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Ok, so I'm still researching components for my new upcoming build and I'm trying to decide between these SSD's:

OCZ Vertex 2 180GB - $299
Intel 320 160GB - $309

Both are adequate for my needs (speed and capacity) and are priced right so it comes down to which is more reliable. I'd prefer the extra 20GB of the cheaper OCZ but I am very leery of this company. There are tons of drive-failure horror stories on the net so I am really asking if the OCZ is ok to buy or should I go with the lower capacity Intel for reliability? Thanks for helping out an SSD newb!
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While I can't cite real world experience, I've spent most of the day reading about SSDs for my own purposes and everything seems to indicate Intels being the most reliable and OCZ being the least.

Although it's important to remember that it's not absolute. I'm sure Intels still fail and I'm sure there are plenty of OCZ running fine. You also have to consider amount of sales and the far greater percentage of people happy with their purchase and NOT crying on the internet tongue.gif
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While I can't cite real world experience, I've spent most of the day reading about SSDs for my own purposes and everything seems to indicate Intels being the most reliable and OCZ being the least.

Although it's important to remember that it's not absolute. I'm sure Intels still fail and I'm sure there are plenty of OCZ running fine. You also have to consider amount of sales and the far greater percentage of people happy with their purchase and NOT crying on the internet tongue.gif

This is exactly my problem. Thats why I was hoping OCN members with these drives would post their experiences in this thread for me.....
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I don't have any comparisons or really any good reasons for one over the other, but I can give you my reasons for choosing the 320.

First of all, reliability. Intel SSDs have far better reliability than other brands, *especially* compared to OCZ drives.

Second, 5 year warranty on the 320 series.

Third, Sandforce drives are known to throttle after being exposed to a large amounts of writes. This thread for more details: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=271063 Meanwhile, the little 40 gb 320 has had 65 odd terabytes written to it, and it's as fast as it was on day 1.

And less important, according to Anand's review of the 320, it's slightly faster than the Vertex 2. http://www.anandtech.com/show/4244/intel-ssd-320-review "When I spoke with Intel about the drive last year, all indications pointed to it being faster than drives based on SandForce's SF-1200 controller. And it is"

I've been (still am) very critical of the price of SSDs, so having a drive that worked flawlessly was important to me. I would have been willing to sacrifice speed for that reliability if necessary.
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I can say that my OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD was ultra-reliable with no problems whatsoever. Sadly, I sold it on eBay when I got my new OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD. I say "sadly" because this new SSD is nothing but problematic at the moment (at least until OCZ and SandForce sort it out). I therefore vouch for the OCZ Vertex 2E SSD but I do not have any other experience with SSDs and I have indeed heard/read that Intel SSDs are very reliable. I guess it's all down to the read and write speeds - get whichever is fastest. The OCZ one has those extra 20GB as well...
I'd honestly just go for the Vertex 2E.

EDIT: I can never get over how CHEAP computer components are in the USA. $299 for a 180GB OCZ Vertex 2E SSD???
Put into GBP, that's about £181. Here in the UK, the 120GB model still costs £175 or so. STING!
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JUst went with the Intel 320 160GB. I was tempted by the Vertex 2 and its 20GB extra space but I have seen waaaaaaaaay too many horror stories about OCZ while researching to take the chance. I know its not the 510 series but I'm sure the upgrade from my VR will be quite noticeable...

On another note, I also finally placed the order for my first GTX 580 Lightning! The second will be ordered later this week when my bonus check comes in! Soooooo excited for this new build!!!!
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