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Should I return my Vertex 3 before I un-seal the packaging?

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I made a bit of an impulse buy last week and picked up 3 240GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD's at a pretty good price...But I'm starting to question if it was really a good idea.

I've got to be honest, I think I may have jumped into the purchase too quickly. I was aware that the drives were one of the top performing on the market, and due to that fact, and the good price (£350 each), I just went for it. My plan was to have one as my OS boot drive, and the other 2 as drives to install games & larger software, along with a conventional HDD for storage.

Since I made the purchase I have been reading about the reliability issues with these drives and the trouble people are having with them, so I'm really considering returning the drives for a refund before I open the packaging, and perhaps investing in an 250GB Intel 510 series, and a 512GB (or 2x256GB) Crucial M4 for games & software.

What would you do if you were in my situation?
Edited by Jay Scott - 6/13/11 at 1:53pm
post #2 of 17
3? damn I wish I had the money, I would personally keep one, return 2 of them (or sell them) and just get some hdd's in raid 0 for the other stuff.
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I would say don't leave it up to chance. Get the intel one as they seem to be much more reliable. I am buying an SSD today myself and am going with the Intel 320 SSD. I've been reading up on all the other SSDs and I surely do not want my money going down the drain or to have to deal with customer service only 2-3 months down the road.
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3? damn I wish I had the money, I would personally keep one, return 2 of them (or sell them) and just get some hdd's in raid 0 for the other stuff.
I did consider this before buying, but I really wanted to experience my games on an SSD, I'm keen to see the performance gains over my RAID0 WD Blacks.

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I would say don't leave it up to chance. Get the intel one as they seem to be much more reliable. I am buying an SSD today myself and am going with the Intel 320 SSD. I've been reading up on all the other SSDs and I surely do not want my money going down the drain or to have to deal with customer service only 2-3 months down the road.
This is what I'm worried about, I dont want to be messing about with customer service and end up having to RMA the drives in the near future, I'm really struggling with sticking with these Vertex 3's and hope new firmware updates fix the current issues, or go with the proven reliability of the Intel & Crucial drives.
post #5 of 17
You won't see any performance difference from having your games on an SSD or a decent HDD. I'm currently using my HDD and even the loading times are pretty similar to that of the SSD (which is currently in RMA). If I were you, I'd keep one of them and return the other two. As for the reliability issues, hopefully you're luckier than most. If you're on firmware version 2.02, it's possible you'll be fine. If you're on 2.06, you might be fine or in for a world of hurt. Either way OCZ and SandForce are reportedly working very hard to fix the issues. They say the issues mostly plague Intel P67 motherboards.

EDIT: This is the official thread to discuss your cries of frustration if your SSD doesn't work:

OCZ SandForce Forum - Discussion-on-BSOD-instalbility-issues-with-FW2.06-on-Vtx3-Agy-and-solid3-drives
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Return 2, keep 1. 3 is a waste of money imo, because SSD technology is changing really fast. In 6 months you may even be able to buy a bigger and much faster drive for half of that price. So get some conventional HDD's for all of your stuff and keep 1. Get a Intel SSD if you worry about the reliability
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Return 2, keep 1. 3 is a waste of money imo, because SSD technology is changing really fast. In 6 months you may even be able to buy a bigger and much faster drive for half of that price. So get some conventional HDD's for all of your stuff and keep 1. Get a Intel SSD if you worry about the reliability
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If I was able to return the V3 to the retailer, I'd do it. They are still throwing blame everywhere when it comes to the V3 issues.
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Keep one for the os and trade the other two for some nice hdds. Games on SSDs are nothing special. When you begin a match, you have to wait for the slower people to join anyway (coming from experience). You should put programs on the SSD though. Things like photoshop, microsoft word, and autocad will greatly benefit from a ssd.
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I'd personally keep one for my OS and all the applications that open on startup and return the rest. All of my games are kept on my 2TB drive and windows boots faster than my BIOS posts, the vertex 3's are amazing especially the 240GB versions.
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