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SSD Recommendations

Folks,

I have recently lost one of my SSD drives in one of my HTPCs (a 40Gb Corsair). It's been a while since I've had to buy an SSD, so I wanted to gather some recommendations. What would you recommend as a replacement?

Just to get the system up and running again, I'm reinstalling windows 7 onto my 500Gb western digital drive that I'd previously used as a recorded TV drive, but I see this as a temporary solution. I'm sure we'll miss the snappy wake times that the SSD offered. Anything you'd definitely recommend (or recommend avoiding)?
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Samsung 840 EVO 120GB $90

Additional $15 OFF with Promo Code: EMCYTZG699
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Typically I stuck with Intel SSD's and have been happy with them, but recently I have started using the Samsung EVO and Pro SSD's and like them even better, so far great performance and reliability and not badly priced. Go to the big online resellers and you will see many discounts and offers. Personally I would stay away from the budget or value SSD's, I had a Kingston V a while back and failed on me - lost everything with no warning at all...


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I'm a member of a hardware forum and there is a guy there who is a guru when it comes to SSD's . He always recommend the Samsung Pro drives as they have the lowest failure rate in the business. After that is the M500 by Crucial as it is less expensive than the Samsung or Intel's but offer great price/performance, then the Intel SSD's (530 and up mostly). Speedwise you really won't notice too much difference between them in the real world.
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I like the Samsung 840 EVO better than the Intel. I have 2 500GB 840 EVOs partitioned for 7 OS X and Linux OSs on macs. I also put them in friends machines. The new Samsung 850 Pro currently has the top speed and reliability but it cost a lot more.

I wrote this SSD tuning wiki which has links to useful articles:
https://confluence.freeswitch.org/di...ning+for+Linux

Check out www.thessdreview.com for all things ssd and great benchmarks.

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The new Crucial MX100 series (128GB for $75, 256GB for $110 etc.), hard to beat in price, performance, longevity. AnandTech review:

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Unless you are an enthusiast or professional with a heavy IO workload, the MX100 is currently the drive with the best bang for the buck in the market by far.

For enterprise workloads (nothing to do with HTPC, of course), the latest and the greatest Samsung 850 Pro or Sandisk Extreme Pro is for you.
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Re: Recommendations

Thanks for the thoughts, guys.

I like Samsung's drives, but I'd like to minimize cost as much as possible. I should hit myself with something for asking this, but any thoughts on re-certified SSD's (like this one)? I shy away from traditional refurbed SATA drives because of the likelihood of mechanical wear, but I don't know anything about how well refurb SSD's perform. Anybody have any experience with this?

Also.. any particular advantage/disadvantage to buying an SSD without the aluminum enclosure (ie.. bare circuit board)?
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The new Crucial MX100 series (128GB for $75, 256GB for $110 etc.), hard to beat in price, performance, longevity. AnandTech review.
This - and for the little extra cost, the 256 is superior to the 128 in every way.
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The new Crucial MX100 series (128GB for $75, 256GB for $110 etc.), hard to beat in price, performance, longevity. AnandTech review.
I have 2 of the 256GB MX100's. Great drive, very good price!
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Forgot to mention people should check out www.thessdreview.com, that is my goto site for all things ssd and great benchmarks.
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Also.. any particular advantage/disadvantage to buying an SSD without the aluminum enclosure (ie.. bare circuit board)?
If you are talking about a mSATA (mini SATA) SSD, then that's as good as a normal 2.5" SSD (better in that it's saving space). Of course your motherboard must support this form factor. For example, Crucial M500 mSATA 120GB CT120M500SSD3, $75, is a nice budget mSATA card.

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Get the bigger faster SSD /thread.

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Samsung 840 EVO 120GB $90

Additional $15 OFF with Promo Code: EMCYTZG699
Thanks for the promo code, just picked this up
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I think this promo code is good for about another four hours. 256 GB Samsung 840 EVO for $119.99 after promo code.

http://promotions.newegg.com/NEemail...et_rid=4380712

I just ordered 2 of them.
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