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Windows 7: Show us your SSD performance

20 May 2011   #1351
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hi Mike, don't get all confused by the various test numbers. In real life they really do not mean very much. For the OS (and I assume you want it for that), the only number that really counts is the access time. And most of the recent models run around 0.1ms. The R/W times are relatively unimportant and if any, it is the 4K and 8K timings because those are the blocksizes relevant for the OS.

With this all being said, I would opt for a Vertex2 because a) it is a lot cheaper and b) it does not have any flaws and issues.


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20 May 2011   #1352
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

WHS

Originally I was planning on one of these but the quality has gone down the toilet.
Newegg.com - OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Click the Feedback tab. 110 of 347 or 32% DOA or DNF < than a month.

We can add 2 of Essenbe's to the list.

$10 more for the Intel 320.
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20 May 2011   #1353
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Isn't the Vertex2 last year's model? I thought the new ones were Vertex3's. If that's true, the vertex 2 is $15 less than the Intel 310 and the Vertex3 is about $70 more. Did I get that right, or am I confused about the naming issue?
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20 May 2011   #1354
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Isn't the Vertex2 last year's model? I thought the new ones were Vertex3's. If that's true, the vertex 2 is $15 less than the Intel 310 and the Vertex3 is about $70 more. Did I get that right, or am I confused about the naming issue?
You are right. Vertex3 is Sata3 and the new model...

Also the 2011 second generation Vertex2 has a newer Sandforce controller which evidently is a major mistake.

Newegg Vertex2 with the original controller was running about the same problem rate as Intel on the 2010's.

The last 4-6 months it appears the Sandforce version that 1 out of 3 second gen are bad on initial order and replacements are just as bad.
End up like you need 3 to get one good one.

I've been doing my homework.
Mike
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20 May 2011   #1355
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Intel is fine too. I have two Gen1 80GB Intels and three OCZ Vertex2. They all work well and have never given me any problems.

My point was to focus on the access time and NOT on the R/W speeds of big blocks that the OS never uses. Under this aspect any SSD that has 0.1ms access time is good. I would buy the cheapest that meets this criterion and has good reliability records because spending twice as much on some fancy recent technology will probably buy you very, very little (for the OS) in real life. But it may get you good bragging numbers from HD Tune and Atto.
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20 May 2011   #1356
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Here is a little story to add to your homework folder. The Vertex2 came out with the 34nm nand and performed very well and earned a great reputation. Somewhere around last November (when I bought mine) they changed to 22nm nand and quality suffered. They just didn't tell anyone they changed and used the same name and model #'s. There was a big blowup on the OCZ forums about it. The thing about it that some might question is--- They buy their nand from none other than Intel.
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20 May 2011   #1357
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Intel is fine too. I have two Gen1 80GB Intels and three OCZ Vertex2. They all work well and have never given me any problems.

My point was to focus on the access time and NOT on the R/W speeds of big blocks that the OS never uses. Under this aspect any SSD that has 0.1ms access time is good. I would buy the cheapest that meets this criterion and has good reliability records because spending twice as much on some fancy recent technology will probably buy you very, very little (for the OS) in real life. But it may get you good bragging numbers from HD Tune and Atto.
I agree to that. For an OS drive, access time is the most important factor, and the read speeds are more important than write speeds. I've always said that the worst performing SSD is still much faster than the fastest mechanical drive.
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20 May 2011   #1358
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Intel is fine too. I have two Gen1 80GB Intels and three OCZ Vertex2. They all work well and have never given me any problems.

My point was to focus on the access time and NOT on the R/W speeds of big blocks that the OS never uses. Under this aspect any SSD that has 0.1ms access time is good. I would buy the cheapest that meets this criterion and has good reliability records because spending twice as much on some fancy recent technology will probably buy you very, very little (for the OS) in real life. But it may get you good bragging numbers from HD Tune and Atto.
Isn't that all that matters?
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20 May 2011   #1359
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Reliability fits into that equation somewhere.
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20 May 2011   #1360
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Intel is fine too. I have two Gen1 80GB Intels and three OCZ Vertex2. They all work well and have never given me any problems.

My point was to focus on the access time and NOT on the R/W speeds of big blocks that the OS never uses. Under this aspect any SSD that has 0.1ms access time is good. I would buy the cheapest that meets this criterion and has good reliability records because spending twice as much on some fancy recent technology will probably buy you very, very little (for the OS) in real life. But it may get you good bragging numbers fron HD Tune and Atto.
Thanks WHS.

I appreciate the input.
I was just pointing out the fail rate has seemed to have gone way up with the new Vertex2 controller.

Even though the Agility3 is much faster I would never notice the difference in what I do.
Quality edge seems to go with Intel.
If they were the same quality which we don't know yet on the Agility3 for $10 more I would go with the Agility3.
So all I can do is base it on the Vertex2 and the Vertex3 MAX IOPS which appears mediocre so far.
Mike
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