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Thinking about buying one... I know speedwise it's going to be fast, but I don't really wanna read all about them before buying.. so I don't really know anything to make up my own mind, sicne I haven't even seen benchmarks...

Could you order these SSDs ir order of the best bang for the buck to the worst?

1 - 2 - 3 - 4


As far as I know they used to have limited storage capacity, that would decrease over time, as well as performance... is that still a problem, and... how big that is still a problem? Heard that TRIM tecnology has something to do with avoiding it...

I'm gonna be using this SSD with windows 7 on it, because I use linux only inside a virtual box (I read somewhere that many tecnologies are related to windows on these HDDs)

one more thing... would it be a better option to buy a PCI-E SSD?
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Currently, the Vertex 2 is going to be the fastest of the four you listed. They have a special deal with Sandforce (makers of the controller on the drive) to give them a performance edge on the others. You can read about it on Anandtech's website.

You don't really have to worry about storage space or performance decreasing over time if you use TRIM (windows 7 supports it natively). TRIM ensures that all memory addresses on the drive are written to evenly to avoid this issue. If you are running something that does nothing but sits there and writes/erases data constantly, then yeah, maybe after a number of years you would have a problem, but under normal use no.

There is a great how-to guide to setting up your SSD posted in the stickies area of this form. Much of it can be skipped if you do a fresh win7 install on the drive (it tells you what you can skip). But honestly, there isn't much to do. Win7 is really optimized for SSDs.

PCI-E drives are faster because they are on the PCI-E bus instead of the SATA bus, however, they are also way more expensive right now. Aside from that, there is no advantage to PCI-e... its just faster. I'd get a PCI-e if I could afford it but I will hang tight with my SATA SSD for now and in a year or two when you can get a 256gb PCIE SSD for what my 60GB drive costs today, I'll upgrade.
Edited by Hindsight - 12/18/10 at 6:29am
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AFAIK, running software optimizers keeps your SSD in peak condition and tries to work around the problem you mentioned. TRIM/Win7 does this as well. I have an intel 80gb x25-m and it's fantastic so the 120 you have there gets my vote. Just make sure to run the optimizer at least once a week (which Intel recommends).
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Please, any explanation?

Otherwise I would have just opened a poll



So... what changes among them is just speed, the problems with degradation hit every one of them in the same way?
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Originally Posted by Hindsight View Post
Currently, the Vertex 2 is going to be the fastest of the four you listed. They have a special deal with Sandforce (makers of the controller on the drive) to give them a performance edge on the others. You can read about it on Anandtech's website.

You don't really have to worry about storage space or performance decreasing over time if you use TRIM (windows 7 supports it natively). TRIM ensures that all memory addresses on the drive are written to evenly to avoid this issue. If you are running something that does nothing but sits there and writes/erases data constantly, then yeah, maybe after a number of years you would have a problem, but under normal use no.

There is a great how-to guide to setting up your SSD posted in the stickies area of this form. Much of it can be skipped if you do a fresh win7 install on the drive (it tells you what you can skip). But honestly, there isn't much to do. Win7 is really optimized for SSDs.

PCI-E drives are faster because they are on the PCI-E bus instead of the SATA bus, however, they are also way more expensive right now. Aside from that, there is no advantage to PCI-e... its just faster. I'd get a PCI-e if I could afford it but I will hang tight with my SATA SSD for now and in a year or two when you can get a 256gb PCIE SSD for what my 60GB drive costs today, I'll upgrade.

good reply.
Now... does the vetex 2 has a 2.5" version?
Does that makes a difference - in term of quality and performance...

When SSDs prices are lower I would be buying a better one for my desktop and using this one on my netbook
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The problem with degradation is related to the controller on the drive. Two different drives with the same controller are going to have the same degredation. Today, the Sandforce controller is the best (in terms of longevity) and fastest performing. It beats the controller on the Intel X25 (which used to be king but isn't anymore).

That said, because OCZ was the first company to adopt the relatively new Sandforce company and give their controllers a chance, Sandforce gives OCZ's drives (through the controller firmware) a bump that their competitors don't get. This means that of two different drives, an OCZ with a Sandforce controller, and some other brand with a Sandforce controller, the OCZ will run a bit faster. It won't be a night and day difference, but it will be a difference. OCZ drives are great anyway... always test at or near the very top.
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good reply.
Now... does the vetex 2 has a 2.5" version?
Does that makes a difference - in term of quality and performance...

When SSDs prices are lower I would be buying a better one for my desktop and using this one on my netbook
Yes, OCZ has a 2.5 and a 3.5" version of the 120GB Vertex 2. The model number for the 2.5" is OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G. The factor makes no difference in terms of quality and performance. There are just several versions of all the OCZ drives so make sure you get one in the Vertex 2 series, and make sure the published specs on it are 285 read, 275 write.

Here is the Anandtech article about the difference in Sandforce controllers between OCZ and the rest of the mfgrs. It details why the OCZ drives will be faster in some circumstances.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3661/u...ives-are-equal
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I regret not picking up the Vertex 2 for my new rig.
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I regret not picking up the Vertex 2 for my new rig.
Naw.... if you look at the benchmarks, it isn't THAT big of a difference. Its a tiny fraction of the difference of going from a mechanical drive to an SSD. And just look at it this way, you got the 64gb version which, i'm sure wasn't crazy expensive, so in another year when the PCI-e versions come down in price, you'll be in a better position to justify an upgrade!
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