Advice to buy new SSD

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Hi Everyone!

I intend to buy a new SSD Drive for my MSI GE60 Laptop.

I know that data transfer speeds are much greater than Mechanical drives, however, I’m not really sure when it comes to comparing between SSD Drives, as the same manufacturers have diferent specifications for drives with the same storage space.

For now I don’t need space, I only need performance and, of course, reliability.

I want to buy from any Portuguese store (i'm living in Portugal right now) because of any RMA issues that might come up.

I’m inclined to buy a Kingston Drive (is the only brand I know). Can you guys help me choose the best 120Gb SSD drive from here? I’ve already sorted the results in the link I leave below.

Feel free to ask any question or make any suggestions!

Thank you!

My sorted SSD Drives

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What exactly are you doing with this laptop? If you want maximum performance, a Samsung 850 Pro or 860 Pro is about as fast as a SATA SSD gets, but you pay it.

Samsung 850 EVO and 860 EVO are quite a bit cheaper and something like 99% of the performance in virtually all use, although there are some sustained scenarios where they are significantly slower-- but no sane desktop user is likely to encounter any of those scenarios. Similar applies for the Crucial MX500 and a few others.

And virtually all modern SSD controllers will suffer from reduced performance on SSDs smaller than 500GB or so, since the smaller SSDs don't have enough active NAND dies to provide sufficient parallelism for maximum performance... so instead of forking out for a top of the line Samsung 850 Pro 128G, you're very likely to be better off forking out for a cheaper 850 EVO 250GB.


Paging through your link, it looks like they only carry an older, slower Crucial model and a lower-end, slower Samsung model... Kingston has wide variety of models with very different controllers, I'm no longer familiar enough with Kingston's various families to remember what performs better or worse. You're probably going to have to dig through reviews, or at least enough spec sheets to figure out what controllers specific SSDs use-- since you can reasonably count on SSDs using the same controller, same capacity, and same type of NAND to perform similarly.

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Hi continuum and thank you for your quick reply!

My Laptop is for Programming, Video and Photo Editing. However, my Main Storage is currently held in proper NAS systems. 

I understood your point and overall, for the price difference, I think that maybe 30/40€ will pay the extra storage and, possibly, performance!

I Think the 850 EVO will be my choice!

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