I have one of these: Scan.co.uk: Kingston SSDNow V100 128GB 2.5" SSD - SV100S2/128G
Which is not exactly the fastest drive on offer, it does give lots of storage for not a lot of money.
I've waited for months for the new intel SSDs to arrive and by the looks of them it wasn't worth the wait.
So which would you go with and why? Budget wise I'm looking at around £170 for a 120gb
It will pay to read some of the unbiased and in-depth info over on Anandtech: Storage - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News
There are more to SSDs than just a bunch of chips in a hard disk housing.
Thanks for the info so far! I know I haven't exactly been specific in my question, but then that was intentional; I've read tonnes of reviews, various different benchmarks, all drawing different conclusions. As far as I can see IOPs will be more beneficial than throughput as I will be opening lots of small files...
The 2 I've been looking at are the Vertex 2/2E/3 series, and the Crucial M300. Any opinions?
Wait for release of the vertex 3s or the crucial C400 drives, they're the next big thing
When you say you've waited for the new intel drives are you talkin about the 500 series or the 300 series?
EDIT: just read something that the early crucial C400s won't be the "ones to wait for" so the vertex 3 is the only real choice if you want to buy in the next couple of weeks i think
EDIT: the only intel drives released so far is the 510 series, and they aren't impressive at all, the "good" ones aren't out for a couple more months
Last edited by mrbios; 30th March 2011 at 11:46 AM.
I was looking at SSDs yesterday, it's out of price range, but I saw the OCZ IBIS range of drives... tasty indeed!
I had an Intel X25 in my gaming rig and it was honestly the best upgrade I had ever done.
OCZ Vertex 2 again here - you only need a vertex 3 if your mobo supports 6Gb/s SATA.
I'd go for Crucial C300 @ around £140.
I've an OCZ vertex (120G on a desktop) and a few Kingston SSD's (60G on desktop and a 120G on a laptop). Without running detailed performance stats I couldn't tell them apart in normal use, but with any of them the difference between that and an HD is quite marked. That said, unless you have bucket loads of cash to spend, the capacities tend to keep you disciplined about what you allow on the SSD and what you install onto cheap HD - and that tends to mean the biggest single noticeable difference is the system boot time. I have had some file corruption on the OCZ but I couldn't definitely say that was down to the drive rather than the OS (windows 7 on that box).
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