quite a simple question really, I need a new hard drive to install Vista on and my program files. I've narrowed the choices down to a OCZ SSD or a Velociraptor. Would someone please give me a pointer which is better?
They're similar prices (£150 vs £180). Power consumption and noise aren't really factors that concern me. I have a server which holds my files so capacity isn't a massive issue. Desktop performance is my top priority. Startup time also concerns me.
I think I'm right in saying that the OCZ would be a better choice. It lacks write performance but that shouldn't be that big an issue because I won't be doing that much writing. Is my summation correct?
i,ve been looking at the same hd's and am not sure which one to go for. one thing i was looking for was a 2.5" converter to a 3.5" so that a ssd would fit in my case but I can't find any:S so i,m wondering how other people do that maybe just have the ssd laying on the bottom of the case.
but after doing some research on the ssd and the intel ssd i think i will wait until ocz can fit the problem with the MLC ssd drives because this will make your ssd perf. suck in some situations.
2.5" sata drives use the same connectors as 3.5" drives. Mounting the drives you need just google " 2.5 inch drive bay converter" or the like. quite cheap to do.
As per the question, Velociraptor drives mounted in heatsink are the fastest conventional drive you can buy, and comes with 5 year warranty. Downside is they have a higher pitch noise caused by the faster drive speed. if you can live with this (such as your computer is not within 2 feet of your head at all times) that is the right answer for you. Access times, reads and writes dont get better without raid.
SSD's are still developing and getting better all the time, but they just aren't great because they cost a heck of a lot. upside is no noise, so take that as you need to.
it's a bit longish article but it demonstrates quite clearly that there are huge problems with 'average write latency' with those cheap MLC drives with Jmicron controller. It will affect even your web browsing or chatting... (
September 13, 2008 11:31:06 PM
get the velociraptor
i was able to pick up a 64 GB ocz core SSD for about 100 bucks
read speeds are awsome
write speeds and multi tasking suck ass... worst thing ever
took an hour to install cod 4 on it
and an hour to install crysis...
way to long especially compared to my old drive which had a slower rated wrte speed... but took like 15 minutes...
i love the read speed but the write speed is terrible... i might actually sell it... because the computer freezes for about a minute any time major multi tasking happens...