Reccomend an SSD

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  1. alextheg

    alextheg Super Moderator
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    Hello everyone.

    Im looking to buy a Solid state drive and would like some reccomendations, especially from those members that own one. Im only really looking at using it for the OS so size isnt so important. However im not looking at spending more than £100.

    Any suggestions, pro's and con's welcomed. :)
     
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  2. robalm

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    OCZ Vertex 2 SSD 60GB.
     
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  3. dareckibmw

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    I got this one and it fast like hell compared to Sata 7200 RPM

    Had a 7.7 on WEI
     
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  4. acyuta

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    #4 acyuta, Oct 20, 2010
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    My brother is coming from UK next week for a fortnight and I am seriously browsing for either Caviar Black 2 TB or a low capacity SSD. So far have shortlisted OCZ Vertex 2 60 GB or 120 GB or Crucial Realssd 64 GB. Tomshardware, xbit and others rate these very highly.
    My only apprehension is: is SSD install just like a normal HDD. I have a mid-2009 system (MSI X58 M, CORE I7 920)
    Kindly help on this as I have to order from Amazon and time is short (delivery period could be 3-4 days and my brother is leaving London for Delhi on 28 Oct).
    Budget would be 100-150 pounds.
    Vertex 2 60 gb IS 110 POUNDS on amazon.uk. 120 GB is 188 pounds, but is not necessary since my used up c never goes beyond 40 gb. So 60 gb should be good enough for windows 7 till say 2012.
    60 GB is however not good enough for running a VM. A bare bones VM takes around 20-23 GB with win 7, office, acrobat 9, and minor stuff.
     
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  5. Michelle68

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    #5 Michelle68, Oct 22, 2010
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    If the SSD is going in a laptop that is limited by SATA II in the chipset,getting the Crucial/Micron C300 Real SSD that is SATA III will give little if any performance increase over a SATA II SandForce SSD like the OCZ Vertex2.

    SSDs,as demonstrated by the Intel G2 SSD series 40gb,80gb160gb,increase in performance as the capacity increases.

    A 120gb OCZ Vertex2 will be a much better performer than the 64gb model.

    If this will reside in a desktop where a SATA III card can be added then the Crucial is a good choice or a next generation INtel or SandForce SATA III SSD which are due to arrive shortly.

    Intels upcoming chipsets for mobil and desktop are reported to have SATA III(6gb/s)support but not USB 3.0

    I have 2 Vertex2 SSDs and am very satisfied with the performance over the HDDs they replaced in a netbook and a gaming notebook.

    Very good-WD 500gb 7200 2.5" Scorpio Black(HDD)$$
    A bit better -Seagate Momentus XT 500gb(Hybrid)$$$$
    Best-OCZ Vertex2 120gb/180gb/240gb(SSD)$$$$$$
     
  6. acyuta

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    I have finally ordered WD Caviar Black 2 TB (WD FASS2001). OK, it is not a SSD, but got it for 124 pounds. No competition with SSD, but from the reviews, amongst the fastest in conventional HDD. Perhaps SSD next year when a 120 GB could be had for 100 pounds (close to 180-190 pounds now). For me, a 60 GB SSD may not make sense since there would not be enough capacity to run windows and at least 1 VM. 120 GB OCZ vertex 2 is great but beyond my priorities for the time being.
     
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  7. robalm

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    #7 robalm, Oct 22, 2010
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    I have a black wd 500gb as a storage disk, I have tried to put Windows 7 on it.
    I promise I do not regret that I bought a ssd for about 250dollar (2400kr)
    All respond directly when you click on what you want to open, wonderful :D

    but your wd black've an advantage when it is 2000gb unlike my 80GB:)
     
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  8. alextheg

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    OCZ Vertex 2E (60gb), on its way. Arrives tomorrow. I have to say i cant wait to get it installed and running. Only problem i have now is my gpu has just messed up and im getting BSOD's. Time to go buy a new one, now aint that a shame........ :D :D
     
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  9. dareckibmw

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    You gonna love it, good choice!
     
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  10. robalm

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    Remember to change it to "AHCI" in BIOS before you install the operating system (or change in the index after) otherwise it will bluescreen;)
     
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  11. alextheg

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    No AHCI mode in my BIOS. Damn Gigabyte board (ga-eg41mf-us2h rev1.00 ). Anyhow , thanks for the advice.
     
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    #12 SupremeSabre, Nov 10, 2010
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    bought a kingston ssdnow v 64gb and it had bad sectors. Topped up for 80gb intel x25-m instead and its great. i just plugged into laptop and didn't configure anything. seems to work good haha. Though bootup speeds still canot beat the macs. Is it possible to get 10-15 second-ish with some kind of mod?

    how do i check if my chipset is sata 2 or 3?
    PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_3B29&SUBSYS_1C771043&REV_06
    do i need to configure anything for TRIM support?
     
  13. pepe999

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    I had Intel X25-M 80GB and worked well. Then I upgraded the SSD to Patriot Inferno (120 GB, SandForce). Both SSDs work well but the Patriot has much better write speed..:)
     
  14. Hazar

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    I'd reccomend the OCZ Vertex 2E 60GB.

    Good price point, excellent performance, good random reads, TRIM, and a set of good FW updates (be sure to install them). If you can't enable ACHI, set it as a non RAID member disk. Should act as ACHI...

    Oh, and do disable write cache
     
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    It won't bluescreen btw, it bluescreens if you change to ACHI with the OS already installed.
     
  16. alextheg

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    OCZ Vertex 2e 60gb installed and working like a dream. Excellent piece of kit that i would definately reccomend. Only thing slowing things down is my mobo which i plan to change soon. However the performance difference, boot to OS, opening apps etc is astounding.
     
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  17. alextheg

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    From OCZ forums.....
     
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  18. robalm

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    That's what I wrote, Mr. Ihavealwaysrightnomatterwhatitisabout.
    You need to chill out girl.
     
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  19. Michelle68

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  20. Hazar

    Hazar MDL Guru

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    I'm very sorry, I didn't see that. It's a general misconception amongst people anyway. But please, drop the attitude, I'm not a girl. Thank you. Also, spaces come in handy.