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Should I pick this SSD up? I'd like to get it to improve the load times with Skyrim and also for when I get a SATA3 sandy bridge motherboard
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=65529&vpn=SV200S37A%2F64G&manufacture=Kingston&promoid=1190

But is it a good SSD and will it make Skyrim load that much faster? Hoping it will be considerably faster, even at SATA2 SSD speed?
Thanks,
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Hmmm, on second though perhaps I should wait for the Crucial M4 to drop in price instead... read speed seems quite better

Kingston V200:
"64GB – up to 260MB/s"

Crucial M4:
"Read speeds up to 415MB/s"
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post #3 of 14
Do you get the black Friday or cyber Monday deals in Canada? I would wait and see if the price goes down from a sale.

You will be limited to ~270MB/s read on sata 2 anyways, but the 4K read speed should be faster than the Kingston drive.

Btw. here is what my crucial M4 does with the 0009 firmware on sata 3. ^_^

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Nice! Those speeds look awesome. Does it need to be a certain size/model of Crucial M4 or can all of them be updated with firmware for those speeds?
What is "4K" and "Acc.time"?
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post #5 of 14
All M4's have a 0009 firmware update. It increases the speeds on all sizes by 20%.

4K reads are what your OS is going to use the most. Sequential will barely be used, only for large programs, games, files and such. 4K read is the # you should really look at.

Access time is the time for the drive to find (access) a file, usually most if not all SSDs will be under .2 of a second.

Those are the 2 main reasons SSDs are so much faster than HDDs

Really though, if you don't find a M4 on sale those Kingston SSD now drive should be solid.
post #6 of 14
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OK thanks for the info!
The Kingston SSDNow says:

Max Random 4k Read —

32GB – 32,000 IOPS
64GB – 36,000 IOPS
256GB – 32,000 IOPS


Max Random 4k Write 3 —

32GB – 1,400 IOPS
64GB – 2,500 IOPS
256GB – 4,000 IOPS

What does this equate to in actual MB/s?

I am also not seeing an access time for the Kingston. Any idea how quick it is?
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post #7 of 14
Well, I think the M4 is 2x the Kingston b/c I think they are going my the 4k-64thrd # and the M4 gets 2x the SSD Now drive gets.

Also, there is the Samsung 830 that you can take a look at, pretty similar to the M4 and it should be cheaper, right now on the US newegg it is $95 shipped.

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OK I bought a 64GB Crucial M4 today. biggrin.gif Thanks for the information! I'll be sure to flash mine as soon as I get mine too.
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haha awesome, make sure to check the sticker on the drive when you get it, it may ave the firmware pre-installed.
post #10 of 14
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Thanks, Sean!
I'm look forward to receiving my SSD, it's on route from NewEgg.ca right now. So I take it defragmentation is not actually needed with a SSD?
I have decided to downgrade from Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit to with Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit in order to save the most amount of space.

In terms of how SSD's work, if I have one filled to 10% storage, and another one filled to 95% storage, will they both still operate at the same speeds? I believe that for HDD's you wanna keep around 20% free in order for it to run as fast as possible, right? But I'm not sure if this is the case for SSD?
Those are my only big questions with SSD's really. Oh yeah, and since I don't have UEFI on my motherboard, will it make any difference if I go with FAT32 or NTFS?

Thanks!
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