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Old April 13, 2014, 07:58 PM
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Crucial's M550 512GB is the new price / performance king in the SSD market. It is equipped with a new Marvell controller and specially selected NAND and hits well above its weight class.

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Old April 14, 2014, 01:36 AM
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Nice I can use Em as storage drives in lower Hd cage toss 4 of Em together and your set for a couple yrs if you only put games / Steam on it. Cant wait for the 1TB review.
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Old April 19, 2014, 07:18 AM
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Thanks for the review. I am looking into buying the 256GB version for my Sony Vaio laptop. I have bought a converter from msata to micro-sata (and it is sata2). I understand the 256GB version used different nand modules. Will this 256GB perform similarly to the one in your review. How does it compare to

Mushkin MKNSSDAT240GB Atlas mSATA 240GB SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive?
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Old April 19, 2014, 08:05 AM
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On sata 2 they will both be limited around the same. I would go for crucial. Recently put an m500 240gb in my sata2 laptop.
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Thanks. I had a good single RMA experience with Crucial on their ram stick.
I may go for the M500 since it is cheaper and available from NCIX, altho it is 16GB less than the M550. M550 is from Amazon.ca. Would it be shipped from Canada?

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The M500 uses 128GBit NAND ICs on the entire line. The M550 uses 64GBit on the smaller drives and 128Gbit'ers on the big ones. This means the difference in performance from one drive size to the next on the M550 is a lot LESS than it is on the M500. Its rather noticeable the difference in performance between the M500 240 and M550 256....and insanely large 120vs128. Now with that being said where you are going to be using it in a laptop (lower power SATA controller) and on a slower bus...the difference will not be 'massive'...but if you can afford the M550 get the M550. When you upgrade the laptop you will get a nice boost in performance IF you go the m550 route.

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Thanks, AkG for the advice. My only concern is that I'll have to buy from Amazon.ca and not sure if it is shipped from Canada or US. In the latter case, I'll have to pay whoever for clearing customs, thereby greatly increasing the cost. On the Amazon.ca website, it says it is "shipped from and sold by Amazon.ca" . I know I'll have to pay HST, but does it mean no customs clearing?
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if you pay tax you do not pay customs/duty etc
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Pay custom/duty is different from paying an agent such as Fedex or Purolator to clear custom. On top of the custom clearing fee, I have to pay PST as well. I ordered from B&H Photo in NY. The agent fee is $30 minimum and could be more depending on the value of the item. The only way to avoid it shopping from the US is to ask the sender to send vis USPS. Then Canada Post will not charge custom clearing fee, but will charge HST.
I am hoping someone has ordered from Amazon.ca and tell if they have a custom clearing charge.

I just asked Amazon.ca, and they confirmed that it will be shipped from Canada and hence does not go through Canada Customs. So, I'll order one.

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Thanks, AkG for the advice. My only concern is that I'll have to buy from Amazon.ca and not sure if it is shipped from Canada or US. In the latter case, I'll have to pay whoever for clearing customs, thereby greatly increasing the cost. On the Amazon.ca website, it says it is "shipped from and sold by Amazon.ca" . I know I'll have to pay HST, but does it mean no customs clearing?

If it is shipped and sold by Amazon.ca then you do not have to pay customs as you are purchasing it from a Canadian store. The price you pay after taxes and shipping is what you will pay.
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