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Buy Vertex 3/Corsair Force Series 3/Intel 320 now? Or wait until next year?

post #1 of 19
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Canada computers is having a sale for the Vertex 3, Intel 320 and the Force Series 3.

Which one should I get between the three? Or, are there new SSD's coming out in Q1 of 2012? Should I just wait for those?
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post #2 of 19
Wait for a sale on the Crucial M4.

The firmware issues for the Sandforce drives (Force and Vertex 3) were supposed to have been fixed. But it seems there are people still having issues and some even having issues with drives that came with 2.15 firmware right out of the box.
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post #3 of 19
Definitely Intel. After having two different Indilinx SSDs go on me, I've decided to take advantage of the great rebates on the Intel drives today $120 MIR (for 160GB). Can't beat the 5 year warranty Intel offers on them either. NCIX.com has them cheap with BF3 coupon thrown in too (for the 160 GB model) - sell it on eBay.
post #4 of 19
I'm going to offer a contrasting opinion.

So I'm sure you've heard of the HardDrive crisis at Western Digital and Seagate due to flooding. Well, because of that, many people predict(including economists and statisticians) that Hard drive prices will be on the rise for at least a year coming. So what will happen to SSDs? Since the value of hard drive space has risen, many performance geeks will choose to buy SSDs for new systems (especially boot drives), since the price vs speed will narrow. Although this is likely marginal, you can imagine that this will result in greater production. Greater production means less cost to both the consumer and the manufacturer, driving the SSD cost down overall, and in a year or so, I can imagine even newer ssd hard drives being much lower in cost than it would have been if the flooding had not happened.

Taking that into account, I would take a risk and wait a bit. SSD tech moves quite fast, not as fast as CPUs of course, but fast none the less. I imagine in 6 months time, or even 12 months time we will have some blazing fast SSDs. Not only that, the cost per gig in size of SSDs will go down, as that is just what happens as advances are made in capacity.

I hope that helps!

P.S. if you buy a drive now, I recommend the OCZ Vertex 3. If you are on a budget, get the Intel 320. Its about a $1 per gig on the intel after rebate. The Vertex 3 is about $2 per gig but about 2x as fast in terms of read and write speed. You get what you pay for.
post #5 of 19
I just bought an Intel 320 Series 160GB SSD from Newegg a few minutes ago for Thinkpad T420.

I have bought Intel SSDs in the past and they have yet to give me any problems. In fact, I have an Intel 320 40GB as a boot drive on my main rig right now.
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post #6 of 19
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Well I ended up getting the Corsair Force Series 3 just because it was $20 cheaper then the vertex 3.
Does anyone know if I'll notice any real word performance differences between the two? Should I just go back and exchange for a Vertex 3?
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post #7 of 19
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Well I ended up getting the Corsair Force Series 3 just because it was $20 cheaper then the vertex 3.
Does anyone know if I'll notice any real word performance differences between the two? Should I just go back and exchange for a Vertex 3?

Honestly, probably not. I'm not saying that because there isn't any, but rather because you'll be so amazed with the new increase in speed and performance simply because of the upgrade to SSDs. Congrats on your Force 3!
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Yeah that's what I was thinking haha. Would the $20 extra be justified with the higher speed of the Vertex 3?
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post #9 of 19
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/SSD/65

Compare the benchmarks and decide for yourself! Personally I would've gone with the OCZ.
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I don't see the force series 3 there, is it the F120?
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