SAMSUNG 2.5インチSATAIII(6Gbps)接続SSD 128GB MZ-7PC128D/AM
SerialATA III (SATA 6Gbps)
シーケンシャルリード：520MB/s (SATA 6Gbps)
シーケンシャルライト：320MB/s (SATA 6Gbps)
4k Random Read Speed：80,000IOPS
4k Random Write Speed：30,000IOPS
From what I've read on the matter... Samsung SSDs have a very low failure rate, second only to Intel, but far better than other competitors. This is also faster than Intel's current fastest SSD, and it's much cheaper. Speed, price, and reliability... all that together is hard to beat. Add to that, it has none of the hassles that all of the SSDs with Sandforce controllers frequently have (Kingstons, OCZs, Corsairs, Patriots, etc.).
Buy this without the kit, if possible, or with the notebook kit if you want a USB to Sata adapter.
I found it to be almost worthless. The 2.5" to 3.5" bay adapter came in handy, but I've gotten better ones for a few bucks on Amazon (that could mount 2 drives instead of 1).
I had done a little reading about Norton Ghost a while back, and it looked like a nice program to have. At a $70 price tag, it should be. It makes it a difficult process to clone your old hard drive to your new Samsung, though. It is not capable of copying your recovery partition, either.
I ended up scrapping the idea of using Ghost to copy my drive, and pulled out my trusty bootable Acronis True Image CD (that came with my old Kingston SSD). It made quick work of cloning my drive, and didn't require any software to be installed on my PC. Western Digital has a very useable version of their software available to download free on WD's website (the Western Digital version is free and can be used on any drive; however, there must be a Western Digital drive, either internal or external, connected to your system to start the program).
So, I didn't see much value in the desktop bundle, but I guess I can't argue with a $70 program being included (although, I'll be deleting it soon).
All in all, this is one of the best SSDs on the market currently, and at a very competitive price. The only shortcomings it has, are easily compensated for with free, or cheap, stuff. If I had another PC in need of a FAST SSD, I'd buy another of these in a snap!
I personally own an 80gb intel 320 ssd, and a Ocz vertex 2(first generation, before OCZ went downhill...), and this drive is much faster than both. I was seriously considered purchasing an intel 320 120gb over this drive, but because this drive is Sata iii, I decided against it. I am glad I did.
I have trim enabled in Mac Os X using "TrimEnabler" Beta 2.0, if you haven't heard of it, it's a freeware app that enables trim in mac osx. One side note is, if your installing this in a laptop, be sure to purchase the "Laptop" kit, I accidentally purchased the desktop kit, which is about 5$ more expensive than the laptop kit. Lastly, the included "Norton Ghost" is useless to Mac Os X, I personally recommend "Carbon Copy Cloner" for cloning your drive, it's a freeware program that is actually recommended by intel for cloning your new ssd.
One last thought, My friend owns the Early 2011 17" Macbook pro w/ the 2.3ghz i7 upgrade, he is using a intel 320 80gb and his boot time is much slower than mine, im not entirely sure why this is, but the Samsung 830 definitely boots much faster than the Intel 320.
I ended up choosing Samsung's drive over Crucial's drive for the following reasons:
1. Success and Brand. Samsung desperately needed a success in the SSD field since it's first attempt was met with a tepid reception. This subsequent attempt was very well put together in my mind. The drive utilized the latest in technology (i.e. SATA III). Furthermore, the drive is sleek, smooth, and sexy beast. Lastly, the pricing is a clear indicator that Samsung wants to be seen as a leading competitor in this field.
2. SSD Magician. Samsung's accompanying program SSD Magician provides an array of well thought options with a very easy to use GUI. Moreover, with your permission, it highlights and then changes options that negatively affect the drive performance. Furthermore, the program allows you to schedule OS optimizations and garbage collection empties. finally, one of the most important selling points, was the ability to upgrade the drives firmware without having to jump through hoops similar to flashing the bios. With this drive, I could do it just from windows.
3. Speed. This drive is fast. Really, really, really fast. Benchmark-wise my sequential write speeds are just over 300 mb/s and my sequential read speeds sit around 520 mb/s. 7.9 on the Windows Experience Index (WEI). To put how fast this drive is in perspective: Windows 7 Professional was installed in under 10 minutes, windows updates take about half the time to install in comparison to my non-ssd computer, and boot takes about 11 seconds from the BIOS finishing posting (total: 36 seconds). More importantly, if I blink when launching Adobe Photoshop CS5.5, I miss its flash screen!
4. Cost benefits. Samsung was really thorough with their kits. For instance, it included a mounting bracket (~$10), really bloody good Ghost data migration tool ($70), and a free top-selling, highly rate videogame ($50). So, I gained about $130 of nice tools/assets. At the time I purchased this, crucial's drive was $10 less than this drive. So, the $10 that I saved I would of had to reinvest to acquire a third party mounting bracket with no compatibility guarantees. However, I would have also lost out on the $120 worth of other goodies.
Positives (elaborated above):
Great Software Support
This drive does not play nice with Marvell controllers. But what SSD does?
SSD Magician does not recognize the drive in RAID setup.
The steps in the instruction manual detailing how to transfer an existing windows 7 install to the SSD are incomplete as a result of Windows 7 partition alignment. There are quite a few hoops that you have to jump through to get it working correctly that I'll leave to a third-party technology site to detail. In reality though, it is far better to do a fresh install and I highly recommend it.
Mounting bracket does not have holes on the bottom to secure the drive to a case tray. Your case will need to allow you to mount the drive via the side. (a.k.a it isn't quite a "universal" mounting bracket)
Price per gigabyte is a bit high as a result of the Crucial drive's price dropping significantly (at the time of this writing).
Overall, this product deserves a solid five stars due to the positives overwhelmingly outweighing the negatives and the lack of trouble I've experienced so far with it. It has met all my expectations and even exceeded one or two!
If you can only afford to make one upgrade to your desktop or laptop, you'll be hard pushed to make a better choice than going for a decent SSD drive to replace an old spinning disk. (although memory upgrades are also very valuable, after a point adding more isn't going to bring additional benefit).
This was actually used in a PC in the boardroom as I wanted to remove the annoying sound of a traditional spinning HDD while also improving the speed of the computer.
I bought the bigger brother of this, with 256GB capacity, for my desktop, and it's even better. The 128GB drives have lower read/write throughput capabilities than the 256GB+ do, so it's worth looking at the spec before purchase to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.