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Alright guys I want to get my first SSD, Itll be my boot drive and have skyrim on it maybe. I have it down to these two because of the price range.

I know my board isn't SATA3 but I dont care I want a SATA3 SSD for when I upgrade.

Option one is Corsair Force Series 3 60GB, reasons are the price, and I can go down to my local FRYs and pick it up and install/enjoy when I tear down my loop this weekend. Iv been reading that the new FW has helped with the BSODs
http://www.frys.com/product/6673084?...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Option two is the crowd favorite the Crucial M4 64 gig
This is in the right price, comes with 4 more gigs and is everybody's favorite SSD around here it seams. But ill have to wait for it to get here next week as I cant find one locally.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148441

are the Bsod and death problems of the corsair cleaned up or do they still pose a big enough problem that i shouldn't risk it?

Thanks for the help OCN
post #2 of 10
Even without the BSOD with the corsair, the M4 is just the better drive.

The M4 has much lower latency, and much higher random 4K than the sandforce drives. these are the most important measurements.
post #3 of 10
The BSOD problem applied to any SSD utilizing the SandForce 2281 controller, not just Corsair. However, if you believe OCZ, less than 2/3 of 1% of their customers reported a problem. Now, while I'm guessing the number is a bit higher than that, I still don't think it's even close to 10% or even 5%. That being the case, I'm not afraid to buy a SandForce drive.
post #4 of 10
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ah after reading around some more and complaints about the 1.3.2FW ill just get the M4 and just suck it up waiting for it to come. Does the m4 come with the 2.5 to 3.5 adapter?
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ah after reading around some more and complaints about the 1.3.2FW ill just get the M4 and just suck it up waiting for it to come. Does the m4 come with the 2.5 to 3.5 adapter?
Nope, you need to get one separate if you want one.
post #6 of 10
crucial m4 is a very good choice! very fast and reliable. It doesnt but luckily my 600T hd cage has fitting for ssd xD
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new firmware update for ocz was supposed to fix the bsod problems. i havent had any since i upgraded my ocz solid 3 firmware. but before i had like 3 random bsod in like a month and a half before.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4973/s...vailable-today
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Is newegg the best place to get It or is there somewhere cheaper ?
I know newegg will have it to me next business day free shipping so Monday.
post #9 of 10
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Option two is the crowd favorite the Crucial M4 64 gig
are the Bsod and death problems of the corsair cleaned up or do they still pose a big enough problem that i shouldn't risk it?
Thanks for the help OCN
The newest firmware for OCZ seems to be the fix so far. Corsair should have a new release soon with the fix as well.

That being said, I'd still be going M4 at this point. IMO, it's still the better drive with the 009 firmware update applied.

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The BSOD problem applied to any SSD utilizing the SandForce 2281 controller, not just Corsair. However, if you believe OCZ, less than 2/3 of 1% of their customers reported a problem. Now, while I'm guessing the number is a bit higher than that, I still don't think it's even close to 10% or even 5%. That being the case, I'm not afraid to buy a SandForce drive.
I believe the problem is a lot more widespread than OCZ said. They still blame it on the way the drive interacts with the chipset. That basically says every single drive is susceptible to the problem. There are people who had the drives for months without issue and then one day bsod.

Plus you don't release 6 firmware revisions in 5 months trying to fix a problem for less than .66% of customers.

If OCZ/Sandforce releases true numbers, their stock would drop like a rock. So they have vested interest in keeping this low profile.
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I believe the problem is a lot more widespread than OCZ said. They still blame it on the way the drive interacts with the chipset. That basically says every single drive is susceptible to the problem. There are people who had the drives for months without issue and then one day bsod.

Plus you don't release 6 firmware revisions in 5 months trying to fix a problem for less than .66% of customers.

If OCZ/Sandforce releases true numbers, their stock would drop like a rock. So they have vested interest in keeping this low profile.
I agree with you there. I think it's an almost certainty that they are at the very least being overly optimistic or accepting convenient preliminary numbers from selected sources.

Still, keep in mind that you're not typically going to hear from many of the people having no problem whatsoever, and those people have been popping up in the conversations.
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