Which SSD to buy?

shirokado

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OK so i have a few bucks saved up. now i am at the stage of choosing between a
Crucial m4 128GB, $119.99
OCZ Agility 3 120gb $84.99
OCZ Vertex 3 120gb 114.99
Corsair 120GB Force 114.99

so which one is the better choice? im going for the crucial m4 ATM because i have the older model 64GB version and it has performed fine. but the agility 3 is tempting because of price but i am not sure about the performance. all opinions are welcome and ill take suggestions to :)
 

evan1715

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i have the 120gb corsair ssd
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233191
it's pretty good.
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LordConrad

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I have always preferred the SandForce drives because of the low write amplification, which is due to the built-in data compression. Theoretically, this means the drives will have a longer lifespan. Realistically, I can't say as I've not used up any SSDs for a comparison. I can say that I have installed four SandForce drives (two with the 1222 controller and two with the 2281 controller), each in a different computer, and not one of them ever had any problems.

My most recent installation was a 240GB Mushkin Chronos Deluxe into a Mac Mini (Mid 2011 model). The current price of $0.83 per GB on the 240GB model and the great performance of the drive is why I've started recommending the Mushkin drives.
 

LordConrad

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In my experience, SSDs are just as reliable as Hard Drives. Production lines never test 100% of the products coming off of them, so there is always a chance you'll get a defective unit. The companies with the best reputations are Intel, Samsung, and Crucial. Even these companies are not perfect. I recall Intel having a serious firmware bug not long ago, which took them a while to fix.
 

IslandStyle99

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Hi, I'm in the market for an SSD and I've read a few nuevo-egg reviews complaining about Sandforce driver problems (stuttering?). After a quick google, there's a slew of reports about it (OCZ thread on Tom's included).

Does anyone know if this is a trend or isolated incident? Corsair Force use Sandforce (nuevo huevo has a killer deal on the corsair 240GB for $169USD, but one of the most recent reviews spooked me). I've had great performance from Corsair memory, so I thought this would be a safe bet.

Hmm, get what you pay for? Stick to Intel/Crucial? PS: Does Samsung = WD (like their HDDs?)

Thanks in advance
 

evan1715

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if u look up at my previous post it, its my personal scores from my corsair 120gb force gt ssd.
it's pretty good, ive had it for 4 months and its still excellent. worth it. i got corsair because i have corsair 750w psu, corsair 2x4gb ram and it was on sale. i havent had any problems with the corsair brand.