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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
If there is no difference between the 2.5" and the 3.5" in terms of performance why don't they sell only the 2.5" verison, that comes with an adaptor?
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If there is no difference between the 2.5" and the 3.5" in terms of performance why don't they sell only the 2.5" verison, that comes with an adaptor?
You'd have to ask the manufacturers Really though, it seems that 2.5" is the direction most of them are going these days. Most of the newer SSDs are 2.5" and if you look at the specs of the same manufacturer's 2.5 vs 3.5 drive, they are the same which leads me to believe the internals are all the same but the drive is sitting in a bigger chassis. I will say that my 2.5 SSD won't bolt up to a 3.5" drive bay... or rather, the adapter it came with won't. the holes don't even come close to lining up.
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I wanted a 3.5" so it would easily slide right in with one of my brackets.
As far as performance, I went with my OCZ because its 95% of the speed of a Vertex2 90% of the time.

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also that article is pretty old, most Sandforce firmware is the same now... OCZ still gets updates sooner, but Sandforce updates these days are bug fixes, not performance increases...

So of those 4, the 3 Sandforce drives are a bit faster, and teh Intel drive is a bit slower.

So G.Skill's one would appear to offer the best bang-for-buck...

Some people hate OCZ, others love them, personally I've not been stung by their products, but my friend recently had no end of problems with some of their RAM...

And G.Skill has always been good to me...

So it's brand loyalty and a little bit of firmware watch with the Sandforce drives...

As far as PCI-express cards, the only "reasonable" option is the OCZ RevoDrive, unless something else just hit the market..

The RevoDrive is nothing too exciting, it's merely 2x SATA Sandforces on one card, combined with a SIL3124 SATA RAID controller, and a bridge chip since the PCI-X version of the chip was cheaper then the PCI-express version LOL

So if you already have enough SATA ports, and onboard RAID like ICH10R or something then it's kinda pointless unless you just like how tidy it is having everything on one card...

Also some BIOSes have issues booting from Add-in cards.
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