512GB SSD Fight: OCZ Vector 512GB vs Samsung 840 Pro 512GB

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oldobamaliar

So the 840 is LAMD controlled? LOL

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joshnorem

Whoops, thanks for the catch!

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roberto.tomas

Are one of these compressible and one uncompressible? Reading the article it sounded like the only uncompressible tests were for small writes like disk cache, dll loading; nothing to compare to typical decompression of large compressed files and transferring large video files from device to device.

I point this out because of course the Samsung Pro 840 uses toggle NAND, and should really destroy the OCZ in a large compressed test.

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joshnorem

The Sony Vegas test writes a 20GB AVI RAW file to the disk, and it moves as fast as the interface allows typically. I haven't seen any big difference between compressible and incompressible drives in the past year or so, so as far as I can tell that's not a big deal anymore. I ran some tests awhile ago on some older drives and they were horrible with incompressible data, but nowadays the drives compress it on the fly and hum right along. For our tests AS SSD presents a "worst case scenario" in that it uses incompressible data, but as you can see the scores are still quite high for both drives, which is the point I was making above. ATTO uses compressible data and is the opposite as it presents a "best case scenario" which is why most manufacturers use it to quote performance numbers. I hope this answers your question.

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vrmlbasic

Who are David and Sammy?

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Neufeldt2002

Van Halen reference. ie. David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar, which could be reversed depending on whom one prefers as lead singer.

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vrmlbasic

Thanks.

Given just the 2 names, Van Halen didn't even cross my mind. I guess I'm not enough of a fan lol.

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Neufeldt2002

My pleasure.

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jin1426677

I don't care much about how it looks... but I like Samsung's design better because it's simple.

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Hey.That_Dude

I have the 128GB OCZ Vector and I love it. It really revitalized my laptop.

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neo912

I just can't get over the bad taste in my mouth OCZ gave me with it's agility series. We purchased 5 for our company to speed up a couple of cheaper office machine and all 5 of them died within 6 months. I realize agility is the lower end but that is still ridiculous.

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vrmlbasic

Which Agility drives did you get?

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Baer

So, a 512 or a pair of either brands 256 in RAID 0 ????

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Engelsstaub

Does anyone have a well-educated theory as to how fast whole-disk encryption would burn one of these up?

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acidic

just pay the extra $2000 premium for this drive with your next mbp/mba and it will NEVER fail because it "just works"

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Engelsstaub

blah bleh blah bleh blah blah bleh blah bleh blah blah bleh blah/bleh blah blah bleh BLAH bleh blah blah "bleh blah"

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Backdoored hardware encryption or Bitlocker spyware?

I'm guessing about 1 second with the new Win 8 Bitlocker spyware or 20 min with the old Win 7 spyware

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Engelsstaub

Is there anything on your mind besides "Windows spyware?" Your agenda-peddling really had nothing to do with my question. I use neither of those OSes anyway.

Truecrypt is open-source and cross-platform, BTW.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Truecrypt also has nothing to do with your question above

But now that you have clarified that important bit of info

My guess is 23 minutes and 6 seconds

BTW, backdoored hardware encryption also has nothing to do with Windows spyware so there was really no agenda to peddle

I study spyware regardless of where it comes from

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Engelsstaub

Truecrypt provides full disk encryption. You were on about Bitlocker and Win7 and 8.

If it only lasted 23 minutes then that would be defective hardware. If you don't have an answer you don't have to pretend you do to tell me cool stories about spyware. I'll listen. It just has nothing to do with my attempt at a legitimate discussion.

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Arthur Dent

Who cares what a drive looks like? They'll almost always be hidden in drive bays anyway.

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TommM

I've had the OCZ Vector for about 8 months now. Works like a charm and fast as hell. No regrets over purchasing it even with these head-to-head results.

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ronmccord

I count this as the most important- guessing Samsung wins this and Crucial beats Samsung only a guess though from talking to some boutique pc builders.

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Ghost XFX

Boring looks? We're talking about a SSD, right? Who's buying these for great looks? Bad point, IMO.

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joshnorem

The Samsung 840 Pro looks bland and Vanilla in a market dominated by "performance" aesthetic devices such as the Vector. Just look at the Vector - it looks totally bad ass. The Samsung 840 Pro should look cooler is all - not a huge point obviously, but something that is amiss in my opinion. I met with Samsung last week and told them this exact point too.

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warptek2010

And this is important how exactly? Most drives sit in the drive bay almost completely obscured even if you have a side window. Give me a drive with these specs and wrap it in a Lays potato chip bag, I don't care.

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joshnorem

It's not important really, but if I had the choice of one that looks cool and one that looks boring, all other things being equal, I'd prefer one to have a bit more pizazz. The Samsung still wins the shootout based on its performance and total package, so I'm not saying it's horrible. But I think its plain looks are a shame given its awesome performance.

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dgrmouse

Better be careful, because if you complain about spending $20 more on a stupid paint job that nobody will every see you will lose the "enthusiast" tag on your profile.

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dedgar

So if I can make a drive with all the geewhiz graphics and color schemes that make the OCZ look pale, you'll buy it?
What? performance? I don't need no performance!!! I got GRAPHICS and SNAPPY COLORS!!!!
Sorry, but you could sell me a drive with plain metal and a hand written sticker on it as long as it PERFORMS.