Okay thanks. I actually went with the Samsung evo, which leads to my next post. haha
Just a few bits of review from a computer utilitarian and not so much a professional builder.
The Samsung EVO850 (installed on my laptop) does make a streamlined difference in the way most of my applications open up - almost instantly. It takes Excel less than a full second to open and be ready with a blank sheet, almost as fast with saved sheet does my system do the same.
Installing software is REALLY quick.
Looks like my read times went up realistically between 3 to 4x faster based on the CyrstalDisk tester.
Noise wise: I thought I previously had none really and just the fan, but aside from the familiar it is eerily quiet. The HDD now SSD light is barely a blink anymore.
Along with the noise level the Heat level has dropped considerably as well as the fan speed. This is going to be big plus for me on hot days.
Firefox browser does still take some time and that's actually going far since I'm an impatient one to begin with. It definitely does not open as fast as an office suite app, however fast it still is.
I'd recommend the Samsung EVO850 for the working professional or the average home user as well. At $150, the price is comparable to similar size, competitor SSD's. For the hardcore machines, I'd recommend the Samsung's PRO line. My two gripes with it is that they didn't include a migration cable - the software does come with it though. As trivial as it is, the cables can cost as much as thirty dollars because most big box retailers only carry those that are coupled with some migration software of their own. That was all that BestBuy had...just the one. You'd be better off getting one online for under ten dollars - without shipping cost yet - if your the patient type.
The other gripe I have is more along the lines of directions (they are extremely minimal) for the newest of noobs like myself. Their migration disk comes with two programs, the migration software and a disk analysis software. Here's where my left or right brains failed me; for some reason it was too easy to confuse the analysis software, "Magician" as the migration software. I spent a needless amount of my Saturday afternoon and early evening trying to figure out why I kept getting a "unable to detect SSD" message...You guessed it, I was thinking I needed to use Magician for the migration. What a dumbass, but I think others just as less initiated as I would make the same difference.
I'd like to mention that even after the migration I still couldn't get Magician to recognize the SSD. Maybe I'll eventually find the answer to this someday. Aside from those points I'd definitely recommend this SSD.
If anyone has the answer to the question above that would be great! Also I went ahead and initialized the SSD before the migration, was this necessary? Thanks for reading!
Edited by allstock, 24 April 2016 - 01:31 AM.