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Old 20-08-2009, 22:52   #21
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If you decide to go down the SSD route then this looks like a bargain: Novatech
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Old 21-08-2009, 05:57   #22
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If you decide to go down the SSD route then this looks like a bargain: Novatech
Seems quite a bit slower than the Corsair and Crucial drives according to the specs?
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Old 21-08-2009, 07:21   #23
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Seems quite a bit slower than the Corsair and Crucial drives according to the specs?
It helps that the majority of Windows file accesses are random read/writes rather than large sequential transfers.

If you're also planning on having a much larger data drive I doubt there'll be any problems.
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Old 21-08-2009, 08:55   #24
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Yeah I've been reading about that samsung on another site and it's probably alright for a laptop but I don't think I'd stick it in a desktop if the purpose of my thread was to find a high performance drive.

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I have to say, having looked at some reviews it looks alright actually but the comment above still stands - there are way faster drives out there if the intent was to get a fast drive.

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Old 21-08-2009, 09:06   #25
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Just to clear this up (as we seem to have quite a few interested parties on the SSD for a boot drive front) for the moment.

In the £100 to £150 ish range and at 64GB Capacity................

To put it simply.............

What's the best performing SSD out there right now?

I thought the new Crucial one that's only just came out was very quick as it was based on the latest tech.

I also know that some Intel ones are very fast, but some have double or more the actual stated capacity in the unit to speed things up (writes to fresh, spare, empty areas when needed and does tidying up when idle) But those are ultra expensive.

Can we nail this one (for our Price/Performance range?)
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Old 21-08-2009, 09:29   #26
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In terms of performance (by which I mean real-world performance rather than benchmarks) based on the testing I've done, there's not much difference between the OCZ Vertex, the Intel X-25 and the Crucial M225. The Vertex wins on performance at the moment in my view, but the Crucial is probably best in terms of price/performance. That said, I haven't tested the Corsair models.

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Old 21-08-2009, 09:33   #27
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There seem to be different tiers of drive performance which I guess is caused by rapid improvement in the technology due to it being so new. I've read reviews saying that that cheap samsung is fast but all the drives in the link I posted have twice the transfer rate. I guess it's just a case that the technology has moved on so fast in the past year.

That M225 does look amazingly good value. Does well in reviews and seems way cheaper than the other performance drives. Credit card on standby

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Old 25-08-2009, 14:06   #28
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Installed the m225 - it is SO fast. I cannot recommend an SSD enough to someone who already has a decent graphics card and processor - it just makes the whole computing experience so much better. All the screens in Windows open instantly and the whole systems just seems so much more responsive. Windows 7 64 boots (from after bios screen to when hard disk stops ie after virus killer etc) in 20 seconds. I don't know what it was before unfortunately but a lot longer than that.
I do have one before and after time though - loading Dalaran city in Warcraft, from the time the loading screen comes up to the time the drive light goes off after loading all the player textures. On my hard disk this took 50 seconds - on the SSD... 7 !
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Old 25-08-2009, 16:07   #29
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I've set up Win7 on the Corsair now and that's running at a fantastic speed too - very impressed
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Old 09-11-2009, 17:06   #32
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I like the look of this - http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/11...sd_now_v_40gb/

Good review here - http://www.overclockersclub.com/revi...on_ssdnow_ssd/

This is how I've always used HDDs, I have a smallish one with the OS on and put all my games on a different HDD, mainly so I can reinstall from time to time and keep my games installed.
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There also seem to be a 64GB version and a 128gb version ... I don't think I could be fagged with trying to squeeze (and keep squeezed) all my boot stuff within 40GB (especially as I dual boot, which probably complicates matters)
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Old 17-11-2009, 19:36   #34
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So....

I'm now after one as a boot device. I'd be looking at at least the 64GB I think, but this Kingston SSD looks like good value
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Be careful with Kingstons Now V SSD range cause each size uses a different controller. You can't say ooh the 40gb has good reviews but I need 64 so I'll buy that assuming it's the same drive with more space!

The 40Gb V uses an Intel controller but with slower ram than the intel drives and will be good with the exception of slow sequential writes of large files (which you're unlikely to be doing much of with 40gb of space!)
The 64Gb/128Gb V use a Micron controller and by all accounts will suck
The 64Gb/128Gb V+ use a Samsung controller and will be good (more or less the equivalent of the Corsair P Series)

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Cheers, thats really good advice. The reviews I read mention how important the controller is but didn't mention different controllers for different sizes. I'm considering going for an ocz vortex (?) now as they seem to be pretty good. A,lot more expensive though!

I've also been reading about TRIM. does this need hardware support or just software? I cant work out of I need to wait for a new generation to get this.
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Will these SSD drives work ok in XP / Vista. Fancy one for my new Media Centre.
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I've also been reading about TRIM. does this need hardware support or just software? I cant work out of I need to wait for a new generation to get this.
Same here. Information on TRIM and hardware/OS support seems flaky at best, or maybe I'm just not looking in the right places.

I had my eye on one of the Intel X-25Ms but I'm going to wait a while now.
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Trim requires Windows 7 (or I think some versions of Linux) and firmware support on the drive. It also requires you to be using the hard disk controller drivers built into Windows 7 and not 3rd party drivers (such as Intel Matrix) - which stuffs you up if you have a raid array.

I've got a Crucial M225 which is Indilinx based same as the OCZ Vertex and I have to tell you the latest Indilinx firmware which added Trim is terrible. Read the forums of OCZ and Crucial etc and it's non stop people complaining about how slow the drive writes currently are. OCZ at least though have an alternate firmware with what they call Garbage Collection which will look after the drive for you in idle time irrespective of your OS or raid setup. Us Crucial owners are meant to be a getting a new firmware in 3 weeks or so.

I don't know any details but I understand all is not well with Intels trim support.

And I don't think Samsungs even support it yet.

So far, the whole Trim thing has been a bit of a cock-up tbh!

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Do the drives get hot like normal ram? Just wondering whether it would over heat a small mini ITX media centre. Like the look of the 30Gb Vertex for my Windows 7 OS drive. Have 1.25Tb of external USB hard drives to actually store data.
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