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I have a Qosmio x505-q894 and after some research i confirmed my suspsion and the motherboard is a Intel PM55 chipset so it only supports SATA ll. I was just checking out SSD's but there are so many brands available and so many brands have different levels of SSD's im just not sure. I am looking for a SSD between 60GB-160GB, it will hold Windows, CS5.5, and a couple other random programs. So what would be some of the best available SSD's? I was looking at some of the kingstons since they have some big rebates going on right now and also ocz vertex's as well. But what confuses me that some of the SSD's will have the same speeds but one will be vertex and another agility and such for other brands.
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Unless you're concerned with benchmarks, I suggest you get the biggest SSD you can afford.
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So is it safe to say that sata ll ssd's have reached their peak performance now? So i basically i just need to pick a brand and a ssd with the speeds i like in the size i want?
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Get a C300. It's really that simple.
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Get a C300. It's really that simple.
Crucial c300's are all sata lll which is a waste of money since my laptop doesn't support sata lll. Realistically what is going to happen is that i will buy a ssd for my laptop then next year when i build a sig rig ill get a newer ssd so no sense spending the extra money now. With that being said i am looking at these guys right here....

Kingston SSDNow V 128GB - $152 AR
Mushkin Enhanced Castillo Deluxe 120GB - $205 AR
OCZ Vertex 2 120GB - $163 AR

Also is there any difference in performance between 34nm NAND and 25nm, it just effects how much disk space is left on the SSD correct? And are all sata ll SSD's now 25nm?
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It's not a waste I would say. All you lose by going from SATA III to SATA II interface is some sequential speeds (transfer of large files), which is not used too often. For OS 4k speeds (small file transfers) are important and C300 shines in this respect. I have P55 board and C300 on Intel SATA II controller and is extremely pleased!
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Dont look at SATA II/III as one of the factors in deciding which SSD to get. You will hardly ever see any speeds that SATA II cant handle. As XSCounter said, the OS uses mostly 4k range files, and those dont come anywhere close to the advertised speeds (which are usually sequential read/writes so that they can show you a big shiny number for you to buy it). Dont go by the advertised speeds. Go look up some reviews on them on anandtech or thessdreview.

The C300 is actually not more expensive just because it is SATA III. They were one of, if not the first, to jump to SATA III so the C300 is actually a generation older than the SATA III models out from other companies now. Its very good for its price.

And there was a huge thing about OCZ switching the Vertex 2 from 34nm to 25nm without any sort of warning to anyone and the drives got a performance hit for the 25nm versions. They had no separate label or UPC or anything so if you bought one you had no idea what you would get until you got it. Now they have 2 different product codes for them. They are the same except the 25nm versions have an E in the code (like that Vertex 2 drive you linked). The 25nm are now priced lower than the 34nm versions, so if you dont mind the performance that theyre at (theyre a bit slower than the 34nm, which is what the outrage was about, but theyre still pretty damn fast) they may be an option still. Or you could avoid the whole headache and avoid it Note that 25nm drives are not inherently slower just because they use 25nm NAND, it was just the case with this drive going from 34nm to 25nm because of the way it works.
    
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So the Vertex 3 with product code "VTX3-25SAT3-120G" is 34nm?

Just having a little dilema Vertex 3 120gb vs. C300 120gb
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Im not sure about the Vertex 3, that was just specific to the Vertex 2, including the slow down because of the 25nm switch. Let me look into it.

Ok so the Vertex 3 is ALL 25nm. Like I said the 25nm speed issue was just with the Vertex 2 and the specifications for the Vertex 3 and with the 25nm NAND.
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So the Vertex 3 with product code "VTX3-25SAT3-120G" is 34nm?

Just having a little dilema Vertex 3 120gb vs. C300 120gb
There is Zero dilemma here. The C300 is faster where it counts and is more reliable. This shouldn't be a problem at all which one it better. The C300 wins hands down.
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