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http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-51...rch/11231.html

I thought this would interest some people. The next gen SSD race is beginning to heat up!

I'm very close to purchasing my first SSD. I've been having a hard time waiting for the new models to show up. This just might be what I'm looking for. However, if the G2 120GB model falls at or below $200 I might have to pull the trigger on one. I am wary of possible teething problems new models may undergo, and the current Intel drives seem to be super reliable from what I've gathered.

There are also a slew of previews out there of the Vertex 3 PRO, which seems to be poised to capture the performance crown. I don't care for how Sandforce deals with many different OEMs, allows for the use of different kinds of flash memory, and is secretive about firmware versions.

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Vertex 3 will not be as good as they claim imho. The perfect example is in the Vertex 2 drives as the 25nm version is slower than the 34nm and OCZ has never really given you the numbers it claims on paper.
I have met only a few that get 225mb read/write where they claim 285mb/275mb so I doubt the Vertex 3 will be much of a changer here.
One thing I do appreciate about Intel is the claimed speeds are close to what you get. I ran a 90GB vertex 2 and 80GB Intel x25-m (bought the Vertex and borrowed the x25-m) and my 90GB vertex got 185/150mb and the Intel drive got 210mb/69mb which was close to what was sold.

For that reason OCZ has pissed me off....Intel/crucial will have my business on my next SSD. (will pick up a 120GB G2 or 160GB G3) I wouldn't be surprised if the 510 gives close to the same results (what you buy is what you get) but who knows.
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So even though they are going to be SATA 3 6GB/s would owners with SATA 2 still get fast speeds?
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It's not OCZ's fault that all the NAND manufacturers are slowly phasing to 25nm. All Sandforce drives are basically the same, the controller makes the speeds, not the drive itself. Don't blame OCZ for something that's not their fault.
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It's not OCZ's fault that all the NAND manufacturers are slowly phasing to 25nm. All Sandforce drives are basically the same, the controller makes the speeds, not the drive itself. Don't blame OCZ for something that's not their fault.
But it is...they silently released 25nm and didn't have the pages updated to reflect it. They didn't change model or number so you could avoid them. Then they didn't bother to change the speeds which are VERY poor in comparison to what the 34nm offer on any of the product pages (still haven't either). Then they also didn't tell you about the 5GB extra provisioning they took from the drive. Another surprise for the poor bastards who bought what they thought was a great drive (from many 34nm reviews) Had OCZ updated the specs on the drives and warned us it was 25nm and new BEFORE tons of people started to have problems I wouldn't blame them for that.

If I sold you a horse and you found out it was a donkey later you would be pissed off too because you payed for a animal that you didn't get.
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But it is...they silently released 25nm and didn't have the pages updated to reflect it. They didn't change model or number so you could avoid them. Then they didn't bother to change the speeds which are VERY poor in comparison to what the 34nm offer on any of the product pages (still haven't either). Then they also didn't tell you about the 5GB extra provisioning they took from the drive. Another surprise for the poor bastards who bought what they thought was a great drive (from many 34nm reviews) Had OCZ updated the specs on the drives and warned us it was 25nm and new BEFORE tons of people started to have problems I wouldn't blame them for that.

If I sold you a horse and you found out it was a donkey later you would be pissed off too because you payed for a animal that you didn't get.
I wouldn't expect anything less from a manufacturer of DIMMs. For some reason, they find no problem changing or "grab-bagging" the ICs on their chips and selling them as the same module. Not to mention, they go out of their way to hide the silicon they use, even by altering photographs. </end rant>

Interestingly, Intel has decided to forego 25nm NAND in these new drives. Since they fabricate NAND with Micron, they apparently are hoarding the 34nm process for themselves. It seems they became aware of some issues with the smaller node and decided to sell it to competitors.
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