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Specs-wise, probably. But 128 GB isn't a whole lot of space. What kind of programs will be installed?
Mainly Windows with programs like: Steam, Origin, Office, ''updates lol''.
I have 2 HDD's already. One which is 1TB and the other 320gb. Both have a rpm speed of 7200.
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FoR the same price id get the non pro 250 over a pro 128. The 128 is slower than the 256 but same ish as 250
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FoR the same price id get the non pro 250 over a pro 128. The 128 is slower than the 256 but same ish as 250

250 is about 30 more euros here in The Netherlands.
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I'd go with the 250 GB, definitely. My Program Files folders together are shy of 30 GiB and Windows is about 20. Not only that, you'll also want to overprovision the drive, meaning you leave about 10-20% space unused (10% should be good) so it never fills up all the way, otherwise it will get slow when deleting and writing files. 128 GB translates to about 119 GiB (Gibibytes, or what Windows uses to measure file sizes - a kilobyte is 1000 bytes, and a kibibyte is 1024 bytes, and so on), minus 10 GiB in an unused partition (overprovisioned) gives you 110 GiB useable space. A decent amount, but if you have more than a dozen or so games from the last 5 years, the extra space will give you far more room to grow.

Now, there is a third option that's a bit of a compromise. For $170-200 USD, you can get a better-performing 180 GB drive. It's only 143 Euros for the Intel 335. Alternatively, the Corsair Force GS is just a little out of your budget by 2 Euros.
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Plextor M5s or M5p are also great SSD's worth considering if they are in your budget where you are.

even the 128GB version offers pretty decent performance, not sure on the 256GB version.


Edited by stubass - 7/4/13 at 1:34pm
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There's a misunderstanding of most people about writes. Writes don't only matter when you explicitly write something on a disk. They matter for a very big number of applicators without the user doing anything at all to produce it.

e.g. the temporary writing of a browser (even when caching is off and especially when caching is on). Or when the OS boots it doesn't just read stuff.

So, just as Reads are often Indirect, the same is true for Writes.

However, I think the whole importance of SSDs is exaggerated. Most applications do not use a disk at all to the point that matters after their initial booting and for a lot of apps one can have an even faster solution: RAM disks. e.g. My browser runs on a ramdisk base that is about 10X faster than an SSD and I don't even have an SSD on the system.
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Without using a ssd you have no idea of how fast everything is compared to a standard hd
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There's a misunderstanding of most people about writes. Writes don't only matter when you explicitly write something on a disk. They matter for a very big number of applicators without the user doing anything at all to produce it.

e.g. the temporary writing of a browser (even when caching is off and especially when caching is on). Or when the OS boots it doesn't just read stuff.

So, just as Reads are often Indirect, the same is true for Writes.

However, I think the whole importance of SSDs is exaggerated. Most applications do not use a disk at all to the point that matters after their initial booting and for a lot of apps one can have an even faster solution: RAM disks. e.g. My browser runs on a ramdisk base that is about 10X faster than an SSD and I don't even have an SSD on the system.

What happens when the power goes off? What happens to your RAMdisk then? Hope you didn't install your OS on it! Maybe SSDs are a bit overrated, but the random reads and writes are 100x as fast. If you don't work with lots of data, then that's understandable you'd deem them overpirced. But if you need to transfer lots of data quickly, those random reads will help out quite a bit. Also, for instance, my HDD in my laptop easily takes three seconds to start after it parks itself. Not a whole lot of time, but significant when loading things when that's half or a third the time it takes for finding a file. Finally, if you drop a hard disk, it could very well die. If I throw an SSD against a wall, it might die, but it will likely be recoverable. SSDs are great for laptops, if not desktops, due to a lack of moving parts and the ability to hibernate and reboot near-instantaneously or shut down and reboot in the time it takes a hard disk to hibernate.
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What happens when the power goes off? What happens to your RAMdisk then?
Oh dear, I'll lose a bookmark.

I'm running a browser's whole home directory on a RAM disk and it's the best software decision I did last year. I've never had a problem with crashes either. The largest problem I had was literally to re-bookmark one website.

Plus. some people fail to realize the effectiveness of OS Caching lately. Given enough RAM, check your drive. It hardly works at all after it initially loads something.

e.g. a lot of kids imagine that a faster drive will load their game faster, but they haven't noticed the speed is exactly the same when they reload the game without the drive being read at all. And trust me, RAM is faster than a drive.
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