Resolved Which One of These SSD's are Worth My Money?

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  1. KeegM480, Oct 12, 2013
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    KeegM480 macrumors 6502a

    KeegM480

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    I am planning on saving up to get a SSD for my:

    2011 15" Macbook Pro
    2.2GHz Quad Core Intel i7
    16GB of RAM, 500GB HDD

    so which one of these 3 are better for me (Video editing, photo editing, school, light gaming (like the occasional Minecraft), and web browsing)

    Option 1: $250
    "SAMSUNG 830 Series 2.5-Inch 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7PC256B/WW"


    http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-I...ref=sr_1_8?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1381609908&sr=1-8

    Option 2: $180
    "Samsung 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE250BW"


    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Elect...ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1381609908&sr=1-1

    Option 3: $215
    "Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW"


    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Elect...ref=sr_1_2?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1381609908&sr=1-2

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. JonnyBlaze macrumors regular

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    I bought the Samsung evo 840 250GB last week. Thought about the pro version, but decided to keep the change instead. Didn't see many benefits personally, but with the 840 pro, there is a 5 year warranty instead of 3 years on the evo.....still I figure if I can get even another 3 years out of my 2008 macbook I'll be laughing! It's made a big difference.....don't have to get up and make a drink while the laptop starts, and programs loads in just a couple of bounces now which is nice.
     
  3. KeegM480 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I could care less about a warranty to be honest since I will be buying on amazon. I was just curious as to if there would be a noticeable performance difference.
     
  4. Ap0ks macrumors 6502

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    Performance-wise they're pretty close so you can take you're pick really, you do have to remember you'll be losing half your portable storage though. If that's a concern you may want to look at the Crucial M500 480GB (currently $340 on Amazon so maybe over-budget), you'll be much closer to what you currently have and the performance isn't massively different to the Samsung drives.
     
  5. KeegM480 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I actually plan on replacing my superdrive with my current 500GB drive
     
  6. StockDC2 macrumors regular

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    Not to be a douche but a simple search would reveal that the 840 Pro is the best...
     
  7. KeegM480 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't care what one is the best I can tell it's the best but I want to know what one is worth it's price
     
  8. drsoong macrumors member

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    The Samsung 830 has been out of production for a long time, replaced by the 840er series. I suspect the reason is the most expensive option is probably these are leftover units and in short supply.

    Given the price difference of $35 between the Samsung Electronics 840 Pro and the Samsung 840 EVO-Series 250GB, IMO the EVO is the best value for money.

    Personally, I would choose the 840 Pro, though.

    -drsoong
     
  9. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    Perhaps you mean you could NOT care less...


    Choice for performance

    840 Pro
    840 Evo
    840

    For most people the Evo is probably the best deal.
     
  10. Giuly, Oct 13, 2013
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    You forgot the SanDisk Extreme II in your lineup: As fast as the 840 Pro (and in some cases even faster). And it's MLC NAND, so it will also last longer than the 840 EVO.
     
  11. KeegM480 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, the "n't" didn't get put in :)

    I think I might actually go for a 120GB Samsung Evo or the 128GB Crucial M4. Im trying to not spend to much so I will get a smaller SSD and make it a Fusion drive with my 500GB HDD
     
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    840 pro


    No question here

    Option 3: $215
    "Samsung Electronics 840 Pro Series 2.5-Inch 256 GB SATA 6GB/s Solid State Drive MZ-7PD256BW"

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electr...1609908&sr=1-2

    Thanks in advance
     
  13. KeegM480 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have a Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB in my Mac Mini, I really can't complain it was an easy install and works well.
     
  15. KeegM480 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think I rely need to find out why these two have a $50-$100 Price gap...
     
  16. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    I know what you mean though, I do apologies I don't really know the difference between the drives I basically bought due to availability and price.

    All I can really think of is that one could be a slightly newer drive and slightly higher level, e.g. Pro > Evo > 840 > 830

    Otherwise I found this article/thread useful.
     
  17. KeegM480 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    no problem :) if they produce nearly the same speeds, whats the point? Im already gonna get a huge speed increase! $205 is a good price for a Solid State Drive.
     
  18. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040

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    I went from a 1TB 5,400rpm drive to an SSD, the difference was night and day and as mentioned the SSD prices are pretty darn good at the moment and for the price/performance gain whatever you decide on will be a massive difference.
     
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    I bought 16 GB of DDR 1333 RAM from MC a few months back. I've been too busy to install it. I guess I bought it at (about) the right time because it cost $109 at the time. I just checked and it's $139 today. :eek:
     
  20. KeegM480 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yea, my only issue is one you might have had, going from 500GB to 250Gb. Definitely goin to get the caddy and find a way to run boot camp off of it because even the Crucial 480Gb is a little out or reach, hopefully Black Friday gets me some deals. Like having some weight loss on the Mac!
     

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