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Windows 7: Help With Finding the Right SSD


28 Mar 2011   #1

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Help With Finding the Right SSD

The 1 TB Hitachi HDD in my 8 month old HP Elite Win 7 x64 desktop crashed the other day and my Tech says that he can replace it with the G3 SSD of my choosing. The 120 GB size would be great and I've been cruising Newegg looking at SSD's from Intel, Crucial and Corsair, but I have very little knowledge and even less experience with SSD's and when I read that the new generation of 25 nm SSD's are about to be released I knew it was time to come here and get some expert advise on which SSD to get rather than to wish I had later.

~Maxx~

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28 Mar 2011   #2

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Maxxwire,
You may want to consider the OCZ line as well as many here are very happy with them. I have the Crucial Real SSD and it's been great. I will say that going from a 1TB spinner to a 120GB SSD is a flawed logic. I would consider the purchase of both and put only the OS and all Applications on the SSD then all data goes to the spinner with another for a back of the main spinner and an image of the SSD. You are always on the cusp of the newest technologies and I would say that short of waiting for the latest SSD's to hit I would jump on one of the four brands mentioned and enjoy. Is a revo drive in your budget?
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28 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

The 25 nm SSDs are slower in writes and some have less usable space than what is advertised. Look at the new Intel 510 series (which are still 34 nm). All the 25nm technology provides is lower cost to produce - and it usually is not passed on to the consumer (witness, e.g. the silent switch of OCZ vertex 2 from 34 to 25 nm and the ensuing complaints).
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28 Mar 2011   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Maxxwire,
Is a revo drive in your budget?


Oh yeah! Verrry nice indeeed! Thanks for bringing this RevoDrive to my attention! You deserve an OC'd Rep for helping me not to have gotten something else. I will definitely be giving him a call tomorrow as I was able to locate the good news that my HP Elite desktop has 1 PCI Express x4 available for the RevoDrive so it looks like I will be placing an order for the RevoDrive thanks to your great suggestion!

~Maxx~

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29 Mar 2011   #5

 

Have you tech guy research if your motherboard will support a Revo drive, the newer boards with latest BIOS are working fine but these drives can be very finicky
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29 Mar 2011   #6

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Kipper- If the RevoDrives can be that finicky would an OCZ Vertex 2 3.5" SSD be better for someone like me who has little experience with BIOS settings and a Petegron Truckee motherboard in my HP Elite? I've been without my Win 7 desktop for a couple of weeks now and the desire for getting it back with a dependable although somewhat slower SSD over blazing fast benchmarks grows each day.

~Maxx~
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29 Mar 2011   #7

 

The Vertex2 is SATAII and has a track record of reliability and compatability. I am not familiar with your MB but would think you do have SATA2 connections.

If you are doing a clean install of the OS then I would recomend that you set up the BIOS for AHCI for better perfromance.
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29 Mar 2011   #8
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I Have both an OCZ Vertex2 90GB and an Intel 80GB SSD. They both have their advantages. Intel is normally reguarded as the most reliable and has faster read speeds OCZ has faster write speeds. Either one is heads and shoulders above a spinner. I have always believed that faster response times were most important for an OS drive. I did a comparison. after a secure erase of both, I did a clean install and setup of one and cloned that drive to the other. So, same hardware alignment and software. I have done this twice. These are the results
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Truthfully, In actual usage, not much noticable difference between the two


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29 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

essenbe- Thank you very much! That is just the kind of useful information that I was seeking. You now have me considering the Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH120G2K5 120GB SATA II SSD...



I had originally shied away from this Intel SSD because of its lower write speeds, but as your tests show it is actually faster overall and I'm now thinking that it would be a more reliable and stable replacement drive candidate for my HP Elite desktop. Would you agree?

~Maxx~

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29 Mar 2011   #10
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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

I don't think you would be unhappy with either one. IMO, I like thr Intel best but many others would disagree. As I stated, in reality there is no practical difference in useage. However, reports have claimed that Intel SSDs are more reliable. But, given the timing, if you can wait for the G3 to come out, it will be $30 cheaper. Still, I don't think you will notice any appreciable performance difference.

As far as your desktop, my opinion is that the worst performing SSD is much better than the best performing spinner. I think as an OS drive, access times are the most important statistic unless you are transfering very large files. I read an interview with a Microsoft Exec who studied usage of OSs. He said that typical useage shows reads outnumber writes 40-1. I hope this helps and whatever you choose, I hope you enjoy it. Look through the tutorial section here. You will find plenty of SSD related info to help you set it up.
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