Samsung 830 vs. Plextor M3S

darkslash_323

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Hey guys,

I'm looking to purchase a SSD for my notebook. After reading around, I was set on getting the Samsung 830. But further reading around the net prompted another choice, the Plextor M3S.

Samsung's track record seems good and they use their own controller/parts and has toggle nand.

But as for Plextor, the specs sound good( Server-grade Marvell controller, ddr3 dram cache, 5 yr warranty).....but I've never heard of the brand.


Which one would be better? Have any of you had personal experiences with Plextor or Samsung?

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance!

**Main uses is for gaming and watching movies**

Links:

Samsung 830
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163
Plextor M3S
http://www.amazon.com/Plextor-PX-128M3S-2-5-Inch-Solid-State/dp/B006I38EJ2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1334285340&sr=8-2
 
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Here is my standard recommendation.

If reliability and stability is a major concern, then I recommend Samsung. 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...

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I would go for plextor since they use the toshiba nand flash chip which extends the life by about 2x what the other SSD's without the toshiba nand can do. Not only that but plextor it seems has a 5 year warranty which is unheard of for SSD's since if it fails with the write cycles you get a brand new one.
 

darkslash_323

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@ mightmaxio - Thanks for the interesting tidbit about the toshiba nand.

The 5 year warranty is interesting when others usually only offer 3 years. But I was thinking that I would rather have a more reliable SSD, than an SSD that would be needed to be sent in most of the time.The Plextor specs sound really good....just the brand name is a bit unknown to me.

I've been researching...

Would ddr3 better than ddr2 in terms of caching on an SSD?

Also, I see that the Plextor uses 24nm nand; but for the Samsung 830 i found it was 20nm and 27nm....which one is correct?

Thanks!
 
Here is my standard recommendation.

If reliability and stability is a major concern, then I recommend Samsung. 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 to the ssd database:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/data-storage/ssd-database.html

Scroll down to the brands you are interested in and follow the links to the technical reviews.
 
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