Just wanted some outside opinions.
Here is my dilemma -
Going from an AMD Phenom II 965 rig to an Ivy Bridge Z77, i5 3570K CPU on Windows 7 64bit and 16GB RAM.
I have an OCZ Agility 3 128GB drive currently for the OS on my old setup. THIS IS A GAMING RIG ONLY! I am not a bleeding edge, performance obsessed nut, but I don't want to screw myself either.
I want to buy another SSD for the OS or Games depending on which SSD I buy.
I could get a Vertex 4 128GB ($150 roughly), put the OS on that and the games on the Agility 3.
should I compromise on the speed/new tech of the Vertex 4 and go for a bargain 256GB SSD. Some of the price breaks have some models going for around $200 (such as Crucial m4) then use the Agility 3 for the OS and the larger SSD for games.
OCZ techs advised me to use the Vertex 4 for the OS and the Agility 3 for game storage for best performance.
I can handle only having 128GB for game space and just uninstall/reinstall as needed.
My concerns and additional thoughts are as follows -
1 - Vertex 4 is new and 99% of the bugs have been solved with new firmware. A nice benefit to have now.
2 - Will I really benefit from that Vertex 4? (With my old rig, no...but with the new IB...probably?)
3 - If I go for more storage, the best deals are on older tech over a year or so old...like the Crucial m4 256GB. The speed lags now and by next year it will be really old.
4 - Windows 8 is coming. Maybe newer Vertex 4 would be smarter?
5 - I have a WD 2TB Black drive for additional storage and for games and been gaming off of that with no complaints.
6 - $$$$ do matter right now. I don't want to spend too much on SSD as I want to leave room for the higher priced mobos and maybe a newer video card mid summer.
Depending on which motherboard you're using with that Athlon, you're probably not really utilizing the Agility 3 either...
Another option: add a 2nd Agility 3 & put the pair in RAID-0. This gives you maximum read/write performance of around 900MB/sec (if you're currently on SATA II, as I suspect, you're topping out at less than 280MB/sec), & ~218GB usable space for OS, Games, etc...
Vertex 4 (128GB) VS Agility 3 (120GB) - assuming SATA III controller:
Indilinx controller(V4) Vs Sandforce 2281 controller(A3)
Seq Read: 550MB/sec(V4) Vs 525MB/sec(A3)
Seq Write:420MB/sec(V4) Vs 500MB/sec(A3)
4KB Random Read -- Up to 90,000 IOPS(V4) Vs Up to 20,000 IOPS(A3)
4KB Random Write -- Up to 85,000 IOPS(V4) Vs Up to 50,000 IOPS(A3)
IIRC... typically, while gaming you're hitting 2,000 - 4,000 IOPS.
EDIT: and are you sure you have an Agility 3 & not an Agility 2??? Agility 2 would be about right for the system described (Phenom II 965), Agility 3 came out just about 1 year ago...
Oh & thinking about Windows 8... check out this thread about the current Windows 8 BETA... viewtopic.php?f=6&t=138110