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Windows 7: Is it worth to buy a SSD for my laptop?

31 Jul 2013   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Samsung 840 Series 120 GB SSD Internal Hard Drive
Kingston SV300S37A/120G Internal Hard Drive
Corsair Force Series GS 128 GB SSD Internal Hard Drive
OCZ Agility 4 128 GB SSD Internal Hard Drive
SanDisk Extreme Series SDSSDX-120G-G25 120 GB SSD
ADATA Premier Pro 128 GB Laptop Internal Hard Drive
Plextor M5S 128 GB Desktop, Laptop Internal Hard Drive

Lot of options, very confused, how to choose... My SSD needs to be reliable and upto 55C temp resistance.

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31 Jul 2013   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

Samsung 840 Pro, Samsung 840, OCZ Vector, Plextor M5 Pro, Corsair Neutron GTX, OCZ Vertex 4. All great drives
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31 Jul 2013   #13
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Of the bunch you listed I would strongly recommend the Samsung 840 120GB. However, if you can afford it, I would strongly recommend the Samsung 840 Pro 128GB over the 840. Just the longer warranty alone (five years instead of three) would make the extra cost worthwhile. Also, the 840 Pro uses MLC technology which has a proven track record for reliability and long life opposed to the 840's TLC, which, in theory, will not last as long but hasn't been out long enough to know for sure how well it will hold up in real life. Still, the 840s have been getting excellent reviews.

The OCZ Agility 4 appears to be being discontinued.

The rest use a Sandforce controller which has had a bad track record in the past for reliability. Also, they all only have three year warranties. Of those, the SanDisk is the one I would not recommend under any circumstance due a bad experience I had with them when they jumped through hoops to weasel out of the warranty on a camera card that died.

It's a pity the Kingston listed also uses a Sandforce controller because I have had good luck with their products.

The OCZ Vertex 4 kbrady1979 suggested uses a non-Sandforce controller but the reviews aren't as good as the Samsung 840 and 840 pros.
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31 Jul 2013   #14

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

Hardly any of the reviews are better than the Samsung models lol. I know several people that use one and have had excellent reliability and performance from was the first Vertex model without a Sandforce controller I believe. It's been out long enough to have a good firmware for it, and you can probably find it on sale more often than not. That being said, I honestly would just stick with Samsung. I've got the 830 and it is the gold standard in reliability.

That is just the standard list I give when people are looking for a new SSD. They are all premium drives and will usually be a few dollars more than mainstream drives(except the regular 840 of course).
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01 Aug 2013   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Based on your views and my small research, I decided to go for Samsung 840 series 120GB. Its costs me around $125 in India.

Forgot to mention Intel 520.... Does they use Sandforce? MLC/TLC? Better than Samsung or still Samsung stand on top? Will it be reliable ?
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01 Aug 2013   #16

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

The Intel 520 uses a Sandforce controller, MLC nand. When I built this rig a year ago, I originally went with the Intel 520 because of how reliable my Intel X25-M was. First one went bad in a day, got a new replacement, went bad in a day, went with a Samsung 830 after that.......100% reliable. No, Intel is not better than Samsung. Maybe I had horrible luck, but 2 of them going bad within 24 hours in the same way made me not want to give them another chance. I will never recommend an SSD with a Sandforce controller.
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01 Aug 2013   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thank you kbrady and Lady Fitzgerald.
I ordered a Samsung 840 series 120GB. I will definately give my feedback about this Samsung 840 SSD within a week of delivery. Thanks again.
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01 Aug 2013   #18

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

That SSD is going to rock your world, are you planning a clean install of clone of your existing drive?
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02 Aug 2013   #19

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I am going to clean install.....
Another doubt... Whats the name of that dock or adapter that enables a HDD to be connected to a USB 3.0 port in my laptop.
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02 Aug 2013   #20

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Here is a link to several different HD Docks

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