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Old 01-04-2013, 10:58 AM   #1
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Default Crucial M4 vs Intel 330

Hello, been doing some research on SSD's, which to get, why to get, is it worth it. I have come to a conclusion that I should upgrade my HDD to a SSD.

I have looked around in this forum and google, but haven't got a clear answer. Only thing I found that M4 is on the recommended list, but there isn't anything about 330. ( http://forums.anandtech.com/showthre...59&postcount=3 )

Intel 330 Series SSD - Read speed 500MB/s, Write speed 450MB/s, 120GB, 3 years warranty, costs 1 € more.
Crucial M4 - Read speed 500 MB/s, Write speed 175MB/s, 128GB, 3 years warranty, costs 1 € less.

Where is the catch here? They are both the same price, same read speed, but write speed is ~3 times higher on the Intel one. It would make sense to me that Intel does high-quality products and are usually more expensive. Am I missing something very important here?

Thanks, Razersoda.

EDIT: Just noticed that Intel has SATA - 6.0Gb/s and Crucial has SSD2. What does that mean? Sorry for being a scrub.
The links if it helps. Description is english, but the site is Estonian.
http://www.arvutikeskus.ee/est/TOOTE...CRUCIAL-144693
http://www.arvutikeskus.ee/est/TOOTE...er-Pack-157457
EDIT2: You can ofcourse suggest other SSDs too, which shouldn't be a lot more expensive.
EDIT3: Found alot of reviews on 330 too, it seems like a very good SSD, why is it so cheap ?

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Old 01-04-2013, 12:28 PM   #2
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You should get a 256GB drive if you can afford it and I'd suggest looking at the Samsung 840 or Vertex 4.

The 840 will be your cheapest option because it uses TLC but unless you're writing more than 10GB a day (unlikely) NAND endurance won't be a problem. The Vertex 4 has a 5 year warranty and uses higher quality MLC NAND and is reasonable these days. It's been out on the market for a while now but uses newer tech than the ones you suggested. The reviews seem to indicate it's a pretty reliable drive too.

If I had to pick the M4 or the 330 I'd probably go with the M4 because Sandforce has a history of being more problematic (even if it's an Intel).

The 330 is probably on sale because it's being replaced with the 335 which uses 20nm MLC (instead of 25nm MLC).
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:58 PM   #3
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You should get a 256GB drive if you can afford it and I'd suggest looking at the Samsung 840 or Vertex 4.

The 840 will be your cheapest option because it uses TLC but unless you're writing more than 10GB a day (unlikely) NAND endurance won't be a problem. The Vertex 4 has a 5 year warranty and uses higher quality MLC NAND and is reasonable these days. It's been out on the market for a while now but uses newer tech than the ones you suggested. The reviews seem to indicate it's a pretty reliable drive too.

If I had to pick the M4 or the 330 I'd probably go with the M4 because Sandforce has a history of being more problematic (even if it's an Intel).

The 330 is probably on sale because it's being replaced with the 335 which uses 20nm MLC (instead of 25nm MLC).
The problem is that I would never use 256GB. I would put Windows and some games on there. The maximum space I have ever used is ~200gb. Windows and the games will be total ~100GB if even that... It wouldn't be much of a point for me to get 256GB one. I usually uninstall games if I finish them or get bored...
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:00 PM   #4
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:55 PM   #5
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I'd get the Intel 330 or Samsung 830/840 depending which one is cheaper.

M4 is old and the number of firmware updates it's getting recently is a worry. Maybe my opinion of it would be better if not for my M4 locking up a few days ago. (Used the reset trick to get it working)
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:03 PM   #6
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I just got the Intel 330 240GB from NCIX for 150. I love the Intel toolbox so I'd highly recommend the Intel drive. Samsung has a similar type software.
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:07 AM   #7
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really a coin flip... between M4, 330 and 830 based on research i did.. Just be sure to get latest firmware..

I opted for the 330 on both mine (180 GB ) and my wifes setup.. Intel SSD toolbox is great..

One Note: there have been some reported compatibility issues with runnin INtel SSD Toolbox (Optimizer function) on an AMD based chipset.. but they can be addressed with ATA controller driver update.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:15 PM   #8
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SSD 330 is slightly slower than the M4. Both are very reliable, so if both are at nearly the same price I'd go for the M4.

Of course, if you can catch a Samsung SSD 830 at the same price that's a better deal given it's faster than both and even more reliable.
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Old 01-11-2013, 12:36 AM   #9
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You should get a 256GB drive if you can afford it and I'd suggest looking at the Samsung 840 or Vertex 4.

The 840 will be your cheapest option because it uses TLC but unless you're writing more than 10GB a day (unlikely) NAND endurance won't be a problem. The Vertex 4 has a 5 year warranty and uses higher quality MLC NAND and is reasonable these days. It's been out on the market for a while now but uses newer tech than the ones you suggested. The reviews seem to indicate it's a pretty reliable drive too.

If I had to pick the M4 or the 330 I'd probably go with the M4 because Sandforce has a history of being more problematic (even if it's an Intel).
The 330 is probably on sale because it's being replaced with the 335 which uses 20nm MLC (instead of 25nm MLC).
No idea why you are saying this. currently I am using intel 330 , I haven't seen any issues till now. I hope sandforce and Intel fixed all bugs with their series of firmware updates
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I walked into MicroCenter wanting to buy an 840, but all they had were the kits with migration stuff I don't need, so I ended up buying a 330. No regrets so far.
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