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they are Adata SSD's,Just rebranded.
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dude, raid your ssds!!!!!!!!!!!!

youll get like 400-500 mb/s depending on which ssd you buy and youre on ICH10R so its possible
 
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post #13 of 33
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Originally Posted by srsparky32 View Post
dude, raid your ssds!!!!!!!!!!!!

youll get like 400-500 mb/s depending on which ssd you buy and youre on ICH10R so its possible


Sequential.... which is not really important for OS or application. For games, it only helps during intial map/stage loading.
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I'll let you guys know. I just ordered 2 open box for pickup.
I will use 1 for my HTPC and the other one for my PS3. I just want faster load times for netflix and media center.
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So, I'm still dragging my feet on going to SSD, but just about there. Then I noticed that my local MC has a bunch of their 60GB $100 special (SandForce 1222) open box for $80.

So, is there really any problem with open box (user returned, I'm guessing) SSD? They do have a 30 day return option.

Thinking for the price I might do two of them (non-raid) if that's a good option. (love to hear thoughts on that as well).

I'll be moving my OS from a 640GB WD Black RAID 0 array. Have one SSD for OS & Photoshop and the second for games, etc. Then make the WD's into storage with my 1.5tb Green.

Thanks for any thoughts.
I noticed you're in Ohio like me, if you go to the Mayfield Heights branch by Cleveland, all of the open box there was returned by 1 guy who didn't know they were 2.5 inch, so they're all good.
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I'd spend the extra $20 on a brand new, untouched, SSD. It's only $20.
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Originally Posted by iatacs19 View Post
I'll let you guys know. I just ordered 2 open box for pickup.
I will use 1 for my HTPC and the other one for my PS3. I just want faster load times for netflix and media center.
Please update your thread with an honest review on the PS3 upgrade. I've been thinking about doing this, so it would be great to hear from someone that isn't just trying to validate their purchase. If you don't notice a difference, tell us! If you do, tell us!
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I'd spend the extra $20 on a brand new, untouched, SSD. It's only $20.
$20 from a total of $80. That's 25% more expensive.
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Microcenter 64GB SSD

I got two of these open box drives and they were perfectly fine. They just come in this white paper box with nothing else inside. It's either the cheapest packaging or most environmentally friendly packaging I have ever seen.

I can see why people are returning these SSDs... They make Windows BSOD when you boot. The problem seems to be the 3.1.0 firmware it's running. I had to turn on hot plugging in the BIOS then boot into Windows7 x64, hot plug the SATA cable. After this the SSD was detected properly and Windows did not crash. After the firmware update I also see what others mentioned with the life going from 90% back to 100% and the temperature reporting much higher than normal; from 25C idle to 56C idle. I am guessing ADATA will fix this in the next release.

Another problem I ran into was the firmware update itself. The ADATA utility would not detect the drive no matter what I did: AHCI and Legacy(PATA) mode. It turns out you have to run the flashing application in Vista SP2 compatible mode. After these few hiccups I was able to flash both my drives to the newest 3.4.8 firmware provided by ADATA for the S599.

I am using 1 SSD in my HTPC (C2D E8400, 8GB, HD5450) also running Win7 X64 Ultimate and it works great. Windows Media Center loads instantly, I don't notice much difference from my 160GB X-25M. Netflix on Media Center is improved significantly. Before it would take a good 5-10 seconds to load the specific movie title details, now it's instant. The whole Media Center experience is improved drastically. In the Windows Experience Index it scores a 7.6 vs. 7.8 for the X-25M. The biggest benefit is the elimination of noise.

Now on to the PS3 Slim. I can't notice much difference from the original 320GB(Toshiba) that was included from factory. Netflix loads a little faster, but not as much as I thought it would. I don't really game much on the PS3 so I haven't tested game load speeds much. I will install Street Fighter and GT5 later when I have more time. I'll update more with game load speeds.
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I picked up one to see how it goes. Updated firmware right away and I'm going to try a fresh install on it so see how it goes.

Thanks for all the thoughts.

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Originally Posted by srsparky32 View Post
dude, raid your ssds!!!!!!!!!!!!

youll get like 400-500 mb/s depending on which ssd you buy and youre on ICH10R so its possible
I think I'm going to keep them as two drives right now. I've had some headaches with the RAID array I have now and I'm looking forward to trying something else.
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