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Newegg.com has 250GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive (MZ-75E250B/AM) for $89.99 - $10 w/ promo code EMCBCRE33 = $79.99. Shipping is free. Thanks sr71
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I'd suggest reading something like Tomshardware.com during your lunch break. They do a good job of keeping up with latest tech and do good reviews on hardware if you want to get technical. I do IT for my job so I kind of am forced to keep up.

The advantage of using the Pro line of Samsung over the Evo line is that the Pro line uses MLC (multi-layer cell) NAND. The Evo line uses TLC (triple-layer cell). This all boils down to a few things. TLC is cheaper to manufacture as it can fit more data into a single NAND chip compared to MLC. Roughly twice as much (MLC holds 4-bits / TLC holds 8). The drawback of TLC is that it doesn't last as long as MLC. That's not to say you will ever hit the lifetime of even TLC with normal consumer usage. Techreport did a test with the 840 Pro and it survived over 2 PETA-bytes written to it. That's 2000 Tera-bytes. Drives are usually warrantied for 100Tera-bytes.
https://techreport.com/review/294...incredible
Unless there is a reason that you absolutely need the Pro line with MLC then the 850 Evo is totally acceptable as a gaming rig boot drive. The only issue I can see you having is trying to get a large number of games installed on it. Windows takes up about 15GB of space. Your drive will show 232GB usable. You're down to ~215GB usable now. There are games in my library that run anywhere from 6GB - 54GB (thanks Shadow of Mordor). That means the number of games you can install is limited.
For the past 2.5 years I've run a 250GB Samsung 850 Evo. I've written 12 Terabytes of data to it and the Samsung utility shows the Health as "Excellent". I used the built-in RAMDisk (Samsung Magician calls this "RAPIDs"). This will cache writes to your SSD and make it much faster than just running the SSD without that cache layer and may extend your drive life as writes go to the SSD less often and are in large blocks that are easier to allocate.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Edit: I just bought another 850 Evo off a SlickDeal for $90. I may try to price match but it's not a big deal to me. Under $.50/GB is a good Samsung SSD deal for me.
I currently use a 960 Evo NVMe drive. I bought this at the same time as the 850 Evo and use the 960 Evo as my boot drive now. For some reason the NVMe drives do not support RAPIDS but my Read/Write is still over 3GB/s
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Cyrptomining doesn't need an SSD. You're crunching numbers via GPU/CPU, not storing and sorting through large amounts of data.

Unless you are making a some kind of connection with the demand on memory chips used on video cards causing the prices of solid state going up across the board, that doesn't make any sense.
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I've used this drive in my gaming rig since March 2015. 12+ TB written to it and no issues. Samsung allows your to use their program called "Magician" that creates a 2-4GB RAMDisk that writes are cached to essentially making your SSD as fast as your RAM. I get 5GB/s Writes and 6GB/s reads. Games load instantly and you are in map before everyone on Multiplayer so you get weird results sometimes...walking around before the server loads all the textures etc.
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What's the average price for these puppies?
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What's the average price for these puppies?
$85-$90 seems to be the going rate.
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I have been waiting for a good deal on the pro version for a long time. That machine is going to be my gaming rig.. not a high end though.. any suggestions for gaming ssd?
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It used to be $70 range, but it's been $80-90 because of crytomining. $80 is good. In for 1
Interesting. Was wondering why the price keeps going up on these
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Regular price. Good deal is $250 1TB - $120 512GB - $70 and less for 256GB
In your dreams maybe
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I only run Samsung PRO versions in my gaming rigs. I learned to avoid cheap SSDs after having a Kingston die on me .

Hard to beat the (10?) year warranty, speed and reliability on the Samsung PRO (not EVO) line. Subscribe to Fry's promo emails or set a SD alert. They come up fairly often on sale.
Eco is way better than Kingston. Kingston used bait n switch that's prob what happened to u
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I gave in and bought one last week when it was on sale for 85
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Regular price. Good deal is $250 1TB - $120 512GB - $70 and less for 256GB
Not sure why you're being downvoted. 2 years ago, 250GB SSDs were at $80. You're right, this is just regular price.

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ssd only benefit booting windows in less than 20 sec. I still install and load game from my regular hard drive.
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