Does anyone have experience with Samsung 256GB SSDs?

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  1. deus ex machina macrumors regular

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    They show up on EBay, and look quite tempting. I was curious how they hold up (should I say, not slow down).
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    In what machine and which Samsung 256GB?

    I think the Samsung 256GB was regarded as great before the Intel X25 G2 came out.
     
  3. Gen macrumors 6502a

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    No.
    Intel has been king since day one - and still is.
     
  4. BobbyCarbn macrumors regular

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    Intel lost the throne awhile back. Check out the drives from OWC - Mercury Extreme, or the Patriot Inferno. They smoke the Intel X Series and don't degrade over time.
     
  5. deus ex machina thread starter macrumors regular

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    MBP.....the model with TRIM, 220/200 read/write. It has been out for a while.

    Again, does anyone here have any personal experience with the unit?
     
  6. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    what's so tempting on the Samsung ? I see the prices are not especially low (500-600 €)
     
  7. deus ex machina thread starter macrumors regular

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    EBay 350-450 USD for 256GB.
     
  8. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    ok. that's low. Here in Europe it's more expensive.
     
  9. deus ex machina thread starter macrumors regular

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    It is older tech, but the numbers appear to hold up.
     
  10. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020

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    I had the Samsung PM800 OEM from Dell in my Alienware M11x. The seq read/write speeds are great, 4k randoms were subpar but I never really noticed. It was more of a benchmark thing. I got it because of the very large 256GB size for an SSD and got a great deal on it. No noise, heat, and low power consumption, my M11x drew less mW than others and I believe it was due to the SSD.

    As for degradation, I used it on my Windows 7 machine and I never found out how to properly optimize the drive as in garbage collection. I was using intel drivers. Tools showed that TRIM was on, but I saw some minor slowdown in benchmark numbers over time. As for experiencing thes slowdowns? none at all. comp booted up and shutdown extremely fast. Load speeds were good too. It scored a 7.2 in Windows Experience score if that gives you any indication on where it stands. I read the OCZ Vertex/Agility 2 get 7.8 and Intel G2's 7.7 or so.

    If you need/want the space, you can't really beat the price for the Samsung.
     
  11. deus ex machina thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have a G2 in my win7 box, and it is quick. Sadly, OSX does not use the TRIM function, which is in the Samsung drive.... but at 360, I did buy one. I will let you folks know how it works out.... and find a home for my 1TB Scorpio.
     
  12. tatical macrumors member

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    I have a Samsung PM800 256GB (VBM24D1Q), its pretty good. I was going to get an Intel, but I wanted more than 160GB. I haven't 'noticed' any slowdown after about two months of usage. My MBP boots quicker than some other guy's MBP by about 2 seconds (some guy at work). He has a MBP @ 2.4 GHz, and a X-25 160GB, but I have a MBP @ 2.8GHz + VMware.

    It supports TRIM, but OS X doesn't.
     
  13. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    can you pick one for me and send it to Europe ? ;)
     
  14. Meever macrumors 6502a

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    Price to performance ratio is very good. I used the corsair branded one for a bit and performance was great. Lags a second or two behind the X25 g2 I'm using now, but still very good for the price.
     
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    The Samsung pb22-js3 has been in my laptop for a couple of days now. It is definitely more responsive. It was surprising to find that the disk benchmark topped out at 190/100 MB/s read/write respectively. The literature states 220/200, so I would have expected a bit more punch on the writes. It is formatted as HFS journaled, perhaps I did something wrong in the setup. I am open to suggestions.... scratch that... I am pleading for suggestions. Pity the Mac noob.

    Don't get me wrong, it is far faster than the previous drive.... But it does bench slower than my Intel 80GB on my win7 box (225/210)
     
  17. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    Yep, 190/100 seems a bit far from the 220/200 advertized. Which bench do you use ? Xbech ?

    FYI, I found another bench test of the same disk .. I think.
     
  18. deus ex machina thread starter macrumors regular

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    yes.

    The numbers come from the samsung web site.
     
  19. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    deus ex machina, could you tell me which exact product number of the disk you have ?
     
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    ok.

    I asked on tom's hardware forum what's the difference between the models MMDPE56G5DXP and MMDOE56G5MXP and apparently the MMDOE56G5MXP is faster. 220/200 vs 100/80.

    I'm right now hesitating to buy the MMDOE56G5MXP-0VB for 260€ from ebay ... 1 year used.
     
  22. deus ex machina thread starter macrumors regular

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    I would not be all that certain of that information. My drive regularly hits the 190's with 90-160 on writes (typically 110). It is not the 220/200, but livable.

    Used ssd's are a problem. They do degree some over time.

    EDIT: Looking at the text of the AJA benchmark, the drive does hit 210/200+ much of the time, but averages less.
     
  23. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    ok.
    Actually I just bought the MMDOE56G5MXP but new for 300€. A used one is not a good idea. I will post some feedback when I get it.
     
  24. deus ex machina thread starter macrumors regular

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    Excellent, I am looking forward to reading your results

    -david
     
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