Samsung 830 = Most reliable?

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by Lyric Suite, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. Lyric Suite

    Lyric Suite Limp Gawd

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    In terms of stability, firmware integrity, speed consistency at half-capacity and so forth, and for this price range of course. At least, this is the impression i'm getting from people. Would this be correct? I'm about to buy two of these, an 128GB for my desktop and a 64GB for my Lenovo x120e, but before i commit my order i might as well look for one final opinion.
     
  2. Deinos

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    From everything I have read thus far (which has been exhaustive, I am the worst penny pincher of all time lol :D ), it appears to be a pretty close tie between Samsung and Intel, with most of the personal preference being dead even, or a little in favor of the Samsung.

    General consensus is to try and stay away from anything using Sandforce (has problems with TRIM and Garbage Collection over time) and go with anything using Toggle NAND. Toggle NAND seems to appear in fewer consumer level drives, so pickings will be slimmer and more expensive.

    Edit: Let me amend that by also noting that some Sandforce drives do employ Toggle NAND (just to confuse things a little more haha).
     
  3. gjs278

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    are there any intel drives that feature toggle nand?
     
  4. Forceman

    Forceman [H]ardForum Junkie

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    The new Intel drives use a Sandforce controller, so your recommendations kind of offset each other. I think in addition to Intel (because of their validation testing), both the Samsung 830 and the Crucial M4 are considered very solid and reliable drives.
     
  5. Deinos

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    Oh no... didn't know that about the Intel's :( I have been focusing on the Samsungs in particular (following Slickdeals, etc. to keep an eye out on a good price to pull the trigger on a 256gb).

    Is Sandforce still a no go in regards to trim and Garbage Collection in the long run? If so, that is a shame, because the Intel drives were supposed to be pretty decent. Is that Sandforce across their whole product line? or just lower end models?

    Also, for the OP, if you are considering pulling the trigger soon, Fatwallet is showing a deal at TigerDirect for $179.99 http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/hot-deals/1214551/
     
  6. psyside

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    Samsung, Crucial, Plextor, Intel.

    They are very close.
     
  7. Forceman

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    I'm pretty sure all the new Intels use the Sandforce controller, but they did do a lot of additional validation and firmware modification, so if I was going to buy any Sandforce dirve, it would be an Intel. I haven't heard of any issues with reliability with Intel Sandofrce drives either (but I haven't been really looking).
     
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    Aesma [H]ard|Gawd

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    I'd add that 64GB SSDs are not recommended anymore, they cost more per GB and are slower.
     
  9. daglesj

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    Yeah but I picked up a Samsung 830 64GB for a very low price last week (about $70) and its now doing stirling service in a revived Windows 8 laptop.

    Windows 8, all the usual apps you need plus Office and still 40GB free. That's even with an extra 1GB given up for over provisioning.

    Plenty of space for a backup machine and worth it to give another couple of years to an older laptop to make it more fun to use.:)
     
  10. Lyric Suite

    Lyric Suite Limp Gawd

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    I'm buying these in Italy (amazon.it), and here the 128GB goes for 130 euros, where the 64GB goes for 50 euros. Those prices are pretty much perfect for me. I'm putting Linux anyway on my Lenovo so space is not that much of an issue there.

    Anyway, i'm finalizing my order. Useful replies were useful.
     
  11. gjs278

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    by who? I only buy 64gb drives, I hardly use any space and I raid them. in terms of read speed, they are hardly ever slower, it is usually only write speed.

    modern sandforce drives don't have anymore problems than any of the other drives.
     
  12. eloj

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    Maybe you want something like this Toshiba offering. Might break the budget a bit though.
     
  13. lukx

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    so it's better to get samsung over intel 320 mlc 160GB ?
     
  14. Forceman

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    I would.
     
  15. JoeComp

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    For quality, the top SSD choices are Plextor and Samsung. Plextor has the edge on quality, but Samsung has the edge on value (i.e., good quality at a low price).