Hard Choices Update: SSD Price Crash

By Jeremy Laird on June 13th, 2012 at 8:00 am.

Quick heads-up for the hardware-hungry RPS massive: SSD prices have fallen off a cliff in recent weeks, so if you’ve been holding off until now it may be time to swoop on one.

There are a lot of great deals out there right now, but one of the best for UK folk has got to be Dabs.com flogging 128GB Samsung 830s for £80 and 256GB models for just £170, both with free delivery so as far as I can tell, those prices are actually what you’ll pay.

Lest you have forgotten, the 128GB version of the 830 was going for £130 when I did the SSD guide less than a month and a half ago. That said, the 256GB price is particularly pleasing as it goes a long way towards diffusing the one remaining sticking point with SSDs, namely capacity.

Ebuyer has some nice deals too, as do plenty of the usual online suspects. May I politely suggest now’s the time to pull the trigger and make the move to solid state. I should think prices will level off for a while, now. It wouldn’t shock me to see them go back up for a bit, in fact. Hell, I might even buy one myself.

Have our US Squadron spotted any similarly appealing deals on the other side of the pond? If so, please do make them known below.

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  1. Derppy says:

    Get one, put your OS and software on the SSD and there’s no turning back.

    Most games don’t really benefit much from SSD apart from loading times, but if you have extra SSD space and prefer faster loading and/or little less texture popping in open world games, then use SteamMover to easily swap games between your disks.

    • Kdansky says:

      Well, faster loading times are very nice to have. And some games, such as DX:HR really ask for it. Small games are also really neat, because those load neigh instantly.

      As for SteamMover: Google for the Microsoft-tool called “mklink” if you don’t want to install extra software.

      • dahools says:

        ***ANY ONE LOOKING FOR THESE DRIVES THEY ARE £76.99 AND £142.98 DELIVERED ON EBUYER!**

        http://www.ebuyer.com/318420-samsung-128gb-830-series-ssd-kit-mz-7pc128n-eu

        http://www.ebuyer.com/318423-samsung-256gb-830-series-ssd-kit-mz-7pc256n-eu

        Sorry to intrude but it may save someone a few quid! ;)

      • JD Ogre says:

        “And some games, such as DX:HR really ask for it.”

        Eh? What? DX:HR is one of the fastest-loading games I’ve owned this century. Faster than Borderlands, Fallout: New Vegas, Saints Row the Third, Guild Wars 2, World of Warcraft, Knights of the Old Republic, Transformers: War For Cybertron, Civilization IV & V, Champions Online, Bejewelled 3, Dungeons of Dredmor, and probably a dozen other games I’ve gotten from the Humble Indie Bundles… :)

      • egg-zoo-bear-ant will e 91 says:

        Might make Total War Shogun 2 actually worth playing.

        • Malarious says:

          Not on multiplayer, though. How dare the matchmaking pit me against peasants with their traditional magnetic drive platters!

      • kraii says:

        I don’t understand how a symbolic link could help :s

        • wererogue says:

          If you symlink a directory, the files will still be directly read from the SSD.
          Hell, even if you symlink every file individually, the small ones will suffer from the indirection time, but the big ones will still benefit on balance from the quicker read time.

    • BubuIIC says:

      This can really be a problem, I never get to read those hints/flavor texts on the loading screens… ;-)

      • povu says:

        And in the original Deus Ex you often had a unique little music bit as you are flying away in the helicopter, which would last through the loading screen… It already ends too soon.

      • dahools says:

        This is very true I always catch the first 2 words on the Diablo 3 load screens when they flash up for a split second. Gets quite annoying!

    • Bishop says:

      I bought 3 SSD’s and put them in a RAID. lots of room and everything is practically instant load times.

      • Martel says:

        Just to help others in case they read this and think “What a great idea, I’ll buy 3 64GB drives and it’ll be even faster”. The larger the SSD, the faster it is, above and beyond what can be attained through striping. So you’re better off buying 1 drive at the largest size you can afford over multiple smaller drives.

        Unless money is no object of course, then buy 3 1TB drives and party down.

        • tlarn says:

          When I was putting together a list of parts for my new computer, I thought I’d just go ahead and pick out a 1TB SSD, just use that for my storage.

          Then I saw the $2,000 pricetag.

      • wicko says:

        You forsake TRIM when you RAID your SSDs, which is a bad idea in my opinion. For those unfamiliar with TRIM:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIM

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRIM#RAID_issues

    • Ninja Foodstuff says:

      Have to heartily agree. Single best thing you can do. I had a 6 year old Mac Pro and put an SSD in it and it was like living in the future.

    • innociv says:

      -Facepalm-
      If you’re going to spend the money on a SSD, know what Z68 Smart Response is first.

    • Gap Gen says:

      Actually, one thing I should do before buying expensive hardware is work out why my Windows desktop takes forever to load in the first place. My Ubuntu laptop works basically instantly once it’s opened the desktop, whereas my Windows desktop does a few minutes of head-scratching before something like Firefox is useable.

  2. Xzi says:

    Well according to Google, 80 pounds is around $124 in US dollars right now, and that Samsung SSD is on Newegg for $170. So it seems we don’t get that deal in particular, unfortunately.

    The highest user-rated SSD is on Newegg for $124.99, however:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-148-442

    • CaughtVD says:

      I recently got an OCZ Agility 3 from Overclockers UK 240gb for £!40. (or there abouts) Think they still have the deal on.
      Edit link: http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-077-OC
      Sadly it doesn’t help you much but for the rest of UK readers it’s a nice offer. Hope you yanks get a deal somewhere.

      • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

        I picked up the Samsung for £130 two weeks ago (I feel mildly disappointed now), and also the same OCZ as you for £130 also. Games go on the OCZ, and OS and user folder on the Samsung, all backed up with a big slow 2TB drive for downloads, big games that I don’t play often, and anything else that takes up space.

    • dahools says:

      I have had that 128Gb m4 drive for a year now and paid alot more than that for it back then. It has been completely reliable for me and would thoroughly recommend it! Its very quick to boot and game load times are nigh instant compared to the HDD I had them previously installed on.

      • MattM says:

        My M4 up and stopped working after a normal restart of my system. I had to do a hour long power cycle, but it did start working again. No problems since then but it makes me a bit nervous.

    • iniudan says:

      The Crucial M4 are indeed nice, but they are starting to be a bit old on the SSD market, but cannot discuss the reliability, if you want something that basically an updated version of it go for a Plextor M3 or M3 pro, especially if it is to install on a laptop that will often run on battery, for they are much more energy efficient then Crucial M4.

  3. Clavus says:

    The best thing I like about my SSD is that after I enter Windows, every program starts up within a single second even though Windows is still loading stuff in. Can’t ever go back.

  4. El_Spartin says:

    Any particular reason why the prices have fallen?

    • LlamaNL says:

      Intel introduced a new slighty faster SSD at their previous price point. So anyone with a brain would buy that so they dropped prices to stay competitive.

      • Unruly says:

        Or, you know, economies of scale still advancing forwards. Though it’s probably a bit of both.

    • innociv says:

      Natural disaster in Thailand exploded HDD prices.
      Now no one wants to buy HDDs and SSDs need to be more competitive to get all these sales.

  5. MadMinstrel says:

    I can’t really see how 256GB solves the problem of capacity. That’s barely enough for the OS essential software. The games won’t fit anyway, my Steam folder is 1.3 TB large, and that’s not even with all games installed.

    • Squirrelfanatic says:

      Actually, you don’t need a lot of disk space for your OS. If you install only the most important/often used software on the SSD, you should be fine with 32-64GB. When it comes to games, you can’t ever have enough space, but as someone already has posted, many games don’t profit that much from faster loading times anyways. Apart from that, I rarely play more than 4-5 games at the same time and for that purpose, 256GB is plenty enough.

      • NieA7 says:

        I’ve got a 60GB SSD that I use for everything apart from games (so that’s OS and other progs), at the moment I’ve still got 23GB free on it – plenty of room. I strongly recommend CCleaner, it’s very useful in keeping the space used down.

      • Joshua Northey says:

        Umm, I run tech purchases at my office (among 50 other things) and almost all the computers run a single 128 SSD. They have no problem running the OS and several programs, some of them quite large, on it.

        Sure you won’t fit 1TB of games on it, but that should be obvious from the get go no?

    • samsharp99 says:

      I have OS and steam installed on the SSD but then I use symbolic links / junctions in Windows 7 to allow me to move games off of the SSD and onto a storage drive, while still maintaining the link in the steam games folder so I can still play them – just with longer loading times.

      I think there’s a utility called steam mover (or something?) that does this from a neat GUI.

    • killias2 says:

      I thought this was true until I tried a 10k RPM RAID 0 config followed by SSD. Honestly, the OS is tiny, and I can usually have a bunch of games installed simultaneously. The downside is that you can’t have a bunch of GIANT, AAA games installed at the same time, but you can have like hundreds of indie and older games. The result is that I usually have around 4 or 5 major games installed (ones that take >10 gb) and a bunch of older/indie games.

      Just get a HDD for your media and such and you’re good to go. Heck, if you’re in the states, TigerDirect just put up a 4 TB external for 150. Buy two, rip them out, do some sort of RAID 1 or mirror config, and you’re set. 4 TB of mirrored info. All the nasty porn and pirated movies you can handle!

      • MadMinstrel says:

        I already have plenty of storage space. It’s just that my 500GB system partition is almost full, with nothing but software, libraries, SDKs, and the project files I’m currently working on, not a single game, movie or even music file. Any SSD replacement would have to accommodate a drop-in image of that. While I could probably offload some of it to other drives, I really don’t want to do that as it would be a huge PITA to rebuild and would probably take me a week or two to fully recover. And ideally I’d want it larger, this thing continues to grow over time. 256GB is just tiny.

        • Optimaximal says:

          Then maybe this is the one upgrade that won’t suit you.

          That said, why the hell are you storing project files on your OS drive? That’s been bad business practice for years!

          NB – Obviously, I’m assuming you have some network/cloud storage, but the inconvenience of having to rebuild your Documents & other folder is worth storing it elsewhere if its critical.

          • MadMinstrel says:

            Yeah, it’s not very safe to do that, but some software installs to the C drive whether you like it or not, or it’s a pain to get them to operate from elsewhere. So it’s just more convenient. And I upload all changes to an offsite backup server every night anyway.

        • HexagonalBolts says:

          MadMinstrel you’re hardly the average user considering that you have 1.3TB of games – the overwhelming majority of computer users won’t even have 1.3TB of storage, let alone just for games. 256 is more than enough as a OS install and for frequently used programs for most people if they have storage backup for media and other games.

          • Joshua Northey says:

            My top of the line gaming computer I made has under 500MB is storage. I just never have that many games installed at once. Maybe a half dozen, dozen tops.

    • jrodman says:

      My linux install and like 30 apps (video editor, spreadsheet, word processor and so on) with my user projects directory, and custom sofware i’ve written, hand builds of random tools, experiments, go software, etc etc. It all fits in well under 6GB.

      It’s only when you start getting into “media” like music and videos or modern windows games where any signifcant space gets used up.

      I mean, Windows 7 alone is 3x larger than anything I’ll ever need on linux. Just saying.

      Meanwhile, even windows and needed apps will fit reasonably in like 40GB tops. 256 is plenty.

      • whatisvalis says:

        I’ve got Win 7 + all my programs on a 30gb drive. You can get Win 7 down to a decent install size, although I think it might be time for an upgrade.

      • Malibu Stacey says:

        I mean, Windows 7 alone is 3x larger than anything I’ll ever need on linux. Just saying.

        I mean, Windows 7 has 100x more games available than you’ll find on Linux. Just saying.

    • deadly.by.design says:

      You’ll be okay.

      If 128GB isn’t enough for one’s OS and main games, assuming there are larger backup drives that can also be installed to, then one should ask if they’re playing too many games at once.

      Seriously, though, I used to keep *everything* installed. Now I run a 128GB SSD, am loving it, and have every game installed on it that I’d bother playing w/ ssd speeds. (which is basically BFBC2, Tribes: Ascend, Skyrim, Diablo III starter edition, Deus Ex: HR, various indie/smaller games) Even out of those installed titles, I play only a handful. We don’t need everything all the time.

    • ScottTFrazer says:

      Yeah, you’re kind of an edge case, I think.

      I built a dedicated gaming machine with only windows 7 and my steam stuff on a 128GB SSD back when they were still very expensive. It worked, but I had to do the steam shuffle a lot.

      a few months ago I got a second SSD (256GB) and now the OS lives on the first 128GB partition while teh second drive is steam/origin/desura only.

      Huge files and non-gaming stuff is kept on a NAS device (I actually have both a Drobo and a Promise R6 array. I have a small packrat problem)

  6. Tom Walker says:

    Why are 3.5″ SSDs such a rarity? I know you can get an ‘adapter’ to fit a 2.5″ drive into a desktop HDD bay but still, you’d think it wouldn’t be so hard for them to sell it in a 3.5″ case to begin with.

    • NieA7 says:

      Considering they’ve got no moving parts I’ve got mine held in place in a cradle of rubber bands – nothing horrible happened yet.

      • trjp says:

        Using lightweight nylon-sleeved bungee’s (rubber bands will dry out and crack) is a popular way of supporting any type of HDD – as they offer some vibration damping which reduces noise passed into the case – so carry on (but beware the bands cracking and snapping).

    • samsharp99 says:

      A lot of them come with a 3.5″ to 2.5″ adapter plate – my Corsair Force 3 did.

    • olemars says:

      They don’t need to be bigger, so it’s pointless to spend money and production line capacity on two different form factors when only one is needed. Instead they put a simple and cheap frame adapter into the box.

      This is opposite for regular HD’s where physical volume is more at a premium, and the challenge is in shrinking everything down so it can be crammed into a 2.5” frame.

    • end0rphine says:

      It’s cause you can’t convert a 3.5 into a 2.5. You then lose the notebook market unless you want to specialize in both. Besides, SDDs don’t need the extra size.

    • Tom Walker says:

      Found one!

      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227590

      “Lower cost per gigabyte”, it says. That’s usually the way with computer things, even if they are chip-only. If it doesn’t have to be as small, it doesn’t have to cost as much.

      And of course, the more something costs, the higher the absolute value of your profit percentage.

      Give your money to OCZ, everyone.

    • Cooper says:

      I just have mine taped to my case using some duck tape. No moving parts and no heat means you can do what you like with it.

    • Joshua Northey says:

      Honestly you can just tie it/tape it into the bay with no problems. It isn’t rocket science, the thing has no moving parts it doesn’t need to be very secure.

    • VelvetFistIronGlove says:

      They’re so light, I just secured mine to one side of the 3.5″ bay with just the one screw. The worst that can happen is they’ll tilt a bit, but that won’t cause any problem.

  7. tehsorrow says:

    Ooh exciting. I’ve been on the fence for a while now but this might have shoved me off it.

    Anyone got a whats good whats not guide for brands?

    • DD says:

      the best are pretty much intel, samsung, crucial, plextor. You mainly want to steer clear of the older sandforce drives. I personally wouldnt even consider anything by OCZ.

  8. John Walker says:

    Hooray! Replaced my bluescreening SSD. Gosh, this is a helpful website.

    • Koshinator says:

      My first SSD was doing something similar… it would just power down every now and then (corrupting my OS as it did so) and bluescreen 50% of these times. The price you pay for early adoption I guess.

      • diebroken says:

        Just curious, but did anyone who experienced BSoD on their SSD ever put the drive into sleep/standby mode?

        There were problems with certain SSD controllers but later models should be more reliable now. (My brother’s OCZ SSD had this problem after using sleep mode in Win7, and he now uses an Intel SSD without problems.)

        Personally, I’ll wait for SSD sizes to get bigger and cheaper (a few years ago SSD prices were like buying my first 32Gb HDD ~15yrs ago, almost the same price for an equivalent SSD!) Edit: Although I’m really tempted to use one now… (just be prepared to backup-backup)

      • trjp says:

        In fairness, SSDs have been a clusterfuck in terms of reliability for far, far longer than they should have been.

        Whether they’ve crested that particular hill is still up for debate really – I have to admit that I’m not convinced they have – and I spend enough time putting other people’s PCs back together without adding my own PC to the “likely to explode” list…

    • Gnoupi says:

      If this helped you, you should consider donating.

      • Gap Gen says:

        I don’t have anything particularly witty to add here, so consider this the equivalent of Facebook’s “like” button, but more wastefully verbose.

    • John Connor says:

      Considering they’re so expensive, posts like this don’t exactly fill me with confidence.

      • kael13 says:

        I paid more than £400 for my 256GB SSD a couple of years back. They’re now crazy cheap!

      • trjp says:

        Blame the Taiwanese floods (and HDD makers poor supply chain logistics) which ramped-up the cost of HDDs to the extent that SSDs became a viable alternative – which drove down their prices to the point where it’s possible to compare the 2 (if you ignore key issues like data security!!) :)

    • Jimbo says:

      My OCZ Vertex 2 ended up doing that a couple of times, requiring me to nuke it and start over. Eventually I upgraded the firmware and it’s been fine since then (touch wood).

    • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

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  9. wsjudd says:

    Is the Samsung 830 better or worse than the Crucial M4?

    • NieA7 says:

      The Sammy’s a fair bit better, at least in the synthetic benchmarks used in this round up review:
      http://www.reghardware.com/2012/06/09/review_ten_sata_3_ssds/
      That said I’ve got a 60GB M4 and I’m very happy with it.

    • LlamaNL says:

      It is slightly faster, but hasn’t been out as long as the M4. So far M4 seems by far the most reliable SSD. I’ve seen some reviews about the 830 breaking, but you can always RMA it and get a new one x)

    • Schmouddle says:

      I prefer M14 over M4. 7,62 beats 5.56 on long distances.

  10. Xzi says:

    I may have spoken too soon. Had the wrong model number. It’s only about $5 more expensive here in the US:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163&nm_mc=OTC-FroogleNEW&cm_mmc=OTC-FroogleNEW-_-Solid+State+Disk-_-SAMSUNG-_-20147163

    • meatshit says:

      Note that there’s a $40 coupon good through today. $90 for a quality 128 GB SSD is a damn good price.

  11. sabrage says:

    Amazon has several Intel SSDs with a mail in rebate. Here’s the Amazon page:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007P71JJM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?t=slicinc-20&tag=slicinc-20&ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
    and the rebate:
    http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/00/00/23/38/84/61/2338846170._V146410488_.pdf

    For you lazy types, 60GB is $50, 120 is $100, and 180 is $130 (after rebate of course)

    • dahools says:

      The Cashback is by Intel itself not through Amazon. You can buy any Intel drive anywhere:

      https://ssdcashback.com/promo/uk/en This link shows what drives get what cash back and when the offers finish. It is UK only though as far as I am aware.

      *Edit* Didn’t follow your link initially. Seems you have found the US deal. I only know of the UK one.

  12. Cryo says:

    Isn’t there a problem with SSD that they break down faster when there are a lot of writes to them? So if your pagefile and temp files are on SSD they will burn out sooner?

    Also this price crash haven’t reached Russia as far as I can tell.

    • Kdansky says:

      >Isn’t there a problem with SSD that they break down faster when there are a lot of writes to them? So if your pagefile and temp files are on SSD they will burn out sooner?

      No, TRIM keeps that in check, and allows you to use the disk for about a decade before this gets an issue.

      That said, SSDs are often less reliable than HDs. Backup your stuff (which you should do anyway), and sometimes you have to get a replacement.

    • MonkeyMonster says:

      If you’ve got 8+ gb of memory there is no use in having a pagefile afaik, google for reasons if you wannt to know exactly why but it’s fairly self evident if you have that huge a memory pool.

      I keep forgetting to path the disk up to its latest drivers – normally helps with any stuttering or blue screens you get.

  13. Jimmy Z says:

    Even at that pricepoint, I’m not really ready to go back to the HDD space realities of the early 2000, not to mention the endless technical problems every generation of SSDs has seemed to suffer from thus far. It’s an interesting piece of tech, but I still find it way too immature to be throwing loads of money at it, especially since “the speed!!11″, that everyone who’s bought an SSD is raving about, is pretty negligible to begin with. Besides, I’m not usually in *that* much of a hurry that I couldn’t wait three seconds instead of one when opening up some program once or twice per week or so. *shrug*

    • Kdansky says:

      You had 256GB in the early 2000s? I remember my 2002 notebook came with 30 GB and WinXP. And having an SSD doesn’t preclude you from a 2 TB drive next to it. In fact, I have a total of four 2 TB disks nearby, and that works nicely. Win8 will help with that too.

      >is pretty negligible

      Hahaha.

      • Jimmy Z says:

        Trying to think back, I’m pretty sure I had way over 100 gb already back in 2002 or so.

        And yes, I did just call the speed difference pretty negligible. I just installed Samsung 830 to my girl friend’s brand new new computer and I honestly can’t see much difference compared to my much older rig. Most of the programs I use and have to open in any regular basis (Chrome, Thunderbird, Putty, Picasa, XBMC, foobar2000) start in about a second to begin with, and most other programs I start like once a day or once a week, so I can afford to wait a few more seconds for them to load.

        • Kdansky says:

          At home, I just wake my PC from sleep and start typing my password before my screen actually displays anything (because it takes a moment to display anything).

          At work, I get a coffee while it starts Visual Studio from the HD during the next few minutes.

          Note that the machine at home is a 2010ish CoreDuo with 4 GB of RAM, and the Work one is a Sandybridge with 16 GB.

    • wonderpookie says:

      I’m sorry brother, but I fear you are a little ill informed about SSD “speeds” and benefits, as well as their reliability.

      The read/write input/output operations per second (IOPs) of SSDs are certainly not negligible – they are significant both in benchmarks and most importantly, real life usage which translates into not just much faster windows boot times, game load times, but perhaps most awesome of all, a much more responsive feeling system.

      In regards to their reliability, one generation of Sandforce controller SSDs had an unreasonable failure rate, which was remedied with firmware updates. Aside from that, all hardware fails sometimes, this is just a fact. From personal experience from owning both the Samsung PM800 for almost 2 years and now the Samsung 830, I have experienced zero issues of any kind.

      I’m afraid you’ve completely missed the point, and sound like someone who is either just fearful of making the move to new tech or making up excuses so he doesn’t have to shell out the extra cash to get one. Either way, you’re just plain wrong.

  14. UncleLou says:

    Just checked a few German online stores, and it’s pretty confusing. There are significant price differences (in one and the same store) between a

    “2.5″ Samsung SSD 830 Series 256GB SATA 6Gb/s”

    and a

    “2.5″ Samsung 256GB 830 Series Desktop Upgrade”

    Both look identical on the photos.

    :-/

    • olemars says:

      I assume the first was cheaper than the second. The first is probably an OEM kit for laptops (2.5” only), while the second is the regular retail kit that contains an optional 3.5” desktop frame adapter.

      • UncleLou says:

        Ah, that might very well be, cheers, and your assumption is correct. Absolutely nothing even in the technical details though regarding any differences. And now that you mention it, there’s a corresponding “notebook upgrade” device which is priced between the two. Oh my. :)

      • ninjapirate says:

        UncleLou, what’s the lowest price you’ve seen for that SSD in Germany? I’ve been looking around as well, and 200 Euros seems to be the lowest that I can find.

        • UncleLou says:

          I’ve not really done any bargain hunting, but yes, the OEM version seems to cost around 200,- everywhere (amazon, alternate).

        • sophof says:

          Hop over to Dutch stores that ship to Germany. As a Dutchman living in Germany I was lucky that I could send one to my parents, but I got a very fast 128GB one for 130-140 euro a few months ago (already a great deal), so it sounds like you should be able to get it for reduced prices.

          Most websites will be available in english and german as well :) Won’t post anything out of fear of being marked a spammer though, I’m sure you can google.

    • Alexander Norris says:

      Photos have never told you anything about components. :P The secret will be in the disk specs.

      • UncleLou says:

        Heh, yeah. I should have mentioned that I had read the specs already, which were identical, and that even the photo with the package content looked the same. :)

      • Unruly says:

        Even the specs can lie.

        You’re best to find a handful of review sites and compare their reviews of the product in question. The more reviews you compare, the more likely you are to get a clear picture of the product. Just be aware that all review sites will have some form of bias or another, which is why you can’t usually trust a single review to tell you the whole story.

        I personally prefer Anandtech as my baseline reviews right now, because they go into some pretty good technical detail compared to other sites. I try to stay away from Tom’s Hardware these days because they’ve shown a lot of brand bias in the past based on who’s paying for advertising space at the time, but I’ll still use them in a pinch for an extra comparison. Overclockers.com is typically pretty good for reviews, but as the name would imply they tend to lean towards the “moar power!” mindset and review mostly high-end stuff.

    • wonderpookie says:

      The desktop version may come with a drive caddy so that the 2.5″ SSD can be fixed snuggly inside the larger drive bays of desktop towers, as well as the appropriate cables. Laptops don’t require any of that, they just plug and play neatly right off the bat.

  15. dee says:

    http://www.netplus.com.au/product/HDSSDSA830-0128/128Gb_Samsung_SSD_830/
    Cheapest I could find for Australia, about $40 difference.

    • dee says:

      Not really surprising I guess, we usually pay a mystical foreign land tax even on digital stuff.

      • furiannn says:

        If I could pay extra in tax, and get the weather and surf that you guys do, I would do that in a heartbeat :P

    • Gabe McGrath says:

      The UK/AUS difference on the 256GB model (mid-range price on Staticice) is about AUD$120-130.

      Ouch.

    • bulletbill88 says:

      The SanDisk Extreme SSD is definitely the way to go for us Aussies. You can get it from a bunch of Aus online retailers (and even my local pc shop) for around $1 a GB for the 120 GB and 240 GB versions. It tests extremely well on synthetic benchmarks, being right up there with the Kingston Hyper X, Crucial M4 and Intel 520 drives. More importantly, I’ve been using mine for a couple of months now with no problems – SanDisk even provide a nice little tool for updating the firmware inside windows. Just be warned that the packet contains the drive only – if you want a 3.5 inch adapter or what have you, you will have to get that yourself.

  16. Alexander Norris says:

    Question: if you buy four SSDs and RAID0 them, will games load so fast they actually finish loading before they start and violate causality?

    • The Sombrero Kid says:

      SSDs have issues with raid arrays because an SSD drive is basically a raid array, you won’t see much benefit.

      • Antsy says:

        So, no on the violation of causality then?

        • The Sombrero Kid says:

          They only violate causality if the raid array was quantam entangled, i think that’s raid 0+1.

  17. Deadalus says:

    eBuyer (UK) are selling the 256GB version for £143: http://www.ebuyer.com/318423-samsung-256gb-830-series-ssd-kit-mz-7pc256n-eu

    • The Sombrero Kid says:

      Nearly freaked there, until i realised ebuyer would’ve made me pay £15 delivery & dabs gave me free delivery so it’s 6 or half a dozen for me

      • Deadalus says:

        There is a free delivery option with eBuyer too – if you can wait 5 days. It’s cleverly hidden as the 5th option :-)

        • The Sombrero Kid says:

          I’m not allowed to use that cause I live in the Highlands & Islands though, everyone else should totally go for the ebuyer deal.

          • The Sombrero Kid says:

            I actually canceled my order cause even with the extra delviery fee i was still saving £20

  18. porkchops says:

    Talk about timing, I ordered Crucial M4 128GB from amazon.co.uk 4 days ago, so it’s still not been dispatched, I tried cancelling the order it was no go I guess it will be dispatched soon, man I could have saved like 8 pounds so kickstarter or steam sale money, but c’est la vie.

  19. Gap Gen says:

    Can anyone recommend some good French tech sites like ebuyer/dabs/newegg? Failing that, do other Eurozone sites work as well?

  20. RegisteredUser says:

    To be perfectly honest, with 8GB of ram, most of the stuff you use every day is cached pretty quickly, and since I hibernate instead of shut the PC down, the cache restores across sessions..

    I have strong doubts I would really want to reinstall my OS for..well I don’t even know for what.
    Browsing speed is limited by website/DSL speed and almost nothing else really takes much load time in the OS?

    Are all of you video editors or something? Then again, that would need actual SPACE..

    I’m probably just being overly skeptical, but setting windows up and so on is just such a nightmare.
    Why after xxxxxx versions we still can’t have a “save profile/restore profile” to re-attach / re-import installed programs and stuff I don’t know.
    Much more missing feature than shitty touchscreen compatibility on a desktop OS.

    • Chaz says:

      Yeah, they still seem very pricey to me considering you can get a decent 1Tb sata 3 drive for £40 or less. Seems like a lot of money just to have things load up a few seconds faster. My current 64bit Win7 machine with 8Gb of ram and sata 3 is currently more than adequate for my needs. If I was doing lots of graphics work in things like Photoshop etc and working with big 1Gb+ size files then I could see the point, but if I was then I’d want something bigger than a 256Gb drive.

      Whilst I’m sure they do make things go faster, for me as a gamer, the money to usefulness ratio still isn’t quite there yet. In other words they’re still way too expensive.

    • The Sombrero Kid says:

      An ssd will let your computer write to ram quicker, with 8gb of ram your os probably buffers about 3gb worth when you boot up or resume from hibernate (hibernating wipes your ram btw so doesn’t increase your startup times, infact hibernating is worse in every way than shutting down the pc, the only benefit is that it saves the state of your applications) buffering 3gb at 300mb/s is 3x faster than buffering it at 100mb/s, so resuming from hibernate or booting up your computer will be 3x quicker, not to mention all the disk operations the os does while running, open up the performance monitor and have a look every disk operation will lag the thread using the disk, in a lot of os cases this stalls the whole computer, we’re all used to it so it doesn’t bother us but it does happen.

  21. frightlever says:

    Really loving this feature, and the on-going updates. Very helpful!

    edit: oh 256Gb Samsung 830 with free Norton Ghost from Amazon for £151.49:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-2-5inch-Notebook-Accessory-Norton/dp/B005OK6VLS/

    It’s the basic laptop version, but I have pretty much everything else I need already.

  22. piphil says:

    I bought a 128GB Corsair 300 series for £90 from Scan a month or so ago. It has breathed new life into my ageing C2Duo system.

    One word of caution though – I had trouble with getting the most out the SSD without newer connectors. My motherboard is SATA2, and SATA3 is required to get speeds beyond 300 MB/s, which these drives are easily capable of. However, it isn’t as simple as upgrading via a SATA3 PCIe card, as I only have PCIe 1.0 slots, which themselves max out at around 170 MB/s…

    So I’m not back to directly plugging it into the SATAII ports. The SSD maxes out at around 270 MB/s, which is nowhere near its full capacity. However, the random read/write times are still fantastic, and it’s still much faster than my old RAID0 setup, and the home PC has gone from sluggish to surprisingly quick. Oh, and Skyrim loading times are pretty awesome too. :-D

    • The Sombrero Kid says:

      The real world performance of the drives mean you don’t really need SATA III, it’ll only exceed 3Gbps in pretty specific scenarios & when it’s relatively new & even then only by about 10-20% just make sure you get a SATA III board next time.

  23. buzzmong says:

    I’m not jumping on the SSD bandwagon until the next type of chips escape the labs and start getting used in production.

    The promised jump up in amount of read/write operations for the new type is staggering.

    I’d find the article and press reports but I’ve got games to play!

  24. malkav11 says:

    Sorry, still not cheap enough or big enough. I paid $80 per for my 2 TB HDDs (pre-flood). I get that SSDs are better, but paying slightly more for about 1/20th the capacity is not compelling at all.

  25. Jasonopolous says:

    I got an email from Newegg this morning that has this exact hard drive for $89.00. The sale, however, is only for today. Booooooo.

  26. bill says:

    Would these run COOLER in a laptop?

    Every summer I worry my laptop is going to combust, and the HDD seems a significant part of that.
    SSDs shouldn’t get hot at all, right??

  27. Yosharian says:

    Yeah, these drives are still nowhere near cheap enough. A reasonable size (250GB+) is still really expensive.