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Hi guys!! So I decided to forget my previous thread with OCZ and I was about to get a Crucial M4(because it has amazing reliability) when I saw this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-20233206-L0B


Wow! 120GB CORSAIR for $110

This is $100 cheaper than the Crucial I want- it's an amazing deal. Since I am on a budget is it worth getting over the Crucial? I hear the SF controller is hit and miss and might not work... has this been fixed by the drivers? I've heard mixed reviews about this Corsair SSD, so I just want to make sure there isn't a high chance it will fall on me... Thank you!

Oh and if it helps I'm using a Z68 motherboard, so it has Intel specified SATA ports.
Edited by apav - 10/27/11 at 5:36am
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I've got the exact same drive and it works fine for me. One thing to bear in mind with the Corsair SSD though is that it uses asynchonous NAND flash which means that it's very fast for compressible data but slower for data which can't be compressed. That said, it's still properly fast and I wouldn't want to go back to a system without an SSD.
I don't know much about the Crucial M4, except that it seems to be the forum favourite over here.
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If its 100 dollars cheaper and its a limited sale, jump on it now. Gogogogogo.

The problems are more or less fixed, but the M4 is still the most reliable.
    
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Any of them would be a very good purchase, as said above the M4 would be better with incompressible data (media, mp3, archives) while the Force 3 would be better with compressible data like OS files. Each has some advantages, overall they're both excellent. My take - get the cheapest in GB/$ (the M4 gas a few GB extra).
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I have one (Force Series) and I've had 2 bluescreens in 2 months.

I'd go for it. They're incredibly fast.


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I've got the exact same drive and it works fine for me. One thing to bear in mind with the Corsair SSD though is that it uses asynchonous NAND flash which means that it's very fast for compressible data but slower for data which can't be compressed. That said, it's still properly fast and I wouldn't want to go back to a system without an SSD.
I don't know much about the Crucial M4, except that it seems to be the forum favourite over here.
I am going to go with the Corsair mainly because I'm on a budget and its $100 more for a marginal difference. I hear the difference is negligible to the human eye between the two, so as long as it boots up, loads games and can copy and paste/install rather large pieces of data much faster than a mechanical HDD I'm sold.

I just wanted to make sure that no one is going to tell me to avoid for some reason, I don't want any issues with the SF controller that many posts on the forums said I run the risk of getting if I get this SSD.
Edited by apav - 10/27/11 at 5:28am
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Also, would the Corsair be better with zip files and compressible data of that sort than the M4? One of the big things I will be doing on my desktop is modding for Skyrim, so there will be a lot of zip extracting and copying.

Side question; Do you think the M4 128gb will be on sale for $150 or less by Christmas (maybe on Black Friday)? If so I might wait and get it, if not I'm jumping on Corsair now.
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They just released a firmware update, which has high praises on many forums for ending a lot of bsods.

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I hated the Force 3 when they were first released. They seem much better now, especially for for $110AR.
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If you do have issues Corsair is the best manufacturer to have them with. We all know about their legendary support and aftercare.

I had a similar opportunity a while back to get a Force 3 at a great price and also jumped on it over an M4. The Sandforce drives have had their problems but I've never had any issues (firmware 1.3). It does seem like the seriour BSOD issue has been resolved by Sandforce but Corsair has yet to release an updated firmware. I'm sure they will do so soon though.

As already stated the Sandforce drives use compression in order to gain some of their speed, so if you write totally incompressible data to the drive you won't see the rated speeds. Benchmarks such as AS-SSD use incompressible data. If you use ATTO you'll see the rated speeds.

There is actually an advantage to this compression though, namely that the NAND cells will be written to less, on average.
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