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I just ordered the 120gb vertex 3 but, I'm not so sure if I made the right choice. I can cancel my order if another choice is better, and the C300 128gb is $200 and the Vertex 3 for $300.

If I don't upgrade my rig to Sata 3, will I see a difference between the two, or which one will be better?

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If I do upgrade my rig to Sata 3, will I see a difference between the two, or which one will be better?
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If I don't upgrade my rig to Sata 3, will I see a difference between the two, or which one will be better?
Vertex 3 will still be better on Sata 2. You will see a difference between the two - the Vertex 3 being better - as the C300 128GB has worse read and write performance.

AFAIK the C300's access time also suffers a bit from Sata 2, its access time is better on Sata 3.

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If I do upgrade my rig to Sata 3, will I see a difference between the two, or which one will be better?
You will see a difference between the two again. The C300's sequential read performance only maxes out Sata 2 by a bit but its read surely does not performance does not. Whereas the Vertex 3's sequential both read and write will max out Sata 2 and see a great benefit from using Sata 3.

Both drives are great (especially for OS and apps, where random read and write performance is much more important and the drives do not differ that much from each other)! The question is if you want to save $100 and have worse sequential read and write performance.

However, considering the current firmware issues the C300 drives have atm (see Crucial forums), you'd either get another 120GB SSD for $200 or just keep your godly Vertex 3 and be happy with it.
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Sorry to sound like a noob but, what are sequential read and write speeds good for? I have heard that random reads are the most commonly used, and the C300 is quite a bit faster in that area.

I'm not a benchmark person so, I want to know how different the drives will feel in my system, how faster is one over the other in real-world use.
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Sorry to sound like a noob but, what are sequential read and write speeds good for?
They are good for reading/writing large files. Since the OS and a lot of apps consist of a lot of small files they benefit from good random reads.


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I'm not a benchmark person so, I want to know how different the drives will feel in my system, how faster is one over the other in real-world use.
It all comes down to your personal usage of the drive. If you deal a lot with large sized files the Vertex 3 may be better suited for you. For a simple OS and application/games drive the C300 will do its job just as good as the Vertex 3 and I don't think you'd notice a difference in real-world use between them.
    
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This is so frustrating considering, I can get two of the 128gb C300s for $400 or one Vertex 3 for $300
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Or just one 128GB C300 for $200.
    
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I just ordered the 120gb vertex 3 but, I'm not so sure if I made the right choice. I can cancel my order if another choice is better, and the C300 128gb is $200 and the Vertex 3 for $300.

If I don't upgrade my rig to Sata 3, will I see a difference between the two, or which one will be better?
Nope, the cheaper one would be better

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If I do upgrade my rig to Sata 3, will I see a difference between the two, or which one will be better?
Only on sequential reads/writes , so you won't notice a difference 99% of the time. Again go with the cheapest.

Also Crucial has been more reliable, even with their initial firmware problems, than OCZ drives. Plus OCZ has been doing some shady marketing and bait and switch stuff lately so I would rather not support them.
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On my motherboard would I see better results from a Vertex 3 or getting another 64GB C300 and using raid 0?
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don't worry about sequential read/write, focus on which one has the higher 4k random, and with the c300 being 100 bucks cheaper with actually 9gb more capacity after format, i would go for a c300, and i did
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Adversity, I did some testing a few weeks back and posted some results. See here:
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/989254-...s-crucial.html

I tested them both only on SATA3. I honestly did not see a big enough difference between them to warrant the $100 premium on the Vertex 3. The Vertex 3 is indeed faster but in many cases negligible. However, I kept the Vertex 3 because I like having the so-called 'fastest' plus they have a knowledgeable and very active support community.

Ultimately, I'd say it comes down to budget for most people. If you are working on a complete build, that $100 difference can get you a way better graphics card.
Edited by drka0tic - 4/23/11 at 8:55pm
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