I'm going to f'ing kill myself. I've tried to order 3 different SSD's and every time they say its in stock then when I order I get an email its on back order. I HAVE to decide on a different one. I'm using the computer for production work, so I need a RELIABLE SSD. So, here's where I'm at.
Like I said, I'd prefer reliability over pure speed. So if the Intel really is my best bet, I'll just have to hold off on getting an SSD for now and wait until it comes in stock. Brutally honest opinions welcome!
I decided I'm just going to buy the Intel 510 Series 120GB on ebay and have it shipped over. I think thats probably the fastest and most reliable drive available isn't it? I know some may be faster, but I mean a balance of fast/reliable.
Yes, the Crucial M4 is available, for about exactly the same price as the Intel 510. My concern is the reliability. This computer is going to be for photoshop/premiere/after effects projects worth a lot of money, so reliability will be much more important than pure speed for me. So if the 510 and M4 are comparable on speed, I'd definitely opt for the Intel. Pretty much unanimous agreement that Intels are the most stable and reliable, right?
I'm very leary of recommending any of the Sata 3 SSD's using the SF2xxxx controller.
From One of my previous post.
Reliability and compatibility - Intel
Highest performance/bragging rights Sata III Using the Sandforce 2xxx controller.
The High end will provide a noted increase in boot time and program load over the Mid tier SSDs, However the advantage inuse is not significantly higher than the mid-level - with some exceptions/programs.
(1) There is a BIG boost in loading your operating system and loading program, also installs goes faster.
(2) In program performance, not a big boost.
a word of caution on the new SATA III Sandforce controllers - If they work they are great, but there are some problems with the firmware. Corsair is doing a voluntary recall on one of theirs (Both firmware and a hardware problem). OCZ is downplaying the problem. If you look at the Newegg reviews (always take with a grain of salt) the percentage of low scores is much higher than it should be. It is across the board and not limited to a specific brand. Most problems appear to be with the newer MB chipsets (ie SB), and laptops are a real toss up as to even getting the operating system to load.
Hate to say it but I'd go Intel for the newer SATA III SSDs.
END (PS reread and corrected a couple of spelling problem.
Tecmo34 recommendation of the M4 May be a viable option - I did not like the poor CG in the 300, but with trim that is not a biggy.
PS, I have several SSDs (7). Last 2 were the Agility III. One for My Z68 Build - Works great (SOFAR), the other for SB laptop - FORGET IT). It is not the SSD itself, it's a firm ware problem that prevents loading on the laptop - It also works fine on the Z68. Based on my experience with this (Always had a good opinion of OCZ). This will probably be the last OCZ SSD.