Discussion in 'Storage & Backup' started by tfroggydawg, Jan 19, 2012.
Which SSD is the better buy?
Crucial M4 256GB?
SanDisk Extreme 240GB?
If only they shipped the 128GB!
Sandisk Extreme reviews place it as the fastest consumer SATA SSD currently, using top tier Toggle NAND produced on a 24nm process (the drive I purchased, the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe, uses the same controller but Toggle NAND @ 34nm, which is apparently slightly slower) and those reviews are universally glowing. This means also the fastest SSD based on the Sandforce 2281 controller.
Crucial m4 uses a different controller from Marvell which is pretty much tried and tested with lots of strengths and reliability. With the Synchronous NAND it uses and this controller, it's considered rock solid and reliable with less failures (or a perception, at least, of less failures) than other makes and models of SSDs on the market and a lot of happy campers as a result. The problem is it's way slower in benchmarks, particularly in write speeds, but also a significant amount on read speeds. But coming from a mechanical drive it's still sure to amaze you, all the same!
Read the reviews on both and look at how much coin you want to spend. Proven reliability or bleeding edge speed and as yet, unproven reliability (despite the queries and issues surrounding Sandforce based drives reliability that have now seemingly been resolved).
I'd go for the speedier drive if you don't plan to change SSDs for a while. You have a 3 year warranty should you need it due to failure. But you can't magically increase the speed later on and future generation drives will be faster again leaving the m4 behind soon enough, why start further back in terms of performance?
so tempting but must resist
yeah, well, I'm just wondering if this one gets lost as well, then what?
Crucial M4 $199 Amazon
That pricing is freaking awesome. For that money there's no question the 256gb is hands down the best value proposition for a decent sized SSD.
I'm probably not the only one who will say this, but why couldn't this come up a week ago?!
wowee hard to resist!
I was thinking of going an intel 520 240gb... But i've also been eyeing the M4 256gb, almost pulled the trigger when it was $299 two weeks ago.
$210 delivered for one of these is hard to beat.
edit: just pulled the trigger.
Intel 520 240gb ~$340 shipped cheapest local = $1.42/gb
Crucial m4 256gb $208 shipped = $0.8125/gb
thats 42% cheaper... I know the intel was better and was prepared to pay say $50 more, but now everyone should get one of these!
Goddammit this is bs!!!! Paid $160 a month ago for 128 now for 25% more i can get double the storage. &$&!#*
when I try to order it says
Damnit, wish I saw this before buying a Corsair Force 240gb...
Pretty much explains it.
I have the same problem, wonder what's up with that?
You will prolly find that TigerDirect or whatever the default seller on Amazon is won't ship internationally,
It's giving me 3 options for the 256gb drive at $199
CircuitCity, TigerDirect or Amazon, try them all, one will ship internationally.
I will PM you later, need to catch up!
The one from amazon is $229..
It's $229 from Amazon + ($5.99+($2.49*0.169lb) which totals to $235.41 for the 5-12 days shipping.
Get a sandisk 240gb instead
Was $199 for a while there also.