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    Default The best SSD

    Samsung, Zotac, Adata, Corsair, Kingston you name it, there are tons of SSD brands.

    But my question is, what are other features I should look after when buying an SSD apart from Speed? for example, what is this flops things or the Vnand Sandforce 4D things that they call a "controller".

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    The standard form factor SSDs (2.5") leverage the aging SATA 6G interface. That caps out at a throughput of, you guessed it, 6 Gbps.

    The m.2 interface was a step in the right direction, but was still limited to 6 Gbps throughput.

    The fastest, most cutting-edge storage available in consumer PCs at the moment are the newer m.2 NVMExpress chips. The leverage on-board capabilities of the Intel X99 (Haswell-E and upcoming Broadwell-E CPUs) and Z170 chipsets (Skylake CPUs) to use the PCI-E 3.0 x4 bus with far more throughput capabilites (up to 32 Gbps).

    I have the 256 GB Samsung 950 Pro and I love it. Pretty darn fast.

    The other primary technology assocaited with SSDs / NVME is v-NAND/ 3D-NAND (vertical stacking of cells on a chip vs. spread out flat). It's mainly intended to allow for much larger capacities on a single chip and higher performing at the same time (as data passes through a vertical channel vs. from cell to cell across the surface of the chip). Improvements to write endurance are there as well, but believe me...write endurance with SSDs hasn't been a problem since from right around the time they went mainstream.
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    Ok, there's 3 types of SSD's right now.

    2.5" SATA SSD's which are by far the most common, and old. They have a max throughput of 6 Gb/s (There's a difference between GB and Gb)

    M.2 SSD's which are quite new, and have a similar througput to the SATA SSD's, BUT they take up PCI-E lanes. So, you have to make sure you are not overstraining you're CPU's PCI-E lane limit.

    PCI-E SSD's, they are REALLY expensive, but are the fastest (IIRC).

    If you are going for an SSD, my first choice is Samsung. Intel and MyDigitalSSD are both great options too.
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    Samsung 2.5" Evos are really nice. They come with software called "Samsung Magician" and it optimizes your SSD's performance. I run my OS on a 850 EVO and couldn't be happier.

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    x2 on the Samsung Evo's their performance is great and the price is always good!

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    Yep, I've had a Samsung ssd in my system for 4+ years and still running like a champ.

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    I currently have an ADATA SSD, Zotac and Samsung SSD's. (bought them a long time ago)

    I never had any problems with these SSD's but Samsung seems to be the best one and Adata/Zotac the cheaper ones (The quality is not bad though)

    Possibly I'll be getting a Samsung 840EVO 512GB and finally get rid of HDD's.

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    I haven't tried any others, but the Samsung EVOs are great! My PC boots in about 10 seconds or under. I have a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB and 250GB, both are great and quick!

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    Always bought Samsung 2.5" SSDs, never had a problem.

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    I generally check with Tomshardware.com for their evaluations. Samsung seems to be the best choice...but I'm always on a budget that puts them out of my price range.

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    I just bought my first SSD a few days ago. I went with the Samsung 850 Pro 256GB. It isn't exactly top of the line anymore, but quite a bit cheaper (though still much pricier than budget options). It cost me 120 dollars, which seemed very expensive to me, but after a bit of research it seemed that they contained the best quality component parts and the 10 year warranty compared to the 5 for the EVO models convinced me. I'm a big fan of long warranties on items I've never used before.

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    My Intel 750 PCIe ssd 400GB was the best component I have ever bought. Windows installs in 5 minutes or so, and I am always the first to load game maps. Well worth the money.

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    Samsung EVO's - every hardware and tech site on the net has basically approved them for entry-level to advanced gaming. One of those really good pieces of tech for a really good price. They're popular for a reason - because they're good and reliable.

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    Can't go wrong with Samsung's, reliable , fast, good price/performance.

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    Possible choices: http://pc4u.org/best-ssd/

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirk View Post
    Possible choices: http://pc4u.org/best-ssd/
    Interesting tech specs on the 850 Evo vs. Pro. Evo uses 2x as much power while in use, with lower IOPS and R/W speed...

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    I got a 500 GB + 250 GB Samsung 850 Pro Series installed.
    Mainly i got the Pro and not the Evo version because of 10 years warranty.

    Vnand is nice to have but can't really notice a huge difference..

    So far so good, SSDs working properly since summer last year + they're pretty reasonably priced, would definitely buy them again!

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