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  • There are several criteria we use to rank SSDs. We try to evenly weigh performance per dollar at each capacity tier and recommend what we believe to the best drive based on our own experiences and information garnered from other sources.
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    Adela Pop , 21 March 2014 10:48
    Great overview! It seems that Samsung is getting more and more attention and I think it deserves it. I would definitely prefer Samsung 840 Evo over Crucial M500. It´s true that the differences in performance are not huge between the two, but overall Samsung 840 Evo seems more reliable and it has lower power consumption:http://versus.com/en/samsung-840-evo-500gb-vs-crucial-m500-480gb
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    dickh81 , 27 March 2014 19:25
    Intenso also makes a 256 SSD drive. I wonder why that is not on your list.
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    nowasus , 22 April 2014 14:07
    I would rather see the "best of..." in a category that considers function instead of price. That way, the user may select proper utility (performance) vs his budget. For example if I am a win7pro64 user with general computer home usage, what would be my best bet for a system SSD to support various amateur level functions (media, graphics, office) with a traditional SSD with AF capabiliy.

    This way I could better choose my price range.
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    goozaymunanos , 22 April 2014 14:39
    i'll take a 512GB Sansung SSD over a 480GB Crucial for £10 extra all day and night.
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    Plusthinking Iq , 19 May 2014 22:14
    samsung makes the worst ssd when you look at the big endurance test. just goggle it ppl. have very bad experiece with samung products and must implore that no one buy the brand, phones, tv and ssd. its like sony, circling the drain.
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    asianteekay , 9 July 2014 14:06
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    samsung makes the worst ssd when you look at the big endurance test. just goggle it ppl. have very bad experiece with samung products and must implore that no one buy the brand, phones, tv and ssd. its like sony, circling the drain.


    Being a large all encompassing company has both advantages and disadvantages being that it can leverage its own in-house supplies for components and technologies. And bulk discounts and special order specifics chips. I suspect these SSD have little to no provisioning and there for more likely to fail than compared say a Crucial (512GB 840 Evo v. 480 M550) That's really no reason not to boycott their display panels used in TVs and monitors. Much like Sony does very well in audio but not so well in the PC market.
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    Jonathan Cave , 29 November 2014 12:43
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    Too bad the company didn't come out with a 1TB version of the MX100. Then again, at these prices, you could simply pick up two MX100 512GB SSDs and run them in RAID 0. Yeah…it's time to get a little creative.


    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-raid-benchmark,3485-13.html

    There is no real world benefits to RAID 0 for SSD's according to your own article. Can the editor of this document clarify?
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    dottorrent , 26 December 2014 02:24
    Seems like Samsung is the most successful SSD manufacture to date. May even take OCZ for legendary status.
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    Shneiky , 14 April 2015 16:18
    "samsung makes the worst ssd when you look at the big endurance test. just goggle it ppl."

    How about you google it?

    http://techreport.com/review/27062/the-ssd-endurance-experiment-only-two-remain-after-1-5pb

    "The 840 Pro and remaining HyperX are already on their way to 1.6PB."

    1.6 PB from a consumer SSD is not something that you can consider "bad endurance". Even the 840 Evo wrote 300 TBs without error and died at 900TBs which is quite reasonable for a cheap SSD.
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    daglesj , 14 April 2015 16:32
    Pointless till they add the BX100.
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    sam_p_lay , 6 May 2015 17:00
    Quote:
    "samsung makes the worst ssd when you look at the big endurance test. just goggle it ppl."

    How about you google it?

    http://techreport.com/review/27062/the-ssd-endurance-experiment-only-two-remain-after-1-5pb

    "The 840 Pro and remaining HyperX are already on their way to 1.6PB."

    1.6 PB from a consumer SSD is not something that you can consider "bad endurance". Even the 840 Evo wrote 300 TBs without error and died at 900TBs which is quite reasonable for a cheap SSD.


    He could be referring to the 840 EVO.

    http://www.techspot.com/article/997-samsung-ssd-read-performance-degradation/
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    fusk , 26 July 2015 05:55
    What about 128gb drives ?
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    fusk , 26 July 2015 06:11
    Or ~128gb as i see some 120gb drives as well in that range.
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    Henry Thewin , 27 November 2015 01:16
    Um,, for Performance Picks, you chose the Sandisk Extreme Pro 512GB. Are you sure it uses 3D V-NAND technology? The only drive seen with that tech is the Samsung 850 series, not seen Sandisk use that yet and I can't find any info from anywhere it uses. That may be a typo but a serious one.