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Ok, so i have two choises a OCZ Vertex 3 Series 120GB or a Intel 120GB SATA-III 520 Series

What's the feedback for these two ? What you say ? Is the Intel more reliable, than OCZ, how is the Intel firmware vs the OCZ's ??

Please let some thoughts about the two of them... smile.gif
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I had an OCZ SSD as my SSD in my current build. While it worked quite well for quite a long time, it died and I was sent a replacement after about a year. Not a huge deal, but because of the experience, I went on a research binge and apparently OCZ drives have about a 5% failure rate where Intel has about a 1-2%.

For this reason in my next build I am going Intel, also since Intel creates most of the technology and they have a very blatant roadmap, it makes it much easier to plan around. It seems like a new solid state is getting chucked out every month, at least I know what to expect with this roadmap:

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..not to say OCZ was bad, it was a very positive experience I had with them. But I feel like Intel is calling my name for the next build.
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Aham, ok thanks, i have now a OCZ Vertex 2 for 2 years, and i never had problems with him, no bsod,freeze, the SMART data is 100% ok, like in the first day, the write and read speeds, are like in the first day.

But i think i want to try that 120GB Intel 520 series.

That OCZ Vertex 3 and Intel 520 series have the same controller ?

And the Intel has some things in the controller modified that OCZ ?!?
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The Vertex 3 has a Sandforce 2281 controller mounted to a OCZ custom design board. Nand memory origin is unknown. The firmware for this drive has had several major revisions. 2.02, 2.06, 2.09, 2.11, 2.13 and currently 2.15.

It has been documented through Anandtech that the firmware still has issues.

The Intel 520 has a Sandforce 2281 controller mounted to a Sandforce reference design board. Nand memory comes from IMFT, a factory co-owned by Intel and Micron (Crucial) and is top tier.

Intel took stock Sandforce firmware, validated it for many months then sent Sandforce changes to make. No other Sandforce chip user has access to Intel's changes. Anandtech documented errors that effected other drives did not effect the 520.
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Ok, so in reviews about this 2 ssd's, i should trust Anandtech ?

And in the SSD Review Thread, there is reviews for the Intel 520 series, but the 240GB, is something different, cuz i will buy a 120gb version. And the Vertex 3 uses the same 25nm NAND as the Intel 520 series ?
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Ok, so in reviews about this 2 ssd's, i should trust Anandtech ?
And in the SSD Review Thread, there is reviews for the Intel 520 series, but the 240GB, is something different, cuz i will buy a 120gb version. And the Vertex 3 uses the same 25nm NAND as the Intel 520 series ?

There are far more reviews than just Anand's.

The 520 is a better performer but you won't notice that in the real world.

I bought the Vertex 3 max iops because it came with Toshiba toggle nand. I wasn't interested in their regular nand.

I'd buy the 520 because it will be more reliable.
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