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I really am interested in the Vertex 3 SSDs for there performance.... but ive been reading and hearing that those drives are bad.......i also heard that they have a firmware update to fix the issues....

My question is have they fixed these issues?

If i buy a Vertex 3 today will it have the firmware update already installed?

How hard is it to update the firmware?

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I think they are starting to ship them with the firmware update in place, so you might get one, you might not. I also remember seeing something saying it isn't hard to use the software from OCZ to update the firmware.
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i find it really scary to install a boot drive in with known issues, thats why im being really cautious.... is it worth it getting a sata 3 right vs. a sata 2?
 
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post #4 of 9
If you're worried about reliability and firmware issues, just grab a C300 or M4 instead. They're nearly as fast, and without any hassle.

http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...gg-190usd.html

Might even be faster for non-compressible data. Hard to say.
     
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well the M4's have issues with LPM and require a flash to firmware 0002. Root cause was found and new firmware solves it perfectly unless you're using a Mac.

On the other hand, all SF 2000 series drives have an as of yet unknown cause issue resulting in instability and BSOD. The root cause has not yet been identified, though current workarounds/"fixes" solve it for many people.

So far, for SATA III only Intel's 510 drives lack any major issues.

As for SATA II vs SATA III, the Intel 320 drives have a current bug that causes them to BSOD and only read as 8mb. Intel is currently trying to fix this.

So yea... SSD world ain't doing the best right now.

However, since the real world performance btwn the best and worst SSD's is pretty close, my recommendation is to just avoid drives with unresolved issues and find the best $/gb deal.

ATM newegg has 15% off for the Crucial M4 drives using code BTEKCJB22.
Gets you the
256mb M4 for $365.50 or $1.42 per gb
128gb would be exactly half the cost, $182.75, same $/gb

Beware though it doesn't work for everyone. Supposedly only those who got sent it in an e-mail, though I didn't and it still worked for me.
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I have a vertex 3. I had some issues, I seemed to have fixed them.

you do want SATAIII for an SSD. Even slower SSDs are limited if they're SATAII.

My vertex 3 on HDTune using larger block sizes average 500Mb/s, a little less than advertised 550, but still takes advantage of SATAIII.

I was having BSODs in firefox all the time. VERY frustrating. Happened in chrome too, less though. I would hard lock, slowly lose access to programs and then blue screen a minute later having to restart twice. (on the first restart it wouldnt detect the drive...)

I googled, found 'vertex 3 BSOD issue'. I used their tool to update to firmware 2.09 from my 2.06. You cant have it as a primary drive in SATAIII with the tool. So i used another drive to boot on my desktop and plug'n'play'ed the vertex3 then updated without a hitch.

Now, i think i realized the error. When i watch youtube or anything online whatever browser will crash and hard lock for a second. NOW, however, i get an error that something terminated at a memory line and that shockwave player failed, but my computer is fine. What i'm thinking is that something about shockwave and browsers used to crash the drive. Now, the firmware knows how to deal with it i suppose. No BSODs yet...
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I've been using a 240GB Vertex 3 Max IOPS in another build. Firmware 2.08 no problems so far.
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Now, i think i realized the error. When i watch youtube or anything online whatever browser will crash and hard lock for a second. NOW, however, i get an error that something terminated at a memory line and that shockwave player failed, but my computer is fine. What i'm thinking is that something about shockwave and browsers used to crash the drive. Now, the firmware knows how to deal with it i suppose. No BSODs yet...
Flash is evil. It's the only thing that will crash my Windows XP. If I have my browser open and there's flash on the page, my computer either can't initialize fullscreen 3D or will freeze shortly after opening a game.

It has me tempted to go back to the ancient versions with no GPU acceleration.
     
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2.09 is great. 3 drives almost 2 months now without a single hiccup.
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