SSD's Samsung 830 256GB or Intel 520 240GB or other?

Discussion in 'Memory and Storage' started by naimcohen, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. naimcohen

    naimcohen Senior member

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    Samsung 830 series 256GB:

    Sata 6Gb/s
    Read: 520 MB/s
    Write: 400 MB/s
    Samsung own controller
    3 Year warranty
    £140

    Intel 520 series 240GB:

    Sata 6Gb/s
    Read: 550 MB/s
    Write: 520 MB/s
    Sandforce Controller
    5 Year warranty
    £185

    So, which would you go for out of the two? Research shows that either one are a good buy but want to clear it with you guys first.

    Is the intel worth the extra £45? Would you go for another drive completely? Or wait for the later drives to come out? Samsung already have their 840 version out now...

    Reliability is key here as the last thing I want to deal with is a dead drive. I know there was a lot going on about SSD's dying but seems that not so much the issue anymore.

    Will be used on an i7 920, LGA 1366, 6GB RAM computer. Will store files on my 2TB HD

    Any help will be great

    Thanks!
     
  2. GarfieldtheCat

    GarfieldtheCat Diamond Member

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    IMO Samsung controller > sandforce controller.

    But both have good reps though.
     
  3. TemjinGold

    TemjinGold Platinum Member

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    The Samsung is actually a BETTER drive so if it costs less to boot, there's no contest here.
     
  4. naimcohen

    naimcohen Senior member

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    Thanks for the replies

    How does it work to be a better drive if the write rate is slower? And would it be worth going for the 840 or 840 pro, or would I not really see the benefit?

    Thanks again!
     
  5. Coup27

    Coup27 Platinum Member

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    Samsung.
     
  6. m.alkhalel

    m.alkhalel Member

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    Samsung 840 pro 256Gb costs almost the same as Intel's 520 240Gb and it's superior to the 830 on a lot of aspects .
     
  7. sequoia464

    sequoia464 Senior member

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    The write rate for sand force drives is calculated using compressible files. They are slower using non compressible files. The Samsung is the better choice in my opinion..
     
  8. tweakboy

    tweakboy Diamond Member

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    As for booting speed. Toms Hardware did a review of majore SSD players and how fast they boot into windows. I know everyones time is slighty different because of ammount of tray icons and software installed,,,, ssd comes in handy here....

    Crucial M4 was #1 in bootup of Windows 7 .... 16.6 seconds. Samsung 830 18.3 seconds Intel 520 19.9 seconds. Tom is legit and Crucial M4 beats Sammy in boot up time. Sammy has a better latency but 0.1 is enough. Also Im using SATA 2.0 260mbps and its fast, Windows 8 boots in 12 seconds to desktop. Cuz I got classic shell but I have my metro on my top screen. both at same time. gl
     
  9. naimcohen

    naimcohen Senior member

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    I've just bought 3 of the samsung SSD's. One 830 256GB for me and two 830 128GB for my office computers.

    I've asked this question in the motherboard section but thought I would ask here too...do I need to do anything special installation wise with the SSD's? Will be running a fresh copy of windows 7. Just load up and go or do something in the bios or after the install?

    Thanks
     
  10. pauldun170

    pauldun170 Diamond Member

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    Make sure bios is on AHCI
    Install windows 7
    Install Run Magician 3.2 utilities
    enjoy
     
  11. MrX8503

    MrX8503 Diamond Member

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    Samsung is better and cheaper. An alternative is the crucial M4.

    Don't get the 840 though, it uses TLC NAND chips, which is garbage.

    TLC has half the life of MLC.

    SLC > MLC > TLC
     
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