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    120GB SSD for £40, but is it any good?

    I have to admit that I have ordered this for a family friend whoes creaking 2 core Turion laptop needed some pep adding. As the HD seemed to be the biggest point of sluggishness (an old 5400 drive) I said I'd hunt around for a replacement and found that Scan are doing these 120GB OCZ SSDdrives for £40: OCZ 120GB Vertex Plus SSD - Solid State Drive - OCZSSD2-1VTXPL120G - Scan.co.uk
    My question is this though. Are they any good? I've already ordered it (before they sell out), and for £40 it's not the kind of expensive mistake we sometimes make, but for a 2007 laptop whose SATA version I can't ascertain and the fact the owner doesn't use much local storage (he's in the cloud now!) is this going to make the grade?

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    Just make sure you've got backups!
    In fairness they're not the failforce controllers so you probably won't have a problem. Performance isn't through the roof but that money for a 120GB drive, you can't go too far wrong. It'll sure as hell be better than a hard drive though and will make a huge difference to a laptop regardless of SATA version.

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    I read somewhere that OCZ SSD's have the highest rate of returns by quite a margin, but as you said, for £40 it's hard to see a good reason not to try one...

    EDIT: This article makes for interesting reading: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...te,2923-3.html
    Although the OCZ drives dominate the return rate tables for SSD's, they're still much better than standard HDD's in terms of reliability!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LosOjos View Post
    I read somewhere that OCZ SSD's have the highest rate of returns by quite a margin, but as you said, for £40 it's hard to see a good reason not to try one...

    EDIT: This article makes for interesting reading: A Peek Into SSD Reliability : Investigation: Is Your SSD More Reliable Than A Hard Drive?
    Although the OCZ drives dominate the return rate tables for SSD's, they're still much better than standard HDD's in terms of reliability!
    Indeed they are, however, all the stats are for the 2 range (Vertex 2, Agility 2 etc...), and from what I've seen and heard the 3 range is a lot more reliable overall. Their return rates in their earlier drives were atrocious - stats from one study I saw had them pegged around 9%.

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    The majority is down to sandforce - I certainly wouldn't recommend the use of *any* manufacturer Sandforce based drive.

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    I had read that you have to ensure you had flashed the SSD firmware first with OCZ before you use them. Lo! And behold, OCZ have one for this drive

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    I also note that many of the bad reviews are from users who have either not flashed the drive before use, or have flashed it and not backed up their data/imaged their drives beforehand. Everyone else seems quite happy with them.
    Last edited by Dos_Box; 10th September 2012 at 11:40 AM.

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    You can get an Intel 60gb for 60 quid.

    60gb of space is easily enough for most people who are not storing large media files on a pc.

    The intel SSD's simple don't fail....ever

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Just make sure you've got backups!
    In fairness they're not the failforce controllers so you probably won't have a problem. Performance isn't through the roof but that money for a 120GB drive, you can't go too far wrong. It'll sure as hell be better than a hard drive though and will make a huge difference to a laptop regardless of SATA version.
    LOL failforce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag View Post
    You can get an Intel 60gb for 60 quid.

    60gb of space is easily enough for most people who are not storing large media files on a pc.

    The intel SSD's simple don't fail....ever
    He still wants to travel with it tough and it will need room for piccies and other 'stuff' that 60GB won't cater for. Besides, let's do the math. 60GB for £60 or 120GB for £40? Even if it proves to be a turkey we can get a refund. I'm in the 'nothing ventured, nothing gained' camp on this one.

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    OCZ have done a very aggressive push on their SSD lines - It's a little confusing as they have Petrol, Octane, Agility and Vertex product line. There are also AGility/Vertex , 2,3 and 4 series all floating around the supply chain.

    The latest OCZ Agility and Vertex 3/4 Series are good value - Though I cannot vouch on long term failure rate .

    I would recommend staying away from any of the low end OCZ petrol and Octane branded SSD.

    120GB Intel 330 or Crucial M4 are the drives I would go for if budget can stretch - Otherwise look at the latest agility / vertex 4 product .

    The intel are also warranted for 20GB of write/day which instils a degree of confidence .


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    Following on this thread. I have just seen that Scan also have this baby on sale: Sandisk Extreme 120GB SSD - Solid State Drive - SDSSDX-120G-G25 - Scan.co.uk for £59.99

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    I have just seen that Scan also have this baby on sale: Sandisk Extreme 120GB SSD
    The only thing to be aware of with the SanDisk Extreme SSDs is that TRIM doesn't work properly. SanDisk are meant to be releasing a firmware update later this month to fix the issue.

    Corsair and Kingston have already released updates for their SandForce-based drives, so hopefully SanDisk aren't too far behind.

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    @Dos_Box - did you install this drive in the end and if so how was it?

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    Bought this drive and am now running it in my PC at home. Seems rapid and very pleased with the result. However, as has been said above, the drive may fail so we will just have to see.

    I figured it was worth the risk for £40.

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