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post #1 of 12
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I'm thinking of finally hopping on the SSD bandwagon, but I haven't done much research on them and really have no idea what to look for.

A few questions:
How reliable are SSDs atm? I know it's relatively new tech. Are these generally problem free now?

Aside from boot/shutdown times, are there any other benefits to using a small 16G-32G SSD? Would it be better to go bigger to fit program installs on it as well?

Do SSDs benefit from SATA6 ports?

What's the sweet spot in terms of price/performance atm?

Which models offer the best performance/quality atm?

Reps for those who help!
post #2 of 12
Crucial's C300 series drives benefit from SATA 6gb/s interface. This would be my recommendation if you have 6gb/s SATA. If not, I'd suggest a drive based on Sandforce 12** controller (Mushkin Callisto, OCZ Vertex 2, GSkill Pheonix, etc).

Sweet spot for price/capacity seems to be 60-120GB at the moment (depending on deals etc).
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generally considered reliable with trim support.
small ssd's are only good as boot drives, filling up ssd space is not good thing
currently crucial c300 series are only ssd's that benefit from sata 3 port
usually 60 gb ones (as far as i know), looks for deals, rebates etc
sandforce based ssd's are generally popular now, also intel ones are also said to be one of the best or maybe the best.

my opinion is to wait for intel's 3 generations ssd which are based on 25nm architecture thing.., so people say more gb for your money.
    
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generally considered reliable with trim support.
small ssd's are only good as boot drives, filling up ssd space is not good thing
currently crucial c300 series are only ssd's that benefit from sata 3 port
usually 60 gb ones (as far as i know), looks for deals, rebates etc
sandforce based ssd's are generally popular now, also intel ones are also said to be one of the best or maybe the best.

my opinion is to wait for intel's 3 generations ssd which are based on 25nm architecture thing.., so people say more gb for your money.
Ooh, so a new line of drives is coming out soon? How soon are we talking here?
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Ooh, so a new line of drives is coming out soon? How soon are we talking here?
apparently the roadmap leaked showed they were supposed to come out Q4 last year.

so dont know now for sure..
    
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I really wouldn't base your purchase on SATA 6gb/s yet its not mature enough to be very usefull. You will see much better overall results using the SATA 3gb/s connections on your motherboard.
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post #7 of 12
just got a crucial c300 64gb this morning for $99. it's sata3 ready w/ over 300mb/s read. pretty good deal.
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just got a crucial c300 64gb this morning for $99. it's sata3 ready w/ over 300mb/s read. pretty good deal.
This one? I was just looking at that... hmm.
post #9 of 12
$99.99 + free shipping (Limited time Shell Shocker® deal) ->

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

EDIT: @Booty Warrior

I must have been typing as you were posting-
Edited by cr1 - 1/27/11 at 3:31pm
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post #10 of 12
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$99.99 + free shipping (Limited time Shell Shocker® deal) ->

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

EDIT: @Booty Warrior

I must have been typing as you were posting-
Seems like a damn good deal on paper. So what's the consensus? Hop on this deal or wait for the next gen drives?
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