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Best SSD for random reads/writes?

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I was to go ahead and pull the trigger on a Solid State Drive. I want around 120 GB's. I am looking to spend around 300 bucks. I am going to use it as a boot drive, and load games and other relevant software onto it. I am not too worries about sequential reads and writes, anything over 250mb/s is more than enough for me, I will probably never utilize or notice the speed difference the way I think I am going to use it. Basically, what I really value is random reads and writes. Basically, what my games and my operating system are going to gain from performance-wise.

Do you guys have a recommendation on which drives are best for that kind of use? I really liked the older Intel X25-M,s and it disappoints me that the new 510's actually have lower performance in random read/write otherwise I would shoot for them. Are the soon to appear sandforce controlled SSD's going to prove the best at randoms? What would you guys recommend?

EDIT: I will have a motherboard that supports SATA III.
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I would automatically say the vertex 2 (ihave a 120gb)
285 reads
275 writes.


That being said, if you want to wait it out i know the vertex threes are coming out here shorty and will be capable of 500+MB read/writes and will be around the same cost for size as the vertex 2.

Either way the vertex 2 forsure if you need it asap
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If you want a boot drive, then you want to look at the IOP specs. Higher is better. Those large 250+ mb/s speeds are for sequential reads and writes. Random is much slower than that and is not always directly related (faster sequential doesn't mean faster random). Most people will agree that the C300 is the fastest boot drive if you have a good sata6 controller, which you do being on a 1155 mobo.

Like mentioned, the next gen of SSDs is nearly out (c400 and vertex 3). If you have a little time, I would wait and see what they have to offer.
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