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May 7, 2010 8:11:23 PM

Hello

I'm looking at
OCZ Colossus LT Series OCZSSD2-1CLSLT120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB or 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

OCZ Colossus Series OCZSSD2-1CLS120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - a little pricy though, not sure

Or if you have any other ones you suggest that are in that price range.

It looks like all the OCZ's have faster write speed than the Intel, but the Intel got really good reviews. Not sure which to go with.

Let me know what you think? Thx.

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May 7, 2010 8:18:49 PM

Don't look at sequential speeds to compare SSDs; you are not buying these to store large files like movies and music; but to function as a system drive with many random access. For that purpose, you should look at random read/write IOps.

You will find that Intel controllers surpass any Indilinx based competition. Many OCZ SSDs are powered by an Indilinx controller. Since the Intels are only slightly more expensive per GB than the relatively slower Indilinx drivers, this would be your best bet; the 40GB X25-V or 80GB X25-M.

Regarding your other question (please try to keep it in one thread if possible) - Windows 7 installs pretty well to SSDs; not much you have to do. Set the SATA controller to AHCI in your BIOS before you install Windows 7; this is required to use NCQ and greatly speeds up the multiqueue performance of your SSD.

After installation, check with the benchmark utility AS SSD (google on it) to see if your partitions are properly aligned; it should say "1024K - OK" or something similar, and not "31.5K - BAD".
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May 8, 2010 1:00:28 AM

Excellent advice, as usual, from sub mesa...
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May 8, 2010 1:18:36 AM

Great info. Thanks for the advice sub mesa.
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