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Again.... RAID improves sequential performance.


Random performance is much much much muuuuch more important for OS and non-game applications.
The non-game apps I have are my web browser, word, Steam (although game-related, it is not a game in itself), MSN, and minor stuff like that. Apart from that gaming is all I do on my computer... That and listening to music Anyways... What is a good SSD for random performance?
     
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Nice, was disappointed by the 510 prices.

If they manage to work out whatever issues the other manufacturers were having with the 25nm NANDs, perform at the rated 250MB read/170MB write (instead of some lower manufacturer-planned cap), and have good $ per GB then I'll be picking up my first SSD.

Anyone know if these will be using the Marvell controller that the 510 does or will it use some sort of Intel controller?
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If it's a dollar per gigabyte, I'll pick up two. One for my MacBook and one for my computer as a boot drive.
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post #14 of 35
We're finally closing in on competitive pricing for SSD's? WHAAAAAA?!

In all seriousness, this is great news. I don't perform any storage access-heavy tasks, so having crazy speeds doesn't do a whole lot for me. It's the access time that made me buy a Vertex a year ago; if we can get some large SSDs with a good cost/capacity ratio, I'm definitely in.
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Most of the Sandforce-1200 controlled SSD's like the OCZ vertex 2 are quite good for random read and write. They are coming out with the 2500 series I believe which will be immensely better than the 1200. (IE Vertex 3) 500+ sequential read/write and around 212MB random read and write using sataIII of course.

See here. Anandtech is the shiz
post #16 of 35
Sure hope they are cheap ill pick up the largest size lol. I'm quickly running out of space on my storage drive.

EDIT: On a side note how often do ssd fail? because right now I raid1 all my storage, so just wondering for when I make the switch if I should raid1 again even if its ssd?
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post #17 of 35
+ 1 for the creative codename /sarcasm

Anyway, I thought that this spec was interesting, and should be included with all SSD's so that people know for themselves.

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30TB to 60TB worth of 4KB random writes
They do not mention how they get this spec, but I have a pretty good feeling that it will have do do with how much free space you have on your drive.

FYI: The more your drive is full when making writes to it, the quicker you will kill the NAND cells because you are writing to fewer cells more times instead of more cells less times if you had more free space to spread the over. (Killing a cell just means that you are unable to erase and write to that cell again, you will not lose data in that cell)

Just something to keep in mind when purchasing a SSD. Also the more nanometres they steal from us, the less writes the cells can handle (thus far anyway, this may change with later on). To make up for this, it would be recommended to one-size-up your next SSD purchase to counter-act this write issue.

I have not done the math but just for an example: if you had a 64 GB drive at 34nm with say 50% free space now, you would want a 80 GB SSD at 25nm and the extra free space would allow more free cells to spread the writes over thus increasing the life of the cells. This would basically give your 25nm the life of a 34nm.

There is not much to be concerned with even if you do not go this route since the 25nm SSD would still last a long time regardless. (Probably be upgrading way before EOL anyway, the way they are advancing these days) Just wanted to point this out for those that may be like me and decide to multi-boot or have a bunch of space consuming apps that may eat up your free space now or down the road.
post #18 of 35
If these really are cheap, I'll definitely throw one in a potential future netbook.
post #19 of 35
Man... I've been in the 90s too long. I still have yet to use over 100gb hdd space including windows.
post #20 of 35
If these are cheap ill upgrade all my systems Already got a sandforce for my main rigs OS though
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