Hey, why the attitude man? Did it somehow offend you that I decided to replace the drives? Are you so emotionally attached to your own identity as an EVO customer that you must attack people who choose differently?
I used the EVO 840 from virtually the same week they became available. Performance was great, but it slowly degraded with time passed. The decrease was very visible for large blocks of data which were read often but not refreshed or updated. Not just on synthetic benchmarks. My usage pattern fits that bill because I use several virtual machines that are 40 - 120 GB large, and only a small portion of their virtual disk files are changed (SQL database files). Moving the virtual machine to an external drive and back on to the SSD's solved the problem, but shuffling around 120 GB virtual servers in order to "keep the memory cells happy" is a chore I'd rather be without.
Perhaps the issue was more visible to me because I run 2 drives in RAiD0 which means I get hit by the degradation twice - once for each drive. Never the less, the issue was very real to me. YMMV off course, but please accept that your own perception of this issue is not the universal truth.
In regards to your snarky comment about me being a "savvy consumer": Yes, I believe I am a reasonably savvy consumer when it comes to SSD drives. I am a Business Intelligence specialist and I am quite confident in my ability to understand and evaluate disk read performance. It is part of my job. When analyzing large amounts of data or operating virtual servers (booting or resuming), sustained data transfer is very important. The slightly lower random read performance of my Plextor Pro drives is a very good trade-off for the added sustained transfer rate. In addition the Plextor pro drives use a server-grade controller chip with a GC routine that works very well without TRIM. Since I operate in RAID mode that is also a concern when I buy drives. My Laptop does not support TRIM in RAID mode (desktop/gaming rig does though).
Not everybody on the planet uses their computer in exactly the same way as you do.