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1) is there a need or reason to get sata III over sata II? (ie, the intel 510 120gb sata III vs the intel 320 120gb sata II)?

2) for longevity, what seems to be the most reliable SSD today.. intel? crucial? ocz?


extra question: how big of an SSD is generally needed for win7 pro and stock programs etc?
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1) for future years yes
2) not OCZ, probably Intel or Crucial
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Intel and 60gb and bigger.
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post #4 of 12
If you are going to install all of your apps to it, 60 may not be big enough. If you plan to install your OS, office, and maybe your top 3 games, 60 should be good. Sata III speeds are faster than Sata II, so I would say its worth it, but only with SSDs, not spindle drives. And as posted already, Crucial and Intel are great brands!
post #5 of 12
Intel SSDs are in general significantly more reliable than any other SSD manufacturer, with failure rates in the low single digit percentile, whereas other companies are closer to 8-10%.

As for Sata 3 vs. Sata 2, get whatever fits into your price point, with a preference to SATA 3, it's not like you can upgrade read/write speeds on an SSD without buying a new one, in general SATA 3 drives are faster, but cost more. A SATA 2 drive will (generally) run at SATA 2 speeds on a SATA 3 connections, but a SATA 3 SSD will run slower on a SATA 2 connection.
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Crucial seems to have the lowest failure rate.

Their % is a tiny bit higher than Intel's, but Intel has huge firmware flubs every single generation. (Like the Intel 320 "8MB" glitch) If you don't make daily backups, such flubs can be catastrophic.

And yet I'd still recommend them over anything Sandforce... because as we all know, Sandforce SSDs have way more issues.

So to answer your questions:

1) Any SSD will feel way faster than a HDD. Ignore the raw numbers - get one that is known to be reliable. (Crucial M4, for example)

I'd consider recommending an Intel 510 as well, but I feel they're too new currently. The M4 is based on the C300, which has been around for well over a year without any major issues.

2) Reliability? Crucial, then Intel, then Kingston/WD (lol - SiliconEdge), then Indilinx/Sandforce.
     
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another side noob question.. when it comes to an ssd, does it slow down as you reach max capacity?

ie its runs faster when it is 50% full rather then 85% full?
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another side noob question.. when it comes to an ssd, does it slow down as you reach max capacity?

ie its runs faster when it is 50% full rather then 85% full?
Yes. Slowdown varies from controller to controller - but most have some space locked down as reserve. If you buy a 60GB SSD, for example, it actually has 64GB. 6.25% is held in reserve.

Like HDDs, SSDs slow down as they fill up - but it's not quite as pronounced of a drop, and SSDs start with a higher base speed.
     
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hmm.. i plan to run win7 pro, have about 50gigs in games, and about 20gigs in home docs.

anyone know how many gigs win7 pro takes up?

i'm assuming ill be arround 130gb/160gb.. is that too close to full that i may lose some speed?
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I would recommend a 120GB SSD, from my own install on win7 Home premium 64bit its approx 13-15GB's. Avoid OCZ Drives period, i have seen so many ppl suffer from drive failure problems it's not even funny. I'm surprise they haven't been re-called from shelves.
 
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