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Poll: Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB vs. Samsung 840 120GB to buy?

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  1. 1. Which one to buy?

    • Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB
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    • Samsung 840 120GB
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First: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/01/28/kingston_ssdnow_v300_120gb_ssd_review/10

Second: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/02/19/samsung_840_120gb_ssd_review/10

The question is which one would you buy for the same price? These two are a good value I can buy now. It!s not an option to buy a 60 GB drive for the same price or a 3rd brand for much more money.

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Samsung 840 should be 100% Samsung components and it should have the Samsung Macgician software(nice little information tool), so that would be my choice.

What will you use the SSD for?

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I'd use the SSD in an old notebook for a standalone drive for light office use. Also, did you see the tests? They say this specific Samsung model is much inferior to the Kingston one.

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I'd use the SSD in an old notebook for a standalone drive for light office use. Also, did you see the tests? They say this specific Samsung model is much inferior to the Kingston one.

For most users, low access times are important. All SSDs should have very low access time which means faster bootup, and faster application/file loading. Latency etc that they tested may just be a fluke, firmware issue and it may not be noticeable to the average user. Unless the system pauses/freezes, I wouldn't worry.

Note: make sure to keep backups and make sure the the drive has a warranty. Some stores also might have a return policy, which could come in handy.

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Setting aside the protocol of coming to our site and linking only to inferior reviews ;) ...

I'd agree that the Samsung is the choice, it's a good drive, has a great software suite to manage the drive and Samsung offers very good support.

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Setting aside the protocol of coming to our site and linking only to inferior reviews ;) ...

Feel free to review both drives on your site. This was the only comparison I have found reviewing both drives from the same source.

By the way Samsung offers TCL chips for Kingston's MCL for the same price. Both drives comes with a 3 year warranty and for both support equals a replacement if faulty. Perhaps you have an experience with Kingston not replacing a faulty drive under warranty when Samsung does? My common sense says I rather pay the same price for MLC instead of TLC + Samsung's software.

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The Samsung 120GB 840 Pro is often available for a good price and would be my recommendation.

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If the 840 pro is the same praice or slightly higher I would prefer that, but with the non pro version using TLC I am not convinced. At the moment I have an good ole 5000 cycle SSD, that was replaced once and that was a hazzle. If Samsung replaces the 840 three times without a problem, it would be three times the hazzle.

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The Pro costs exactly 1.5 times more than the non-Pro in this part of the world. Anyways, I'm a consumer, I don't need Pro features for Pro price. So it's either one of the two drives in the OP.

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I prefer my Kingston V+200 over my Samsung 830 drives. There's little performance difference as I can tell, and the Kingston is cheaper. The Kingston has never had, or needed a firmware update - it just plain works.

Considering the faulty firmware on the early 840 drives, I think I'd stay clear.

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