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Welp, my OCZ Agility 60GB died out of warranty and after using my netbook for five weeks I finally have the cash saved up for a new SSD.

I'm looking for something in the ~120GB range. Reliability and customer service are my first concern. That means no OCZ (wink.gif). The faster the better; I may be bottlenecked by SATA II for now, but I do plan to upgrade to something with SATA III at some point in the not-too-distant future. I can NOT RAID two lower capacity drives, so don't even bother with that.

My target price range is ~$250 with a hard maximum of $275; I cannot go over that, period.



What fits the bill?
post #2 of 21
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

If you might be able to do $320, the 256GB model is $320 on newegg.
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Intel 520....done!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167093
Edited by Ragsters - 2/17/12 at 10:41am
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post #5 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ragsters View Post

Intel 520....done!

If you must go Sandforce based, the 520 is the only one to consider. Intel made futher changes to Sandforce's firmware after validating it. These changes are not in the firmware of drives like the Corsair Force GT and Vertex 3.

A better choice than both would be the Crucial m4, Samsung 830 or Corsair Performance Pro.
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post #6 of 21

This drive uses the exact same SF2200 controller that many of the OCZ drives utilize. Regardless of the positive feedback on new egg it may be a questionable purchase in terms of long term reliability, and stability in future firmware updates.

My personal recommendation would be something that uses a marvel controller like the crucial m4 128gb.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442
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post #7 of 21
Pick any of the following and you will be set.

My "quick" list of suggested drives:
  • Crucial M4
  • Samsung 830
  • Corsair Performance Pro
  • Plextor M3 Series
  • Intel 510

Right now the Crucial M4 and the Plextor are the best value for the size.
post #8 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

Pick any of the following and you will be set.
My "quick" list of suggested drives:
  • Crucial M4
  • Samsung 830
  • Corsair Performance Pro
  • Plextor M3 Series
  • Intel 510
Right now the Crucial M4 and the Plextor are the best value for the size.

Sean here is the SSD master lol so he definitely has the best selection laid out for ya. thumb.gif
 
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post #9 of 21
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Just remembered that buying from Newegg in California means California sales tax. Yowch. Well, Tigerdirect... has the Crucial M4 256GB for $320+cheap shipping.


Well there goes my firm limit. M4 256GB it is. biggrin.gif
post #10 of 21
Wait!

Look here: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/768803-REG/Crucial_Technology_CT256M4SSD2_256GB_m4_SSD_2_5.html

You will not have to pay tax or shipping. wink.gif
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