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October 29, 2009 3:40:57 AM

Hey how is this SSD? http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX24993%28ME%...
Kingston SSDNow V-Series 2.5in SATA II Solid State Drive, 64GB Desktop Kit $150CAD

I Plan on using it with a Western Digital Black 640gb for the non-essentials, and windows 7 (x64 prem)
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=34286&vpn=WD6401... is my current HDD

Thanks alot

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a b G Storage
October 29, 2009 4:58:54 AM

Why not just get an Intel X25-M 80GB? It'll be faster and have more space.
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a c 415 G Storage
October 29, 2009 6:09:50 AM

Kingston's SSDNow drives are actually repackaged Intel X25-M drives along with software and an adapter which lets you transfer the contents of your laptop's hard drive (OS and data) to the SSD.

If you don't need to transfer your existing disk, or if you're able to do that on your own without the handholding provided by the Kingston kit, then you can probably find a cheaper price on a bare Intel X25-M drive.
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a b G Storage
October 29, 2009 6:34:30 AM

The Kingston SSDNow 64GB is not an Intel drive. It is a significantly slower drive.

Now, the Kingston SSDNow M-series 80 and 160GB are repackaged Intel drives, but despite the similar name, there is very little similar between them and the drive the OP is asking about.

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October 29, 2009 10:54:55 AM

The kingston SSD is $150Cad. Those intel drives are $300+.
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a b G Storage
October 29, 2009 11:54:14 AM

Ugh, a JMicron SSD.
I would avoid it if I where you.
JMicron SSD controllers, even the current updated one, are terrible (read Anandtech's SSD Anthology and their updates for more info).
Instead, look into an Intel or Indilinx based SSD.

Unfortunately the Intel based drives are quite a bit more expensive than what you are looking at.
The best I could recommend wold be a 30Gb OCZ Vertex Turbo for about the same price.
Unfortunately, you are looking at another $100CAD if you want to step up to a 60Gb SSD that has a proper controller :/ 
30Gb is pretty small but it should be large enough for the Os and a few games.
All your data would need to be stored in another location but I guess you where planning on doing that anyways.
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a c 415 G Storage
October 29, 2009 4:30:14 PM

cjl said:
The Kingston SSDNow 64GB is not an Intel drive. It is a significantly slower drive.
Ah, my mistake - sorry 'about that!
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October 29, 2009 9:32:51 PM

Ok thanks alot for the replies, I guess I will save up for another month and buy the intel 80gb one.


Intel X25-M Mainstream 34nm 2.5in SATA II Solid State Drive, 80GB
^ is what I will get if it is good?
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a b G Storage
October 30, 2009 12:37:24 AM

Make sure it's Intel X25-M G2 version NOT the G1 version.
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a b G Storage
October 30, 2009 4:04:37 AM

Shadow703793 said:
Make sure it's Intel X25-M G2 version NOT the G1 version.

Since it specifically states "34nm", it is definitely the G2 - G1 was 50nm.
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a b G Storage
October 30, 2009 7:14:28 AM

ticallion said:
Intel X25-M Mainstream 34nm 2.5in SATA II Solid State Drive, 80GB
^ is what I will get if it is good?

Yup, that is the one!
You really won't be disappointed with it, the Intel drives are the current cream of the SSD crop.
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October 30, 2009 11:52:20 AM

Awesome ^, Thanks everyone.
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a b G Storage
October 30, 2009 10:48:19 PM

cjl said:
Since it specifically states "34nm", it is definitely the G2 - G1 was 50nm.

lol, I didn't even see the OP mention 34nm. And yes, you are correct.
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a b G Storage
October 31, 2009 5:07:35 AM

Why put Windows 7 on the slower WD Black drive?
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October 31, 2009 6:41:26 AM

I was going to put Windows 7 On the SSD. Non essential programs would be run from the WD, essential programs would be either ran from the SSD or a Ramdisk.
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