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Picking a 120GB SSD

Hello! I've finally decided to get an SSD since my aging HD is kind of slow for day to day usage. My budget allows me to go for 120GB which is enough for me.

I've nailed down my choices to the following 3:
ADATA Ultimate SU800
WD Green
SanDisk SSD PLUS

In my country these cost relatively the same (+/- 2$). So far the WD seems like the best option but I'd love to hear your suggestions. Thanks!
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  1. SanDisk SSD PLUS
    WD , not enough track record too new to the SSD market.
    Reply to SR-71 Blackbird
  2. Ultimately, when moving from an old HDD, any SSD (including real "budget" offerings) are going to offer a noticeable improvement.

    I believe they all have a limited 3 year warranty, although they will vary on TBW etc.

    Where are you located specifically? And what is your budget in local currency?

    A 120(ish)GB SSD does fill up fast, and requires some decent time spent managing your storage.
    In most markets, a ~240(ish)GB SSD is generally available for <50% more money (ie $75 vs say $55) and would a better route to go if it's at all possible to stretch the budget. I'd actually suggest holding off and using the slow HDD until you can afford a reasonable sized SSD.
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  3. I'm located in Bulgaria, eastern Europe. My current budget is 100-120 BGN (~60-75 USD), but I might be able to stretch it a bit further if need be. I'm not too worried about managing space since I'm a linux user and the fingerpring of the OS is very small. (A functional install takes less than 5GB)
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  4. Hmmmm yeah, does appear there's a decent jump in price moving from 120GB to 240GB or so in Bulgaria.

    Cheapest I can find would be 156BGN / $95USD approx.
    http://shop.sky.bg/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=13190&search=ssd&sort=p.price&order=ASC&page=2

    With Linux, you definitely can get away with smaller SSDs - just depends on your specific use case.
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  5. Well, the better write speed on bigger SSDs is definitely attractive. I've also found an 850 evo 250GB for 99$ which seems pretty popular and shoudn't be too hard to save up for.
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  6. Pavel_6 said:
    Well, the better write speed on bigger SSDs is definitely attractive. I've also found an 850 evo 250GB for 99$ which seems pretty popular and shoudn't be too hard to save up for.


    I like this choice. Samsung generally performs better and has a longer warranty.
    If a ssd fills up, it will slow down and lose endurance.
    240gb is a very useful size.
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    Pavel_6 said:
    I'm located in Bulgaria, eastern Europe. My current budget is 100-120 BGN (~60-75 USD), but I might be able to stretch it a bit further if need be. I'm not too worried about managing space since I'm a linux user and the fingerpring of the OS is very small. (A functional install takes less than 5GB)


    850 EVO is a great choice , buy it , great speed and good warranty.
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  8. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    SanDisk SSD PLUS
    WD , not enough track record too new to the SSD market.


    They are the same company. Western Digital acquired Sandisk in 2016.
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  9. mundial said:
    They are the same company. Western Digital acquired Sandisk in 2016.


    True, but two products made/branded by the same company does not make them equal in performance/reliability.

    There's potential for an even wider gap when the companies are operated as separate entities. While WD is the parent co. of Sandisk these days, Sandisk still operate as their own entity AFAIK.
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  10. They use the same controllers and NAND chips. The architectures inside are also the same.

    When it barks, wags its tail and has four legs...it's a dog.
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  11. mundial said:
    When it barks, wags its tail and has four legs...it's a dog.


    And yet, that dog could be a PitbullXBulldog or a BulldogXPitbull.
    Very similar genetically, but potential positives/negatives to each/.

    The SSDPlus still has some old -G25 variants out there 19nm and MLC - so there's a potential pitfall with older stock.

    While on paper, the -G27 and the WD Green (15nm, TLC) should be identical, even the marketed spec comes up different (in favor of the WD Green, actually).

    Sandisk SSD Plus:
    https://www.sandisk.com/home/ssd/ssd-plus

    Quote:

    Available capacities 120GB
    Seq. Read(up to) 530 MB/s
    Seq. Write(up to) 310 MB/s


    WD Green, as per the Datasheet found here:
    https://www.wdc.com/products/internal-ssd/wd-green-ssd.html

    Quote:
    Seq. Read(up to) 545 MB/s


    And anantech has it as
    https://www.anandtech.com/show/10748/western-digital-introduces-wd-blue-and-wd-green-ssds

    Quote:

    Sequential Read 540 MB/s
    Sequential Write 405 MB/s



    Now, I'm not saying that there's not a very, very good chance that they're essentially the same drive.....
    But it's a little presumptuous to say they are definitively the same thing.

    As BlackBird mentioned, a little early to tell.

    They may prove to be essentially the same thing..... they may not. Time will tell.
    Reply to Barty1884
  12. Barty, I would put nothing past these companies.

    I'm sure you heard about them sending tech journalists and bloggers really high quality SSD's. Then for mass distribution they use a cheaper controller or cheaper NAND. And this is for the exact same model numbers!
    Reply to mundial
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