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Old 05-23-11, 04:43 AM   #1
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Default Need help purchasing an SSD...

My budget is 250 and i am looking for a drive with good reliability and performance.

With all the new drives that are out, i have no idea which one to go for
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Old 05-23-11, 07:21 AM   #2
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I've got 1 of these:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...14&subcat=1427

and can highly recommend it.

Other than that... the Intel one looks good:

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...14&subcat=1427

but thats assuming you have Sata3.

I steer clear of OCZ after a month of arguing with them over a compatibility problem with their Vertex 2 drives.
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Old 05-23-11, 09:56 AM   #3
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I found this on behardware:

Components returns rates

SSDs

- Intel 0.3% (against 0.6%)
- Kingston 1.2% (against 2.4%)
- Crucial 1.9% (against 2.2%)
- Corsair 2.7% (against 2.2%)
- OCZ 3.5% (against 2.9%)
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Old 05-23-11, 01:39 PM   #4
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Default Re: Need help purchasing an SSD...

I was thinking of getting a OCZ Solid or Agility 3 but now not so much.

Could it be just more idiots buy OCZ and **** them up? Not you Jon
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I was thinking of getting a OCZ Solid or Agility 3 but now not so much.

Could it be just more idiots buy OCZ and **** them up? Not you Jon
I sent back 3 vertex drives in a week. My problems ranged from corrupting my windows install to massive stalling (sometimes up to 15 mins). I'll see if I can find the Anandtech review that mentions the 15 minute stalls!

In the meantime:
http://www.kobaltcomputers.co.uk/for...-Vertex-3-SSDs

Another great start for OCZ!
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Old 05-23-11, 04:32 PM   #6
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Stick with Intel, clearly the better drives at the moment but pricey.
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Old 05-23-11, 05:32 PM   #7
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Its a crap shoot. Just make sure it has a good warranty or exchange/return policy. My Sandforce 2 unit went bad after 2 weeks.
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Old 05-23-11, 06:17 PM   #8
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I got two Vertex 2 Drives and I have had no issues once I switched them to my desktop. Great SSD!
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I went with the Intel 510 240gb and its great!! Look on new egg you will see the intel SSD's have a far less fail rate compared to the OCZs, thats the main reason I went with Intel.
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I've got a bunch of "old" Intel X25Ms running and they are great. While the write performance isn't stellar (I don't very much care for that) reading and application loading are still in a range to kick butt of the "new" 6Gbit SATA drives
And if I need more performance I'll RAID'em up (2 sitting on the shelf waiting to get deployed).
Still expensive: 325-330 for a SSDSA2MH160G2C1.
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Personally I think I'll wait another 6 months before thinking about SSD's, Maybe then they'll be affordable and reliable.
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Personally I think I'll wait another 6 months before thinking about SSD's, Maybe then they'll be affordable and reliable.
SSDs with < 1% defect rate *are* reliable, something no HDD can claim (some HDD defect rates are as high as 15%).
At my client site, they run SANs with hundreds of spindles, the sysadmins here are constantly replacing failed HDDs.
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