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Old October 20, 2014, 10:51 AM
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Ok, so I am looking for some input on what drive I should move to for the ssd in our builds at work. We currently have been using the Intel 530 240GB for some time and were using the 520 series before that.

I have been noticing that stock levels for the 530's are getting lower and they are harder to find in stock, so we want to find a possible drive to move to.

The replacement drive has to be at least about the same performance, we don't want any major drops in performance. Basically something in the 240-256GB range for around the same price $150-180. Warranty and longevity are important on these. Also no OCZ drives, yes I know they are completely different from before but we got burned bad on the vertex 2 drives so I doubt I could convince people to go back to them. I know I like the Samsung's but the warranty in Canada has me worried to go that route. I did look at the Intel 730 series but at the 240GB size the write speed is way slower and the drive costs more.

So any suggestions as to what to go with? Ideally something that people think will stick around for a bit like the 520/530 series has.

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Off the top of my head - Crucial/Micron seems to have 3 year coverage on their drives though that is somewhat less than Intel's 5 on the 530, one of them could be an option. Speeds look reasonable and they make their own NAND, IIRC. Possible issues with service times on the Micron M600 drives though.
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Yup go with Crucial MX100 - supports encryption and OPAL 2.
RMA with Crucial is very easy though still requires shipping to USA.

Ditched those (relatively) slow and expensive Intel drives some time ago. Glad to be rid of Sandforce.
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Old October 20, 2014, 12:21 PM
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Crucial Mx100 or m550 depending if you want the cheaper price or higher performance.
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Old October 20, 2014, 12:52 PM
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Check out the Intel Pro 2500 series. Basically the same as the 530, but meant for business customers which means they should have a longer shelf life. Pricing looks to be similar to the 530.
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Crucial MX100 512GB is on for $219 @ DirectCanada at the moment. With almost all of the new games being 20-30+GB, I feel like 240/256GB drives are almost not worth buying if you do a lot of gaming. I don't recommend the 256GB version of the MX100 though due to way slower speeds. There are a lot better options for the 240/256GB size drives.
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There are a lot better options for the 240/256GB size drives.
Such as? :)
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I feel your pain when trying to find SSD's that are decent in speed, and can survive in a corporate environment. If I couldn't find the 530 in stock, I would have used the Samsung 840 EVO as the alternative. I normally don't recommend Sandisk for SSD's, but I have had one of their SSD's in my HP notebook for close to a year now and it's been really decent. I have bashed that notebook around in my bag for who knows how long and it's survived the punishment I have put it through. The Sandisk Ultra II looks to be pretty good for the price at $119. 550MB/s read - 500MB/s write - 83,000 IOPS read/write. It has a Marvell controller, in case you wanted to avoid using a SandForce controller. The MTBF is also a little higher than the Intel 530. The Ultra II has a 3 year warranty, while the Extreme II has a 5 year warranty. The Extreme II is $10 more, which makes it a better bargain.
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If the Samsung warranty is an issue in Canada, I'd also recommend the Crucial MX100.
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I would not recommend the smaller MX100 series. It was designed with one goal in mind: beat the TLC Nand equipped Sammy drives price. The 512GB is a steal - nearly as good as the M550 series - but the smaller ones lack proper interleaving.

The SanDisk Ultra series is a less than optimal series and I would not recommend them - at any price. The Extreme series is good kit.
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