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I'm looking to replace my 60GB OCZ Vertex 2E drive. I need a larger drive so I am looking at a 120GB drive.

I have narrowed it down to 4 drives, all are within my budget. I am no wizard when it comes down to the numbers and specs, but all I know is that my mobo supports native SATA 3 and that the Intel 510 uses marvel and the others use the SF2200. (I don't know what the marvel and SF2200 is, except for that they are the tech and chipset inside the SSDs)

From what I've read, the Intel is the most reliable, but the Marvel is bad? and that the OCZs are the fastest with the SF2200 but are finicky.

I see all these graphs and charts, but in real world applications what matters the most? 4K read/write, seq. read/write etc?....

Here are my choices:
  1. Intel 510 ($275)
  2. OCZ Agility 3 ($210)
  3. OCZ Vertex 3 ($280)
  4. OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS ($295)

I'm hoping to pick this up today if I can figure out which is best..
Edited by Slayer33 - 6/13/11 at 9:22am
    
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I'd go for the Intel.
    
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Why not just grab a 2nd Vertex 2 and do raid0? that would be faster than all of those drives - if you really want a single drive then go for Agility 3, its super fast (especially fast if you have SATA 6) - and in my experience the SF firmware and hardware has always been reliable (i've had 5 SSD's with SF controllers)
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Crucial M4 128. Seriously, consider it. They should be more consistent than the Vertex/Agility 3 in real world usage. As well as fewer bugs than the Agility 3 line at least. Don't know about the Vertex 3.
Check out benchmarks.

Also, your Marvel chpset is presumably the SATA3 controller on your motherboard.
The SF2200 is the Sandforce controller inside the OCZ SSD's. Crucial uses a Sandforce controller somewhat equal to the one OCZ uses.

It would be best to place them in the SATA3 port on your motherboard or buy a PCI SATA3 card. The Marvel isn't such a good chipset compared to native SATA3 or equal.'

All the SSD's you have listed utilizes SATA3. However, they can work backwards with SATA2, as you probably know already.
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I am considering the Agility 3, but I keep reading posts that ppl are having issues with the new SF controllers..

I am drawn to the Intel cause no one is really having any problems with it, whereas all the new OCZ SSDs or any with the SF2200 are having problems.

I just want a single drive. so no raid0 for me.
    
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I would consider Crucial M4, but my local shop only carries the 64, 256 and 512 versions. I want to get one locally for any warranty issues.

I'm a little confused by p4p3r reply about the marvel and the sata ports.. the Marvel is the Intel 510 controller isn't it? and the SF2200 is in the OCZs. What does that have to do with my native SATA III ports?
    
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I would consider Crucial M4, but my local shop only carries the 64, 256 and 512 versions. I want to get one locally for any warranty issues.

I'm a little confused by p4p3r reply about the marvel and the sata ports.. the Marvel is the Intel 510 controller isn't it? and the SF2200 is in the OCZs. What does that have to do with my native SATA III ports?
Ah, I see.
I'd get the Agility 3 if my priority was cheapness and super fast speed. Intel if I considered reliability and speed important. And Vertex 3 if I wanted super fast speed paired with a "somewhat" reliable SSD.
your call.

And yes, sorry, it was my bad. I didn't know the new Intel 510 line used a Marvell controller in the SSD's. I thought you had a Marvell SATA3 port on your motherboard.
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So... here's my interpretation:

Intel 510 = fast and reliable

Agility 3 = faster, cheap and so-so reliability

Vertex 3 = even faster w/so-so reliability

Vertex 3 MAX IOPS = fastest w/so-so reliability.

Guess my question is, is the speed difference between the SF2200 and the Intel 510s marvel worth the reliability issues of the new SF2200 controller.

Also, is there any reason to consider "future proofing" with these SSDs? SF2200 vs Marvel?
    
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So... here's my interpretation:

Intel 510 = fast and reliable

Agility 3 = faster, cheap and so-so reliability

Vertex 3 = even faster w/so-so reliability

Vertex 3 MAX IOPS = fastest w/so-so reliability.

Guess my question is, is the speed difference between the SF2200 and the Intel 510s marvel worth the reliability issues of the new SF2200 controller.

Also, is there any reason to consider "future proofing" with these SSDs? SF2200 vs Marvel?
Some say the most noticable part is generally any decent SSD, and these are some of the fastest SATA SSD's on the market atm.
I doubt you'll experience much of a performance difference in real world usage. It's merely a few seconds, and hardly noticable for the human mind due to the haste of the SSD's.
If you transfer a lot of large files etc, then Vertex 3 Max IOPS may be the better choice.

However, if it was me, I'd choose either the Intel or Max IOPS edition.
Super fast speed or awesome reliability. Depends on your needs.
At least you cannot go wrong ..
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I won't be using the SSD to transfer any large files, it will be used for my OS, some games and applications and thats it really. So I don't think the Max Iops Vertex 3 is for me.

I think I am leaning towards the Intel 510 or the Agility 3 (based on price)...

decisions decisions!
    
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