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 Post subject: Need help buying a SSD
PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:29 am 
Little Foot
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Looking for a SSD between the size of 240 - 256 GB. Sata interface 3.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying a SSD
PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:39 am 
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Top performance drives: (in no particular order)
Intel 520 series 240GB] $237
Vertex 4 256GB $200 (my personal preference)
Samsung 830 256GB $196
Neuron GTX 240GB$250
Hyper X 3K 240GB $210

Budget level performance drives:
Agility 4 256GB $170 - before $20 mail-in-rebate (best of this bunch IMO & after the MIR, one heck of a deal)
Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 240GB $170
Vertex 3 240GB $170 - before $20 mail-in-rebate


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying a SSD
PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:29 am 
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I am stealing your list chaosdm. My favorite on that list is the Samsung 830. Super reliable, super fast, and is always on sale or comes with a 50$ game or something.

The list doesnt include the Crucial M4 @ $200 which should also be considered. It has lost its luster with the recent price drops of a lot of the higher end SSDs, but is still a nice deal.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying a SSD
PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:48 pm 
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Excellent list, but don't forget the Agility 3. It may be a generation older, but it's faster than the Agility 4. I put one in my laptop and boot up is 15 seconds!

I've bought 3 (1x120, 2x240) and they've all worked perfectly.

Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying a SSD
PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:43 pm 
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Plextor!

I dunno if the M3 is being replaced by the M5 series, but the price for the 256 GB drive is $215 on the Egg.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying a SSD
PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:18 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying a SSD
PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 5:17 pm 
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Thanks everybody for the replies and help :) Think I'm going with the vortex 4..


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying a SSD
PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:39 am 
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Can't go wrong with any of the good ones. Well, actually you can cuz there's always a stinker even in the best of the best :)


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying a SSD
PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:50 am 
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btdog wrote:
Excellent list, but don't forget the Agility 3. It may be a generation older, but it's faster than the Agility 4.
BOOT times are tied to far too many things other than the drive itself. I can press the start button on my MSI P67/Vertex4 build then click restart on my Asus H61/Mushkin Chronos and have the little guy beat the simple POST+BOOT the larger brother does by an easy 5 seconds; while it does a shutdown, reset, POST, and BOOT. The little guy is just staggering and is just like it's coming out of sleep. The cleanliness of a BIOS is what I mostly blame, but will in fact be different from build to build.

Not arguing, just clarifying some thoughts others should know about. Just going SSD is a huge step, and they're really dirt cheap.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying a SSD
PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:34 pm 
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Chumly wrote:
btdog wrote:
Excellent list, but don't forget the Agility 3. It may be a generation older, but it's faster than the Agility 4.
BOOT times are tied to far too many things other than the drive itself. I can press the start button on my MSI P67/Vertex4 build then click restart on my Asus H61/Mushkin Chronos and have the little guy beat the simple POST+BOOT the larger brother does by an easy 5 seconds; while it does a shutdown, reset, POST, and BOOT. The little guy is just staggering and is just like it's coming out of sleep. The cleanliness of a BIOS is what I mostly blame, but will in fact be different from build to build.


Very true, the system I built for my mom boots into windows in 24 seconds on an Agility 3 drive. My system boots into Windows in 37 seconds on Vertex 4 drive. Does that mean the Agility 3 is faster??? NO. My system takes 24 seconds between boot & the time windows starts to load, while my moms system takes just 6 seconds. A simple system with a UEFI BIOS & no RAID makes a huge difference.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying a SSD
PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:40 pm 
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24 seconds? That's it? Try 16 seconds :D . This is my laptop, and about half of that is just POST. It's also gimped because the SSD is rated for 500MB/s, but the laptop has a SATAII connector.

Now if only I could tweak my BIOS so that I could get it down to laptop POST speeds...


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying a SSD
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:11 am 
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Metro with Raid0 = 11 seconds! Win8 will cut your Win7 boot in half. I know I know, but I'm just saying!!


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying a SSD
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:02 am 
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Samsung just announced the 840 and 840 Pro. I would wait to see prices on these and how they affect the 830s. The 840 Pro looks like it will be the top dog for 240-256 GB SSDs and is what I would be purchasing if I was in the market for a new one.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying a SSD
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:18 am 
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Ness.EarthBound wrote:
Samsung just announced the 840 and 840 Pro. I would wait to see prices on these.


$279 & $309 for the 256GB drives if my source is correct, though I'm hopeing that the pricing I'm seeing in some of these reviews is correct...


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 Post subject: Re: Need help buying a SSD
PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:40 am 
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Well, if you really want those IOPS.

The 830 series has been getting its prices slashed anyway. When I bought it to replace my Vertex 2 in June, it was $150. I bought another one at the beginning of the month to upgrade my laptop for $99.


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