Originally Posted by .Sup
thanks for the responses guys, I'm thinking the same way as tpi. The sata 120gb SSD is around 70€ more expensive than a equivalent sata2 SSD and I'm always bothered if I have something in my system that isn't utilized to its max capabilities if you know what I mean.
I was looking at the exact same drives tpi suggested but since a friend on mine had bad luck with 1st gen vertex' I think Corsair is the way to go even though its sligtly more expensive. Is there an Intel drive with 120GB capacity and same performance as the two drives mentioned before? I really like the Intel toolbox.
I won't be upgradin for a while, I'm running my c2d non OCed and its goes easy up to 4.3ghz, a new GPU and I'm set for another 2 years.
The real question is, is sata3 SSD any faster and better performing that sata2 SSD both ran from a sata2 interface?
There is the Intel SSD 120GB SATA II - 320 SERIES (R 270MB / W 130MB), which costs about the same as the other two I suggested (at least where I live), but the write speed is lower than the Corsair and OCZ that can do R 285MB / W 275MB.
In my country the price difference between the Sata 2 and Sata 3 versions is also about the same as yours - the 120GB OCZ Sata 2 costs € 61,7 less than the Sata 3 version, while the Corsair P3 128GB Sata 3 costs € 68,4 more than the Sata 2 (and doesn't do as well in write operations - features a Marvell controller). Also, the Sata 3 120GB Intel 510 Series costs € 67,7 more than the Sata 2 320 Series, and it does not do as well as the Sata 2 Corsair and OCZ in write operations - 510 SERIES (R 450MB / W 210MB).
Looking at the prices and the huge room for capacity expansion in the near future, I bet in a year's time the 240GB drives, that cost about twice as the 120GB, will be at this price.
As to the performance of Sata 3 drives in a Sata 2 board, there might be a slight improvement, but seeing the specifications of both the Corsair and OCZ Sata 2 are almost to the full potential of Sata 2, I don't think it's warranted to spend another € 60 - 70 for the same drive capacity. If you were to build a new rig in, say, 4-6 months, I'd probably say get the Sata 3 as you will be benefiting from it in a reasonable timeframe. But if you intend to keep your rig for at least another year, possibly 2, and since SSD tech is going so fast, get the Sata 2 and keep the money to buy something else you enjoy in the meantime (games for example
). Next year you'll have affordable and higher capacity SSD's where you can actually start thinking of storing most documents/videos/games for super fast access.Edited by tpi2007 - 5/8/11 at 8:56am