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I am in the market for an SSD. I do not want the highest performance, as i have a SATA II mobo without plans to upgrade anytime soon. All i want is a good, non-Sandforce SSD to get more life to my rig while next year comes and enjoy lightning-fast speeds, as i know that is my bottleneck right now.

I'm looking anything between 60 and 120 GB. With all my apps (minus games) installed on Windows i get to use 38.9 GB, and i do plan to use this guide to put my F3 to good use with superflous apps and leave my F4 strictly for data.

I am looking for the Crucial M4 as main option as they're highly regarded, either on 64 GB or 128 GB, but i want to know if there's any other SSD's which might be as cheap, perform decently, do not considerably slow down when at 3/4 capacity, and with a non-Sandforce controller. I have been looking at some other models in a similar price range, but i am looking for inputs from the community. Here are my alternatives:

- Patriot Torqx 2 PT264GS25SSDR (64 GB, ? controller)
- Samsung MZ-5PA064C/AM (64 GB, ? controller)
- Samsung MZ-5PA128C/AM (128 GB, ? controller)

Is any as good or better than the M4's? Which controller do the Samsung and the Patriot SSD's use? Is the J-Micron controller good? Or should i stick to good ol' M4's?

Budget is ~$120 for a 60-64 GB, and $220 for a 120-128 GB. No Intel's are listed because they're way out of my budget. Any other store suggestion is welcome as long as it is shipper and ships in the US.
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I'm not sure why you want non-Sandforce, but I just picked up a 60GB Vertex Plus for an HTPC I built that had the main drive die. I got it for $70 CAD and I've seen them offered cheaper by various US retailers.
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How do you like the Vertex Plus? I've seen them cheap and thought about buying two 120GBs and running Raid 0.
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Crucial M4, no other drive provides 500MB/s@SATA 6Gb/s... ~$110 on the egg.
 
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How do you like the Vertex Plus? I've seen them cheap and thought about buying two 120GBs and running Raid 0.
Haven't actually got it in yet. Just got the OS installed, but nothing else. It's on an Asus P5G41, though, so we'll see. Hoping to do it today, actually, so hopefully I'll have more info later.
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I'm not sure why you want non-Sandforce, but I just picked up a 60GB Vertex Plus for an HTPC I built that had the main drive die. I got it for $70 CAD and I've seen them offered cheaper by various US retailers.
He doesn't want a Sandforce drive with the 2281 controller and I don't blame him. Their older controllers have the bugs worked out though.
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Take a look at Kingston's offerings. I use Kingston SSD's because they are affordable for what you're getting. Intel ones are better but, Kingston is bang for your buck. Don't expect to be top dog with a Kingston though. Corsair drive seem pretty nice too but I don't have much first hand experience with them.

Just my experience though.
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I have been reading some benches of the drives i chose, and i've ruled out the ADATA ones due to buffer issues, so it leaves only the Samsung ones, the Patriot, and the Crucials. Which one would be better?


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I'm not sure why you want non-Sandforce, but I just picked up a 60GB Vertex Plus for an HTPC I built that had the main drive die. I got it for $70 CAD and I've seen them offered cheaper by various US retailers.
I got some reasons to not choose Sandforce, at least for now. I know SSD technology is new and that everything has got to fail sometime, but i do not want stuff to fail prematurely or keep RMAing since on my location it's a bit harder and costly.

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Crucial M4, no other drive provides 500MB/s@SATA 6Gb/s... ~$110 on the egg.
I have no need for SATA III. If i ever need it and the performance is worth it i will get another SSD. If not, i'll just get another SATA II SSD.

All i need is move away from mechanicals. I'm not looking for top tier performance, but from the benches i've seen, even the lowest SSD beats an HDD in performance.

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He doesn't want a Sandforce drive with the 2281 controller and I don't blame him. Their older controllers have the bugs worked out though.
Are there any working Sandforce-driven SSD's? Could you recommend me some? I know OCZ is a good company (i got some hella good RAM kits from them), but almost all their SSD's, if not all, are Sandforce-driven.

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Take a look at Kingston's offerings. I use Kingston SSD's because they are affordable for what you're getting. Intel ones are better but, Kingston is bang for your buck. Don't expect to be top dog with a Kingston though. Corsair drive seem pretty nice too but I don't have much first hand experience with them.

Just my experience though.
As i said before, i do not want to be a top dog. Hell, if i were i wouldn't be riding my current rig

Corsairs do have issues with some losing a lot of performance when filled to the half of the capacity and beyond, like the Nova series. If anyone has a suggestion of a Corsair that does nto do this, tell me

Are there any cheap Kingston drives what have been proven to be reliable, Sandforce or no Sandforce?
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IAre there any working Sandforce-driven SSD's? Could you recommend me some? I know OCZ is a good company (i got some hella good RAM kits from them), but almost all their SSD's, if not all, are Sandforce-driven.
There are no Sandforce 2281 controller based drives that can be guaranteed 100% to not have the bsod issue pop up.

My advice is to just get the M4 and call it a day.
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I have been reading some benches of the drives i chose, and i've ruled out the ADATA ones due to buffer issues, so it leaves only the Samsung ones, the Patriot, and the Crucials. Which one would be better?



I got some reasons to not choose Sandforce, at least for now. I know SSD technology is new and that everything has got to fail sometime, but i do not want stuff to fail prematurely or keep RMAing since on my location it's a bit harder and costly.


I have no need for SATA III. If i ever need it and the performance is worth it i will get another SSD. If not, i'll just get another SATA II SSD.

All i need is move away from mechanicals. I'm not looking for top tier performance, but from the benches i've seen, even the lowest SSD beats an HDD in performance.


Are there any working Sandforce-driven SSD's? Could you recommend me some? I know OCZ is a good company (i got some hella good RAM kits from them), but almost all their SSD's, if not all, are Sandforce-driven.


As i said before, i do not want to be a top dog. Hell, if i were i wouldn't be riding my current rig

Corsairs do have issues with some losing a lot of performance when filled to the half of the capacity and beyond, like the Nova series. If anyone has a suggestion of a Corsair that does nto do this, tell me

Are there any cheap Kingston drives what have been proven to be reliable, Sandforce or no Sandforce?
From an eye to eye perspective you won't notice a spark of difference between high end ssd's-the most noticeable ones are generally the pcie ones where they have better boot times but save you a couple of seconds and you'll keep an extra hundred in your pockets.

I'm all for the m4 ssd's if you're looking for reliability per dollar. The biggest downfall of the m4's are the lack of write performance and the write degradation but then again every ssd's has it's faults. Keep in mind that the m4's degradation and write speeds are generally unnoticeable-the degradation only applies if you do A LOT of rewrites on your ssd's over a span of a few years.

I got BSOD with the vertex 3 when I got it, I updated the firmware and I've been happy since. I get pretty annoyed when people claim a product is bad due to either ignorance or the fact that they don't understand procedures available for fixes.

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There are no Sandforce 2281 controller based drives that can be guaranteed 100% to not have the bsod issue pop up.

My advice is to just get the M4 and call it a day.
You also can't guarantee ANYTHING in this world, even intel had severe issues with their 320 series.
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