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# 136258 20-Nov-2013 19:28
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My 60GB owc sand force based ssd has failed after 3 or so years use. I'm installing onto another for now, but I need a recommendation for a new ssd in the 120GB range that's available for next day delivery in nz. I tend to use accent or on pbtech.

Can anyone recommend a suitable ssd for Windows 7? Doesn't need to be the fastest ever, just reliable, a decent performer, and good value.

From phone, sorry for brevity.

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  # 938114 20-Nov-2013 19:55
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Samsung EVO 120GB, computer lounge, free delivery, $150

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?r=p&partid=20155


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  # 938115 20-Nov-2013 19:57
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  # 938116 20-Nov-2013 20:05
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Thanks guys. The standard Samsung 840 is TLC, triple level NAND flash, 3 bits or states per cell. That's worse than MLC which is two levels, which is worse than SLC which is one bit per cell. I'll definitely google them for reviews, and the pro is MLC instead of TLC. SLC is generally super expensive.

I trust Sandisk memory cards for my photography. How are their SSDs?

Intel are quite reasonably priced too. How are they? Any particular model I should google?

My PC is working on a new windows install, but I'm going to try to get my DriveImageXML image working on this other disk too. Takes weeks to get a PC back to how it was otherwise. I have to say, it's super fast right now though.

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  # 938130 20-Nov-2013 20:11
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Yup, I did a fair bit of reading before deciding that it should be fine for me and getting one of the samsung 840 EVO 250GB drives. It was pretty well covered with some numbers at anandtech:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6459/samsung-ssd-840-testing-the-endurance-of-tlc-nand

Depends on your usage I guess, but even with fairly heavy usage you're still talking in years.

EDIT: The other one I looked hard at at the time was the crucial m500; it's MLC.  My previous m4 lasted extremely well (still going strong)

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=18960

But in the end I went with the Samsung

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  # 938158 20-Nov-2013 20:44
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Have put in heaps of Intel and Samsung in the last few years and no failures yet.



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  # 938166 20-Nov-2013 20:53
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Crucial and Samsung pro both look good. Samsung seems more popular and record of reliability. Crucial has extra features that should help reliability. Performance better Samsung, but both faster than my current.

I'll probably go Samsung pro but open to more thoughts.

Thanks guys :)

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  # 938408 21-Nov-2013 10:59
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I have an Intel 330 120GB in my current system and have no issues with
(Been replaced by the 335 series since I purchased)


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  # 938409 21-Nov-2013 11:02
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Intel 330 and 335 series have been pretty reliable for us, had quite a few failures with the 320.



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  # 938414 21-Nov-2013 11:06
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The Intel 530 series drives are meant to be decent as well. I can't see much difference in specs between the 330 and 530 though.

I'll probably go with the Samsung 840 pro, since I think I can get one locally today.

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  # 938440 21-Nov-2013 12:32
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Intel, Samsung and Crucial are all good.

Newer Samsungs are really good.

I use the Intel 330 and Crucial in my laptops - don't need zomgamazing speeds there.

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  # 938454 21-Nov-2013 13:22
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From a reliability standpoint, our techs have recommended me the Toshiba units. Of the major brands, they've seen virtually no dead drives. Of course, this may be due to the fact that there aren't many in the wild, but there you are.

I've got a Kingston mSATA 64GB in my server at home which has been on 24/7 for going on 2 years and it hasn't died yet though.






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  # 938455 21-Nov-2013 13:27
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I've never owned a Lada that failed ;)

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  # 938472 21-Nov-2013 14:04
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I have 3 Samsung 840's for my PC's and a small Transcend SSD for my server. Have the Samsung SSD's for about 11/9/7 months, and haven't had an issue. Had the transcend for about 9 months also without issue, it's slower than the Samsungs, but it's only for a server.




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  # 938475 21-Nov-2013 14:08
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The 840 pro has it then. I'm just more comfortable with MLC (should be called DLC) than TLC and don't mind the extra $50. I'll go get one from PBTech today.

I've had 60GB as my OS SSD and that's been totally fine. I've only gotten close to that recently when I installed some Android development tools, the virtual devices are pretty huge. So 128GB will probably be a pretty good size, given I have another 120GB for some data and multiple TB for other data. Fortunately I have all kinds of mirroring and backups so my data's pretty safe too.

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  # 938627 21-Nov-2013 20:24
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i think the ssd's in general are a lot better than they were 2 or 3 years ago. there are good reviews here on each vendor/model: http://www.storagereview.com/reviews/consumer/ssd




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