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Plextor vs. Crucial

Plextor M5S vs. Crucial M4  

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  1. 1. Which SSD drive is best?



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So like the topic says, which would you guys consider best overall? The Plextor brand M5S series or the Crucial M4 series. This is considering everything, from performance, reliability, price, warranty, to support.

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What is your budget and what do you plan to do with the SSD?

Price depends on your region, but I have noticed that the Crucial M4 has gone on sales more frequently(atleast in the US).

Performance: I doubt you will notice the different between the ssds, but give the reviews a look:

http://www.storagereview.com/plextor_pxm5s_ssd_review

http://www.storagereview.com/crucial_m4_ssd_review_256gb

Both should be very reliable, but the M5S is newer so there can be an inherent risk as even the best testing can't get everything. It should hopefully not be a "show stopper", but it can take firmware updates to resolve issues(even the M4 needed firmware updates). Also there isn't a thing as a perfect drive that will work in every system, so make sure to keep backups.

Support/Warranty: Both should be very fine to great. Both are well known(in the tech field in general) and have been around for a while. Check out their Facebook/Twitter/support forums, for a general feel of what kind of support to expect.

Other: I like Plextor's older lineup M3S/M3P because of the 5 year warranty(M5S only comes with a 3 year warranty-same as M4) even if it is may not be needed and the Samsung 830 is another alternative. Also, you might want to wait for the M5P( AFAIK, no ETA).

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budget for the SSD isn't limited, but I'm not gonna go for a 1TB SSD or anything crazy like that. I'm just gonna use the SSD in my daily use computer, I don't play the latest and greatest games, but play WOW every now and then, (don't want it taking over my life- again), and browse the internet, so its not a workhorse of a computer.

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In that case, it might just be easier to flip a coin :P

http://www.random.org/coins/

Also, the M5P has been officially launched. Comes with a 5 year warranty and should be available to buy in a couple of weeks. A review is in process, so if you have any questions, go ask below or wait for a review to be published.

http://www.storagereview.com/plextor_launches_m5p_ssd_first_to_market_with_new_marvell_9187_controller

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Yes I have heard of the M5P and I haven't seen any pricing or tests on it yet, but I'ma wait till I see more about this drive and if it looks good I'll probably go for it(or might just flip a coin :D ) . But thanks for your help so far.

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