Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 13
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kaelthun Amazing performance at a reasonable price
I got this SSD because I had a bit of budget strain following a CPU + motherboard upgrade. I figured it would perform at the cross section between budget and midrange but this thing has blown me away. With RAPID mode enabled it really flies.
My benchmarking results are consistent with the ones found in the Hexus review for this so I suggest you check that one out. It specifically lists the values for RAPID and plain mode and you can see the difference.
Cold boot time with Windows 7 on SATA 6Gbps ports: 22 seconds
Logon time with antivirus and 12 on-logon apps: <5 seconds
Applications pop without delay, game loading goes through without a breeze and lots of MMORPGs just run that much faster. They usually load large texture packs and whatnot so it's a noticable improvement.
Granted, 120GB will leave you with a Win7 OS and just a game or 2 that fit on there. But if you configure your libraries in your user profile to go to a traditional media drive then you should have no trouble storing anything. I just move the game(s) I'm on at the moment between my media disk and the SSD and leave it at that. I've used NTFS junction points to keep my Steam games on the media drive and move the commonly used ones to the SSD on demand.
It's been great all round and I really didn't expect this value for the money I put in. I'm not sure how long it'll last and whether RAPID mode bring with it some reliability issues but for the price I'll probably get another one and run them in RAID 1 for redundancy anyway. It's a great piece of kit and I highly recommend getting one if you just simply want speed from an upgrade. You can chuck all the CPU horsepower and overclocking, GPU tuning and a new motherboard at your build but the most noticeable difference will come from an SSD.
This one fits the bill if you're looking for incredible speeds, good price and simplicity.
NOTE: The Samsung Magician software is amazing. It's a simple control centre that will manage the performance profile of this SSD with ease of use at the forefront of the experience. Just another feature that will make you wonder why you were running your operating system off an SSD for the last 4 years.
21 February 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by kraken2109 Good value, Good size, Good speed
Since I'm still on SATA2 I only get about half the speed this drive can offer, but it is still a huge improvement over my existing hard drives.
Windows boots in seconds and all applications open quickly.
I would recommend this drive.
19 February 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by grimer Very quick. Laptop feels like new.
My Dell 1720 is six years old. I'd upgraded the CPU to 2.5GHz and fitted 6GB of RAM. Despite this, the laptop was taking ages to boot and was quite sluggish. I installed this 120GB SSD as a primary boot drive paired with a 500GB data drive. The laptop now boots in under a minute and programs open almost instantly.
If you have an old laptop/pc that needs a performance boost, I'd highly recommend an SSD.
08 February 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by EdgeOfPain Fast
This SSD is faster than my 256GB Crucial M4, both SSDs have the latest firmware. I'm using it in a Micro-ATX build. It's got the fastest load time I've experienced.
Bear in mind I'm using the Crucial M4 on an Intel motherboard in the SATAIII 6Gb/s port and I'm using the Samsung 840 EVO in an AMD 3Gb/s port. I think this shows that the speed of the SSD is more important than whether or not you have an Intel controller.
04 February 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cliff Ssd drive
Simple to fit and fast. Mounting could be an issue. You need the bits and bobs to convert to fit your drive bay
21 January 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Matt2052 My first SSD
A lot faster than mechanical hard drives, completely silent due to no moving parts, and not affected by heat like mechanicals are.
This is my first SSD so I can't compare its performance with other SSDs, you'll have to do your own research for that. And honestly the difference I don't think is that great.
14 January 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Callumpy Amazing product, recommend to everyone.
I personally would recommend these drives to everyone. They are the best on the market now in my opinion and they are a great replacement to the now gone, Samsung 830.
I'm not sure how people manage without SSDs, machines are so slow without them.
08 January 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by faultyBasil Can't be without SSD now!
First SSD so no real reference for comparison to others. But in general, this thing is astoundingly fast.
Didn't want to spend quite as much as the going rate at the time for the 840 Pro and, after some research, this sounded like the next best thing.
PC is connected to a 37" 1080p TV and from a cold start, switching both on at the same time, PC boots to Win8.1 quicker than the TV can display the picture every time :) Thinking I might get another!
12 December 2013