don't game anymore, nor care about benchmarks since I feel most modern SSD's feel fast enough to notice much if any difference in the real world. I am really starting to get more into VMware, and want to pick up a few 500GB-512GB drives. I am currently running VM's on a 2TB RAID 1, and I just want them to be bit more snappy with that sexy fluid SSD feel. What are some overall reliable SSD drives these days?

    Big Samsung fan here, but I heard the 840 series had lots of problems with slowness and random full failures. However, I really like the price of the 850 Evo! I have seen their 500GB for $150 sometimes on SD. Last BF, I picked up a 850 Pro and 480GB Sandisk Extreme Pro (for my dad) and they are running great. Perhaps just stick to these two?

    Also, my fileserver server has it's VM's on a 256GB Crucial M4. There is not much data being written on them since it is just one VM for ZFS and the other for the APC to work. I do have 1-2 256GB Samsung 830's laying around... think I should swap out the Crucial with it? I want this server to chug along for many years to come. :c)

    Thanks!
     
  2. drescherjm

    drescherjm [H]ardForum Junkie

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    All manufacturers will have that.
     
  3. zaniix

    zaniix Gawd

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    I have used several Samsung 850 EVOs with zero issues. I have been and still am a fan.

    Their 500gb drives can be found on sale for as low as $150 every now and then, usually $175 - 200
     
  4. SilverSliver

    SilverSliver Beat It To Deformation

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  5. Zepher

    Zepher [H]ipster Replacement

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    I have all Crucials and they have been working great,
    these are my oldest ones, and the 128GB one was purchased used too,
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    this is my largest one, bought in December of last year when it was on sale for $180 or so,
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  6. ZzBloopzZ

    ZzBloopzZ [H]ard|Gawd

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    OFC, but seemed that the Samsung 840's were unusually high. Especially the vanilla 840's if you look @ Amazon/Newegg reviews.
     
  7. Brian_B

    Brian_B 2[H]4U

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    Most of the big names have 3, if not 5, year warranties on their drives now. Now understandably you don't want to have to use it, but I think it says something when they are willing to back it up for that long.

    I've had good luck with Samsung and Crucial, these guys (along with Intel) source most of their own components and firmware. Everyone else it's almost to commodity status with everyone just putting their sticker on what seems to be mostly off-the-shelf generic SSDs.

    I've heard a lot of stories about OCZ, my first SSD was an OCZ (years ago) and it still works... they are owned by Toshiba now so they may be different than when they played a bit loose to get the top benchmark scores, which is where I think their reliability issues stemmed from.
     
  8. Delitus

    Delitus n00b

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    Intel, without a doubt. In particular, their 730 series are one of the very few drives which implement proper power-loss protection for in-flight data, while also being affordable.
     
  9. cbf123

    cbf123 n00b

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    The downside of Intel is that on most of their consumer-grade drives once you hit the estimated drive life it switches to readonly and you have one reboot cycle to get all your data off before it literally bricks itself. You get SMART warnings before that point though.

    The 750 and the enterprise drives stay in readonly mode permanently instead of suiciding.
     
  10. drescherjm

    drescherjm [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Should this even be a remote concern? I mean under normal desktop workloads I expect my SSDs will last decades before they wear out.
     
  11. SomeGuy133

    SomeGuy133 2[H]4U

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    that just seems idiotic considering the estimated writes are so low.
     
  12. ZzBloopzZ

    ZzBloopzZ [H]ard|Gawd

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    Agreed, crazy indeed!
     
  13. rc3ilynt

    rc3ilynt Limp Gawd

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    I've used Intel, Samsung and sandisk. They're all solid but I find the Samsung and Sandisk extreme pro series to be far superior. The Sandisk gets the nod from me though for their ridiculous 10 year warranty.
     
  14. zaniix

    zaniix Gawd

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    Here you go, current newegg deal on the Crucial 500gb

    Crucial BX100 2.5" 500GB SATA 6Gbps (SATA III) Micron 16nm MLC NAND Internal Solid State Drive
    72 HOURS ONLY **Promotion expires at 11:59PM PT on 9/24/15.
    $154.99
    WITH PROMO CODE
    EMCAXNN29
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...-092215-index-_-InternalSSDs-_-20148946-S2A3Ahttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148946&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=IGNEFL092215&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL092215&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL092215-_-EMC-092215-index-_-InternalSSDs-_-20148946-S2A3A
     
  15. drescherjm

    drescherjm [H]ardForum Junkie

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    One problem with reviews are that a very small percent of users write a review compared to the number of units sold. This would be fine if there was not a negative bias. I expect users to be more likely to report a drive failure than a working fine drive.