Its an awesome drive.
Bought in preferance to a OCZ
Has its own biult-in samsung controller, so no problems with conflicts which some ssd's are having probs with
Less read time than some ssd's BUT a huge 256mb cache that apparently means the overall performance is better than higher read/write competitors.
Ive got one installed and its FAST, and its only running at 3GB/s
Improves startup a lot, program open & close a lot (esp lotsa tabs on internet browsers), program running (photoshop is better)
I was used to a samsung 1TB F1 spinpoint hard drive, which apparently had high read/write times anyway.
I got the basic kit and theres no 2.5-3.5 bracket with it, might be worth getting the more exprensive upgrade kit (this one) if you need the bracket. this comes with more software too, and a sata cable.
Read up a bit b4 you buy, there are ssd problems are about on the web, it seems the samsung 830 is problem-free, very good quality.
In short very reliable and very fast. Just what you want from a drive
Worth the extra because of reliability. Who wants a drive that dies 6 month down the line? Data loss :(
Tips for looking for SSD upgrade -
- Make sure you mobo supports AHCI in the bios. read some info on the web if u dont know what this is. (Mine supports it but im currently running at IDE, need to check how my other HDDs are affected if i change, and if i can continue running my SSD in IDE safely, but works fine now)
- If youre spending on sata3 (6gb/s) make sure your mobo supports it (might only be sata 1 or 2 - 1.5 or 3gb/s)
- Make sure you got the power and dta connections to spare - a sata power connection from your power supply, and a spare sata port (and cable) on your mobo.
- Make sure you got a spare slot in your case!
Remember - dont defrag your SSD! Not good for it