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Best SSDs For The Money: August 2012 (Archive)

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kalmquist

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"We only recommend SSDs we've actually used."

Is that why you don't mention Crucial's MX100 line? With the current pricing on the 256GB and 512GB MX100 drives, it's hard to justify buying anything else at those capacity points.
 
I agree with kalmquist. At the price of the MX100 it is tempting to buy a 512GB SSD. (never would have said that last year)

MX100 256GB is ~$115 and the 512GB is $215. Hard to beat those prices.
 

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leaving out the mx100 here actially spoils the list i think. please update after a test, i have seen it perform practically on par with samsungs evo but being even cheaper. this drive i think is the way to go for 500gb and up at the moment.
 

Sakkura

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As the others have said, the Crucial MX100 is a MAJOR omission here. Even more so when both the slower M500 and the pricier M550 make the list. The MX100 performs practically identically to the M550 for a price almost identical to that of the M500.
 

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With regards to the "Other solid state options", do you reckon another USB 3.0 drives roundup/review would be doable? The last one has been some time ago, but I did find that really helpful and I'm in fact typing this from Windows 8.1 installed on my SanDisk Extreme 32GB USB :D

Going by the fact that you're still recommending that stick, I'll assume I'm not doing too badly, but an overview of the current state of USB 3.0 would be nice.
 

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When will we get a real cost/performance chart rather than the ridiculous thing that's been used for ages? Just take the performance, divide by price, and divide by the number of GB, and let people sort by 4k composite, sequential composite, and a test bench score. And best to group them by capacity, since cost per gb drastically decreases between 64gb and 1tb
 

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a/ hard to believe u need more than 64gb for a boot drive

b/ the killer factor is access speed vs a HDD - who gives a rats about transfer speed? - huge is huge

given the above, despite the scoffers, i still think raid 1 w/ a ssd primary & a hdd secondary could work well in some apps. none seem to have tried it & benched it meaningfully i can see

most realtime work is done by primary (ssd) drive

fast & cheap always up redundancy

d/ i hear rumors than the sandisk cache thingo has weird firmware - flushes the cache a lot - defeats the purpose? Many say its great.

loved the idea when first heard it, now not so sure
 

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So why aren't the 850 Pro's included in the charts? Based on the review a few weeks ago, their numbers top virtually every drive on this list.
 

Sakkura

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Probably has to do with the "for the money" part. The 850 Pro is pricey. You can get a 512 GB Crucial MX100 for about the same money as a 256 GB Samsung 850 Pro. For most people, the MX100 would be a much better option.
 

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Crucial MX100 is almost as fast as the more expensive M550, the only downside is that they don't make a 1Tb SSD (I really hope they will produce it in the end for a price around $300,00 :p).
 

msroadkill612

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being silly. as many are, say u r broke or trying to stretch an old pcS life ...

As they say, lottsa ram wins, even if slow.

So what say a big swap file on an ssd?

My 2gb, soon to be replaced, 98xp PC has a 4gb HDD swap file (suggested by windows) & it crawls - u can hear it
swapping
at least the ssd can be re-used - ram upgrades cannot
 

msroadkill612

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Mabe the conventional logic of ssdS is all wrong?

An entire copy of your system disk on cheap/fast, but niggardly on space, storage - really?

that means being anal with what goes where for ever more - time & hassle & maybe risk?

why not make it their problem?

seagate etc. hybrid 1tb drive - 8 gb cache onboard - $~100

something like sandisk intellicache~? 32gb ~$45 - not a drive - just a cache

maybe a small ssd for known scratch files like win swap etc - $45 64gb - $85 128gb - kingston?

would make a great raid 1 rig

I am told win 8 installs on 128gb can be a struggle - absurd

In theory, only cache what needs caching, not clutter.

Dont quote me if i am wrong (tho i cant see where, if they work ok)

Very fast almost all the time

Time is money - this is KISS



 

Sakkura

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What are you talking about... Samsung just jumped on the 10 year warranty bandwagon with their 850 Pro. Warranties are getting longer, not shorter.
 

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Just bought the Samsung 850 Pro 128GB for $120 on Amazon. cuz it's newer (July 1, 2014) and betterer and more luxurious and V-Nand and durable and richer and better tasting.
 
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