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I would also recommend Crucial M4. I dont own one but based on reviews and members from this site its one of the best for the price. Im debating on getting one myself but already have 2 SSD's, trying to justify getting another though.
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Honestly, get whatever drive is the best bang for buck. Most companies have good warranties, and if anything ever happens you can always perform firmware updates or RMA the drive. You should always have backups of important data, regardless of what brand of storage medium you're using.

All because some people got lemons does not mean the entire brand is garbage. I've owned 4 OCZ branded Vertex drives (from the first to the most recent generation). All drives are working great since the day I bought them, oldest is nearly 4 years old now.

I managed to get a 120 GB Vertex III for $120 after MIR.
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You're probably reading the vocal minority's reviews on Newegg or something. I sincerely doubt "most" of the drives fail at installation or slightly after.
How many people do you know that go on to Newegg to rave about their SSD that worked just fine, then think about how many people would complain and moan when they get something DOA.

Out of 263 user ratings for the OCZ Vertex II SSD (just looked), 31% of the user ratings on Amazon for this drive are only 1 star, 44% are 5 stars. I'd stay far, far away from an SSD with 31% of the customers being unhappy enough to rate only 1 star, that's hardly a coincidence.

For comparison purposes, out of 189 user ratings for the 64MB Crucial M4 SSD on Amazon, 85% of those are 5 star ratings, and 3% are 1 star ratings.

Hope this helps you in your decision process.
Edited by svthomas - 1/5/12 at 11:50am
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Originally Posted by svthomas View Post

Out of 263 user ratings for the OCZ Vertex II SSD (just looked), 31% of the user ratings on Amazon for this drive are only 1 star, 44% are 5 stars. I'd stay far, far away from an SSD with 31% of the customers being unhappy enough to rate only 1 star, that's hardly a coincidence.
For comparison purposes, out of 189 user ratings for the 64MB Crucial M4 SSD on Amazon, 85% of those are 5 star ratings, and 3% are 1 star ratings.
Hope this helps you in your decision process.

That was actually very enlightening smile.gif Thanks mate!
post #15 of 29
I have m4 128 Gb it work great used only for OS, BF3, also use the old firmware, it is really responsive . love it and if i have a chanceto buy other it will be the same.
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post #16 of 29
M4 all day everyday its a beautiful device
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I have m4 128 Gb it work great used only for OS, BF3, also use the old firmware, it is really responsive . love it and if i have a chanceto buy other it will be the same.

I got a noticeable performance increase with the new firmware you should upgrade

Also, last I checked OCZ drives that are used as boot drives cannot have their firmware updated.
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post #17 of 29
I picked up this crucial for my boot and some small vital programs it works amazingly. Samsung has one out i think now with the same size and price i think, and im not sure about this but it seems tht ocz has alot of driver issues when first plugged in so not good for a fresh build
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
post #18 of 29
Did you guys just see the front page news here on OCN?

[Crucial] Crucial M4 Drives Dying After Exactly 5200 Hours of Being Powered On



Maybe that M4 isn't so hot after all. Like the reasonable poster above me suggested, get the best bang for your buck drive under your budget thumb.gif.
post #19 of 29
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Did you guys just see the front page news here on OCN?
[Crucial] Crucial M4 Drives Dying After Exactly 5200 Hours of Being Powered On
Maybe that M4 isn't so hot after all. Like the reasonable poster above me suggested, get the best bang for your buck drive under your budget thumb.gif.

I disagree. Don't let price be the only deciding factor when buying an ssd. I'd place research above all else, especially with some SSDs getting 31% negative feedback ratings on amazon, etc. Plus, your purchase will not be doing much 'bang' if it has just died an untimely death, and that doesn't do much for that buck, either.

After doing some light reading, I have found something that may shed light on the m4 product issue: it's a firmware issue (no data loss), they are currently testing a firmware update to fix it, and it should be out around the week of the 16th, as per the quote below:
Quote:
We are aware of an issue that is currently affecting a small number of users whereby their m4 causes their system to require a restart. This issue occurs after approximately 5,000 hours of actual “on time” use. Following the initial reboot, the system then requires subsequent restarts after each additional hour of use. However, the data on the SSD is unaffected and will not be lost due to this condition.

Through our investigation, we have determined the root cause of the problem and will be releasing a firmware update that rectifies the situation. We are currently running through our validation and compatibility process. Once this process is complete, the firmware will be made available to our customers. Although we understand the desire of some people to start using unreleased firmware now, we want to ensure that our solution works across multiple chipsets, systems, and operating systems before publishing the release code. We are currently targeting the week of January 16th, 2012 to publicly release the new firmware update.

We understand the impact that this is having on some users right now and apologize for this inconvenience. We appreciate your continued support, feedback, and patience as we finalize code and resolve this issue.
Dude, Crucial Employee, US

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Did you guys just see the front page news here on OCN?
[Crucial] Crucial M4 Drives Dying After Exactly 5200 Hours of Being Powered On
Maybe that M4 isn't so hot after all. Like the reasonable poster above me suggested, get the best bang for your buck drive under your budget thumb.gif.

WOW, If true that's really a disappointment, OP, get the OCZ Agility 3 - 60 GB. I have read great reviews about it as a boot drive and it is under 100$
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