128GB SSD: Crucial or Samsung

gpse

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Hey guys, I currently have a 64GB Crucial M4 that is full so I'm looking for a replacement, these are my options:
Crucial M4 128GB $100 Used
Samsung 840 120GB: $110+tax
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB: $159+tax

My computer is a 2009 Mac Pro, with SATA 2 only, I would love the 840Pro, but can't afford the price, the cheapest option is the local used Crucial M4, or I can get the regular Samsung 840 if it's a big difference from the Crucial M4. On paper it seems like the Samsung 840 is a bit better than the Crucial, however in real world I'm wondering if there is a big difference that would make it worth the $24 more.
 

Charlie98

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You are right, the 840P is way overpriced.... I'd pick the 840 everyday and twice on Sunday.
 

WiseUp216

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Can't go wrong with any of them really, especially limited to SATA II.

I've had my 128GB Crucial M4 for almost a year now and it has been great. Not a single issue with it and I would buy one again if I needed one.
 

mikeymikec

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I've bought a few M4s and a few 830s (all =>128GB). I've been satisfied with the way they've all worked.
 

nanaki333

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You are right, the 840P is way overpriced.... I'd pick the 840 everyday and twice on Sunday.

the regular sammy has TLC memory. i wouldn't use that as a primary boot drive ever, but that's just me. the pro is a great drive, but don't know if it's worth the premium over other drives.
 

gpse

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I'm thinking the M4, The 840 with TLC scares me, and I wont dump the extra money for the 840 Pro since I'm limited to SATA II.
 

gpse

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after some research, it seems the OCZ Vertex 4 128GB uses the newer Marvel Controller. They sell for $130+tax, I'm thinking of getting one, although I can't take advantage of the speed currently, if I do get a new computer with SATA 3, it would be nice to have a fast drive. Has anyone had any issues with the Vertex 4?
 

WaTaGuMp

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after some research, it seems the OCZ Vertex 4 128GB uses the newer Marvel Controller. They sell for $130+tax, I'm thinking of getting one, although I can't take advantage of the speed currently, if I do get a new computer with SATA 3, it would be nice to have a fast drive. Has anyone had any issues with the Vertex 4?

I got my Kingston sddnow v300 120gb for $68.04 total. Its not the fastest, but since I am on SATA 2 also as of now its works fine. Looking into upgrading soon to SATA 3 and taking advantage of the speed it has left. Might be another drive to look into, they are still $89.99 at Staples which is where I got mine but also had a 30% off coupon.
 

nanaki333

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after some research, it seems the OCZ Vertex 4 128GB uses the newer Marvel Controller. They sell for $130+tax, I'm thinking of getting one, although I can't take advantage of the speed currently, if I do get a new computer with SATA 3, it would be nice to have a fast drive. Has anyone had any issues with the Vertex 4?

it does, but if you're limited to sata2, i would get with the tried & true intel 320 series, or x-25m (larger, longer lasting NAND) if you can find one still brand new for a good price.

the vertex 4 is a solid drive though. ocz has a bad stigma because of their sandforce drives. i don't have a single sandforce series drive (sata2 or sata3) that hasn't failed at LEAST once (some 4-5 times). the vertex 4 in my work computer has been chugging along 24/7 since about a month after they came out with no issues at all.
 

gpse

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I'm thinking Vertex 4 now too, as it's more future proof for when I get a SATA 3 computer. It'll cost me $30 more than the used M4, but it does use a newer controller, and write performance is almost triple. (175mb/s vs 430mb/s). I just hope it's reliable, since the Crucal M4 brand new sells for $120, and the Vertex 4 is only $10 more.
 

Charlie98

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the regular sammy has TLC memory. i wouldn't use that as a primary boot drive ever, but that's just me. the pro is a great drive, but don't know if it's worth the premium over other drives.

For regular consumer-level usage, I don't think it's a problem.

Based on the choices the OP has, I would take a new 840 over a used M4 any day. I would normally recommend the 840Pro, but the price they are asking is too much.
 

Charlie98

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I'm thinking Vertex 4 now too, as it's more future proof for when I get a SATA 3 computer. It'll cost me $30 more than the used M4, but it does use a newer controller, and write performance is almost triple. (175mb/s vs 430mb/s). I just hope it's reliable, since the Crucal M4 brand new sells for $120, and the Vertex 4 is only $10 more.

Following that logic, I would get the 840Pro....

...and I'm not trying to be an OCZ hater... you will note I have an Evil SandForce OCZ in my HTPC and never had a problem with it in 18 months of use... but, I would not buy an OCZ drive now because it's quite possible the company will go belly up. No OCZ = no drive support.
 

gpse

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good points, I'm gonna sleep on it and hopefully in the next few days figure out what to get.
 

kbp

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Why not get another 64 M4 and RAID them. This is how I got started with SSD's. It was too expensive to buy into a 256 a few years back. So I started with one Intel 320 160G. Then added another and now up to three.
 

WaTaGuMp

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Why not get another 64 M4 and RAID them. This is how I got started with SSD's. It was too expensive to buy into a 256 a few years back. So I started with one Intel 320 160G. Then added another and now up to three.

Is it possible to fit two hard drives into a laptop?
 

Puffnstuff

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Depends on the laptop. I can get two in my alienware but you'd have to check your application.
 

john3850

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I have 840 128 in the mail for games if I needed a system ssd I would have gone with 840-256 it seems faster.
Sequential Read/Write Speeds 128gb = 530 MB/s / 130 MB/s.
Sequential Read/Write Speeds 256gb = 540 MB/s / 250 MB/s.
Started with M4-64GB on to M4-128 and last pc has 830s
If my wifes used her laptop more then 2 hrs a week I believe I would give up the cd space for a ssd if possible.
 

kbp

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CD Drive Bay Caddy for second SSD if no other place. Can be had on e-bay for under $10.
 

gpse

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I don't have a laptop, I have a Mac Pro desktop, so raid is an option, but I rather just get a new ssd and sell my old 64GB, or use it in another computer around the house.
 

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The 840 should serve you well. Due to good prices you could get a 250GB. In addition, the 250GB is faster than the smaller one.