Samsung 840 Pro Best SSD?

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  1. whatlifeforme macrumors member

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    Is the samsung 840 pro the best ssd choice for performance and battery life?

    I am thinking of upgrading to ssd from a 5,400 rpm hdd 2011 mbp. :apple:

    I have seen great benchmarks on the samsung 840 in comparison to others on the market.
     
  2. Greg1fraser macrumors member

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    currently have 1 in my mac mini and in my previous Macbook never had an issue good read & write speed and battery life wasn't affected
     
  3. DJJAZZYJET macrumors 6502

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    Don't make the same mistake I did with worrying about SSD performance.

    I went for an 840 pro and spent the extra money and the performance isn't noticeable at all with day to day tasks compared to another SSD.

    Go for one of the samsung EVO drives instead.
     
  4. K-Line macrumors newbie

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    some like Samsung but I prefer Crucial M550 series :)
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    This right here. You won't notice a difference in day to day tasks. Find one in the capacity you need from a reputable brand like Samsung or Crucial(there may be others out there, I don't follow this closely anymore).
     
  6. whatlifeforme thread starter macrumors member

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  7. MrX8503 macrumors 68000

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    The 850 Pro is the new king of the hill, but you'll pay dearly for it. If you want value stick with 840 EVO or MX100
     
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    The price of the 850 Pro drops each day. Buy the 850 Pro, if you want the fastest possible SSD for your SATA 6 GBit/s connection.
     
  10. TechZeke, Aug 20, 2014
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    Unless want some specific feature, there is no reason to get an 850 Pro. Twice the price for a literally unnoticeable difference in performance over an Evo or MX100.
     
  11. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    850 pro is all about extra reliability and r/w cycles. 840 Pro already maxes out Sata III.
     
  12. titans1127 macrumors 6502a

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    I went with a Crucial MX100 for my Mom's mid-2010 iMac. Coming from the original 5400rpm HD, it was like having a brand new machine. She tends to always leave too many chrome browser tabs open ( I am talking like 30+) and before the machine would crawl and there was always around 7.5 gigs of RAM being used out of 8 total. Now with the SSD it still runs smooth with that much RAM in use. Makes me glad I didn't also opt to also pay the ridiculous prices for 16 gigs of RAM since at least now it doesn't seem to make any difference.
     
  13. twochinz macrumors newbie

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    I bought the 840 evo drive when it was on sale, i think its on sale again today, 250gb for 120 dollars. Not bad
     
  14. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    The 840 pro is old and discontinued. The 850 pro replaced the 840 pro.

    I can tell you from experience that the 840 pro runs really hot and drains the battery pretty hard. At least it did on my other mac. I had to swap it out to an intel 520 SSD and put the samsung 840 pro one in my PC.

    I'd recommend the 840-evo - it's cheaper, still pretty fast, and you'll get a long run out of it. The 850 pro I believe runs cooler. You might want to do some reseach as i'm not positive.

    840-evo vs 850 pro is what you're looking to research. To be honest Intel has a pretty solid SSD too so don't shy away from them.

    Samsung or Intel - both make solid SSD's. I don't trust anyone else. Well maybe seagate - I'd have to read reviews tho.

    Also make sure you download trim enabler at http://www.cindori.org/software/trimenabler/

    Trim is super important in SSD's.



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    Amazon has the 840-evo for 88 bucks

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Elect...F8&qid=1408592538&sr=1-1&keywords=samsung+evo

     
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  16. whatlifeforme thread starter macrumors member

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    The link is $118 not $88. However, I went with the 840-evo for $118 + $9 warranty. Also, I purchased 16gb ram.(http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008LTBJFW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)


    Now my only bottleneck is my 2ghz quad-core i7 processor. I hope this upgrade fixes it. If not, it could be the graphics or logic board, right?
     
  17. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    That's why I said "specific feature", and honestly it won't make a difference for 99% of the people on this forum. More reliable and longer lasting flash on a platform that's already reliable is not worth twice the price. The computer would die and Apple would have already completely moved to proprietary SSDs before an MX100 or Evo would fail. Like I said, unless you really want the specific features of the pro(Like a business) there is no way I would recommend anyone getting a pro for such extra cost.
     
  18. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    I agree, it depends on your needs. Peace of mind with the 850 Pro's ridiculous level of reliability is nice to have, but sacrificing some reliability for double the storage at the same level of price (Evo) is a reasonable tradeoff for many.
     
  19. DJJAZZYJET macrumors 6502

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    You don't need to concern yourself with reliability. SSD's are pretty much becoming the standard storage solution. Samsung make very high quality SSD's (believe it or not) because they save the best in house technologies for themselves. A Samsung 850 is going to make no difference over an Evo in pretty much every task.
     
  20. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    It's not a reliability question in the traditional sense - like hard drives. Each SSD has a certain number of read/write cycles before it fails. EVO uses TLC, which is very hard on the drive, but allows it to store more data. The 840 Pro uses MLC, which is easier on the drive. The 850 Pro also uses MLC, but it has 3D transistors and is on a 40nm process, which keeps the speed high while making it have even more read/write cycles.

    EVO is definitely enough for most consumers, but for very heavy workloads, an 850 Pro will last longer.
     
  21. DJJAZZYJET macrumors 6502

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    Yeah and those read and writes last for something like 10 years.
    Honestly, its not something to worry about anymore. SSD Technology has advanced quite far and the slight speed differences in read and write speeds make no difference in practical day to day tasks.
     
  22. pragmatous macrumors 65816

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    If the price is different then it is safe to assume that the price changed. Correct? I have no control over pricing.



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    JSYK the 120GB is 85 dollars. The 256g is 118.

    I guess it depends on the size needs.

     

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