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What is the best solid state drive?

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I'm wanting to get my bf something nice but i don't want him to know so i don't want to ask him. I know he would like a solid state drive but i don't want to get him one and then have him hate it.
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The fastest yet most reliable one would be the Crucial M4. I would say to get him a 128GB if you can afford it. Also, if you do get it for him, make sure he downloads the newest firmware for it first thing as it will increase the SSDs performance.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148442

Most other 3rd generation SSDs with Sandforce 2200 and 2281 controllers are plagued with issues that cause BSODs. Not all are affected but a lot are and you are much better safe than sorry. If this is his 1st SSD, he will not be disappointed.

Edit: A little cheaper here http://www.overstock.com/Electronics...2f9fp0dd0c0s20
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 10/10/11 at 9:33am
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Thank you for the help
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If I aint wrong, Vertex 3 MaxIOPS is the best SSD in term of stats. But it is unreliable.

Crucial M4 is fast in terms of read speeds (impt for boot drives and assessing apps), but is slower in terms of write speeds. And it is just reliable, so are the Intel drives.
    
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Intel = Best
M4 = Price/Performance/Stability Ratio Winnar
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Go for the m4. I plan on getting one myself pretty soon.
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Originally Posted by sloppyjoe123 View Post
If I aint wrong, Vertex 3 MaxIOPS is the best SSD in term of stats. But it is unreliable.

Crucial M4 is fast in terms of read speeds (impt for boot drives and assessing apps), but is slower in terms of write speeds. And it is just reliable, so are the Intel drives.
I have the Max iops 120gb and the M4 128gb.

I recommend the M4, I can't recommend the max iops.

Besides, the M4's 4k read scores are superior anyway. That covers 95% of day to day use.
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The Plextor M2S drives are also pretty fast and very reliable. I believe they use the same controller as the Crucial M4's.
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Crucial M4 64GB - Will work fine for a boot drive, but really a bit on the small side.

Crucial M4 128GB - Gives you some room to work. Great for installing OS, all your major apps, and some games too. Definitely the one I recommend.

As others have said, make sure that you tell him to install the latest firmware before doing anything else, it'll significantly improve the speeds.
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