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Thread: Samsung 830 128 GB vs Crucial M4 128GB

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    Piospi is offline Junior Member
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    Default Samsung 830 128 GB vs Crucial M4 128GB

    Hello everyone,

    Which of these drives have better performance ( are in the same price in my shop) ? I say this for practical applications, benchmarks do not take into account insofar as they confirm something.

    Which SSD do you recommend? I'm confused....really..

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    Default Re: Samsung 830 128 GB vs Crucial M4 128GB

    Warning: Reading ssd benchmark reviews leads to major headaches, dead brain cells and frequent random brain farts.

    Which cpu and motherboard models do you have?
    This can make a huge difference in how well your new ssd will perform.

    I find the Tweaktown ssd reviews useful where they perform two different PCMark Vantage benchmarks that deal with real world performance differences.
    Storage Content Archive Listing :: TweakTown USA Edition

    PCMark Vantage scores:
    HDD1 - Windows Defender
    HDD2 - Gaming
    HDD3 - Windows Photo Gallery
    HDD4 - Vista Startup
    HDD5 - Windows Movie Maker
    HDD6 - Windows Media Center
    HDD7 - Windows Media Player
    HDD8 - Application Loading
    - - - - - -
    PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing
    For a complete breakdown on the Drives with Data Testing please read this article. You will be able to perform this test at home with the files provided in the article - full instructions are included.

    - Brief Methodology

    SSDs perform differently when used for a period of time and when data is already present on the drive. The purpose of the Drives with Data testing is to show how a drive performs in these 'dirty' states. SSDs also need time to recover, either with TRIM or onboard garbage collection methods.

    Drives with Data Testing - 25%, 50%, 75% Full States and Dirty / Empty Test
    Files needed for 60 (64GB), 120 (128GB), 240 (256GB)
    60GB Fill - 15GB, 30GB, 45GB
    120GB Fill - 30GB, 60GB, 90GB
    240GB Fill - 60GB, 120GB, 160GB

    Empty but Dirty - a test run just after the fill tests and shows if a drive needs time to recover or if performance is instantly restored.
    Also check out the Anandtech ssd reviews where they perform several custom benchmarks that deal with real world performance.
    AnandTech - Storage

    Avoid the less expensive asynchronous drives.
    Last edited by profJim; 04-17-2012 at 11:04 AM. Reason: added article link
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