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  1. pretty much, yeah! im looking forward to the potential for another turion-style turnaround though! i think the *could* still pull it off if price right & improved fast enough i think sceptrecore drew a comparison earlier that it took like, 12 months last time to turn around the turion so --heres to hopez--
  2. Wow sora, my thoughts exactly! haha just worded better and posted earlier :S
  3. but if you think about it, they did use the massive money pool from Athlon64x2 to start the Turion and then BD, and when BD needed more Dev time, they pushed into further K8 development (which they eventually pulled off quite well) and continued BD in the background... BD has been ongoin for a long time, definately long before the X4's came out... So really, i think they already HAVE done that step of furthering a previous chip, and this is kind-of a really-really delayed netburst equivalent. I think mostly due to the SOC/Design-Consolidation-with-ATI move discussed earlier is quite plausible too, and i think ur right that further rev's will regain a lot of that ground (will just come down to how much improvement IvyBridge brings i guess?)
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    SSD's and RAIDs

    awesome. I think adding the second SSD would make up more than that... not to mention extra speed in Windows :) so excited!!! also: 1GB/s is pretty darn amazing for 2*128GB, considering they have half the channels of the 240's well done! for controllers: toms hardware had an article about SAS controllers and another about RAID 0 performance scaling with SSDs (after 2, each one still added >50% or you can get pretty indepth at storagereview.com
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    SSD's and RAIDs

    re TRIM confusion: Firstly: SSD's can only write into EMPTY flash cells - hence one of the needs for overprovisioning - The other MAIN use for OP'ing is for swapping out dead cells BTW Most SSD's use MLC NAND, meaning there are ~ 4 system addressible sectors in each cell. To write to one sector, all 4 must be written, so worst case-scenario - 3 sectors are in use and then the OS says to put something else in there, the SSD must read out the other 3 first, put all 4 together, then write back to an available cell (preferably a different, empty one cuz it's faster). Then in its spare time the SSD will go through and write 00000000 back over any of those old ones so that they are "recovered" again. If not, and the SSD gets "filled" then it would have to <READ> old data <WRITE> 00000000 to clean and then <Write> new data, meaning that without TRIM/GC it hit ~ 40% speed max in months for most of us. If u delete something, it becomes exactly the same as a null cell mentioned above and will therefor also get picked up with the next time the OS sends out a command called "TRIM". Put simply, in RAID the OS doesnt directly access the SSD due to the controller inbetween so the TRIM command wont get through, so you will need to "tell" the SSD when to do the recovery. I think this can be as simple as right click recycle bin > empty, but Win 7 has a pretty good scheduling system built in and you can just make ur own script to go off say, once a week to force the GC.
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    SSD's and RAIDs

    I went looking into it since about march and we concluded that for RAID to be worth it for me it came down to startup times (all i cared about was system boot and map loading times) Long story short - 2*Crucial M4's are on their merry way to my house right now! :) The new firmware update makes them the fastest for uncompressible (ie WOW MPQ files and BF3 Maps) data and the non-SF2281 (OCZ/SandForce) controller means less reliability issues hopefully Anyways I was just wondering - How do I install win7 off a USB 3.0? (good idea BTW!) do I just copy all the files from DVD onto the USB stick and BIOS thinks its a CD on restart? also: how much longer did the RAID screen make ur PC POST? that was something i want to try and manage
  7. Actually it seems I missed one of the (now 100+) pages somewhere before this thread got turned into a fanboi flamewar by an AMD distributor... but HardOCP did touch on some overclocking (if you could call it that) we just need some more comprehensive benches by perhaps Tom's (using decent RAM might I add - CMON guys... how cheap is the sh!t nowadays!)
  8. So wait... I dont understand why no-one has posted benches at OC levels versus the i5 2500K OC'ed which is seems to be most suitably compared with... or have I missed an article somewhere? I vaguely remember Tom's saying they only got BD around 4.7Ghz stable but I sure it could match the i5's norm of ~5Ghz on a mobo with good power yeah? I think gamers, value-minded techies and just mid-range enthusiasts would want to see the most would be a/ How well it performs OC versus other similarly priced units OC versus more premium units stock b/ If it is actually possible to "unlock" the extra cores on the FX-4, FX-6 (creating value also) (AMD also said that the 6950's were impossible to unlock even the BIOS locked GPU's, and same for the Phenom II cores)
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    2*120GB RAID 0?

    Maybe a new Revo Drive 3 is the answer? From Anand's computex coverage: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4382/compute...2-now-with-trim TRIM and SMART supported natively, effectively the same as 2 SSD's in RAID 0 but with a properly matched controller... That's pretty much all of my RAIDed SSD fantasies solved in one almost-budget (aiming for $500) hitting product. Now for someone like storagereview to run some tests in Windows 7 to see if Revo's can get around this possible 600MB/s windows data-rate limit. ;-)
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    2*120GB RAID 0?

    Damn, you're right... only 6Gbps allocated to SATA 3 off the Z-68/PCH :( Do any mobo's use more than one PCIe 2.0 lane for their "external" RAID controllers? (ie marvell's) Yep, the BIOS speed makes sense - thanks for pointing that out :) I remember noticing that on my other PC at home I guess it'll come down to how much of a speed boost I can get out of a RAID controller, versus just a larger (more populated) SSD... If i can get a RAID config to get me 2-3 sec faster, then itll be worth going that path... esp, considering the game load boost once im in! ^If this is the case, I'd have to schedule a manual TRIM, yeah? So excited!!1
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    The SSD Watch thread

    Also, Corsair now have new "Force" series 3 SSD's on their site: http://www.corsair.com/solid-state-drives/...e-series-3.html Using the same SF2281 as most other max-IOPS hitters but claiming better results... will be interesting to see how the benchmarks play out - as they look to be a helluva lot cheaper than OCZ or OWC!
  12. Hi guys, I apologise in advance if this question had been anwered already elsewhere... I couldnt find it in the out-of-date sticky's or DR Google (HE's a REAL doctor)... Put simply, If a sandforce SF2100(SF2200)-based SSD is near half the price for a 120GB versus the 240GB, would I be better going the 2 smaller drives and just striping them together? I understand they each have half the NAND devices and all, but the 120GB Vertex 3 only seems to be about 10-20% slower than the (more saturated) 240GB, so 2*120GB's should be significantly faster yeh? Is there any downsides of RAID 0'ing SSD's? like, do they lose OS TRIM support or anything? My aim is to get consistant Windows 7 bootup under 15 seconds (ideally 10sec for a fresh install), and to have game maps (like tf2) load up AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. (plz Nigz, dont bother telling me the $500 is better spent on a GPU, i dont need any more than my 60fps thank you) My choices are currently pouring towards the Vertex 3's, but OWC and Corsair's offerings should behave similarly for this scenario
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    Useing SSD's

    60ghz seems pretty fast ay...
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    The SSD Watch thread

    ^^ Goneskis!
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    Gaming Notebook?

    Cool thanx. He's a cash-man so dell usually isn't the do-able, also he will be doing heaps of transcoding video for his ps3 hence going upto 8gb. I hear Sandy's are much faster for that Edit: Android dictionary fail