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C4 or Vertex 3 120 GB SSD???

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April 27, 2011 10:52:05 AM

OK, I just read Tom's Hardware's best SSD recommendations and I am very confused.

From reading several reviews, for SATA III drives it appears that the Vertex 3 and the C4 are the two front runners for the 120 GB size. I have the following questions:

1. Which SSD do you guys think is the best: the Vertex 3 or the C4? The Vertex 3 wins most benchmarks but OCZ has some QC problems

2. I have seen the Vertex 2 120 GB for as low as $165.00 - but I am reading a lot of complaints about the switch to the 25 nand size. Is the Vertex 2 with the new nand size still a good value? Does the 25 nand Vertex 2 compete with the 34 nand Vertex 2?

3. Statistically the Intel SSDs are the most reliable. That being said, should I consider the 510 series?

4. With the Vertex 2 120 GB going for $165, is the Vertex 3 worth $300 in comparison?

5. Which SSD do you think will hold up the best over a three year period? Which one will work best with TRIM and so forth. It appears that the Vertex 3 did not do as well as the C4 in this category but it is hard to tell in the reviews. Please add any knowledge you may have to this issue, especially first-hand experience

6. I know it is a new product but can any Vertex 3 owners comment on how their drive is performing?

Thanks for your help and yes I think I have read every review out there on these drives.

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April 27, 2011 11:15:55 AM

Forgot to list my system:

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April 27, 2011 12:06:41 PM

Performance of the OCZ Vertex 3 and the Crucial M4 are similar. There are minor differences that you will not notice. It's your choice.

Intel 510 is best suited for working with extrmely large files and/or data that cannot be compressed. One example would be video editing.
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April 27, 2011 4:44:06 PM

I would go towards the Vertex 3 Max IOPS edition as the incompressible write speed(along with compression based speed) is very close to the 240GB version. Regular 120GB V3 is about 70MB/s slower.
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April 27, 2011 6:31:25 PM

groberts101 said:
I would go towards the Vertex 3 Max IOPS edition as the incompressible write speed(along with compression based speed) is very close to the 240GB version. Regular 120GB V3 is about 70MB/s slower.


Thanks, where did you find a review of the max IOPS edition? Also is the cost the same as the regular V3?
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April 27, 2011 6:32:06 PM

Is the V2 still worth getting after the change to the 25 nand die?
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April 27, 2011 7:01:34 PM

The OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS was just released yesterday morning. OCZ issued a lot of press releases. They are available at Newegg and Amazon. I just checked for technical reviews. None published yet.
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April 27, 2011 11:31:11 PM

groberts101 said:
no reviews yet. OCZ has some that will be testing them shortly.

http://www.ocztechnology.com/res/manuals/OCZ_Vertex3_MA...

they're so new and unknown that they aren't selling out nearly as quickly as the regular versions. Kinda funny.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for the links. It costs about the same as the regular V3 and it looks like it will be faster.

Any V2 owners out there that own the 25 nand V2?
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May 8, 2011 2:28:00 AM

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