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I'm wondering whether its even worth waiting for the next gen when the current stuff is already so much faster than my HDD. I see tons of youtube videos of ssd vs hdd but none with ssd vs ssd Is my brain even going to register the difference between an access time of 0.15ms vs 0.1ms or a c300 in sata3 vs sata2 in average day to day use?

I mean just internet & games really. I don't care about benchmarks, startup time, or writes.

So what would people recommend in the 60-80gb range that will perform reliably ~4yrs? I'll probably use it in my desktop for 1-2 years, then upgrade & put it in my netbook which is sata2.
post #2 of 11
Well,

I have a 64gb crucial SSD, If you have SATA 6 it's the fastest single drive solution, otherwise you'd want to go with the vertex 2e, It's a lot better in raid.

On top of that, I've put WoW, windows and Just cause 2 on my machine and i've got about 10Gb left... I'm personally going to sell my c300 and go with a vertex 2e raid setup, but you'll not really need that.

If I were you, I'd go with the vertex 2e, just in case you decide you want a second one later.

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No on the ms response times. Yes (in theory) on the C300's.

A c300 would probably be a great purchase for you. And you will see a light difference in a sata3 connection over a sata2. Your talking about almost an extra 100mbps in sata3. With the new controllers out and OS optimization with TRIM support and such, you should see it last for four years easily.

And to disagree with the above gentleman: stick with the c300's. Better read speed by far and that's what you will notice.

And you won't be able to raid them to get max performance anyways. There isn't a reliable sata3 chip out from Marvel or anyone else that optimizes RAID for a a sata3 connection yet. Intel will probably have one before long, but as far as I know Marvel's 9128 controller is still the standard and you will lose performance in raid in that case.
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Actually I lost around 45 - 50 mb a second when I ran HD tune. I was getting around 300Mb rather than 350 I got before. And making claims of it lasting 4 years is not true.
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Actually I lost around 45 - 50 mb a second when I ran HD tune. I was getting around 300Mb rather than 350 I got before. And making claims of it lasting 4 years is not true.
Most SSD's are built to this standard.

Under moderate use, and the OP DOES fall into this category, it WILL last 4 years.

Bench's all show C300's as faster than your OCZ in read only. I started with an ADATA SSD that didn't have a Sandforce controller in it, and when benched next to my C300's there is no comparison. Unfortunately, I've never owned any of the OCZ SSD's so I have to rely on benches. And in nearly every review, for read applications the C300's beat any OCZ line.
    
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Saying something will last 4 years is pointless, the point is it won't be comparible to other storage equipment in 4 years. Also what if the connections change etc etc. It makes no sense.

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Saying something will last 4 years is pointless, the point is it won't be comparible to other storage equipment in 4 years. Also what if the connections change etc etc. It makes no sense.

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Lol. It's hardly pointless. SATA3 connections are hardly prevalent and are still in their infancy. They're not going anywhere. Even in four years. Connections don't change that fast when they are the standard.

He asked the question and I provided the answer. If you feel a caveat needed to be provided about Moore's Law and computer components getting faster each year, then so be it.

But the SSD will last 4 years and the SATA3 connection will still be in use.
    
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Saying something will last 4 years is pointless, the point is it won't be comparible to other storage equipment in 4 years. Also what if the connections change etc etc. It makes no sense.

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You're getting off track trying to prove your point. The OP said he was going to use it on his desktop for 2 years, then move it to his laptop. He already has said laptop, so the connections wont change. He also isnt asking if it will match other storage devices in performance in 4 years, but if it will physically perform 4 years later, presumably with little to no performance degradation.

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SSD market is evolving rapidly, that is for sure, and of course a faster drive will be released next year, then an even faster the year after, but if you always wait, then you're never going to buy anything.

Of course speeds will be faster with Sata 3, but then, it'll still be blazing fast on Sata 2, and they both will still work in 4 years

As for which SSD, I'd follow the general consensus and get the C300, even if I do not own one, sadly.
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