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post #11 of 19
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Ok thank you for that.

Considering I can get the Crucial for £86.46 from ebuyer (less than the Mushkin) would it not be a better idea to go for the Crucial?
post #12 of 19
each have subtle advantages over the other based on the environment installed in, google for some comparative reviews.

Also bare in mind if you have SATA 6gbps then the new sandforce controller units are going to start appearing more widespread soon
Edited by The Gunslinger - 4/3/11 at 11:15am
post #13 of 19
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In this round-up by tomshardware the Crucial C300 comes out on top (although they did not include the Mushkin): http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/window...iew-31982.html

"The Crucial RealSSD C300 offers the best performance and the best performance per dollar per gigabyte. Be advised that the 64 GB unit is significantly slower than the 256 GB flagship when it comes to writing data. "

"Crucial’s RealSSD C300 remains the very best choice these days after a slow start and with firmware version 002. But the other options are definitely all worth considering."
post #14 of 19
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Could I not add a SATA III add-on card or something to get the full performance?

If I upgraded to a SATA III motherboard in the future would the Samsung F3s SATA II still work?
Edited by qadri - 4/3/11 at 11:43am
post #15 of 19
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Could I not add a SATA III add on card or something to get the full performance?
you could, however, a couple of things to remember/bear in mind
1. Reviewers testing with SATA 6gbps RAID cards have noticed a performance hit based on motherboards with native SATA 6gbps
2. Card interface, do not get a card that will cause a bottleneck in the interface point used, for example PCI or PCIex1, I think the ASUS card uses the 4x PCIe connection interface

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If I upgraded to a SATA III motherboard in the future would the Samsung F3s SATA II still work?
yes, but also, it is unlikely you will see SATA II vanish completely from motherboards for a while, because that is supplied via the controller chipsets, whereas right now most SATA III implementations are by add-on chipsets on the motherboard
post #16 of 19
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Thank's, that's very useful.

So you mean a card that uses 4x PCIe connection is best?

Will all this work on my motherboard which is not that high end (Gigabyte M52L-S3P (cost £43 in Nov 2010))?

I am planning on getting two F3s that will run in RAID 1 with the SSD.
post #17 of 19
adata... S5996 i think
its like 90 euros.

and has sandforce controller,
i got mine 2nd hand for 60$
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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
This. I love mine. Wonderful little boot drive. Snappy as hell all the time.
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post #19 of 19
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Will the ASUS U3S6 work with a Gigabyte motherboard (Gigabyte M52L-S3P)?
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