Recommendations for 1TB SSD

I have many SSDs of various sizes (approx 128GB, 256GB, 512GB) and various brands (Crucial/Micron, Intel, Samsung). I'm looking to acquire my first 1TB SSD (approx is fine — 900+GB will do). I have a slight preference for Crucial, but when I searched at Amazon, I was surprised to find four 1TB choices:

BX100
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-BX100-Internal-Solid-State/dp/B00RQA6LIM

M550
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-9-5mm-adapter-Internal-CT1024M550SSD1/dp/B00IRRDHW6

MX200
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-MX200-Internal-Solid-State/dp/B00RQA6L50

M500
http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-Inch-adapter-Internal-CT960M500SSD1/dp/B00BQ8RGL6

Then I looked at Samsung and the plot thickened — three more 1TB choices:

840 EVO
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-SATA-Internal-MZ-7TE1T0BW/dp/B00E3W16OU

850 EVO
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-75E1T0B-AM/dp/B00OBRFFAS

850 Pro
http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-SATA-Internal-MZ-7KE1T0BW/dp/B00LF10KTE

The entire price range from top ($550) to bottom ($370) differs by only $180, so let's say that price (within that range) doesn't matter. While there's a temptation to think that a more expensive product is better, this is not always the case. So I'm looking for some advice from the hardware experts here to help me choose.

If it matters, the drive is going into an HP EliteBook 8460w laptop, W7 Pro 64-bit, Core i7-2630QM/2.00GHz (quad-core), 16GB DDR3-1333/PC3-10600, currently with a Crucial MX100 512GB SSD (which the new 1TB drive will replace). Thanks much, Joe
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Network ZeroCloud Engineer Commented:
It's all going to come down to money it's going to be knock down the samsung on performance especially with 3D nand.

Price vs performance here ive heard every good things from the new samsung 3Dnand chips - if your want the quickest read and write go with 850 pro. That's my opinion. I gave you two reference links that should help support my argument.


http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-recommendation-benchmark,3269.html

http://ssd.userbenchmark.com
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nobusCommented:
look into the customer service also - might be worth it
i heard good things about intel and Crucial on EE
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperAuthor Commented:
> It's all going to come down to money

I was trying to take money out of the picture within the price range stated in the question (I'm not going to consider, for example, the 1.2TB Intel S3500 at $1,172).

> I gave you two reference links that should help support my argument.

The Tom's article is Best SSDs For The Money (emphasis mine). Again, the For The Money case is not what I'm looking for this time. Also, it mentions only one of the four Crucial 1TB SSDs, the M500 — nothing about the BX100, M550, or MX200.

The SSD UserBenchmark article has nothing about 1TB SSDs. It doesn't even have ~500GB ones. If you click the CAPACITY filter, the ony choices are in the 120-256GB range.

Regards, Joe
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperAuthor Commented:
> customer service

Good point, nobus! Always something worth taking into account. Could make the difference between otherwise similar products. Thanks, Joe
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
The reality is that any of the units you've listed except the BX100 would be fine.    The BX100 is a nice unit, but is missing SLC caching, which will result in notably lower performance than the others.

Personally I'd buy the MX200 -- the successor to the excellent MX100 with a few nice performance "tweaks".    The Samsung units are also nice, but the performance is virtually the same and I've had excellent results with Crucial's customer service the few times I've needed it.

By the way, as I suspect you know from your comment above, comparing SSDs of different sizes is USELESS.    The size of the internal array has a major impact on performance, so a 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB unit of the same model will have very different performance characteristics.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperAuthor Commented:
Gary,

Thanks for the comments — exactly the kind of feedback I'm looking for. I was unaware of that shortcoming in the BX100, so thanks for mentioning it.

I've been very happy with the performance of the 512GB MX100 in that machine, so the 1TB MX200 recommendation sits well with me — of course, with the caveat about comparing SSDs in different series, even of the same manufacturer, or of different sizes, even in the same series, as you mentioned.

I'll leave this open for a few more days to see if anyone else jumps in. Thanks, Joe
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperAuthor Commented:
@Network Zero,

Three things:

(1) For Crucial drives, the chart has only the M500 on it — none of the other three Crucial models.

(2) The Crucial info seems to be a direct copy/paste from here (without credit to it):
http://techreport.com/review/27824/crucial-bx100-and-mx200-solid-state-drives-reviewed

You'll notice at the bottom of the page that this is copyrighted material ("Copyright ©1999-2015 The Tech Report. All rights reserved."), so I expect that an EE admin will be along to delete it.

(3) The Samsung info seems to be a direct copy/paste from here (without credit to it):
http://www.thessdreview.com/our-reviews/samsung-850-evo-ssd-review-1tb-differing-series-controllers-compared/

You'll notice at the bottom of the page that this is copyrighted material ("© 2007-2015 The SSD Review. All Rights Reserved"), so I again expect that an EE admin will be along to delete it.

You may want to take a look at EE's Terms of Use, Section 6. Code of Conduct, Item 11, which discusses the issue of posting material that violates copyright. Regards, Joe
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thanks to Gary for his always-excellent advice about hard drives/storage — and hardware in general. And thanks to nobus for the reminder about customer service. Regards, Joe
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nobusCommented:
thanks Joe!
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