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Crucial C300 / OCZ / Intel X25-M = hard decision

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I've been trawling through the MANY threads on SSD's because I've decided to put in a SSD as my main OS drive.

 

I'd prefer at least 160Gb, so the intel X25-M fits the bill, but I'm curious if the Crucial C300 or OCZ Vertex 2 will do a better job? Most reports on the C300 seems to give it high honours.

 

My system runs Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and I plan to do a fresh installation onto the new drive. I'll relegate the existing WD VelociRaptors to storage drives. I'm mainly running multiple programs, including Office 2010, CorelDraw X5, PhotoShop CS5, Epson Scan, and Firefox. I also use Premiere CS5 and LightWave 3D often.

 

The Crucial C300 256Gb seems to have been getting very good reviews and sells for around $700. The intel X25-M 160Gb is around $630. The latter seems to be the tried and true SSD that many new drives are compared to.

 

I'd appreciate any helpful suggestions on this. Any links to recent reviews that compare the various SSD's would be appreciated, although I've probably read them all already during the course of my research, but you never know.

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Isn't there new intel drives coming out in a matter of months? might be worth waiting if there is.

 

Yes. That's what I heard too. The new intel SSD's are rumoured to be many times faster than existing drives. I guess it would be worth waiting until they surface and undergo tests. Have they specified a release date as yet?

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I just heard around the end of the year sorry to say, you couldn't get like 2 Samsung F3 1TB drives in raid 0 to hold you over? would only cost ~$180

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I just heard around the end of the year sorry to say, you couldn't get like 2 Samsung F3 1TB drives in raid 0 to hold you over? would only cost ~$180

 

Nice try, nesquick :)

 

If only I didn't have 4 of them already, plus 4 1.5Tb SpinPoints, plus 4 VelociRaptors, plus 2 1Tb Hitachi's, plus an assortment of smaller drives. There's no shortage of HDD's in this house, not including the 10Tb and 2Tb NAS boxes. All I "need" is a bloody fast SSD or two.

 

I suppose I could RAID0 a couple of the VelociRaptors in the mean time... That may give my system a little more oomph. (gotta remember to backup often, though).

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I just heard around the end of the year sorry to say, you couldn't get like 2 Samsung F3 1TB drives in raid 0 to hold you over? would only cost ~$180

 

Nice try, nesquick :)

 

If only I didn't have 4 of them already, plus 4 1.5Tb SpinPoints, plus 4 VelociRaptors, plus 2 1Tb Hitachi's, plus an assortment of smaller drives. There's no shortage of HDD's in this house, not including the 10Tb and 2Tb NAS boxes. All I "need" is a bloody fast SSD or two.

 

I suppose I could RAID0 a couple of the VelociRaptors in the mean time... That may give my system a little more oomph. (gotta remember to backup often, though).

 

holy shit.

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If you're running SATA III (and Win 7 for TRIM) then the C300 is as fast as the Vertex 2 on SATA II; iirc the advantage is probably with the C300 but it's tight - under SATA II the Vertex 2 is definately faster. The C300 can be bought directly from crucial.com which is a lot cheaper for us, but support and returnswould be.. a potential issue. The Intel G2 is about the same price per GB, but noticably slower than either the Crucial or OCZ drives, albeit not exactly a slouch for performance overall - from what I've seen the G3 drives will be out Q4 and will be a good bit faster due to a new controller and 25nm NAND flash, however there's always somethign around the corner lol.

 

Overall if you have SATA III I'd tend to go with the either the Crucial C300 or Vertex 2 depending on which is cheapest, however if running on SATA II I'd stick with the Vertex 2. FYI OCZ has also released 180GB Vertex 2 models in NZ, I assume Aussie is either there or not far behind so that might be exactly what you're looking for.

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If you're running SATA III (and Win 7 for TRIM) then the C300 is as fast as the Vertex 2 on SATA II; iirc the advantage is probably with the C300 but it's tight - under SATA II the Vertex 2 is definately faster. The C300 can be bought directly from crucial.com which is a lot cheaper for us, but support and returnswould be.. a potential issue. The Intel G2 is about the same price per GB, but noticably slower than either the Crucial or OCZ drives, albeit not exactly a slouch for performance overall - from what I've seen the G3 drives will be out Q4 and will be a good bit faster due to a new controller and 25nm NAND flash, however there's always somethign around the corner lol.

 

Overall if you have SATA III I'd tend to go with the either the Crucial C300 or Vertex 2 depending on which is cheapest, however if running on SATA II I'd stick with the Vertex 2. FYI OCZ has also released 180GB Vertex 2 models in NZ, I assume Aussie is either there or not far behind so that might be exactly what you're looking for.

 

Good advice. Thanks, philo-sofa.

 

I'm still running SATA II, but a new motherboard ("mainboard" for those concerned about gender) with SATA3 is most likely going to be purchased in Q4, along with a new CPU, et al.

 

After reading what you and nesquick had to say, my gut feeling is to wait it out until the new generation of intels arrive.

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Glad we were of help. Seems like a reasonable choice, but if you're a bit of a speed demon (the 4 Velociraptors are a bit of a giveaway lol) bear in mind the Vertex 2, and similar Sandforce drives are really, really fast - it's night and day between them and traditional HDDs.

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