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Windows 7: Choice in SSD

07 Oct 2009   #1
AlexRD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Choice in SSD

Hi,
I wanted to pick a nice SSD for me, but i don't know which one has the right firmware upgrade, so it won't slow down.
My budget is 500 U$, and i would like it to have over 128 GB - 256 GB

Thanks,
Alex.


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07 Oct 2009   #2
zrtom

W8 Pro, W7 Ultimate, XP Pro x64, Vista x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Here are two very good articles to get you started. These two articles have become classics, of sorts. A lot of reading but IMHO worth reading every page.
AnandTech: The SSD Anthology: Understanding SSDs and New Drives from OCZ

AnandTech: The SSD Relapse: Understanding and Choosing the Best SSD
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07 Oct 2009   #3
Nosmo

Win 7 32 bit , Win xp Sp3
 
 

..........also visit the OCZ forum. I spent a month here before making my purchase.

Generation 2 SSD Vertex, Vertex EX, and Summit on Windows - OCZ Forum

There is lots to learn as this is all new stuff.

The best speed increase of any hardware upgrade I have ever made.

FANTASTIC
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07 Oct 2009   #4
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

I'd get the GSkill Falcon SSD's.
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07 Oct 2009   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Alex,

I think the Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD drive has the best performance vs price vs size than most of them.

It also allows you to do firmware updates on the drive, and has the TRIM software to install with it.

Patriot Memory - Support
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07 Oct 2009   #6
AlexRD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Alex,

I think the Patriot Torqx 128GB SSD drive has the best performance vs price vs size than most of them.

It also allows you to do firmware updates on the drive, and has the TRIM software to install with it.

Patriot Memory - Support
I'd LOVE to have this SSD, but unfortunately, since our president is an idiot, i would have to pay over 200% of the price on taxes to get this product from Newegg, and since Newegg is the only one that has TorqX for a Nice price, i think i am doomed

Btw: im reading that anandtech article right now ^^
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07 Oct 2009   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Ouch!!

I'm waiting on it to get around the $280 range. I have seen it as cheep as $349 on Newegg, but it keeps fluctuating.
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07 Oct 2009   #8
AlexRD

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Ouch!!

I'm waiting on it to get around the $280 range. I have seen it as cheep as $349 on Newegg, but it keeps fluctuating.
I was looking, in ebay there is a way i can get 2 Intel x25Ms for 500 Dollars, so i would configure it in Raid 0. In raid 0 it adds up right?
So it would be like, 500 MB/s Read. and 140 Mb/s Write?
Is Writing really important?
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07 Oct 2009   #9
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No, the max write/read speeds to not change. You are just more likely to reach them using RAID 0. In RAID 0, the drive sizes add up instead.
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07 Oct 2009   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AlexRD View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Ouch!!

I'm waiting on it to get around the $280 range. I have seen it as cheep as $349 on Newegg, but it keeps fluctuating.
I was looking, in ebay there is a way i can get 2 Intel x25Ms for 500 Dollars, so i would configure it in Raid 0. In raid 0 it adds up right?
So it would be like, 500 MB/s Read. and 140 Mb/s Write?
Is Writing really important?

Although Raid will give you an extra push in performance, it would be ashame to prostitute SSDs for that. The SSD by itself is faster than you need - why apply a complex and pretty unsafe (Raid0) technology that was designed for spinning disks.
I recommend the OCZ Vertex or the Intel X25. Both support Trim which is an important feature to have. Those in conjunction with Win7 (which also supports Trim) will be unbeatable.
The earlier advice to check into the OCZ forum is good. I learned most of the stuff there and was halfway up to speed before I bought my Vertex.
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