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I'm currently looking to purchase 2 SSD drives to run in raid 0 format. I was sold on the Corsair Force GT 120gb but the firmware update for the M4 has me debating my choice. What would be best?

2 x 120gb Corsair Force GT's in Raid 0
2 x 128gb Crucial M4 in Raid 0

Both drives are currently the EXACT same price 229.99 Canadian. So the choice would be based on performance/reliability.
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It has been noticed that when you don't have TRIM, Sandforce keeps the performance better than any other controller. So for a RAID you should take the Corsair drives
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Sandforce atm is kinda hit and miss. A lot of people having problems with it but not all. If you wanna take the risk, go ahead and get a sandforce drive. Otherwise Crucial M4 is a very solid choice.
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Originally Posted by Morlu;14867540 
I'm currently looking to purchase 2 SSD drives to run in raid 0 format. I was sold on the Corsair Force GT 120gb but the firmware update for the M4 has me debating my choice. What would be best?

2 x 120gb Corsair Force GT's in Raid 0
2 x 128gb Crucial M4 in Raid 0

Both drives are currently the EXACT same price 229.99 Canadian. So the choice would be based on performance/reliability.

I bought a corsair force 3 when they came out and returned it; just would not work. Works with SATA 2 but not three. I would go with Crucial, better reputation for SSDs.
    
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I have ordered 2 of the Crucial M4 128 GB drives this week and plan to raid 0 as well.

The drive is on sale right now at Tigerdirect.ca for $175 with ~$5 shipping. The price alone may sway you but apparently the Marvell controller does very well using GC alone without the need for trim. It can take up to 30 minutes for a GC to kick in but performance returns to normal after that. I couldn't find many reviews that waited 30 minutes after heavy writing before testing again.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/45718-crucial-m4-256gb-ssd-review-12.html
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a nice thing about the M4 is that its performance at 4k QD1 is higher than SF, and its speeds are consistent regardless of the type of data. SF drives are slower with incompressible data, or data that is only partially compressible.
M4 is just solid all the way across.
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i have a force gt and a m4 and i found the force gt after last fw update to be rock solid and faster than the m4. I bought the m4 because everyone told me how good they are and it is a great drive but it is not as fast as the force gt.
    
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Originally Posted by Morlu;14867540 
I'm currently looking to purchase 2 SSD drives to run in raid 0 format. I was sold on the Corsair Force GT 120gb but the firmware update for the M4 has me debating my choice. What would be best?

2 x 120gb Corsair Force GT's in Raid 0
2 x 128gb Crucial M4 in Raid 0

Both drives are currently the EXACT same price 229.99 Canadian. So the choice would be based on performance/reliability.

Look at the link for the tigerdirect.ca price.

Then look at the m4's as-ssd score vs the Force GT as-ssd score.

Then go to the Corsair support forum and look at all the people having issues.

The m4 is a no brainer for reliability. Plus at $50 cheaper, it's much better.
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SF drives are slower with incompressible data, or data that is only partially compressible.
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I am not sure about that.
Drives that are based on asynchronous vs. synchronous nands are much slower with incompressible data. It turns out that there are many such drives that also use the SF controller (OCZ Agility and Corsair Force, etc) so people may think it is the SF controller.
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Why not both biggrin.gif
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