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Old 04-19-09, 10:40 PM   #37
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cant wait to grab a ssd. killer hardware.
prolly go with a ocz vertex. the intels are way to expensive for my tastes.
Do some research first. Most SSD drives suck, honestly. I wouldn't touch them unless you're buying an expensive one.
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Old 04-20-09, 02:21 AM   #38
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Do some research first. Most SSD drives suck, honestly. I wouldn't touch them unless you're buying an expensive one.
I'm holding off until they fix there life expectancy. For important data they just aren't good enough yet.
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Old 04-20-09, 09:59 AM   #39
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That's true. But SSDs are still "good enough" for boot discs, there's nothing really important on those.
That's a strange response, and an expensive purchase for something that isn't all that important. I'm not going to spend $300+ on an SSD drive, only to take all my files off and leave it just for boot. If it's not really important, a reasonably priced conventional drive should more than suffice.
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Old 04-20-09, 10:09 AM   #40
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That's a strange response, and an expensive purchase for something that isn't all that important. I'm not going to spend $300+ on an SSD drive, only to take all my files off and leave it just for boot. If it's not really important, a reasonably priced conventional drive should more than suffice.
Well put it this way. If you have anything that is worth keeping it would be silly to only have 1 copy of it. You can easily reinstall your OS and applications, but any data should be backed up. Your hard drive could easily corrupt any day and it would be no different than an SSD failing.

I really am not concerned about life expectancy as a regular hard drive only lasts 3 - 5 years as it is. I've had a thumb drive for that long without any issues, so a well made SSD shouldn't have too many problems reaching that amount of time.
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Old 04-20-09, 10:35 AM   #41
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I don't think life expectancy is the main issue with SSDs at the moment. Its the inconsistent performance. Even the Intel X25-M had some pretty serious performance degradation after a lot of use, but Intel seems to have fixed it with a BIOS update.

... and that's one of the more expensive drives.

I can't even imagine what will happen to a cheap SSD over time with a lot of use. Plus, the multitasking performance on any that use the JMicron controller is pretty terrible. The system will actually freeze\pause to wait for the drive.

If you want an SSD, make sure to do a ton of research on the exact model you're looking at. You could end up with a drive that spits out impressive benchmark numbers yet actually performs like a Quantum Bigfoot drive under normal use.
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Old 04-20-09, 01:47 PM   #42
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I really am not concerned about life expectancy as a regular hard drive only lasts 3 - 5 years as it is. I've had a thumb drive for that long without any issues, so a well made SSD shouldn't have too many problems reaching that amount of time.
Two things here. First, if your hard drives are only lasting you 3-5 years, you're buying the wrong brands. I've NEVER had an HDD fail on me. The 3 I'm using now are at 4 years and counting. I had one HDD last over 10 years before I parted ways with it, though it never died.

Secondly, comparing an SSD to a thumb drive and expecting similar reliability is a poor comparison. A Thumb drive doesn't have constant reading/writing going on. You plug it in when you need to access and/or save data. An SSD is going to be used vigorously every time that you use your PC.
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Old 04-20-09, 03:23 PM   #43
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Two things here. First, if your hard drives are only lasting you 3-5 years, you're buying the wrong brands. I've NEVER had an HDD fail on me. The 3 I'm using now are at 4 years and counting. I had one HDD last over 10 years before I parted ways with it, though it never died.

Secondly, comparing an SSD to a thumb drive and expecting similar reliability is a poor comparison. A Thumb drive doesn't have constant reading/writing going on. You plug it in when you need to access and/or save data. An SSD is going to be used vigorously every time that you use your PC.
I didn't necessarily just mean that the drives fail. I replace hard drives every 3 - 5 years so they don't fail on me, and also because of storage space. I've also had some drives that have gone 6 - 7 years before failure, but I've seen all brands of drives fail in as little as 3 years of usage. Your 1 hard drive that has gone 10 years definitely doesn't sound like the normal lifespan of the rest of the drives you've had.

An SSD drive doesn't constantly read and write to the drive either. Once you install a program the majority of it won't need to be changed. There will be more activity than on a thumb drive, but an SSD have several advantages to combat that such as wear leveling and having a large chunk of space set aside to swap blocks with when they do fail. Also, reads have no effect on lifespan, only writes.
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I didn't necessarily just mean that the drives fail. I replace hard drives every 3 - 5 years so they don't fail on me, and also because of storage space. I've also had some drives that have gone 6 - 7 years before failure, but I've seen all brands of drives fail in as little as 3 years of usage. Your 1 hard drive that has gone 10 years definitely doesn't sound like the normal lifespan of the rest of the drives you've had.
doing the same thing, always try to get rid of the hdd after 3-5 years. You can still make some money, and at the same time replace it for faster and larger hdd.
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Old 05-07-09, 06:17 PM   #46
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I'm thinking of getting the 80gb version.
I think this is a decent price for now compared to when they first came out.

In Canada:

Intel X25-M 80GB 2.5IN SATA2 NCQ Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD
Our Price: $374.99 CAD
Special price ends 05/12/2009.

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It looks like we are finally getting SSD drives. Here's Anandtech review of the incoming X-25 drive from Intel (starts shipping this week, price of the 80 Gb model is $595 for 1000 units). It crushes current OCZ offerings, but price is double. However performance is sometimes more than double, no more pauses and langs during multitasking.



BTW look what it can do for Crysis miminum FPS:



Overall drive performance

Does Intel sends any brackets or adapter to mount these into 3.5" bay?
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