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I'm thinking about ugprading my 60GB SATA II SSD for a 120GB SATA III. I haven't been able to find a single source of information about the state of SSDs right now so I have a few questions.

1. The SATA III SSDs seem to get univerally poor reviews on Newegg. Are there any drives that seem to stand out as being more reliable and less trouble free?

2. A year ago or more when I was researching before purchasing my current SSD, I remember some people saying that the SATA III controller on all intel boards is a Marvell controller, and the Marvell controllers aren't any good. Is this still true?

Thanks in advance!
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If you want a rock solid drive get the crucial m4.

Corsair Force and OCZ drives have had faults as they use a sandforce controller that was bugged.
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I'm thinking about ugprading my 60GB SATA II SSD for a 120GB SATA III. I haven't been able to find a single source of information about the state of SSDs right now so I have a few questions.

1. The SATA III SSDs seem to get univerally poor reviews on Newegg. Are there any drives that seem to stand out as being more reliable and less trouble free?

2. A year ago or more when I was researching before purchasing my current SSD, I remember some people saying that the SATA III controller on all intel boards is a Marvell controller, and the Marvell controllers aren't any good. Is this still true?

Thanks in advance!
Really? Have you not looked in the SSD thread at all?

Crucial M4/C300, Intel 320/510, Samsung 830/470, and the Kingston SSD Now series are the most reliable drives at the moment. I recommend a Crucial M4 over all of them.

I really do not suggest using the Marvell ports, they don't support TRIM and are flaky as in they make your drive "stutter" and they don't allow full SATA 6Gb/s speeds. The native SATA 3Gb/s is better than them.

When you get our drive be sure to read this as well: Sean's Windows 7 Install Guide & Optimization for SSD's/HDD's
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I am also lacking in information about the new gen SSD's I remember when SATA II was a new technology. It's a fair bet that the prices are going up because of Thailand and Sata II is better tested. I would wait until prices fall again and more information is available about SATA III compatibility.
    
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Actually, I'm pretty sure SSD's are made in a different area and wont be affected by the flood. I read some articles about this actually helping SSD sales.

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I am also lacking in information about the new gen SSD's I remember when SATA II was a new technology. It's a fair bet that the prices are going up because of Thailand and Sata II is better tested. I would wait until prices fall again and more information is available about SATA III compatibility.
SSD's aren't affected atm.

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Actually, I'm pretty sure SSD's are made in a different area and wont be affected by the flood. I read some articles about this actually helping SSD sales.

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I'm thinking about ugprading my 60GB SATA II SSD for a 120GB SATA III. I haven't been able to find a single source of information about the state of SSDs right now so I have a few questions.

1. The SATA III SSDs seem to get univerally poor reviews on Newegg. Are there any drives that seem to stand out as being more reliable and less trouble free?

2. A year ago or more when I was researching before purchasing my current SSD, I remember some people saying that the SATA III controller on all intel boards is a Marvell controller, and the Marvell controllers aren't any good. Is this still true?

Thanks in advance!
1. I can comment on the Crucial 300 and the Crucial 4 series, there is NO stuttering, not sure why there would be many comments about that. The C300 and M4 are both Sata III. I would recommend an M4, you will never look back!

2. On Intel boards, there are Intel Controllers and Marvell Controllers, the Marvell Controllers do suck still for some weird reason, BUT the Intel controllers are amazing and work 100% top shape.
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When you get our drive be sure to read this as well: Sean's Windows 7 Install Guide & Optimization for SSD's/HDD's
I agree 100% read this it helps alot
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The stuff used to make ssd are wafer chips same as other types of memory. Very similar to a USB flash drive or compact memory. The reason for their expense comes from limited production runs and memory fabrication limits. The reason some folks see the mechanical drive supply problem helping the ssd market is the demand for parts. Computer system manufacturers have to be able to deliver computers. If Dell, Toshiba, Apple and Lenovo are not getting as cheap of mechanical drives at some point there will be a tipping point where an oem puts in a major order run for ssd just to get laptops out the door. Initially that will not be a problem as they have shipped most of their holiday sales to warehouses already and the computer market does its annual deep freeze in the first quarter waiting for CES products to start delivering. But if mechanical drive supply is still stalled after the first of the year then one of the oems will make Micron or Samsung very happy. Once that happens ssd will finally start to push mechanical out for good.
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All, thank you for the replies.

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2. On Intel boards, there are Intel Controllers and Marvell Controllers, the Marvell Controllers do suck still for some weird reason, BUT the Intel controllers are amazing and work 100% top shape.
I just checked and it looks like my sig board uses the Marvell controller for the SATA III ports.


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I really do not suggest using the Marvell ports, they don't support TRIM and are flaky as in they make your drive "stutter" and they don't allow full SATA 6Gb/s speeds. The native SATA 3Gb/s is better than them.
But then there would be no point in going with a SATA III SSD if you are going to just put it on the SATA II ports no?

I don't want to buy a SATA III controller card just to run a SATA III drive at this point so I think I will probably just stick it out another year with what I have.

Thanks again for the input!
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