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Windows 7: SSDs

02 Dec 2010   #1
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 
SSDs

SSD's intrigue the hell out of me. i just read this article The SSD Anthology: Understanding SSDs and New Drives from OCZ - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News and now im not so sure I want to get one.

i would use it for my OS and programs only, i already have a 1TB drive for data

what are some of the best ssds out today? The intel X-25M sounds nice... but how does it compare to the oCZ vertex 2's and other drives?

have any of the problems from that article been solved now? That article was from march '09


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02 Dec 2010   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The Intel X25-M's are great drives and the new $120GB for around $240 is a good deal. Aside from those, the Vertex 2's are great and so is just about anything with the new Sandforce controllers.

I think most of the kinks have been worked out now and have experienced no problems whatsoever with my Intel X25 M.
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03 Dec 2010   #3
DirtyElf

Windows 7 64-bit Home
 
 

the more i keep reading about them i think i want the X25M - now just to see if i can afford it

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-035-_-Product

that drive doesnt have a sandforce controller, right?
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03 Dec 2010   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Correct, the Intel drives do not use Sandforce controllers.
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03 Dec 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here are some cheaper option which would suffice for the OS:

Newegg.com - Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2K5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Newegg.com - OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX40G 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

I use both Intel and Vertex and do not really notice any difference.
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03 Dec 2010   #6
Devilz

Windows 8.1 - 64 Bit
 
 

I got one 1TB and one 250GB HDD's. If I get one SSD for OS only and keep using 1TB for programs and games, will I benefit with full potential of SSD?
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03 Dec 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Devilz View Post
I got one 1TB and one 250GB HDD's. If I get one SSD for OS only and keep using 1TB for programs and games, will I benefit with full potential of SSD?
I think you will get the full benefit. The loading of the games will be "HDD style", but that should not be a problem. If you have a game that pulls a lot of stuff from the disk during the game, you might want to put that one on the SSD. Also, if the 1TB and the 250GB HDDs are of the same speed (same rpm) I would put the games on the smaller disk - it is faster. Plus, the 1TB disks seem to often make trouble (at least that's what I gather from all the reports that people post).
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03 Dec 2010   #8
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I don't think I have read a bad word about the vertex 2 , seems to be a good bit of kit and not a bad price now.

I went for a Corsair F60 as my introduction to the world of Solid state drives , and it does its job well.

I have all my older games on a regular drive and usually keep my latest 2 or 3 games on the SSD.

The thing I love the most is the power on time , got used to it now, about 20 seconds from hitting the "On" button and I am surfing the net.


Cheers

Paul.
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04 Dec 2010   #9
Devilz

Windows 8.1 - 64 Bit
 
 

how much space does windows 7 64bit take?
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04 Dec 2010   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Devilz View Post
how much space does windows 7 64bit take?
About 16GBs - figure 20GB with a good selection of downloaded programs (no games).
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