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Old October 20, 2014, 09:51 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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Crucial Mx100 or m550 depending if you want the cheaper price or higher performance.
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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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