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September 17, 2010 5:36:34 PM

Hi all,
Upgrading to Win 7 ultimate 64bits (clean install )with my current setup (see sig pls) and would like to have a SSD as my OS/Application drive.

Appreciate if i can get some comments/advice.
1)Would my system be able to handle a SSD (read something like TRIM, AHCI)? Not sure if my mobo support AHCI :( 
2)Do i need extra RAM?
3)OCZ Vertex 2(~$234.99 shipped) or G.Skill Phoenix Pro ($249.98 shipped)or any other suggestion?
Cost wise would not be much of a differece as i have a $30 gift cert for Amazon.com.
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Technology-Vertex-2-5-Inch-OC...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any advice/comments/susgestions will be greatly appreciated.
(Newegg promo ends in 14 hrs :(  )

Thx in advance!!
September 17, 2010 6:28:57 PM

Windows 7 supports TRIM. SSDs work in IDE or ACHI. Of course with AHCI you get native TRIM support, but even without it you can just do a monthly "clean" running a tool and get pretty much the same effect.

RAM doesn't matter. Just think of an SSD like a HDD.

They should both perform similarily as they both use Sandforce 1200 controller. Just look at a couple reviews, I guess, to see if either has any issues.
September 20, 2010 8:23:44 PM

fthy said:
Hi all,
Upgrading to Win 7 ultimate 64bits (clean install )with my current setup (see sig pls) and would like to have a SSD as my OS/Application drive.

Appreciate if i can get some comments/advice.
1)Would my system be able to handle a SSD (read something like TRIM, AHCI)? Not sure if my mobo support AHCI :( 
2)Do i need extra RAM?
3)OCZ Vertex 2(~$234.99 shipped) or G.Skill Phoenix Pro ($249.98 shipped)or any other suggestion?
Cost wise would not be much of a differece as i have a $30 gift cert for Amazon.com.
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Technology-Vertex-2-5-Inch-OC...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any advice/comments/susgestions will be greatly appreciated.
(Newegg promo ends in 14 hrs :(  )

Thx in advance!!


Your system will handle either of the SSD's just fine.

You should be able to run just fine with the ram you have.

I have purchased and installed both of the drives you are talking about just recently and
I would give the edge to the Vertex-2 over the Phoenix Pro.
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September 20, 2010 8:39:50 PM

Thx ya for the advice.
Gonna just get a HDD for the time being until i build a new systme in a couple of month.

Appreciate all the help.
September 20, 2010 9:24:12 PM

Check out the new Sata III 6gb WD1002FAEX it's a real screamer I just bought one
of those too. Also spend some time looking into the drawbacks on SSD's they still
have some issues and they are a bitch to get running at full speed. They are not
plug and play. Good luck on your build.
September 20, 2010 9:33:35 PM

Oh one other thing I wanted to tell you about is the Size of the drives. My Vertex 2
was a 60gb and formated to a full 60gb, while the Gskill Pro 120 formated to 111gb.
September 20, 2010 10:15:30 PM

ggrego said:
Check out the new Sata III 6gb WD1002FAEX it's a real screamer I just bought one
of those too. Also spend some time looking into the drawbacks on SSD's they still
have some issues and they are a bitch to get running at full speed. They are not
plug and play. Good luck on your build.

That is exactly why im getting a HDD instead.

Thx again ggrego.

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September 20, 2010 10:57:00 PM
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Actually after getting an X25 M 80gb, I find that they're really not that hard to set up. There's a few things you should change. If you get an Intel SSD there's a toolbox which will automatically optimize most of the important things. The changes I made was to disable prefetch, superfetch, and restore points. I then set my backup on the HDDs, as well as file paging. That's about it. Since I'm using a RAID setup for my HDDs I also needed the newer Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers to still have TRIM, but that's not a universal scenario. If you don't use RAID, the AHCI drivers will automatically do it (in Windows 7). Basically all the Gen 2 SSDs are like this, so they've come a long way from the 1st gen that needed periodic cleaning. The Corsair Force, Mushkin Callisto Deluxe, OCZ Agility 2 and Vertex 2, Patriot Inferno are all good SSDs with significant improvements over first gen.

But yeah, it is a bit overwhelming and an HDD is super simple and cheaper. Good luck with everything :D 
September 20, 2010 11:12:48 PM

Thx Wolfram,
note taken.

Hopefully price will drop substantially in 2 months. :D 
October 1, 2010 12:09:14 AM

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