I've been happy with the 30 GB I have now as an OS drive with only the small programs on it. I hate having to have the page file on another drive though just to keep at least 3 GB of free space on the SSD. For that reason I was thinking of going with a larger drive. I guess my options would be 40 GB or 60/64 GB.
So my question is, what would be the best performance SSD in either size for under $200?
I was looking at the OCZ drives and the Intel that just dropped to $180.
Any information on firmware upgrades and guides on how to upgrade the firmware and general SSD tips in general would be much appreciated.
Well Tthe corsair looks promising as I can get it on newegg.ca's site for $145, but I'm seeing a lot of reviews about random BSOD. The Intel looks to have the lowest sequential speeds, but for a system drive, I'm not overly worried about that. And I've heard many times to avoid Kingston, especially the Value series.
Anyone have experience with these drives? I know reviews can be misleading because most people who are happy with the drive tend not to write reviews opposed to almost everyone with a bad experience writes a review.
i have a corsair 60gb force SSD for my OS drive and 2x the same in RAID as my game drive and i haven't had any problems so far. Quick as balls too... The read/write times on the Force SSDs are really good. (pay special attention to write times 'cause with a lot of the SSDs, they're like half of the read time... with the Force SSDs the read/write is nearly the same speed.) Worth the money!
Now you see why people tend to keep away from those Kingston drives. 4K read/write are what makes or breaks an SSDs performance. Sequential read/write are not that important. A good RAID 0 array with HDDs can reach about the same sequential speeds as a mid level SSD.
About on the same level as the Vortex-2 is the Gskill Pheonix pro (slightly higher cost, possibly sligthly higher 4K random read/writes - need to google the benchies for the two). Both use the SF-1200 controller.
For the G-skill, the Intel RST driver (Ver 9) is recommended. Back to the F6 driver install during win 7 install. Not sure if Intel's RST improves performance of the Vortex-2 compared to the default uSoft AHCI driver.
Agree w/shadow, 60 gig should be enough - the 120 gig Vortex-2 and Gskill Pheonix pro are sligthly over budget (approx $240, but can catch on sale arround $200.
Have recommended Vortex-2 in the past, But opted for the 120 gig Pheonix as it was on sale.