B&H Photo Video has the Toshiba Q Series HDTS251XZSTA 512GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive for $199 with free shipping. Features up to 552MB/s read and 501MB/s write times, 6Gb/s transfer rate, and 9.4mm height.
$220 Retail: $500

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    DoctorRobotnick Ben's cred: 2
    Posted 9:34 am PST 11/10/14

    I'd still rather have an 840 Evo 500GB in this price range, but this is a good deal if you need the space for as cheap as possible.

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    dandragonrage Ben's cred: 77
    Posted 12:44 pm PST 11/10/14

    I'd easily take this over an 840 Evo. MLC flash instead of awful TLC, and the caching software provided by companies like Samsung only works in a small amount of workloads and is rarely helpful in the real world.

    Still, while Q series is good, it is also not great. It has no DRAM cache so random speeds aren't the greatest. But they are still pretty good. This drive would be indistinguishable from most SSDs in most consumer workloads.

    This is a good price for 512GB, though not revolutionary.

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    paker Ben's cred: 9
    Posted 2:01 pm PST 11/10/14

    The EVO uses 3-bit/cell MLC(Multi Layer Cell) NAND technology, not TLC.

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    dandragonrage Ben's cred: 77
    Posted 1:12 pm PST 11/12/14

    paker, 3-bit per cell IS TLC. The Evo most definitely uses TLC. The Sandisk Ultra II is another one that does.

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    Agent Ben's cred: 186
    Posted 10:05 am PST 12/10/14

    In terms of endurance,
    SLC > MLC > TLC


    TLC = Triple Layer Cell

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3863
    Posted 10:59 am PST 12/10/14

    TLC is what brings us these high GB/$ ratios. If wear bothers you then get something with capacity sufficient to ensure enough free space is remaining so that the wear leveling has a lot of space to work with.

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    compcond Ben's cred: 5
    Posted 5:52 pm PST 12/14/14

    Actually there was recently an endurance test performed (Tom's Hardware if I recall correctly) and the Samsung won hands down. The Intel stopped writing once it hit Intel's fixed limit (better to stop writing while you can still image off to a new drive before it dies) but the Samsung kept going.

    My problem is that the Toshiba SSDs were great but the OCZ drives had failure rates close to 5% (my experience was closer to 100% and I'm a dealer so I saw enough to have an opinion) but now I don't know if this is a Toshiba or an OCZ drive. Intel's failure rate is under 0.1%.

    How much is your data worth to you?

    If you're just buying for storage then pick up spinning drives (and back them up). The performance difference of SSDs is a no-brainer for the OS drive but unless you're doing realtime video editing platters are the way to go.

    That being said I sell 99% all solid-state servers but I'm in Los Angeles, these servers run 24/7 and we have earthquakes. I use Intel Server SSDs for those exclusively.

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