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March 18, 2010 2:46:37 PM

Right now there's some good rebates for OCZ Vertex Turbo series SSD drives and I can't decide which one to get. I'm hoping to not spend much over $200 after rebates on these drives. The other question is 30gb enough for a boot drive and should I buy 2 30gb and put them in raid 0 or just one 60gb drive or would one 30gb drive suffice? Also is it worth the extra to buy the second OCZ drive for the higher write rates.

Thanks for the help, here's links to all the drives I was thinking about.


OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB $89.99 after rebate
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227393

OCZ Technology Vertex Turbo MLC Solid State Drive - OCZSSD2-1VTXT30G 30GB $115.53 after rebate
www.buy.com/prod/ocz-technology-vertex-turbo-mlc-solid-state-drive-30gb-serial-ata-300/q/loc/101/211467110.html

OCZ Technology Vertex Series Solid State Drive - OCZSSD2-1VTX60G 60GB $177.99 after rebates
www.buy.com/prod/ocz-technology-vertex-series-solid-state-drive-60gb-serial-ata-300/q/loc/101/210657608.html

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March 18, 2010 4:20:34 PM

30GB is enough for boot / swap file, but not much else. If you want to install some of your most common apps on there, 60GB gives you a little more breathing room.

(sounds funny to say that 30GB is small. I'm old. )

Personally, I'd get a single 60GB rather than mess with raid 0. They're already fast enough that the speed boost isn't that much, and you double your chance of drive failure if you go raid 0.
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March 18, 2010 4:55:38 PM

gtvr said:
30GB is enough for boot / swap file, but not much else. If you want to install some of your most common apps on there, 60GB gives you a little more breathing room.

(sounds funny to say that 30GB is small. I'm old. )

Personally, I'd get a single 60GB rather than mess with raid 0. They're already fast enough that the speed boost isn't that much, and you double your chance of drive failure if you go raid 0.



Ok thanks, I would like to see if I can get a second opinion but I think that's probably the way I will go, I also noticed the 60gb has 160MBps write times where as the 30gb only has 145MBps, now what would be really neat but expensive would be two of those 60gb in raid 0 but I think I've hurt my wallet enough lately with this new pc I've built.
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March 18, 2010 5:02:43 PM

Just know that if you do go with a RAID solution you will lose TRIM support. It's my understanding that most manufactures are working on firmware/driver updates to fix this though.

RAID 0 has its risks. I use it, but I tend to steer people away from it. I suggest the 60GB solution.

Remember to do some addition research about getting the moswt out of you SSD. Consider moving your USERS, TEMP, TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES / FF DISKCACHE folder locations to a standard spinning drive. This will help you save space, and wear on your new drive.

Here is a handy tool to help you tweak some other system settings.

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?...

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March 18, 2010 5:22:34 PM

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-flash-ssd-chart...

Check out the charts here on Toms. Maybe some of the benchmarks can help you make a choice.

Check out this Intel drive. For a about the same price as the Turbo, you get more space and more performance. Happy Shopping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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March 18, 2010 5:32:06 PM

JasonAkkerman said:
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-flash-ssd-chart...

Check out the charts here on Toms. Maybe some of the benchmarks can help you make a choice.

Check out this Intel drive. For a about the same price as the Turbo, you get more space and more performance. Happy Shopping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I'm liking the look of that Intel drive, I may just forget those OCZ drives, really liked the intel but didn't think any of them we're in my price range. Curious whether those would ever go on sale but then again I've never seen them go on sale. Thanks I really appreciate it.
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March 18, 2010 5:50:26 PM

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