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My first SSD - Help me decide..


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qwertt

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Hello,

I was offered two models of SSDs:

  • Kingston V300 120GB - Warranty: 1 Year
     
  • Samsung 840 EVO 120 GB - Warranty: 6 Months


The problem is that in my country all SSD products are imported, so the seller give an additional warranty, after that I can use the official Samsung/Kingston Warranty but I will have to ship it to the US (too expensive, too much time, it will be faster and cheaper to buy a new one :( ).

1. Kingston V300
I read about it and it comes with the 506 firmware, and many people complain about the poor performance, and it seems that Kingston is not going to release a new firmware version. The seller told me that the product is from Taiwan. Will I have this problem? Or only the Chinese version is defective?

2. Samsung 840 EVO
I read that its pretty good but I only have 6 month of warranty, is it enough time to know if it will work for a couple of years? Is there any way to test the SSD to prevent a failures?

What should I do?

Thanks.


Edited by qwertt, 08 April 2014 - 05:59 AM.

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Lemurian

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Go for Kingston. This version must have Intel controller (same as in a much more expensive Intel model) which gives very good speed.

And a rule of thumb: modern SSD is supposed to work many-many hours. If Samsung gives only a half-year warranty I'd suspect something is wrong with the drive, and refuse buying it -- maybe some component is very-very cheap and unreliable, u know.... :yes:


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Go for Kingston. This version must have Intel controller (same as in a much more expensive Intel model) which gives very good speed.

And a rule of thumb: modern SSD is supposed to work many-many hours. If Samsung gives only a half-year warranty I'd suspect something is wrong with the drive, and refuse buying it -- maybe some component is very-very cheap and unreliable, u know.... :yes:

 

I have the 3 years Samsung/Kingston Warranty, buy I have to ship it to the US, I am from South America, it will be too expensive. So the seller (they are not the same people) will give me a direct warranty with them.

 

So, are you sure about Kingston V300? I dont know what to do, because I read that the V300 comes with very low performance.


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Gday.

The Samsung Evo is about the best drive in it's class and price, very reliable and also come with Samsung Magician, software for installation and migrating your data from the old drive. 

Extract, from this article, > http://www.hardware-...ive-march-2014/

Samsung: Samsung has been dropping the prices on their 840 EVO series of SSDs, which continues to be one of the fastest SSD. It also now supports TCG Opal and thus Microsoft’s eDrive spec for encryption with the latest firmware. Performance wise, the 840 EVO is nearly, but not quite as fast as the Samsung 840 Pro, which continue to offers unmatched performance. On top of that, Samsung SSDs reliability is unmatched. Finally, The Samsung 840 EVO and 840 Pro SSDs also offer some of the lowest power consumption for SSDs, making them ideal for notebooks. - See more at: http://www.hardware-...h.AritIS4h.dpuf

Also list of failure rates, Samsung is the best.You may see two price listing on sites, the lowest package does not include a conversion bracket or a SATA cable

The slightly more expensive package, about $10, does contain the bracket and cable. 

 

How much will you pay from your supplier?

Have you looked at Amazon with international shipping, or > http://www.pcworld.c...rom_brazil.html


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@iammykyl  

where is it possible to see the real, not paid-for, comparisons in failure rates of SSD? Usually service centers avoid publishing these data.

 

This site says that in speed Kingston and Samsung go pretty close with Samsung leading. A difference almost unnoticable in desktop apps.

  http://ssdboss.com/s...120-GB-SATA-III


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That's the best info I found for failure rates using Google, other browsers may give better results.

Yes ther is not a huge difference in performance at the top end of SSDs but the Samsung is well thought off and highly recommended from most of the Pro reviewers.


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