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Hello fellow OCN members.
I'm looking for a new SSD for my system and I would like your opinions since I havent got much knowledge as far as SSD go.
I want to buy a fast SSD in the 240-256gb range to speed up my OS and to be used primarily for gaming.
I heard some SDD can BSOD and have some issues so I'm looking for one that is good considering price/performance/reliability.
Seen some posts pointing towards the Crucial m4 but I would want to know more.
tnx in advance.
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post #2 of 14
Never seen a single issue (personally) with SSDs and Windows 7, provided you set them up correctly. I have 2 Crucial m4 128GB SSDs, one in my desktop and one in my laptop. Both work flawlessly.

Just find yourself a reputable website that has an SSD optimization guide and you should be fine.
(Word of warning, only turn off the page file if you run >8GB RAM.)
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post #3 of 14
Hi.

The SSD only can give you faster boot times and very fast load times on game, more than that, you won't get any performance increase on your games.

With that said, I'd go with a Crucial M4, Corsair Force GT3, maybe Samsung.
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post #4 of 14
Where you're planning on running a single drive I think you'll be okay with any of the choices out therre. I didn't have any major problems until I started running RAID 0.

You've got 2 major controllers out there, SandForce and JMicron. JMicron cards have proven to be the more stable of the group. (Crucial, Samsung, Intel). My luck with the SandForce controller (OCZ) hasn't been the best, but again, that was in a RAID 0 setup. Singly the card performed flawlessly (and not as a boot drive).
post #5 of 14
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Running 16gb ram. So is it safe to turn off page file?
Srry for offtopic.
Seen that crucial drives are cheap compared to others but how about speeds and reliability?
Do you recomend 2x128gb SSD or a 256? Difference in price is not that much for crucial ssd.

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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by Dukman View Post

Where you're planning on running a single drive I think you'll be okay with any of the choices out therre. I didn't have any major problems until I started running RAID 0.
You've got 2 major controllers out there, SandForce and JMicron. JMicron cards have proven to be the more stable of the group. (Crucial, Samsung, Intel). My luck with the SandForce controller (OCZ) hasn't been the best, but again, that was in a RAID 0 setup. Singly the card performed flawlessly (and not as a boot drive).

Not Jmicron, Marvell for Crucial and certain Intel drives.

Samsung uses their own controller.

Intel also uses a Sandforce controller in their new drives but they fixed the firmware themselves.
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post #7 of 14
Intel, Samsung, Crucial, Plextor.

Great performance and reliability.
I have a Samsung 830, only the 128 Gig model but very fast and easy to maintain.
The higher the capacity for non Sandforce drives the faster they read and write.

The only sandforce drive I would use for an operating system drive is the Intel version.

Also...
http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
Edited by Aparition - 3/28/12 at 7:33am
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post #8 of 14
I've been running an 120gb OCZ Vertex 3 MAXIOPS since Christmas this year, Working great with no issues.

Here is another thread that will help you with any ssd questions:

Here
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by mcg75 View Post

Not Jmicron, Marvell for Crucial and certain Intel drives.
Samsung uses their own controller.
Intel also uses a Sandforce controller in their new drives but they fixed the firmware themselves.

My bad. I though it was JMicron.

Quote:
Originally Posted by YnoX View Post

Running 16gb ram. So is it safe to turn off page file?
Srry for offtopic.
Seen that crucial drives are cheap compared to others but how about speeds and reliability?
Do you recomend 2x128gb SSD or a 256? Difference in price is not that much for crucial ssd.

I would just run the single 256 gb drive if there is no real savings.

I went from a single 128gb M4 to a RAID set up with a pair. The overall (noticeable) gain is negligble. Although results do vary from system to system.
Edited by Dukman - 3/28/12 at 8:42am
post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aparition View Post

The higher the capacity for non Sandforce drives the faster they read and write.
The only sandforce drive I would use for an operating system drive is the Intel version.

Partially true.

The m4, for instance, will read the same in 64 and 128gb forms.
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