I realize that the debate between the Intel X25-M and the OCZ Vertex or Agility has been covered in many places, however I find myself with a few questions that I have been having some difficulty finding answers to.
Now I suppose I should let it be know that the machine that I plan on using one or two of these SSD's in is a video and photo editing / gaming rig and that the SSD's would be used to house Windows 7 and a few choice applications of Adobe nature and potentially 3DSMax.
With that being said, I'll list the SSD's that I have been looking at:
1. According to the link at the head of the storage thread( http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=3531 ) it seems that the Intel X25-M performs better in some areas while the Vertex performs better in others. With the article being almost a year old I was wondering if there have been any changes regarding the performance of the X25-M or the Vertex? Also how does the Agility fare against the previous two?
2. With the release of Windows 7, it is my understanding that TRIM is supported. With that being said I have also heard that the Intel SSD's and the Agility do not utilize TRIM while the Vertex does. I have also heard that the Agility and some Intel SSD's do use TRIM. So I am wondering, is my understanding of TRIM support for these three SSD's accurate? Also, it seems that the inclusion of TRIM is very desirable. Is TRIM something that should make or break a decision on a SSD?
3. I have been debating running two of these SSD's in Raid 0. That being said, the article mentioned above that I read had a part near 3/4 of the way through that discussed running SSD's in Raid. There seemed to be debate as to whether or not there was much of an improvement when using Raid. Is there a noticeable difference between a single drive and two drives in raid 0?
4. If Raid is in fact the way to go, I most likely will not be able to get two X25-M's due to their cost. SO if raid is the case, would then the Agility or Vertex be the way to go? It seems that the Agility is the way to go over the Vertex I have listed because of the faster sequential read/write times and doubled storage space however with the 60 GB Vertex costing $60 more, I am led to believe that the Vertex has something that makes it better than the Agility despite having lower sequential read/write times.
Well if you have actually read this far I thank you, and I look forward to your input. Any information that those of you that have read this can give me will be greatly appreciated.