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Windows 7: ssd recommendations

21 Sep 2012   #1
gazz9496

 
 
ssd recommendations

last month i decided to take my feet and dip them in the pool of ssd's.

i picked up a 64gb ssd to try with my system and see how it went.

all in all i'm sooo happy i'm changing up to either a 120gb or a 240gb drive next month and moving the 64gb ssd to my netbook.

i've been looking around and given the prices are falling i keep having those thoughts of just wait a wee bit longer and hope they drop further but you know i just want to get it now.

i've checked toms hardware and anandtech for reviews but those are benchmark reviews i'm interested in real world reviews from peeps.

i've had a look at ozc/corsair/kingston hyp x/sandisk extreme/intel/samsung......so many choices make choosing one difficult.

questions come up like what is the best controller right now and so forth making choices a pain in the butt.

so drop a mini review of an ssd and help me decide which one to get not fussed about the cost more interested in pure performance and life expectancy.

thanks
gazz


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21 Sep 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

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From your list, I'd go with Samsung, Intel, or Kingston. I'd also consider Crucial. The Kingston drives are often available at lower prices.

I'd say no to OCZ.

If you did not know which brand you had, it's not likely you could tell the difference.

My considerations would be reliability, support, price, and return privileges with the retailer. I'd put those 4 things above "performance" or whatever benchmark you might find.

I've never heard anything significant about variations in "life expectancy". My Intel is 18 months old, with over 2 Terabytes of writes, and is still rated as having 100% of it's useful life remaining.

This might be worth a read:

Components returns rates (6) (page 7: SSDs) - BeHardware

It's info on return rates of various SSD brands from a large Internet retailer.
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21 Sep 2012   #3
whatfor

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I have had a samsung 830 128 gig ssd for about a month now and wouldnt be without it. I suppose if money is no object then corsair or intel would be the way to go but for value for money and reliability you will not beat the samsung
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21 Sep 2012   #4
gazz9496

 
 

brand isn't that important, but those are the big manufacturers of ssd drives, returns policies i'm not overly fussed with either that is something i can deal with at the time and wouldn't be an end of the world scenario for me either.

overall life and performance are all i'm interested in, there is no point in an ssd that has a 20 year life expectancy if it performs worse than a basic mechanical drive...would be kinda pointless, i'm interested in a good balance between the two, oddly those are the two things with ssd's that contradict each other as higher performance means higher writes meaning lower life span...go figure.

i've read good things about the samsung drives and they have come up on my list, i've been having a good scour around for info on them as well and like sandisk while relatively new to the market show good results.

i had noticed the earlier ocz drives had some issues which they seem to have been dealing with something to do with the firmware, but generally they do better extremly high end ssd drives ie for servers and high storage cap ssd's well out of my price range such as the colossus 3.5" or the other ssd's that exceed sata 6gb thresholds.
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21 Sep 2012   #5
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
From your list, I'd go with Samsung, Intel, or Kingston. I'd also consider Crucial. The Kingston drives are often available at lower prices.

I'd say no to OCZ.

If you did not know which brand you had, it's not likely you could tell the difference.

My considerations would be reliability, support, price, and return privileges with the retailer. I'd put those 4 things above "performance" or whatever benchmark you might find.

I've never heard anything significant about variations in "life expectancy". My Intel is 18 months old, with over 2 Terabytes of writes, and is still rated as having 100% of it's useful life remaining.

This might be worth a read:

Components returns rates (6) (page 7: SSDs) - BeHardware

It's info on return rates of various SSD brands from a large Internet retailer.

Hey bud, I assume you are basing your "No to OCZ" comment from previous generations of the Vertex? I understand they had a fair few issues.

I bought the latest generation Vertex 4 after reading many many reviews on it, It appears not a bad thing has been said about them or the Everest 2 controller.

I have to say its been a rock solid drive for me so far and if anyone asked me about it then I would recommend it, the performance on them is awesome in benchmarks and reality, I have not heard any reports of failures yet, I must admit I have not really looked since I bought mine but so far they appear to be very reliable.

Just thought I would put a word in about them anyway as I think they have improved with the new controller and perhaps not everyone knows.
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21 Sep 2012   #6
linnemeyerhere

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I'm a Crucial fan and own 4 of them but just ordered a OCZ 120gb Vertex III for $59.99 delivered just for shits and giggles.
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21 Sep 2012   #7
gazz9496

 
 

indeed it was the vertex 2 which had firmware issues they resolved this for the vertex 3 and made that better for the vertex 4.

it stands to reason that the technology is maturing, hence why i waited so long before taking the plunge to change.

I mean i have a sort of hatred for kingston due to some old ram modules i had nearly 5 years ago, i switched to ocz modules at the time (ocz reaper series) and they are still working fine in a spare system to this day, but in reality i have nothing against kingston i'm sure they make excellent quality hardware i'd still sooner avoid them though.
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21 Sep 2012   #8
gazz9496

 
 

buddy of mine picked up the crucial m4, which i kinda like. has some solid reviews and no real complaints which is either to good to be true or is actually right xd. but either way the specs of that drive are in the region of what i'm looking for anyway.

500mb + read/write with decent life expectancy i should probably clarify that i'm cool with 5 years tops here as i expect the tech to mature massivly in that time and i'll more than likely replace it after 2-3 years anyway.
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21 Sep 2012   #9
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gazz9496 View Post
buddy of mine picked up the crucial m4, which i kinda like. has some solid reviews and no real complaints which is either to good to be true or is actually right xd. but either way the specs of that drive are in the region of what i'm looking for anyway.

500mb + read/write with decent life expectancy i should probably clarify that i'm cool with 5 years tops here as i expect the tech to mature massivly in that time and i'll more than likely replace it after 2-3 years anyway.

I have a Crucial M4 too, it's been a fantastic drive, can't fault it. When I bought the Vertex 4 I kept the M4 but now use it purely for Origin games i.e BF3
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21 Sep 2012   #10
gazz9496

 
 

just checking up on the vertex 4, has some rather good reviews and reports are that it is a very strong contender to the intel ssd's which are suppose to be very good as well.
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