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Awright, here's the issue:
I'm planning on buying an SSD for my OS and my slow-to-open programs like 3Ds, Photoshop and so on..

I can see with my own eyes that the corsair is the less expensive but i'm guessing, between those Sandforce-based, which one I should buy.
This problem rised in the moment i discovered the zalman f-series.. are those mb/s really worth those much money? and are zalmans reliable?

The budget is around 200€, if you have suggestions, please, let me know
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They are Sandforce 2200 series drives and should all theoretically perform about the same. Have not read up on what is tweaked on the Wildflower
to account for the price hike, though I can not see it being worth the difference wither way.

What you are really looking for here is how well they release firmware fixes and their support if you ever need to send it in to them for repair. A lot of those fixes come straight from Sandforce and then the companies just do their own tweaking and then release the firmware.

I would pick Corsair or Mushkin myself. Corsair has had some problems, though they have a good forum and support and seem to get the fixes out in a timely manner. I also chose Mushkin because they usually sell solid products and have not heard much about issues with them, though they also do not have the same market share as some of the others and as a result would not have the same amount of people bickering about issues with them.
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They are Sandforce 2200 series drives and should all theoretically perform about the same. Have not read up on what is tweaked on the Wildflower
to account for the price hike, though I can not see it being worth the difference wither way.
What you are really looking for here is how well they release firmware fixes and their support if you ever need to send it in to them for repair. A lot of those fixes come straight from Sandforce and then the companies just do their own tweaking and then release the firmware.
I would pick Corsair or Mushkin myself. Corsair has had some problems, though they have a good forum and support and seem to get the fixes out in a timely manner. I also chose Mushkin because they usually sell solid products and have not heard much about issues with them, though they also do not have the same market share as some of the others and as a result would not have the same amount of people bickering about issues with them.

Actually, between the corsair and the mushkin, i was favouring the second one, mushkin always gave me an impression of solidity..

what kind of problems did the corsair have?
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oo..oo.. i gotta link i think..http://www.overclock.net/t/1179518/seans-ssd-buyers-guide-information-thread/0_20 ...there ya go thumb.gif stay away from sandforce..unless you like losing all your screenshots/recent data
 
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oo..oo.. i gotta link i think..http://www.overclock.net/t/1179518/seans-ssd-buyers-guide-information-thread/0_20 ...there ya go thumb.gif stay away from sandforce..unless you like losing all your screenshots/recent data

oh.. wow.. that's a good news ohno-smiley02.gif

i'll go check it out, thx thumb.gif
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Actually, between the corsair and the mushkin, i was favouring the second one, mushkin always gave me an impression of solidity..
what kind of problems did the corsair have?

Mushkin, just like Corsair, uses the Sandforce reference board and 2281 controller. All they pick is which nand to use.

Both drives are going to the same reliability-wise. Both companies are at Sandforce's mercy for issues.
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Mushkin, just like Corsair, uses the Sandforce reference board and 2281 controller. All they pick is which nand to use.
Both drives are going to the same reliability-wise. Both companies are at Sandforce's mercy for issues.

yeah, i read Sean's ssd guide, which made me sad because of the slower read/write values of marvell and samsung..

i'm just putting down a new sheet for the ssd's equipped with those controllers.. and i don't get why's the M4 considered the best one..
maybe, you, being an M4 user, can enlight me a bit..
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yeah, i read Sean's ssd guide, which made me sad because of the slower read/write values of marvell and samsung..
i'm just putting down a new sheet for the ssd's equipped with those controllers.. and i don't get why's the M4 considered the best one..
maybe, you, being an M4 user, can enlight me a bit..

All you need to do is follow the link in my signature. I compare the 128gb m4 vs 120gb Vertex 3 max iops.

The m4 has no problem keeping up and actually surpassing the v3 in reads. Only when a lot of writes are introduced does the v3 make any sort of comeback. The most important read is the 4k score. The m4 clearly wins that test.

The Vertex 3 uses compression software for it's "fast" write speeds. But they never mention that the software can't do anything with data that's already been compressed. And all data we deal with is compressed to a degree with video, music etc being already as compressed as it can be. When the compression software can't be used, the v3 writes fall to being just slightly higher than the m4.

The average desktop user (90% read, 10% write) will get better performance out of the m4.
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post #9 of 10
Out of those, go for one of the A-DATA disks. Stay away from Corsair SSDs, they don't seem to be reliable at all.

I made good experiences with my Crucial M4 and an OCZ Agility 3. My previous OCZ Vertex 3 MI caused all sort of problems and had to be replaced.
post #10 of 10
I suggest these drives in this order:
The Corsair Performance Pro and the Plextor 3MS are the same drive but with slightly different firmware. They have higher writes than the M4 and Samsung 830, but the sequential reads are slightly lower.
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