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I want an SSD, but don't have a SATA3 mobo. Therefore I only need a Vertex2, but I'm having trouble saying no to the Vertex 3.... what about, for instance, when I upgrade in ~12 months?

 

Rob.

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I want an SSD, but don't have a SATA3 mobo. Therefore I only need a Vertex2, but I'm having trouble saying no to the Vertex 3.... what about, for instance, when I upgrade in ~12 months?

 

Rob.

you can probably stick it in a lappy or something and get a better and cheaper ssd than a vertex 3 :)

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What do people think about the Corsair Performance 3?

 

I was looking at the 64GB one since I'd only use it as an os/boot drive and maybe the odd game, while using the 3x 1TB HDD's in RAID 5 as storage.

Vertex 3 looks good but only goes down to 120GB so is a little too expensive.

The vertex 2's can be had cheap but apparently the latest ones use a different type of flash chip which is gimped compared to the original, so most old benchmarks on the net don't apply.

 

Obviously bigger SSDs seem to perform better but I'm trying to keep costs low (still not totally sold on an SSD yet, they still seem to have some reliability issues)

Edited by DonutKing

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PSA - a vertex3 combined with a gigabyte board is a nightmare. i've spent all day tearing my hair out and still haven't got the thing working properly.

 

many people having the problem:

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/sh...SOD-during-boot

 

 

 

Update: I better include the fact I have finally managed to get this to work. It involved installing windows 7 first in IDE mode, then doing 2 registry hacks, then rebooting and changing BIOS to AHCI mode. But a big middle finger for OCZ and Gigabyte for not having sorted this out with a firmware update.

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Also, Corsair now have new "Force" series 3 SSD's on their site: http://www.corsair.com/solid-state-drives/...e-series-3.html

 

Interface: SATA 6Gb/s

Max Sequential Read/Write (using ATTO Disk Benchmark): 550 MB/s sequential read — 520 MB/s sequential write

Random 4k Write (using IOMeter 08): 85k IOPS (4k aligned)

Technology: Asynchronous NAND

SSD Unformatted Capacity: 240 GB

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!

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Corsair Force Series 3 120GB SSD $258.5au $235us

cheap and better performance very nice!

240g $587.40 is still more expensive than it should be in au as ocz vertex 3 is $510us $599au

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Hm, things are getting better on the SSD front. Hopefully things will be significantly better by about October or November when I build a new system for the good games that come out around then.

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turns out the performance difference with force 3 vs vertex 3 was mostly just marketing a play on words and how they were tested

seems in reality the force 3 may be closer to the agility 3 performance which in real use is slower than its specs suggest

 

first review although a little unfair as its 240g ocz drives against the 120g corsair

http://www.kitguru.net/components/ssd-driv...0gb-ssd-review/

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So have the SATA3 models hit the street yet?

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB : $339.00

 

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=17233

 

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=17311

 

Is it about time for a "Atomic's most recommended SSD thread" yet?

 

I'm thinking about the 60GB Agility 3 SSD for myself.

 

Vertex 2 120gb is now $199

 

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=15487

 

Im about to pull the trigger on a OCZ 240gb from Hong kong. Going to get some 3tb drives aswell as they come in at $155 a pop for my microserver project.

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mudg3 was nice enough to PM me about the PCCG sale.

 

$200 for a 120GB Vertex 2? I tries to say no... but I just couldn't :P

 

Also got myself a 1TB SATA2 drive, so I can pull out the four-or-so mismatch drives I currently have in my PC. Most of them are PATA too. Ugh.

 

Rob.

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So have the SATA3 models hit the street yet?

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB : $339.00

 

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=17233

 

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=17311

 

Is it about time for a "Atomic's most recommended SSD thread" yet?

 

I'm thinking about the 60GB Agility 3 SSD for myself.

 

Vertex 2 120gb is now $199

 

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=15487

 

Im about to pull the trigger on a OCZ 240gb from Hong kong. Going to get some 3tb drives aswell as they come in at $155 a pop for my microserver project.

 

Does one really need 120GB?

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So have the SATA3 models hit the street yet?

OCZ Vertex 3 120GB : $339.00

 

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=17233

 

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=17311

 

Is it about time for a "Atomic's most recommended SSD thread" yet?

 

I'm thinking about the 60GB Agility 3 SSD for myself.

 

Vertex 2 120gb is now $199

 

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=15487

 

Im about to pull the trigger on a OCZ 240gb from Hong kong. Going to get some 3tb drives aswell as they come in at $155 a pop for my microserver project.

 

Does one really need 120GB?

 

 

Yes.

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Just to give this thread some love as its been a while. Some good reviews below on the new SSD's on the market.

 

 

OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS & Patriot Wildfire SSDs Reviewed : http://www.anandtech.com/show/4341/ocz-ver...e-ssds-reviewed

 

OCZ's Vertex 3 MAX IOPS 120GB : http://www.anandtech.com/show/4453/this-ju...w-midrange-king

 

The 2011 Mid-Range SSD Roundup:120GB Agility 3 / Vertex 3, Intel 510, Corsair P3 128GB,Crucial RealSSD C300 128GB head to head :http://www.anandtech.com/show/4421/the-2011-midrange-ssd-roundup

 

OCZ Agility 3 (240GB) Review :http://www.anandtech.com/show/4346/ocz-agility-3-240gb-review

 

OCZ Vertex 3 (240GB) Review : http://www.anandtech.com/show/4316/ocz-vertex-3-240gb-review

 

The Crucial m4 (Micron C400) SSD Review: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4253/the-cru...c400-ssd-review

 

and an article on Z68 catching: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4337/z68-ssd...0-sandforce-ssd

 

 

I know its copy paste from anandtech but its great info as always for the people who dont keep an eye on his site.

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Does one really need 120GB?

Yes.

 

I was hoping someone would say no. But in my heart of hearts... I know the 120GB is a safer bet.

 

But then again... it only needs to run Windows and my installed programs.

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Does one really need 120GB?

Yes.

 

I was hoping someone would say no. But in my heart of hearts... I know the 120GB is a safer bet.

 

But then again... it only needs to run Windows and my installed programs.

 

Yup, I got a Vertex 2 120GB, and even know I wish I could've justified the 240GB :P

 

My fresh Windows 7 installed took 10GB, I'm expecting to throw another 50/60GB over the top, and then try and cap it there.

 

Rob.

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