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    Default Re: SSD & Hard Drive Problems

    Check Anandtech for reviews of both of the 840's, the TLC version performs surprisingly well.

    IMO, marketing specs don't mean much, I go by reviews, and multiple reviews to be certain of what the SSD is all about.
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    I had read the AnandTech reviews and the plain jane 840 and the older 830 seem to be similar in overall results.
    The main test I'm interested in is the steady state "real world" performance tests when the drive is about half full.
    If I had a high end system and was running intensive software applications, I'd look closer at specific tests.
    Keep in mind that both 830 ssd's will be boot drives for both of my half-fast, 5 year old systems.
    Both systems have pci-e 1.x bandwidth, so I don't know how much I'd gain by spending $25 - $50 more (per system) for an inexpensive 6GB/s sata add-in controller.

    I curious about the overall real world performance of the 840 Pro models and finding out under what conditions they're worth the approximate 20 - 30% price premium. BTW, the 840's AES encryption support is a non-issue for me.

    My drives should arrive this coming Monday, so I have several days to figure out how much spare space I want to allocate for maximum performance and ssd life. Samsung seems to suggest that 7 - 10% is plenty, but I can easily spare 20% for over provisioning. I need to verify if there's such a thing as too much reserved space. Bigger ain't always better.

    I may be wrong, but I think that the TLC Nand is a cost cutting measure that will eventually allow even lower prices for mainstream users.
    Just like in racing, it always boils down to how fast are you willing to spend.
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