I am making a new build, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Intel C2Q Q8200, Gigabyte UD4 Motherboard, 4 GB DDR2.
I don't yet have a boot drive for my computer. I need to have the speed that an SSD gives me and based on my other builds, 60GB is the sweet spot for size and price. I have a budget, and right now, I can get either a 1st generation OCZ Vertex drive (Indilix) or a 2nd generation Agility II Drive (SandForce) for roughly the same price. I have experience with Vertex 1 60GB drives, and they are great, but to tend to degrade over time. I am told that the SandForce drives maintain a more consistent speed over the life of the drive. As this will be a workhorse computer, I can't be worrying about long term performance, but the Vertex was never THAT slow, just not as spiffy as when new.
So, does anyone have any experience with the Agility II? Should I go for the Agility II or the Vertex I?
Also, I could save 40 dollars and perhaps get a Kingston 64GB drive. I am just afraid that in the long run, the SSD will not be as fast as advertised, and Kingston doesn't have quite the support network as OCZ does...
So, you would get the Agility 2 before you'd get the Vertex 1?
Also, this was more a question of bang for the buck. I am not building a gaming machine. I need to watch the occasional flash movie at 1080p and I want to do a lot of simultaneous business stuff, and I have a separate 750gb RAID-1 array for my data.
I am just wondering if the Kingston (jmicron) the Vertex (Indillix) or the Agility 2 (SandForce) is more reliable in the long run.
In fairness, the jmicron controllers that most people review are the old 1st gen ones. I rarely see any new reviews about current jmicron controllers that have them as bad... Maybe not as good as indillix or sandforce, but solid...
It appears that Hot-Deals.org has answered most of my questions today.
They put a grid up of different SSDs and their speed/reliability (based on drive failures) and pros and cons of many drives, as well as their recommendations. It turns out the SandForce drives are proving a bit unreliable. Not unexpected for a whole new concept and controller for SSDs.
I have heard that some Indillix drives have also had higher rates of failure than the Kingston V Series, which is exactly what I was asking. While the SandForce controllers are faster than current generation J-Micron controllers, if it is reliability I am looking for, the Kingston drives with JMicron controllers appear to be a bit more reliable in the long haul, which is EXACTLY what I expected.
Intel is the best balance of speed and reliability, and they still make you pay for it.
Basically, if I am on a budget, Kingston, otherwise, Intel, for mission critical solutions
Tortoise and the Hare I suppose.
Wish I could mark hot-deals.org the 'Best Answer'.