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Old 01-19-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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Default Samsung 830 or 840

My 3 year computer is feeling a bit old and slow. I'm thinking the best upgrade for me is to add a SSD and move my OS from non SSD to SSD. The price at the computer store for Samsung 256G 830 and 840 is exactly the same, around $195 AUD (computer parts are more expensive here).

Anyway I read Anandtech's 840 review and I'm a little worried about the drive dying and lower lifespan.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6328/s...256gb-review/8

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Our replacement 840 Pro also died prematurely, I'd recommend holding off any purchases until we hear back from Samsung as to the cause of death. Update 2: It looks like this may have been a firmware issue. Retail drives should ship with fixed firmware.
Has anyone had Samsung 840 for more than 3 months as their OS drive? If I want a SSD that lasts more than 3 years is important for me, should i get the Samsung 830 instead? I heard Samsung's are good (compared to OCZ). Or what brand recommendations for 256G.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:39 AM   #2
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I personally woulg get the 830 over the 840.
But, I would get the 840 Pro over the 830.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:44 AM   #3
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I would second that^ opinion.

also FYI.. that was just a fluke with preproduction firmware sent to reviewers. No one that I've seen has had any major issues like that on any retail drives. Not to say that I'd buy an 840 for anything other than storage duty(even it was cheaper).. but just saying that concern is a non-issue.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:57 PM   #4
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Definitely go with an 830 over the plain 840.
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:30 PM   #5
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I personally woulg get the 830 over the 840.
But, I would get the 840 Pro over the 830.
That's what I did...
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:41 PM   #6
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The 840 seems like a solid SSD. For the average user the TLC NAND doesn't matter, it will still last well beyond the point at which it becomes obsolete. However the 830 is better, get it if they still have it in stock.

I wouldn't get a 840 Pro over a 830. The 830 costs much less. You'd never notice a difference outside of benchmarking.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:11 PM   #7
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I recently upgraded from an m4 to an 840 in my main system (and sent the m4 to my secondary machine, which needed a bigger drive). Considering how often I actually write to the SSD during day-to-day use of the system, I'm pretty confident that the 1000 P/E cycles (that's ~250TB of writes) will last me more than long enough. I've been using it for two weeks so far and have only used 233GB of writes. No complaints about the drive so far.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:30 PM   #8
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You won't go far wrong buying either drive. The 830 is a little more rounded and has proven itself long-term, so I'd probably edge towards that (plus you get an extra 6GB).
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:50 AM   #9
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Thanks guys. The 840 pro is 35% more expensive than the 830/840 here. So I'll get the 830 soon.
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:19 AM   #10
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I ordered the 256GB 840 Pro just yesterday. It was more expensive, but I reasoned that spending a few extra bucks spread out over the next few years is justified. The prices on the 830's have gone up enough that I can't see buying the old version, at least with my amazon money they are only $30 different there and $20 on newegg. I would not consider the plain 840 drive myself.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:19 PM   #11
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I got the 830 for my 2008 Macbook. It's capped at SATA1 but I wanted the reliability of the 830 so didn't want to get another manufacturer.

Been working great so far.

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Old 01-22-2013, 11:48 PM   #12
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840 no-pro died at 1000 P/E on xtremesystems. that's 500TB instead of 6PB from 830.

but we all knew that TLC and die shrink would have lead to this conclusion.

hopefully the 840 pro can last as long as the 830 but i'm not so sure now.
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840 no-pro died at 1000 P/E on xtremesystems. that's 500TB instead of 6PB from 830.

but we all knew that TLC and die shrink would have lead to this conclusion
Hm, is that a different one then, I assume a 500GB model? The 120GB lasted over 3500 P/E cycles at XS.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:35 AM   #14
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The 830 was a 256GB model. While it did make it to 6TB the number is practically useless as I doubt it could retain data for any length of time when not powered.

I'm more interested in what the retention time is for these SSDs when they hit the rated P/E cycles.
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I'll let you know i've an R610 and DL360 with FASTPATH raid-10. I can probably spool up a vm and run megaraid manager to get smart data
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