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5.0 out of 5 stars
Fast, stable SSD, 19 Jun. 2012
Pros: - Very fast, both from my experience with it, and from currently published "professional" reviews applying their benchmarks. FWIW, this drive falls into Tom's HW classification of a "Tier One" SSD as of the writing of this review. The site doesn't list this model specifically because they haven't reviewed it yet. But a 240GB-256GB drive with 2nd-gen Sandforce and Toggle NAND are Tier One.
- Stable so far -- in 3 weeks of heavy use have not had a blue screen yet.
- Sandisk makes their own NAND for this drive, which on paper is a good thing for reliability because they can cherry-pick their own NAND and are familiar with it. This advantage is cited frequently for Intel and Samsung SSD's, which both make their respective NAND's.
Cons: - Sandforce controller. A con for some who have been burned by previous SSD's with Sandforce controllers, or who simply don't trust Sandforce. To me, it seems like the quality of a Sandforce controller has a lot to do with each SSD manufacturer's implementation and the firmware that is used. OCZ's tend to be notorious for issues related to the firmware. I'm comfortable enough that the firmware used in the drive is stable. However, those uncomfortable with Sandforce can look to the Samsung 830 (which uses Samsung's own controller) or the Crucial m4 (which uses a Marvell controller).
- No disk copy software or mounting bracket provided. But if you want to install this in a desktop that doesn't have a 2.5" bay, you either have to buy a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter or zip-tie it in.
Other Thoughts: For those contemplating ANY SSD, it will make a big change in your computing. On my i7-3770k with this SSD and 9 HDD's, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit boots from BIOS startup to login screen in about 19 seconds flat. Porky programs like MS Word and MS Excel start up like this: ClickLogoUp. Almost instantaneous startup. Massive programs like Adobe Photoshop CS5 start up in a few seconds.
I have an early 2011 MBP SSD, a 128GB Samsung 830, a 256GB Samsung 830 in different notebooks/desktops. I would NEVER go back to a system/app install via hard drives anymore.
My own opinion on value: I would pay about 5-10% more to buy this drive over a Crucial m4. Faster, even though most of the time you won't notice the difference. Better components like Toggle NAND. I would pay about another 5%-10% for a Samsung 830 -- should be more solid and so far looks great. If you are transcoding video with an SSD, get the Samsung, it is much faster at incompressible data.