Help me choose an SSD


Jan 12, 2012
recently i have been getting anoyed with my old 2x 500gb hdd in raid (80-90 mb read) and they are getting old 4-5 Yrs now so they are slow as a snail.

after long time serching the web i have found 4 candidates i belive are good.and need advice on wich one i should go for

i mainly game wach a few series on the web and will soon get into 3d rendering for the first time (btw i know ssd wont give fps in games :) )

samsun 830 series 256 gb

intel 330 180 gb

corsair force series 3 240 gb

ocz vartex 4 256 gb

im linking newegg as a ref my local prices are close so its hard to choose

other models and brand are also welcome :)
The OCZ Vertex 4 is a brand new ssd. It was just released last month. Issues popped up. At the beginning of this month OCZ issued a firmware update which fixed most issues. There are still a few minor issues that need to be worked on. That means another firmware update. I'd wait until we see how things play out.

I haven't posted it for a while but here is the standard recommendation I've made countless times:

If reliability and stability is a major concern, then Samsung is worth considering. Samsung was awarded contracts to supply Dell, Sony, Lenovo, Apple and other off the shelf brands with OEM versions of their 470 Series SATA 2 3Gb/s ssd's. Eventually the 470's were released for retail sale to consumers. There have been no major issues reported. The 470 has an absolutely stellar record.

Then Samsung released their 830 Series SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd's as successors to the 470. The first ones were OEM versions for Dell and the other off the shelf brands followed by release of retail versions for consumers. The ssd's are Samsung's own design with their own components and firmware. It looks like Samsung got it right again.

Here is a link the to ssd database:

Scroll down to the brands and models you are interested in and then click on the links to the technical reviews.

NOTE - Sometimes I've recommended Crucial and Intel too.

OSU Cowboy

Jan 11, 2012
I've read several posters here that have had some reliability issues with OCZ products. On the other extreme, Intel has an excellent reputation for reliability. So, I'd steer clear of OCZ and go with the one that gives the best performance bang for the buck. Agree with previous poster...the Samsung 830 would be my choice.