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A year ago whenever I'd request an SSD for review I'd usually get a 128GB drive built using 3x nm 4GB 2-bit MLC NAND die. These days the standard review capacity is twice that as most drives ship with 25nm NAND, using 8GB die. Seeing a bunch of scores for 240GB+ drives however is frustrating to all involved. At these capacities you're almost always looking at two die per NAND device, which has significant performance benefits due to interleaving. Most SSD controllers have eight NAND channels and with sixteen NAND deviecs with two die per device that's four NAND die that the controller can interleave access between for each channel. The 128GB drives by comparison half the number of NAND, which only allows the controller to interleave requests among two die.

Not only are these 240GB+ drives the best case performance you'd see from a particular SSD, they are also very expensive. At around $2/GB you're looking at over $500 for a high end 240GB+ SSD. I've spent the past few weeks gathering modern SSDs with 128GB of NAND on-board to provide a look at a more balanced point in the price/capacity spectrum.
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Son, I thank you for this.
    
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Looks like the intel 510 is the one to buy in the 120GB range, still pricy at $285, does anyone know how well the max iops OCZ drive performs?
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Woot, go 120GB Intel 510!
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Uhm, no. Look at the OCZ Vertex 3, you silly billy gumdrops.
    
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Im thinking ill go with the agility 3, its cheaper here than the 510 by $50 NZD and has a 2million hour life expectancy over intel's 1.2 million.
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I think I'm gonna go with the Intel 320 160GB. It performs reasonably well, has Intel's reliability and a 160GB capacity...
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Im thinking ill go with the agility 3, its cheaper here than the 510 by $50 NZD and has a 2million hour life expectancy over intel's 1.2 million.
Sarcasm right? You do realize how long 1.2 million hours is right? 136 years. Both drives are estimated to last longer than your life.

The 510 is a much better drive.
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Its depressing to think I'm only going to live for +/-650,000 hours....
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Sarcasm right? You do realize how long 1.2 million hours is right? 136 years. Both drives are estimated to last longer than your life.

The 510 is a much better drive.
I know that's far longer than my life expectancy. I just assumed it would also be more reliable.
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