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Old 11-01-2010, 22:24   #61
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I suggest you all wait till I buy one.

As soon as I decide to buy anything, the price plummets to 1/3rd what I paid within the next few months
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Old 12-01-2010, 00:28   #62
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I'm using 45gb for Windows 7, World of Warcraft and misc other things like system restore, user profiles etc. Wow is 15gb so I think you'd comfortably get your OS on 40gb but not any large games.

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Old 13-01-2010, 22:24   #63
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Crucial just released their new, faster, garbage collecting firmware.
Well... it works My reads are about 50% faster and my writes are about 5 times faster! Before and After benchmarks were carried out on clean boots in both cases and no other maintenance task was done between the benchmarks. Those differences are purely from the 3 second firmware flash. I highly recommend anyone with an Indilinx based drive gets 1916 as soon as their manufacturer releases it.

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Old 14-01-2010, 11:09   #64
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Next Thursday (14th) Aria are selling The Intel X25-V 40gb (which from the specs is what the Kingston is a rebrand of) for £58.74 to members of their forum. It's limited 1 each to the first 20 people and starts at 11am. Details here: http://forums.aria.co.uk/showthread.php?t=14054 Gonna be tricky to get one though - there have been 50 posts in the thread already since it was announced half a day ago.
I got one, that's not gonna go down well, I've only just joined their forum with 1 post
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Old 14-01-2010, 11:19   #65
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Old 15-01-2010, 18:37   #66
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Got Windows 7 Ultimate installed on the SSD, I can't get over how quick it was! Roughly 12 minutes or so from end to end!
This thing is seriously fast, if you're tempted to buy one, just do it - it transforms your Pc/laptop!
I want another now for my work laptop!
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Old 27-01-2010, 10:50   #67
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Some offers on atm on these:

Crucial have a special offer on their range: SSDs
For example the 64gb is down to £143 from £184

Vertex 60gb for £145 at http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showpr...odid=HD-034-OC

I'd go with the Crucial. It has the same firmware as the Vertex now, a 5 year instead of a 3 year warranty, free delivery and it's not overclockers

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Old 03-02-2010, 10:31   #68
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Looks like the 3rd gen SSD's are nearly here. As well as the aforementioned Sandforce based Vertex 2 Crucial are coming out with a Marvel based "RealSSD C300"
Check out the benchmarks:
Current Indilinx based drive: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.ph...1&limitstart=6
The new one: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/311...sk/index5.html

The small file performance (which is what will speed up your OS) is insanely fast! Will apparently cost $100 more than the older model.
Looks a lot faster than the sandforce: http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/309...sk/index4.html

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Old 03-02-2010, 21:03   #69
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this is getting more tempting by the day

Are people just having windows only on the SSD drive or apps etc as well? Still unsire what size to go for - highest I think would be the 120GB or thereabouts. They are silly but not stupid silly prices (like the 250GB ). (bearing in mind my price will be Ex VAT) .... I may crumble

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Old 03-02-2010, 22:08   #70
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I got Windows 7, 2.5gb of apps and 15gb of World of Warcraft and still have 15gb free on a 60gb drive. I wish I'd got the 120gb though as it's faster and I could fit on whatever my currently played game is that isn't wow.
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Intel have released trim supporting drivers! The version is 9.6.1004 but their website is currently down. I have them and they seem to work from tests I've done though there's no particularly scientific way of checking trim.
I'm told they work with AHCI, they seem to work on my non-member raid system (where you boot off an ssd and have other raided drives). No word yet on whether they work with raided SSD's.

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I got Windows 7, 2.5gb of apps and 15gb of World of Warcraft and still have 15gb free on a 60gb drive. I wish I'd got the 120gb though as it's faster and I could fit on whatever my currently played game is that isn't wow.
Im tempted to get a 64 gb one for my macbook (dualbooted with W7) but i dont know if it will be big enough. My WoW folder is 20GB and catalysm is bound to add another 5 or so GB onto that
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You'll free up a lot of space by deleting your old update downloads from wow. My Wow folder is only 16gb for instance. It's also worth noting that my recycle bin was broke and had several gb's in it so I actually have 22gb of free space now with all I listed still on the drive.

However, the Indilinx based drives and early revisions of the intel drive (I don't know about makes) don't work with bootcamp on some macbook/efi revisions so you can't dual boot Windows on some SSD's on some macs which will probably make you change your mind about the whole thing anyway. Sorry that's vague - I don't really follow macs.

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Hi Folks,

Just picked up on this thread -

I'm well chuffed (after reading through it) to find 'that for once' I've actually bought one of the recommendations listed
ie: a new Crucial 64Gb 225 - (on it's way as we speak)

Couple of Q's for those techies out there.

1 - I've heard it could be beneficial to format an SSD to a smaller capacity (something about making it more reliable? less stressed?)

2 - Has anyone experience yet re- the Pro's & Con's of using (a pair of) 225's in a raid configuration? (ie: as a pair of main boot drives)
The aim is to reuse my original Raptors for a bit of extra storage space (ie:Raid drive F)

3 - Are SSD's happy on XP-pro or is it worth the extra cost to (upgrade?) to Win-7, while I'm at it?

Your thoughts comments most appreciated

Regards M.G.

note - currently running XP on an old A-bit iC7 Max P4-ext' mobo
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Old 12-06-2010, 00:32   #75
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1 - I've heard it could be beneficial to format an SSD to a smaller capacity (something about making it more reliable? less stressed?)
Sounds like cobblers to me.
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1) SSD's get slower if they get too full. I don't know why! Something to do with the wear levelling or garbage collection not having enough space to work with I guess. It affects more than 1 brand and more than 1 type of controller though. In my case (and I have the same drive you bought) it starts to slow with less than 7gb of free space. A small minority of people partition their drive to prevent them using so much space it slows down. Most people just don't fill the disk!

2) In raid mode the pro is that it'll obviously be faster. The con is you won't get Trim support (under Windows 7). You do have Garbage Collection but if you do a lot of big consecutive writes without much time between them for GC to do its thing then your writes will start to slow up.

3) XP's installer won't align your drive partition correctly which will slow the drive massively. So you'll need to manually create your drive partition using the diskpart dos command or an easier way is to borrow a vista or windows 7 disc, let it get as far as making the partition, abort the install and let XP install to that. Windows 7 is the only OS from Microsoft that supports Trim - see point 2.

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This handily timed offer might make life easier for you! Get Paragons Partition Alignment Tool free until the end of June: http://www.paragon-software.com/land...ment_tool.html
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Crucial have just released the 64gb C300. The price is so good I wonder if it's wrong! It's by far the cheapest price per gb of their SSD range at £121 inc

C300 64Gb
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Appreciate you keeping us up to date target

That's a good price, I still have my Intel x25-v, but these latest SSDs are even faster! Tempted...
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I'm not upgrading mine personally. The initial change in technologies from mechanical to SSD gave such an amazing boost that justified the cost for me but I can't justify to myself the cost of an annual incremental upgrade in my storage performance. Plenty do on the SSD forum I frequent though! I would one day like to go up a size from my 64gb to 128gb just so I can keep a few games I'm playing on it.

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