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I'm a bit in the dark when it comes to talking about SSD's. I've read around and can't seem to grasp what's good and what's not. For example, some seem like a good value on newegg, but then I read a review and it has a reputation of crashing. Could someone please tell me what SSD's (and their manufacturers) are good and reliable, and what a good value for the various storage capacities would be? Thanks
*and sorry if this thread is slightly redundant, I've read the others...
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I'm a bit in the dark when it comes to talking about SSD's. I've read around and can't seem to grasp what's good and what's not. For example, some seem like a good value on newegg, but then I read a review and it has a reputation of crashing. Could someone please tell me what SSD's (and their manufacturers) are good and reliable, and what a good value for the various storage capacities would be? Thanks
*and sorry if this thread is slightly redundant, I've read the others...

I'm far from an expert but I think I can provide you with at least something to go on.

- For reliability you can't beat Intel, but the rate of failure for OCZ, Crucial drives, and others is fairly low as well. I wouldn't trust the Newegg reviews. For every 1 DOA reported there are probably 50 customers that had no issues and simply didn't review the product.

- A good SSD is a SSD that performs well with random read and writes. Sequential performance isn't as important.

- The leaders of the pack in the SSD world are the Vertex 2 and other Sandforce controller based drives, Crucial C300 drives, and Intel drives.

As for value, it depends on how much you want to spend, what size drive you want, etc. Personally I think the 120GB Vertex 2 for $180 after rebate is a pretty good deal. I would advise you to read the SSD reviews on anandtech.com as well as check out the forums of the SSDs you are interested in like ocztechnologyforum.com to read about the known issues the drives are having.
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I was recently in the same boat as you looking for the right ssd. I ended up getting the C300 128GB due to the 4k random performance being a little higher ( and I good deal on the egg @ $55 instant rebate )
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