How so? In that case where does the Samsung 840 EVO rank compared to both of these?
I'm all for the Toshiba, but I'll agree that the EVO has some benchmarks where it performs better than the Toshiba and some where it doesn't. So it's a mixed bag. These newer Toshiba SSDs are not Sandforce based, its Marvell, and that's better since Sandforce is not currently a reliable choice(unless you get an Intel SSD). Toshiba invented NAND flash, and have being using SSDs in already built computers for a while now.
The other thing is that Toshiba uses MLC NAND flash which lasts longer than the TLC found on the EVO.
But everyone here will tell you TLC shouldn't matter because it will last you at least 10 years. So its your pick.
If you want to see the reviews that show benchmarks for these top SSDs, let me know.
As far as the Sandisk goes, the best/recommended SSD from them that's closest to the Samsung Pro is the Sandisk Extreme II. Anything else from Sandisk is a YMMV situation.
In my opinion, I can see why many would opt for the EVO being that its from Samsung, but I can't justify the price on that model, considering that there are other fast and reliable ones that cost less.
In real world workloads the Ultra Plus is really slow. Partly because of the controller used in this more value-oriented drive. That doesn't mean it's bad, this deal is fine for this drive, but there are a lot of other options out there that would be more desirable. To a previous question, the EVO would be a better choice IMO...though if budget is the primary concern the Ultra Plus will be a huge upgrade over a standard HDD. Decent option too for an external enclosure for quick portable storage.
One of those negatives on NewEgg is me; I got a DOA unit, no complaint from NewEgg when I sent it back, but then had some issues with stuttering on the replacement model.
The stuttering did go away after a firmware update, so I'd consider this again if the price gets low enough. Not at full price, but possibly at a good discount.
Thanks for the update. Obviously lots of people seemed happy with it anyway. It's just a matter of odds, and it *seems* that this product had higher odds of having issues than others. Then it comes to the trade-off we make (personally) between the small odds of having issues and the potential savings against other products.
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