Samsung EVO vs Crucial M500 SSD

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  1. Traverse macrumors 603

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    I'm ready to order my first SSD for my 2011 Macbook Pro.

    I'm torn between the:

    500GB Samsung EVO: $270 with tax

    or

    480GB Crucial M500: $255 with tax

    These are the two most popular SSDs I've seen at these forums. Are both good? Which one would you recommend.


    Thanks!
     
  2. Meister Suspended

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    The crucial can be had for 180,- depending on the country you are in.

    Both are good, but in a lab enviroment the samsung perfoms slightly better.

    The crucial is listed as 32gb smaller, because these 32gb compensate for the capacity loss that happens when ssds get used over time.
    In reality both have a total capacity of ~512gb, the samsung will just shrick, while the crucial will stay at 480gb.
     
  3. Traverse thread starter macrumors 603

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    But is one noted to have greater endurance than the other over time?

    Also, the Samsung comes with a three year manufacturing warranty, does Crucial offer this?
     
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    Many will tell you to get the samsung, but I am planing to buy the crucial for my mini.

    The crucial is much cheaper and I dont believe there is any real difference.
     
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    The Crucial uses MLC NAND chips which to have higher write cycle ratings than the TLC NAND in the EVO, but unless you are hammering away with write cycles all day either is likely to outlast your computer. The Crucial has the same three year warranty while the EVO is a little faster in most tests.

    Like Meister said, in normal usage you are not going to be able to tell the difference. This is really kind of a toss up IMO.
     
  6. BrianMayFan123 macrumors newbie

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    I replaced the stock 500GB HDD in my 2012 Macbook Pro about 6 months ago with the Samsung 840 EVO 500GB and feel that it was the better choice over a Crucial M500. It was slightly more expensive (Around £30 more at the time) but unless you do very intensive Video Editing or move 20GB+ of data around at a time, you won't notice a difference between the two.

    Ive found my boot time is around 4-6 seconds, shutdown close to 3 since upgrading. The Crucial wont be far off that

    Both SSDs have few reported issues and come with 3 years manufacturer warranty so go with whichever you can get cheapest and you will be happy.
     
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    @BrianMayFan123 Off topic but I think your name rocks.
    (I prefer Freddy though ;) ).


    Barney
     
  8. Traverse thread starter macrumors 603

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    I just got my SSD and will be installing it soon. Do I have to register it for the warranty to be effective?
     
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    Should I disable the sudden motion feature since I am now using an SSD?
     
  11. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    I didn't, and it works fine.
     
  12. Weaselboy Moderator

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    No need to.
     
  13. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    They're both good drives. Buy whichever one is cheaper.
     
  14. tuna macrumors 6502

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    You should see if anandtech.com has reviews of either or both products. He is very authoritative.

    I was making the same decision between Samsung 840 EVO and others including the Crucial. I seem to remember that I chose the Samsung because (1) it had SIGNIFICANTLY lower idle power draw, like it used less than half the energy at idle, and (2) because Apple uses the Samsung 840 as OEM drives so I figured that compatibility issues are less likely.
     
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    Shouldn't the comparison between a 840 EVO and a M550...not a M500?
     

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