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 Post subject: 840 Pro vs 840 Evo
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:11 am 
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Hey guys, I have a question.

My rig dual boots between XP and Win7 Pro. The XP install is on a Vertex3 256GB SSD, and the Win7 Pro install is on a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB. Problem is the 840 Pro is starting to get filled up, right now it only has about 80GB free on it. I was considering replacing it with either a 500Gb or 1TB 840 Evo, but more likely the 500GB model. So I have 3 questions.

1) Will I see a significant performance impact going from the 840 Pro to an 840 EVO,

2) Does anyone know if there are any problems with the TLC in the EVOs, and

3) Should I have any problems cloning the Win7 install to the new drive, such as having to re-activate.

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 Post subject: Re: 840 Pro vs 840 Evo
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:47 am 
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1) No. For all intents and purposes, they perform the same.
2) TLC has a much shorter life span than MLC, but it really depends on how much you write to it a day. If you're doing a "hefty" 100GB per day and assuming the controller can do true level wearing, you can expect the device to last 14 or so years on a 512GB device. Double or halve that for 1TB and 256GB respectively.
3) You shouldn't.

If you're running out of space on an SSD, consider what you're storing on it. Programs are the only thing that benefit from an SSD, and even then, it may not be that much. It entirely depends if the program needs to do a lot of file requests than flat out loading. Plug-in heavy applications like Photoshop load much faster, for instance. If you're storing a lot of documents, pictures, movies, and music, i.e., "low bandwidth files", they gain little being on an SSD. Windows might enumerate the folders faster, but that's about it.


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 Post subject: Re: 840 Pro vs 840 Evo
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:33 am 
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All my docs are on a mechanical HD, along with all my steam games and most other games. The SSD is only for the OS and my Flight simulators and their scenery. Unfortunately they are what's eating up all the space. Amazing how much space scenery files take. I don't think this drive does a lot of writing, my Magician app says it has written 3.11TB and it is a little over a year old. I don't know how that stacks up against "normal" usage, but I wouldn't think it's too much.

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 Post subject: Re: 840 Pro vs 840 Evo
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:38 am 
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I'd just get a dedicated SSD at for your flight sim. :D


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 Post subject: Re: 840 Pro vs 840 Evo
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:24 am 
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LatiosXT wrote:
I'd just get a dedicated SSD at for your flight sim. :D


I actually did that when I was using XP exclusively. Problem now is that I'm out of SATA 6GB ports. That's why when I started dual booting with Win7 I elected to set up the sims on the 7 side and on it's SSD.


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 Post subject: Re: 840 Pro vs 840 Evo
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:51 am 
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XP doesn't need to be on a SATA 6Gbps, to be honest. And hell, I still saw pretty nice performance improvements from an HDD to SSD on a SATA 3Gbps port. Honestly I find SSD's charm more in its response time than its transfer rate.


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