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post #1 of 10
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hi there!

i currently have a WD Raptor and i'm looking to pick up a SSD to replace it.

i see all the reviews and benchies, but they don't give me any real world results to help me frame what all these ratings and charts mean.

given that, i don't know at what performance level i *actually* need to buy in at to get the best price/perfomance, and i'm hoping to avoid just buying the drive with the largest bar (Vertex 3.)

so, what kind of real world differences would one see between, say, a Solid 3, Agility 3, M4, OWC Extreme, Vertex 3? why *not* just buy the most reliable and cheapest per GB?

My uses are primarily for gaming, with some amateur hobbyist image and music work (nothing serious.) Looking at SATA 6Gbps drives.

any input is appreciated.

thanks!
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post #2 of 10
My theory is to wait until SSD's come down in price. More and more memory manufacturers are getting into the SSD market, which will eventually drive down SSD prices, until then I'm not paying the premium for a barely perceptible difference in performance.
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post #3 of 10
I would just pay full price for Vertex 3. The Vertex 2 is known as one of the best, if not best SSD. Vertex 3 is even better.
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post #4 of 10
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which is fine, techprimus, i'm also not buying in until i upgrade to an AMD Bulldozer later this year or next.

but in any case, i'd still like to know how the performance actually scales on these drives and if it truly is, as you say, imperceptible (which i'm inclined to think it is.)

i have a Vertex 2 60Gb in my laptop, and i love it, but even so, without a point of comparison and real understanding of what i'm buying, i'm not gonna chuck down anywhere from 2 to 5 hundred bucks without knowing what i'm buying. =)
Edited by nicodemus - 5/26/11 at 9:43am
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post #5 of 10
Sata 3 can handle upto 600mbps (570mbps in real-world). So the recently released drives are about as quick as their going to get (using 550mbps for example). A Vertex 3/Force Series 3 will come very close to saturating Sata 3 - performance should be amazing!

Corsair Force Series 3 has 85k IOPS and is about $100 less than Vertex 3 which is 75k/60k IOPS - i'd say go for that if you gonna get one - and performance and stability should improve with bios updates etc!

Sata 2 can handle upto 300mbps (286mbps in real world). Quickest you can find are probably the Vertex 2 drives which are about 275mbps max. Good performance and very reliable drive - but better off going Sata 3 imo due to Sata 2 drives still having a reletively hefty price tag.

I'd also recommend at least 120gb/128gb as opposed to 60gb/64gb - should last longer!

And i can absolutely percieve a difference between my Vertex 2 and a regular HDD in almost every task i run. SSD's FTW
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post #6 of 10
Every SSD made in the past 12 months will have a day and night difference between a mechanical HD. The biggest reason isn't MB/s ...... its access time. Everything SNAPS .

Also an SSD (as I mentioned somewhere yesterday) is really the only upgrade you will *feel* 24/7 . CPU's , GPU's , Memory etc need to really be pushed to *feel* them there w/o benchmarks lol .

Any SSD will give you a pleasant kick-in-the-pants across anything you do. Think about this... your primary drive is the single common point irrespective of what the rest of your components are
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@ShtSh00tr

10 Vertex 3's in Raid0. That's just insane - as is the rest of your rig. Respect
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post #8 of 10
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hi guys. so, maybe i was unclear in my first post, and i apologize for that, but i think we're misunderstanding each other. =)

i totally agree that going SSD over HDD is totally worth it and will give real world results. =)

what i'm questioning is the difference in real world results between the low end on the SSD spectrum to the high end (say a Solid 3 to a Vertex 3.)

so, while i could just get a V3 240 Max IOPS and call it a day, the question is do i really *need* all that, or will my personal usage benefit just as much from a cheaper drive (or at least with no truly noticeable difference.)

any thoughts on that?

right now the only frame of reference i have between SSD of different tiers is that one benchmark bar is bigger than the other. unfortunately, that doesn't tell me a whole lot of useful real world info.

thanks for chiming in!
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post #9 of 10
If your running a light OS with a few small programs then an SSD with better read than write times would probably do you perfectly well such as an M4 or C300! If your running a heavy duty OS with lots big apps and are transferring big amounts of data you'll probably appreciate something more substantial like a Vertex 3 or Force Series 3 drive a lot more.

And just to put things in perspecttive from what i'm able to gather, a first generation SSD (such as Vertex 1) will take about 20-25 seconds to boot an OS, a second generation SSD (Vertex 2, C300) will take about 15-20 seconds to boot, and a third generation SSD (Vertex 3/M4) will take about 10-15 seconds to boot. HDD will take about 40-50 seconds to boot usually (2x slower than 1st gen SSD, 3x slower than 2nd gen SSD, 4x slower than 3rd gen).

That's about ~50% improvement over each generation of SSD roughly. So a Vertex 3 will be better than a Vertex 2, and an M4 will be better than a C300! But you'll only be able to notice the difference depending on how hefty your OS is and what you do with it.

For light activities i'd go with either M4 or C300 - anything over 300mbps for read times (Sata 3) should give you almost instant performance when running your apps.
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post #10 of 10
I use a cheap 40 gig A-Data s599. Love it. Can't tell a difference between it and the "higher end" more expensive SSD in another pc in the house in real use, and it's a margin of error difference in benchmarks.
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