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5 out of 5 eggs Love these Samsung Drives 12/02/2014

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120BW 2.5" 120GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: -One of the best drives i've used to date
-All in house construction
-super smooth OS performance
-Built in DRAM cache
-Amazing firmware with High IOPS levels
-Got on sale for $69 and if looking at for $75 or less grab it now or look at 250GB and grab double for a few bucks more
-RAID amazingly (Non-OS)
-All black and looks awesome
-Build Quality is Superb

Cons: -a little slower SATA read vs others (400-450MBs vs 500MBs+)
-Not best for RAID OS but can be done with right hardware setup but my setup didn't support or wasn't made for the level I was running at an not the drives fault cause using lower realtek RAID controllers.

Other Thoughts: The Samsung drives have been the best drives I've used on SSD next to Plextor but with every single component being made in house with almost 0 firmware issues and only company to make its own controller
Best OS drive in my opinion and is a great across the board SSD whether using for gaming, business, or just an SSD upgrade it holds it own an is designed for most computer OS situation

OCZ ARC 100 ARC100-25SAT3-120G 2.5
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Pros: -Pricing
-Made for Work based environments and has proven such
-Great IOPS
-Very Solid Build quality
-Looks amazing (if you can see through side of your case)
-Included nice 2.5" to 3.5" converter
-Has newer Toshiba 19nm MLC NAND
Great OCZ Barefoot 3 M10 Controller
-lives up to it claim to be Rated for 20GB/day of host writes

Cons: -none that I have found so far
-Better for work than gaming (but still a good gaming SSD)

Other Thoughts: This drive is very reliable in work based environments and has had steady sustaining read/write speeds in AutoCAD and several work computers we have installed these in. Noticed it has great sustained an not just burst speeds which helps dramatically in Adobe, AutoCAD, and such.

Crucial MX100 CT128MX100SSD1 2.5
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Pros: -Great price per performance
-Marvell industrial/commercial grade controller w DRAM Cache
-Decent IOPS level
-Great Company w Warranty and Pricing

Cons: -Not as peppy as the better drives like Samsung and Plextor but holds it own, cause I've been running my systems on a Samsung 830 and Plextor M3S and this Crucial is just as fast but I noticed a few minor hiccups and minor lag on multi-tasking programs and some tasks that my other drives didn't experience and think the last firmware update resolved but sold this drive to friend cause I upgraded to Samsung 840s

Other Thoughts: The difference was minimal but if your used to instant performance you can notice a few small hiccups but if upgrading from a sandforce SSD or standard HDD, it is still an amazing drive an worth the investment. Crucial has amazing support and very competitive price range.
An while the DRAM cache has become the normal on SSD, this drive has some of the largest DRAM DDR3 ranging from 256-512MB unlike other controllers that go as low as 64MB and I recommend 128MB or better. an if you can afford it with right setup buy 2 512GB and have a 1TB @ 1GBs read speeds and 1GB of DRAM cache in RAID 0 which in theory can load bandwidth data speeds in just the DRAM and helps greatly to not degrade drive and still have the performance and instant response time.
Installed on a nice 4 core 650Ti HDD system and they love it and can't believe how much faster this over standard HDD but aren't all SSD better than HDD as dedicated OS drives


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Display Name: Randall C.

Date Joined: 09/05/11


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  • First Review: 10/20/11
  • Last Review: 12/02/14
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