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I'm in an 'odd' dilemma here... let me explain....

I bought a bunch of stuff from best buy because they have 18 month %0 APR on their stuff. It was the only way my lady would allow me to get my toys....

well in this, I ordered a SSD in the bundle I got, and that was a Corsair Nova 2 (60 gb one) for boot, and maybe Flight Simulator X as it does alot of 'read' for the texture files. but mainly boot...

Well, now I looked (2 days after I order) that they are selling the Force 3 as well now (DAMN IT!)

So I called best buy to see if they could just switch out teh nova 2 for the force 3. they said to keep the 18 month interest free, the whole order has to be cancelled, and I'd had to wait 3-5 business days for it to go back on the card, and then I'd have to re order everything. as of right now, the stuff will be at my best buy store on friday. If I do this cancel and reorder thing, I'm assuming maybe 2 fridays away (still gotta wait for the card to get refunded)

I did alot of reading online, and I still can't decide if it's worth it. I know going to Nova 2 from my old school HDD will be a big jump, but will I see huge perf increase if I get SATA III? I mean I see it says 270mbps vs 550mbps (and better write speeds too)

Thoughts?
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The Nova 2 is rated at 270MB/s read and 240MB/s write. The Force 3 is rated at 550MB/s read and 510MB/s write. That's over twice as fast, definitely significant, and it will definitely be noticeable.
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The Nova 2 is rated at 270MB/s read and 240MB/s write. The Force 3 is rated at 550MB/s read and 510MB/s write. That's over twice as fast, definitely significant, and it will definitely be noticeable.
that's what I was going to ask... is it noticible? sometimes these numbers are to get people like me who don't know the 100% details, and don't explain too well.

the Force 3 is 2.2 times faster, so does that mean if my W7 would load at 14 seconds with N2, it'll load under 7 seconds with Force 3? (a hypothetical question)

I was also looking at the Crucial M4. I'm a little scared of that SF controller the vertex 3, Force 3 etc come with.
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Go for the Crucial M4 if possible. It won't be as fast as a Sandforce equipped drive but you won't have to deal with the reliability problems that can arise.
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What motherboard do you have?
Do you have SATA 6Gb/s interface available?
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What motherboard do you have?
Do you have SATA 6Gb/s interface available?
His sig says P8P67. All P67 boards have SATA3, unless a particular manufacturer thinks it's a good idea to build a board without SATA3 when the chipset natively supports it.
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What motherboard do you have?
Do you have SATA 6Gb/s interface available?
seriously?
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His sig says P8P67. All P67 boards have SATA3, unless a particular manufacturer thinks it's a good idea to build a board without SATA3 when the chipset natively supports it.
I will not assume that the OP has one PC only
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Go for the Crucial M4 if possible. It won't be as fast as a Sandforce equipped drive but you won't have to deal with the reliability problems that can arise.
From what i see all Corsair Force drives are now updated to V2, this is what it says where i usually buy my h/w from

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NEW V2- **All stocks are the new upgraded Sandforce controller versions.**17/06/2011
 
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From what i see all Corsair Force drives are now updated to V2, this is what it says where i usually buy my h/w from
That's the Force, which is Sata II. I have Nova, which is something else (forget it now)

Sata III Force 3 is on another firmware, which is 1.3 and still full of problems

I'm just trying to justify if the performance is THAT much better compared to nova 2 vs force 3 or crucial m4.

My last bit of money for toys... I really want to get a RC plane, but if it makes such a huge diff, I can get the Crucial M4 or Corsair F3
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