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I am about to purchase 2 Samsung F3 1TB to run in RAID 1 and was looking for a nice SSD 60GB to run the OS and my programmes.

Is the OCZ Vertex 2 (2E) the best thing at that price?

IS the above set-up decent considering it will not be breaking bank?
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Is the OCZ Vertex 2 (2E) the best thing at that price?

IS the above set-up decent considering it will not be breaking bank?
Yep. For less than $150, your best bets are Crucial RealSSD C300 64GB and OCZ Vertex 2 60GB (or other SF-1200 based SSD's).
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Does the Crucial not have very low write speeds?

I know writing is not the main purpose of SSDs but surely some writing will be done?
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Does the Crucial not have very low write speeds?

I know writing is not the main purpose of SSDs but surely some writing will be done?
Sure, but how much data will you be writing to an SSD that small, anyway? Even at 75MB/s, writing a 1GB file would take less than 15 seconds. Either way, the big jump in performance is going from HDD to SSD. Comparing SSD's with decent controllers, while benchmarks might show huge differences, you'd probably never notice it in daily use. Just go with whatever's the best value/cheaper.
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Sure, but how much data will you be writing to an SSD that small, anyway? Even at 75MB/s, writing a 1GB file would take less than 15 seconds. Either way, the big jump in performance is going from HDD to SSD. Comparing SSD's with decent controllers, while benchmarks might show huge differences, you'd probably never notice it in daily use. Just go with whatever's the best value/cheaper.
I was wondering this exact thing. Good advice, thanks!
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Good point yes. I have heard that it's not a good idea to write too much to an SSD hence another reason why I am going for a smaller size (as well as budget issues).

In any case I was going for the OCZ because it's a slightly cheaper and every bit I can save is a bonus at this moment because of going for two F3s in RAID1 instead of one F3 (as was originally planned) --- but I have just seen the Crucial for a few pounds cheaper! The OCZ does seem much more popular (with hundreds of positive reviews) so I am a little confused as to what to go for right now! I guess it's down to my instinct!
Edited by qadri - 4/3/11 at 6:53am
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I have now found the two at exactly the same price but have just come across this comment from an older thread on this forum:

"Crucial has the fastest consumer-grade SSD for read speeds currently but only if you have them on an SATA 6Gbps connector. For everything else, anything based on a SandForce controller (Mushkin Callisto, G.Skill Phoenix, OCZ Agility 2 and Vertex 2, etc.) is great."
Edited by qadri - 4/3/11 at 7:40am
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The C300 (Crucial drives you mentioned), have a 300MB/s+ read speed, but a low write speed because of this, they use a Marvell controller.

Sandforce is the best balance between Read/Write, and, in my view, is the sweet spot for an SSD right now. The OCZ Vertex 2E, or Corsair, will be great.
    
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It's a tough choice considering both are at the same price!

So does that I mean I would have to change the Marvell controller to a SATA controller ?

Also, can I only get the speeds mentioned with Crucial if I am using SATA III? I am sure my my motherboard (Gigabyte M52L-S3P) is only SATA II.
Edited by qadri - 4/3/11 at 10:23am
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Mushkin Callisto Deluxe 60GB would get my vote in the required price bracket. (can be had for £90)

Good solid performer, Sandforce controller and Mushkin have a long history of producing quality memory related products, SSD's are right in their ballpark of expertise.

OCZ has some excelllent support via their forums, however i've seen some pretty dreadful examples of zero support from them directly.

If you have SATA 6gb available then you have to consider the Crucial RealSSD range, because they are SATAIII interfaces, and operate on RAW data, rather than compressed like the sandforce controllers, so when you combine that with the SATAIII throughput the read/write speeds don't seem that low, and in the real world they can perform as well if not a little better than those with much faster "on paper" speeds/specs
Edited by The Gunslinger - 4/3/11 at 10:10am
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