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learning
11-10-2013, 02:06 PM
I am planning on buying either Intel 530 180GB SSD or Samsung 840 EVO 120 GB.

Which would be a better buy in terms of reliability and performance ?


I am not too concerned about the 60GB gap between the 2 or price difference.
I have a Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-UD5P Motherboard which does SATA2 - 300MB/s

I know the above drives are SATA3 specs which means their throughput is limited by my motherboard.
Which would be a better buy in terms of performance and long term reliability.


Cheers

inphinity
11-10-2013, 02:18 PM
Haven't tested an Evo 120GB, but Evo 250GB vs 530 240GB, the Evo stomps it in real-world (though the 530 has slightly better sequential performance I find).

At the end of the day, though, Intel & Samsung have the best reliability history with their SSDs, but as with everything, both do still have an above-zero failure rate. You won't be disappointed with either, and you'll keep a backup of important stuff anyway :)

1101
11-10-2013, 03:44 PM
the Evo stomps it in real-world

Thats interesting. Is that real world difference something that the average user (me at home) would notice in normal usage, eg Win7, Firefox load times ?
Big enough diff to be worthwhile upgrading to the EVO if I have the older intel 330 ?

1101
11-10-2013, 03:58 PM
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-recommendation-benchmark,3269-6.html

hmmn, looks like its the write speeds that have the big real world differences in SSD types , not the read speeds?

inphinity
11-10-2013, 04:09 PM
Thats interesting. Is that real world difference something that the average user (me at home) would notice in normal usage, eg Win7, Firefox load times ?
Big enough diff to be worthwhile upgrading to the EVO if I have the older intel 330 ?

I wouldn't consider it significant enough to justify upgrading from a 330 to an 840 Evo purely for that reason, unless you are doing some seriously disk-intensive tasks. The read speed will be similar ballpark, but the 840 will probably be 25% faster write speeds than the 330. Although I must say, I have seen some benchmarks putting the 120 GB Evo quite low. The Evo 250GB and above are great. Haven't had a Evo 120Gb hands-on so can only go on other sources for that one.

dugimodo
12-10-2013, 03:35 AM
Both are good, grab whatever. The performance difference isn't significant for most home users although it might look big on benchmarks. I've had an older intel 320 series 120G and currently have a samsung 830 series 256G - both feel about the same in daily use despite a huge difference in benchmarks. Some people push drives hard enough to see the difference, most don't.

learning
12-10-2013, 05:55 AM
Both are good, grab whatever. The performance difference isn't significant for most home users although it might look big on benchmarks. I've had an older intel 320 series 120G and currently have a samsung 830 series 256G - both feel about the same in daily use despite a huge difference in benchmarks. Some people push drives hard enough to see the difference, most don't.

thanks guys for the tips! Looks like both are equal in quality and performance (for everyday home use) I will go with Intel simply due to slightly larger capacity