130 MB/s write speed seems really slow. Even Intel claims 450 MB/s for the 330 model, and the Pro model has 390 MB/s. So I will hold off on that one. Hoping the Intel 330 deal comes back again, that's a great drive.
I can't believe the 840 250gb is already going for $150 WITH a decent game too! Such polarized prices between the 840 and 840 Pro. There's gotta be something to fill the void coming out some time soon.
There's already something filling in that void between the 840 and the 840 Pro: the 830. Problem is that Samsung isn't manufacturing the 830 any more. The only end user benefit the 840 can offer over the 830 or the 840 Pro is lower price, so that's where Samsung is going.
i want an SSD drive to play games. those are usually 5GB, or even higher. i could get by with 128GB, but i rather have 200 for more comfort.
Unless you are trying to put your whole steam folder on there you will be fine. Just put your main games and you shouldn't have any issues. Should even have enough for your main apps. If you sell off the game with the 840 250GB that will be just about be $120ish. Thats not bad at all.
My 128GB M4 is good just about perfect. I have my main games (about 40GB worth) and apps on it. Hell of a lot better than the 64GB I was using for several months.
False, 128GB is plenty for a system drive. There must be tons of data or bloated programs which you could be storing on another drive.
Many people want their OS and games on the same primary drive. That alone can EASILY fill 128GB, as I speak from experience.
If you want your games to load slow, sure, then a secondary drive is fine.
Had to raid 0 my 128GB SSD as my primary, as it filled in no time.
The Samy 840 is based on "cheaper" tech (in all ways). It's an "entry level" drive, but IMO unless you're just an email user or light surfer, it's just not an option. There are several reviews out there indicating that the 840 (not 840 pro) lacks longevity and has a shorter warranty, so read them before you jump....
From iCnet (admittedly a biased site full of ilightweights), but it's echoed elsewhere
The bad: The Samsung 840 comes with just three, not five years of warranty coverage and is likely to have shorter lifespan than others of the same capacity.
The bottom line: The Samsung 840 series is an excellent entry-level solid-state drive for budget and general users, but not really a good buy for advanced or professional users.
1 - 250G bundle with game is now showing OOS
2 - From what I can tell the bundle versions UPC ends in 30926 and the drive only ends in 06642.
3 - The only UPC listed on the rebate form and online is the 06642.
4 - Everyone seems to be complaining about the max write rate which is lower than what the 830 drive was, but they don't say that the 840 uses less power, has faster access times and much higher IOPS.
840 250G - 96K / 62K
830 256G - 80K / 36K
If all you do is write super large files and never read them or boot your system, then by all means keep thinking that the 830 is way superior. As for reliability, they both have the same MTBF listed and 3 yr warranty. Is the 840 pro better, yes, also costs significantly more.
Last edited by sparkee; 12-07-2012 at 08:28 AM..
Reason: info listed is for the 250G version
I was thinking about getting my dad the Samsung 840 Series MZ-7TD250BW 250GB Solid State Drive for his older ThinkPad T60 laptop. He currently has a 5400rpm 120GB hard drive in there. Would this be a decent, reliable upgrade for him? He was complaining that it was a little slow and I thought this might help. He already has the machine maxed out with 3GB of RAM.
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