SanDisk vs Kingston vs Samsung

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MoodyM, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. MoodyM macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Seagate 750GB Hybrid drive in my HD slot, and I plan to put a 128GB SSD into my Optibay slot.

    It's either the SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G2, the Samsung 840 or Kingston ssdNOW V300.

    Any recommendations from those 3?

    Also, should the SSD reside long-term in the HD slot or the OptiBay slot?
     
  2. robvas macrumors 68020

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    Samsung 840 Pro would be my #1 choice out of those drives.

    If it's just the regular Samsung 840, I'd flip a coin between that and the Sandisk - or just get whichever is cheaper.
     
  3. MoodyM thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The Pro isn't far off twice the price...
     
  4. devilcm3 macrumors 6502a

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    Samsung is the obvious choice,

    Sandisk and Kingston are not known much in SSD world in terms of reliability and quality.
     
  5. robvas macrumors 68020

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    Apple uses Sandisk for one of their SSD suppliers...

    The good thing about Sandisk is they make their own NAND so they can get first pick. The bad thing about Sandisk is that they make a large number of similarly named drive models so it can be confusing to choose the right drive.
     
  6. devilcm3 macrumors 6502a

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    Controllers also matter.
    Sandisk, Kingston, OCZ use the same controller.
     
  7. paul-n macrumors regular

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    Sandisk is using Marvell in it's new SSDs, also OCZ switched to Indilinx, which was some kind of Marvell with Vertex 4.
    What about the new Samsung 840 Evo, the reviews look promising and they should be available this month.
     
  8. alex0002 macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I think the new Sandisk SSDs with Marvell controllers should be good. The Sandisk Extreme II appears to be one of the top performers and the Sandisk Ultra Plus could be a good budget option.

    That SanDisk SDSSDP-128G-G2 appears to be an old one and I think those older Sandisk all used the sandforce controller? There are probably a number of better options available these days.

    Samsung 840 seems quite good value at the moment, most likely discounted to clear stocks for the new 840 Evo. Most people will not be able to tell the difference unless running benchmarks.
     
  9. hamiltonDSi macrumors 68000

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    I use the 120GB Kingston SSD NOW V300 since march. I'm happy with it.
     

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