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Hi, i'm just about the purchase a new SSD but i'm not sure which capacity to buy.

If i move all my user files to a secondary HDD, my primary drive will have around 90 - 100 gb of data stored in it.


Is this too close to comfort to purchase a 128 GB SSD?? Will it affect my speed and choke pretty quickly??

Also does anyone know what the actual size of the 128gb vertex 4 SSD will be after over-provisioning??

Which capacity SSD should i buy? i don't mind the price difference, i just don't want to regret buying a low capacity drive later on.

Thanks
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post #2 of 11
I'd get whichever I could afford, but if you get the 128 gig I'd put all programs on a HD and just have windows + browsers on SSD

Currently I have a 30 gig ssd os drive and a 640 gig aaks as my program drive
post #3 of 11
120gb vs. 180gb and the price doesnt matter? Then simple, get the 180gb. Dilemma solved.
post #4 of 11
I personally like having more space on my SSD, and always optimize by disabling Win7 features like System restore and Hybernation to get back as much space as possible. I will say though, a 128Gb drive should be more than enough for an OS drive. I recommend the Samsung 830 drive over the vertex 4 though. It has a great track record in reliability, and is the same price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163

There is also a little known 240Gb SSD drive that is comparible to the Vertex 3 Max IOP $430 drive using the same SanForce Controller and Toggle Toshiba NAND chips, but is only $274. The Mushkin Chronos deluxe 240Gb is a steal at the price of $274 for what you get:

newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226226

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Chronos-Deluxe-2-5-Inch-MKNSSDCR240GB-DX/dp/B0057VOVE8/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333688270&sr=8-1-spell

edit
or get the 120Gb version for $199:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226225
Edited by ericeod - 4/8/12 at 10:03am
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I'm interested in knowing the performance impact of filling up a SSD around 80%.

I can fit all my programs, OS etc on a 128Gb so i don't want to waste money on a 180gb, but if the performance decrease is too much i might as well get the 180gb.
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I read somewhere that you need a pretty good amount of free space so that the ssd's maintenance thing will work effectively, i think its the wear leveling, not sure.
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I'm interested in knowing the performance impact of filling up a SSD around 80%.

I can fit all my programs, OS etc on a 128Gb so i don't want to waste money on a 180gb, but if the performance decrease is too much i might as well get the 180gb.
Write speeds suffer when there is little free space. You should be fine with a 128GB drive, especially if you disable/shrink page file and hibernation file and system restore. Also, when you get one read the Windows 7 install and optimization thread in the stickies.
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I read somewhere that you need a pretty good amount of free space so that the ssd's maintenance thing will work effectively, i think its the wear leveling, not sure.
normally 5-10GB free space is antiquate for consumer use.
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Write speeds suffer when there is little free space. You should be fine with a 128GB drive, especially if you disable/shrink page file and hibernation file and system restore. Also, when you get one read the Windows 7 install and optimization thread in the stickies.
normally 5-10GB free space is antiquate for consumer use.

Thanks Sean smile.gif

Sequential write speeds are already pretty low for the 128Gb variant; It's the random read speeds i'm mainly worried about so i should be alright there.

I have a noob question: Do IOPS and random read/write (4k) speeds suffer when you use SATA 2 over SATA 3 controller??? Or is it just the sequential speeds that suffer.

Thanks smile.gif
Edited by Jinny1 - 4/6/12 at 12:38am
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A few weeks ago I did a GB/$$ comparison on all the drives available at Frys. Of the higher quality SATA III drives the corsair Force 3 180GB was the best GB/$$ ratio and quite faster than almost all the others, even some at higher prices. I checked newegg as well and found that for performance/(GB/$$) the Force 3 180GB was still the winner. So that gets my vote a month ago and I don't think much has changed. Maybe a Samsung 830 128gb since the price came down.

Edit: I don't know how this holds up with Australian dollars and retailers, but I am curious now and the drive is still awesome no matter where you are biggrin.gif
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I have a noob question: Do IOPS and random read/write (4k) speeds suffer when you use SATA 2 over SATA 3 controller??? Or is it just the sequential speeds that suffer.
Thanks smile.gif

anyone able to help?? cheers

@dizzy4 : but corsair force 3 has asynchronous NAND :/
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