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Poll Results: Which drive would be the best buy?

 
  • 30% (17)
    OCZ Vertex 2 2.5" 60GB SATA II (SSD)
  • 51% (29)
    OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" 120GB SATA II (SSD)
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    WD VelociRaptor 150GB 10000 RPM 16 MB
  • 17% (10)
    WD VelociRaptor 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB
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post #11 of 34
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Originally Posted by Vitaminx;11856056 
What exactly do you mean by Sandforce 1200 controlled drives and marvell controller? Seems like I need to do a lot more research about these types of drives. I thought it was just another drive that out performs hard drives by a long shot and that you shouldn't defrag them. Anything else I need to know? That's the only reason I'm hesitant to go with new technology. If I'm not fully aware of what I'm getting, I'm not too sure I should buy it. So you're saying OCZ isn't the top manufacturer of SSD's currently and that I should go with the Crucial SSD?

The controller is what manages the data being stored to the SSD. Each controller has its own way of storing data, which in return affect how fast the data can be written/read. That is why many SSD's have different read/write speeds. The most popular controller is Sandforce 1200, as it offers a strong 275mb/s write and 280mb/s read. Crucial uses the Marvell controller, which offers around 75mb/s write, but 355mb/s read. The C300 is excellent at random data seeks, so the computer can bring up the information much quicker than other. Intel uses an Indilix controller, which I don't know much about, but it is still rather good.

Also, this is not "new" technology. SSD's have been around for awhile now, it is just "improved."

However, no matter which way you go, you WILL see a vast speed improvement over a traditional HDD.

As far as OCZ goes, they are quite notorious for having DOA drives. Their RMA process is supposed to be the best, but that is because they have had so much practice :-P I would stay away from them. They are the most popular SSD manufacturer, but that doesn't mean they are the best.

I would recommend the Crucial C300 though. It is the only SSd to offer Sata III, and has the best read/random seek speeds of any SSD.
    
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post #12 of 34
the biggest difference between SSD and HDD are the acces times, thats the most important why you would want to get an SSD over a velocityraptor. i have a Vertex 2 myself and i have to say its rly fast ^^ 60gb was enough for me for windows and some apps. most of the games you can just install on a storage drive, scince the only part where a ssd helps in games is start up times(i dont mind waitin 1 sec longer for a game to start if i can save 100 dollar with that).

between ssd there are at the moment a few favorites. the Sandforce controlled drivers and the crucial C300.
the sandforce controlled drives have good read and good write speeds( about 250 mb/s for both)
the crucial c300 has very good read speed, but it is lacking a bit in write compared to the sandforce drives(about 350 mb/s read, 75 mb/s write)

now when your running windows, and especially when starting up. the read speeds are most important, so for a boot drive the c300 wins.
i think when u are actually using it it doesnt really matter much(the read speed differences) i think the acces times are most important and those are both equal.

id say go with an ssd for sure, go for a vertex 2 if your a bit tight on budget, and a c300 if you got a bit more money to spend.
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Crucial = Micron. Micron = Awesome.
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So the OCZ drives tend to fail a bit more? Question about Sata III, would it cause any problems to use Sata III drives in a Sata II port like my motherboard has? Would there be any difference at all between using a Sata II SSD compared to a Sata III SSD on my motherboard? But basically it's between OCZ and Crucial then. The 2.5" form factor, does that mean it can't be installed in a normal hard drive tray? And anyone who has a 60GB SSD, how much space do you have left on it after installing Windows 7, apps, office, and other essential things needed on the system's drive? The Crucial 120GB is probably a bit too much for me. So if I went Crucial, I'd have to get the 64GB.
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post #15 of 34
First get the Velo for space then get the 60 or 128 GB SSD when you have more money.
    
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post #16 of 34
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Originally Posted by Enigma8750;11857895 
First get the Velo for space then get the 60 or 128 GB SSD when you have more money.

Don't think I want anymore storage drives though tbh. Unless you're telling me to use the VelociRaptor as the boot drive for a while until SSD's become more popular and then purchase one to replace the Raptor.
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post #17 of 34
I have bought my Vertex 2 60gb two in half months ago from newegg, It is fast, still going strong and does advertised speeds on my ICH10R board even after many writes to it.

OZC has very good firmware support and forum support.

Just putting it out there that I haven't had one single problem with my Vertex 2 SSD. Also it arrived just fine, installed and runs like a bat out of hell.
post #18 of 34
my vertex 2 arrived the same(working out of the box and never had problems with it as Twistedmind said) i wasnt aware that there were people with problems though. i installed windows 7 and drivers of basically everything + ms office, some basic apps(antivirus software, itunes and so on) and 2 games(total about 7-8 gb that i play most. with that i still have 18.1gb left(ran some guides that disable hibernate and so on which reduce the space being used on the ssd).
as for the 2.5" form factor, the vertex comes with a 3.5" to 2.5" converter tray like http://benchmarkreviews.com/images/reviews/storage/OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G/OCZ-Vertex-2-SSD-Adapter-Tray.jpg
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post #19 of 34
Not to be rude but... You can't compare HDDs to SSDs. It just doesn't add up.


SSD definitely
    
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post #20 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by TwistedMind;11858568 
OZC has very good firmware support and forum support.

Just putting it out there that I haven't had one single problem with my Vertex 2 SSD. Also it arrived just fine, installed and runs like a bat out of hell.
Indeed, OCZ have made a lot of effort with their SSDs and bring out timely firmware updates and provide a decent product. I would not go anywhere near their RAM though.

Anyway I don't understand who on earth is voting for HDDs in this poll? It's an SSD every single time.
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