Is the Samsung 840 Pro worth the price jump?

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  1. zackkmac macrumors 6502a

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    Hi all. I am about to purchase a 2012 15" MacBook Pro and would like to get a 512GB SSD for it. Currently in my 17" I have a Crucial M4 and so far it has been great. From what I've read, though, I could get a lot more speed and reliability from a Samsung drive.

    Thing is, I could get another M4 for around $350, I actually bought mine for $318. That meant that I paid $0.62 per gigabyte. A Samsung 840 Pro 512GB is, at the cheapest, $566. If I bought that one, it would be $1.10 per gigabyte. The next one I saw was over $700.

    My question is do you guys think it's worth the extra $200-$250 or more to get the Samsung drive? That's a steep increase in price when I'm only paying $350 to begin with.
     
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  3. zackkmac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the reference! I didn't even consider the 830 because the 840 Pro is at an okay price point.

    Unfortunately 512GB is what I need right now. I have already tried the 256GB route and keeping my files separated with some on an external is just not for me, I like to have everything on one drive. But I might look into the Fusion Drive setup and if I go that route then I will probably get a 256GB.

    I can afford to get the 840 Pro, as I have some extra $$$ right now, but I'm just not sure if it would be worth it or not. I'm happy with my Crucial M4 right now but if it's that big of a difference I wouldn't mind paying extra.
     
  4. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    What is you do that you'd actually notice the extra speed of the 840? Has your M4 really been any kind of a bottleneck in doing that? (Whatever "that" may be). If you're just looking for R/W bragging rights then go for it I guess.

    Man, that must've been agony waiting on that lowly, conventional drive to spin up before your SSD came along.
     
  5. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    I would go for the Crucial, then :)
    There's a reason why it's still a bit cheaper than the Samsung...it's due to quality of the controller/memory modules.

    However, if you already are happy with a previous Crucial, then I don't see why not?

    Speed wise, like mentioned above, I highly doubt you're going to push any of these SSD's to the max.
     
  6. zackkmac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I'm thinking as well. I can afford it but would rather not buy it unless there was a monumental difference, which I am reading that there is not. So I will probably still go with the Crucial M4. It has been reliable and very speedy. Also I kind of like having both Crucial RAM and SSD in the computer. :p

    Hungry&Foolish, thanks for the info on the 840 issues. :)
     
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