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Building a new rig and would appreciate any thoughts on which of the 2 ssd's would be the better choice to go with my Gigabyte Z68 motherboard. Not sure if it matters but I'm also looking at adding a 300gb raptor or two in the build and unsure of the best way to complete the hard drive setup(how many hdd's should I have) for optimum storage and speed. Any input is appreciated.
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Originally Posted by antec57 View Post
Building a new rig and would appreciate any thoughts on which of the 2 ssd's would be the better choice to go with my Gigabyte Z68 motherboard. Not sure if it matters but I'm also looking at adding a 300gb raptor or two in the build and unsure of the best way to complete the hard drive setup(how many hdd's should I have) for optimum storage and speed. Any input is appreciated.
As many issues as the new sandforce controllers seem to be having, I would go with the Intel. It would be slower, but that's definitely just relative. It will still be plenty fast.

I haven't has a single issue with mine. Just make sure you go through the steps of setting up and optimizing your new SSD, whichever you land on.

http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/o...ation-guide-2/

I don't recommend disabling your pagefile though. Some programs get fussy without it. You can also keep your recycle bin..

I should also note that choosing "RAID" in the BIOS is the same as straight AHCI as far as a single drive is concerned. So you can just choose RAID, and then you're still good to add a couple other drives in an array in the future if you wish.
Edited by Kaldari - 7/24/11 at 10:04pm
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I'd go with the MAX IOPS.

It is true that the sandforce-based SSDs have all been having problems, especially at the release day and stuff, but the MAX IOPS suffers less because it uses higher quality memory chips (SLC vs MLC), along with a few other improvements other the regular vertex.

I'm a happy owner of the 120GB MAX IOPS and have also left it with the stock v2.02 firmware which has been running great. Intel/Crucial ones have a better reputation and are known for their stability and reliability, but that's not to say OCZ don't have an offering of their own, and the MAX IOPS is the way to go imo if you want to be on the safer side.
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Have you not considered the Crucial M4? Perhaps a balance between speed and reliability.
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Or the new Corsair Force GT owning the MAX IOPS I think actually. Albeit a few firmware/stability issues.
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Meh... get the V3MI. Since the release of the 2.09 firmware the OCZ drives are solid.
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I'd go with the MAX IOPS.

It is true that the sandforce-based SSDs have all been having problems, especially at the release day and stuff, but the MAX IOPS suffers less because it uses higher quality memory chips (SLC vs MLC), along with a few other improvements other the regular vertex.
wait what? do you mean the max iops uses slc as oppose to the regular vertex 3 uses mlc?
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wait what? do you mean the max iops uses slc as oppose to the regular vertex 3 uses mlc?
http://www.ocztechnology.com/product.../sata-iii.html

Says on their webpage that it uses MLC.

I don't think OCZ has any SLC SSDs?

Edit: Oh, some of their PCIe SSDs are SLC.
-> http://www.ocztechnology.com/product...nterprise.html
     
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The V3MI uses Toshiba 32mn MLC NAND chips. It just uses more of them and gives better performance at the 120gb size, and likely a much longer lifespan.
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