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Originally Posted by mbarry View Post
You can put the Spinpoints in RAID0, which would outperform a SSD.
Ya think?

Also, you just recommended that he buy FIVE hard drives... for a total of 4TB. He was asking about a 120GB SSD here...
Edited by sintricate - 12/26/10 at 10:57am
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I don't get it, what's wrong with more storage and more speed for the same price?
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Originally Posted by kcuestag View Post
Hello,

I got a budget of 270€ (Either Caseking.de, or Hardwareversand.de), and I was thinking of:

- OCZ RevoDrive PCI-Express SSD 120Gb

or

- OCZ Vertex 2 Extended 120Gb 2.5"

I'm not an expert, but I heard (At least on the Vertex 2 E) that TRIM works on AMD on 890FX motherboards with latest AHCI drivers on AMD's website (Is it true?).

Have a few questions:

- What is the difference of SATA and PCI-e SSD's? Why is price difference so big?

- Is it worth going to the RevoDrive 120gb?

- Would TRIM still work on AMD on that RevoDrive on PCI-e?

- Which of the 2 would you buy with a budget of 270€? Or any different one? Need at least 100gb of space (So 120gb ssd).

Thanks a lot!
Kevin.
You don't sound like a beginner, and your rig wasn't put together by an idiot, so I'm not surprised that your choices are both good ones.

I go with door number two. Put it in a regular SATA drive slot, make it your primary boot and put your BIOS in IDE mode so your TRIM will work fine.

Have fun!
Edited by jcfsusmc - 12/26/10 at 11:15am
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Wouldn't it be better if you used the same money to buy 4 Spinpoint F3 500GBs and a 2TB drive for backup? You can put the Spinpoints in RAID0, which would outperform a SSD.
Lol no....

In pure transfer rates, yes, but that's not the main draw of having a SSD as your boot drive. Those HDDs still have super slow access time and random read speeds compared to a SSD.
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post #15 of 63
The ssd will be faster. But the big decision would be the size -vs- price. About the f3 raid comment. Here is 2 x f3 1 terabytes in raid-0 results. As you see the older intel 80gig ssd is still faster.
post #16 of 63
I've just got a 60GB OCZ Vertex2 in my new rig as a Win7 boot drive, and it is quick

Supports TRIM on the Crosshair IV Formula, is big enough for my needs, and gets around 230MB/s read speed in HD Tune, roughly comparable to my two Samsung F3's in RAID0
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You should definitely get the OCZ Vertex 2 120Gb. Been using mine for a while now and it's awesome. For the price it's amazing & everything is much faster.

(Another new firmware has been released recently too)

Would also go for a regular sata ssd to cut out boot up issues.
Thanks, is it true then, that TRIM works fine on AMD now?

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You don't sound like a beginner, and your rig wasn't put together by an idiot, so I'm not surprised that your choices are both good ones.

I go with door number two. Put it in a regular SATA drive slot, make it your primary boot and put your BIOS in IDE mode so your TRIM will work fine.

Have fun!
It was definitely not built by an idiot That was me! hehe.

I think I will do that, go with the Vertex 2 Ext 120Gb and with extra cash buy a pair of F3's 1TB for storage.

Is it true then that TRIM works on AMD now?

But I heard, it is no AHCI mode, and not on IDE mode? I am a bit confused...

If I end up buying the Vertex 2 Ext 120Gb, should I set it on BIOS as IDE, or as AHCI?

And do I need to do anything else on BIOS? or after clean W7 install, do I need to flash the SSD at all? Or just install w7 and play?

Thanks everyone for all suggestions, I really appreciate it!


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I've just got a 60GB OCZ Vertex2 in my new rig as a Win7 boot drive, and it is quick

Supports TRIM on the Crosshair IV Formula, is big enough for my needs, and gets around 230MB/s read speed in HD Tune, roughly comparable to my two Samsung F3's in RAID0

That's great!!! Thanks for the information!

How do I make TRIM to work on my SSD?

Also is it true its better to only use up to 100Gb out of 120Gb? Or is it ok if I make it full? (I will be using it for W7 Home Premium all updated, with firefox, skype, team speak, WoW, and MAYBe black ops + bad company 2. So might take up a bit more than 100Gb, not sure.
    
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post #18 of 63
Got mine on AHCI and TRIM works fine. Just make sure motherboard is using windows 7 default sata driver. No problems here

See here
Edited by ydna666 - 12/26/10 at 12:08pm
post #19 of 63
You'll probably want to have it set to IDE to install an OS, then switch it to RAID or AHCI in the BIOS

TRIM should enable itself in Win7, there's a way to check, but I can't remember the command to check it. Even then, that only confirms the command is enabled, as there's no definitive way to see TRIM working
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Got mine on AHCI and TRIM works fine. Just make sure motherboard is using windows 7 default sata driver. No problems here

See here
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You'll probably want to have it set to IDE to install an OS, then switch it to RAID or AHCI in the BIOS

TRIM should enable itself in Win7, there's a way to check, but I can't remember the command to check it. Even then, that only confirms the command is enabled, as there's no definitive way to see TRIM working
Thanks guys!

Do I need to do anything else? Like disable System Restore or something?

Or just install in IDE, switch to AHCI, and gogogo enjoy?

Thanks again both.

Edit:

On that link you gave me ydna666, it says AMD = No trim.

I'm a bit confused... ???
    
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