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Windows 7: Please help me rationalize the x25-m Generation 2 80 gb

19 Oct 2009   #21
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
While the Patriot does offer the 10 year warranty, the Intel warranty is still good at 3 years. Plus, if I had to guess which company would "most likely" still be in business in 10 years time, my money would be on Intel.

All in all, I don't think most people would really notice the difference between the drives...and even if they did...I'm not sure they would be disappointed in the performance that they were getting.
You are right. 3 years is plenty. If you plan to get an indilinx MLC drive, you would be crazy not to go with Patriot. Intel is Intel....they rule.


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19 Oct 2009   #22
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yes those toys are expensive. But they are really amazing. I run a OCZ Vertex 60GB which will get even better once they have the firmware 1.4x out which will support Trim. But the X25 has trim support. In conjunction with Win7 that should definitely be a winner. And I would not worry too much about capacity. The 80GBs are enough to run the OS and the user files can go on an HDD (unless it is a laptop where I would use a large USB stick plus an external disk). You might even be able to squeeze an additional virtual partition in.
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20 Oct 2009   #23
fakeasdf

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
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Guys, I am in a dilemma, it hurts my feelings to spend 300 on an 80 gb drive, but the speeds of the x25-m G2 are Amazing...

random read/write
AnandTech: The SSD Relapse: Understanding and Choosing the Best SSD

sequential read/write (I'll put it in my HTPC as the OS... sequential write really only matters for the OS install)
AnandTech: The SSD Relapse: Understanding and Choosing the Best SSD


but 300 dollars for 80 gigs...
Newegg.com - Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2C1 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Solid State Disks

I really want it, so some positive reinforcement would be helpful.
In this same article he comes to the conclusion the Patriot Torqx is one of the best for a desktop. That's what I got. I love it.

AnandTech: The SSD Relapse: Understanding and Choosing the Best SSD
That's where I'm torn at.

The Intel x25-M G2 is the fastest for random reading and writing, but the Patrior Torqx is faster for sequential reading and writing. Plus the torqx comes with a drive adapter to fit a 3.5" drive bay and has more space.

I suppose it depends on how you will be using it.

Patriot Torqx is faster for sequential writing, not reading. Sequential writing is probably one of the least common activities with what most people will use a SSD for, In fact, most of the time my Sequential Writes come over the network and they are limited by the network and the drive on the other side. So unless you have 2 SSD's, I can't see Sequential Write being that important The Sequential read, the random read and write are way more common. Give in and get the Intel. :P hah, I don't get mine til Wednesday, but as an OS drive, 80 gigs will be enough... Anyway, I figure if I'm spending a lot of money for a SSD I might as well get a really high end one. Go big or go home!
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20 Oct 2009   #24
Baatfam

Windows 7 Profesional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
That's where I'm torn at.

The Intel x25-M G2 is the fastest for random reading and writing, but the Patrior Torqx is faster for sequential reading and writing. Plus the torqx comes with a drive adapter to fit a 3.5" drive bay and has more space.

I suppose it depends on how you will be using it.
Just FYI...
My X25-M G2 came with a 3.5" adapter...
(The newegg deal I got came with one also, so now I have two)
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20 Oct 2009   #25
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The retail Intel drives come with the adapter and the OEM drives from Intel do not. Personally, I just used some velcro and placed my Intel drive into a small slot on the bottom of my case's 3.5" hard drive carrier that couldn't be utilized for anything else. You almost cannot even see the drive hiding in there.
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20 Oct 2009   #26
fakeasdf

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

I'm just gonna duct tape it in...
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20 Oct 2009   #27
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

LOL, I have my old generation SSD strapped down with some plastic cable ties to the bay.
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20 Oct 2009   #28
fakeasdf

Win 7 Pro x64 x 3, Win 7 Pro x86, Ubuntu 9.04
 
 

well, rationally speaking, the only reason I would screw my hard drives in was so that the vibrations wouldn't make noise, and for when I moved the tower from one place to another. Since vibrations should no longer be an issue, it would stand that probably 1 screw, or twisty tie, or tape etc just to keep it from bouncing around during a move should be sufficient.
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20 Oct 2009   #29
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yeah, I used the velcro simply so the drive didn't move around and come unplugged from the cables. Just enough to hold it into place.
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20 Oct 2009   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

But guys, why all those exotic fastenings. The bracket costs only $9.99.
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