said by migel_prado:
Yes SandForce had some reliability issues in the past, but guess its all good now. SandForce is faster compared to M4 and samsung, But samsung is a good buy as well... Even my SSD is also Sandforce based ie, Intel 520 120g, Never had any kind of issues or drop in perfomance.
Maybe faster than an 830 or plain 840 (the first one is debatable), but not an 840 Evo or Pro. The M4 is an older drive as well, and one that has been less problematic over the course of its life.
One thing you have to remember about SandForce drives is that they vary in performance depending on if the data is compressible or not. Depending on the type and amount of NAND used in the drive, those two metrics can result in a rather wide difference in performance. While it was a novel way to increase performance and reduce write amplification, modern controllers meet or exceed its performance regardless of the data coming in or going out. One other big negative is that it slows down when paired with over 240 GB of NAND.
At the time, it was a phenomenal performer, firmware issues aside, and it has remained relevant for a very long time in SSD terms. Intel's done a ton of work with the firmware as well. I feel that it's time to move on to other, newer controllers though. I don't see much of a reason to get a SF drive when there's other equivalent or faster drives for the same price.
One other thing to throw out there - one of the dead SF drives I dealt with was an Intel 335. It worked for maybe an hour before giving out. One of the other SF drives lasted maybe 15 minutes, and the third for two years.
said by Ghastlyone: said by Black_Mage:
New PC I just ordered = 2 Samsung 840 Pros in RAID 0
Playstation 3 = Crucial V4
You actually installed an SSD in a Playstation 3 with a SATA I port?
I take it you haven't tried it before (and before I continue, one other thing I need to shout out there - just because something uses 1.5 Gbps SATA does NOT mean an SSD doesn't help. IOPS are key with an SSD, and they deliver on that with any interface speed).
It depends on the game; some have more of a benefit than others. I tested my Intel 320 with the Hitachi Travelstar 7K200 I used prior to buying the SSD. In Gran Turismo 5, it reduced the time from launching the game, navigating the menus (they are horrendously slow), and entering a race by 44%. It would have been even more compared to the original 80 GB 5400 RPM drive. Considering how much time I've spent playing that game, it was totally worth it for me. The Crucial V4 is a fitting drive for a PS3 as well.--