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July 14, 2011 8:05:51 AM

I would like to buy a 120gb SSD, and it seems that OCZ has decent ones at low prices, however i dont know anything about them.

Specifically the OCZ Solid 3 , its really cheap on newegg right now and its fast. is it a reliable drive? or is it worth the extra $ to get the agility 3 or vertex 3 instead? Id kind of like to spend as little on a SSD as possible but wanted 120gb and fast, ocz's stuff seems to fit that.

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July 14, 2011 8:12:00 AM

nothings changed since that article?
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July 14, 2011 8:24:18 AM

Agility and vertex 3 had issues with firmware which is now fixed. I haven't seen any feedback of solid 3 yet. IMO, I would hesitate buying ssd with sf2000 control for now. Nothing against ocz, since corsair also have problems with its sf2000 ssd and I have a vertex 2. Just want the coast to clear before buying. But if you must get an ssd now, get the intel 320.
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July 14, 2011 3:24:46 PM

if low power consumption is important (for laptop battery life) then intel would be the way to go.
if performance is important then a sandforce based SSD is the way to go.
if space and/or price is important then SSD is not the way to go.

also keep in mind there's more to a SSD's performance than seq read/write speeds.
even though OCZ's vertex 3, agility 3 and solid 3 all have similar seq read/write, the vertex 3 will be noticably faster because it has the highest IOP performance of the three.

with that said, here's my experience on OCZ's reliability: i'm on my 3rd vertex 2 drive, 1st one was DOA the 2nd one failed after 3 weeks, the 3rd one has been fine thus far but i don't trust it with important data. that's a 67% failure rate for OCZ drives in my possession, whereas the failure rate for every other SSD i have/had (all non-OCZ and non-sandforce) is 0%.
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July 14, 2011 3:57:14 PM

Over the last year, I've used 2 Kingstons(now and now+), and 1 Corsair (nova) and have had rock solid performance from each.

The difference in performance between SSD's is miniscule compared the difference in performance between SSD's and HHD'.

So, unless your a nut for running benchmarks, your best measure is cost per gb, and reliablility. Read Newegg customer reviews.
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July 14, 2011 5:12:42 PM

pyree - "Agility and vertex 3 had issues with firmware which is now fixed" latest ATTEMPT is FW 1.09 and I would NOT call that a Fix, Yes it fixed some, others not so lucky - still have problems to causing the SSD to run slower.

On Intel 320 - Tom's was a day late and a dollar short, Seems I mentioned this in previous posts referencing artical from cdrinfo.

Didn't catch if for desktop or laptop. IF laptop, do NOT buy a SF22xx controller based SSD untill you see some reviews showing that it works for the specific laptop!!

Currently only recommending SATA III SSDs using the Marvel controller and/or the Sata II SSDs using the SF1200 controller.

Bottom line: Wait a couple of months to see if the problems with the "newer SSds are solved. SSDs should be Plug-&-Play NOT Plug-&-PRAY. Problem is that they are not refunable so you are stuck if you find you have problems.

Don't pay all the attention to Benchmarks - Look at "real-world" test (or ones that try to mimic the real world - As branden stated not as big of a difference.

RANT: The only way a OCZ SSD will see the light inside my computer is if they send me a FREE replacement for my Agility III - THAT works with out jumping thru hoops!!!! Up untill I saw How the corporate mentality - Scre^@#$%^% the costumer I have recommended OCZ. How does that go - takes a while to build up a good reputation, but one a'*** to distroy it - and a Very long time to get it back. They should have recalled/refunded the ones that are defective be it firmware or hardware!!!
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July 14, 2011 5:41:15 PM

RetiredChief said:
pyree - "Agility and vertex 3 had issues with firmware which is now fixed" latest ATTEMPT is FW 1.09 and I would NOT call that a Fix, Yes it fixed some, others not so lucky - still have problems to causing the SSD to run slower.

On Intel 320 - Tom's was a day late and a dollar short, Seems I mentioned this in previous posts referencing artical from cdrinfo.


I didn't know how good the fix for ocz was, but now you told me about the fix not working, I will be careful. Thanks. And no, I didn't read your post, so I got my news from TH front page news.
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July 14, 2011 11:45:02 PM

In terms of reliability what's left to choose from? For SATA 6Gb/s ssd's that have been around for a while we still have the Crucial C300 and the Intel 510. For SATA 3Gb/s ssd's the Samsung 470 is looking very good.

I'm not even going to think about brand new ssd's until there is some sort of track record established.
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July 14, 2011 11:58:02 PM

^ Johnny, When I said "Newer" I was referring to the Intel 510, M4 and SF22xx' (LOL) anyway Agree wholeheartly with your comments. You put out some very good info.
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July 15, 2011 5:54:49 AM

so, the only reliable sata 6gb/s ssd are Crucial C300 and the Intel 510? id hoped to put a ssd in my new comp build next week.
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a c 353 G Storage
July 15, 2011 12:47:15 PM

Seems the Sata III SSDs using the new Marvel controller are less probmatic. The Intel 510 uses the marvel controller (a First intel SSD not using a Intel Controller). The main diff between it and the other brands is the FW.
Take a look at the reviews on the plextor 128 gig, looks better than several of the other SATA III marvel based SSds. Planning on going for the Intel 510, or the Plextor to for My Samsung RF711 (SB) notebook. (Agility III bombs out after Win 7 Install at first reboot).
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a c 314 G Storage
July 15, 2011 11:38:02 PM

The Crucial m4 is a newer version of the Crucial C300. I did not mention it because it is still new and doesn't have a well established track record. Same with the Patriot WildFire but it does look promising. The WildFire uses the same SandForce 2281 controller but it appears that the firmware has been improved. In fact the patriot firmware may have jumped ahead of the firmware used by OCZ. Time will tell.
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July 19, 2011 4:19:01 PM

The Crucial C300 also has stronger random 4K read performance than the Crucial m4, which is an important metric. That and the fact that it has a pretty good track record made me decide on it.
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July 23, 2011 7:52:26 PM

<< Running a corsair 120gb force GT series. This drive is stellar! Viciously fast, installed with no issues and have had no issues since install, granted it has only been a few weeks. It installed just like any other hard drive which was a pleasure.

Some reviews on it...
http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1210/pg1/corsair-...

This one you have to use google translate..
http://www.sweclockers.com/recension/14204-ssd-sommaren...

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/SATA-III-SSD-RoundUp-OCZ...
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July 23, 2011 10:03:04 PM

nice :D 

yea i was mainly considering these 3:


I was really hoping for seperate 4k read/write stats instead of just 'up to 85000 iops' on the corsair and patriot (the 2 im staring at the hardest, specially patriot)

there is a failry noticable price difference on these also.. (215 - 300)
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July 23, 2011 10:18:42 PM

I just bought a Crucial M4 128GB with the cloning kit for $182 (plus tax, I'm in Cali).

I think it was a fantastic deal, but Newegg had sent me a 15% off coupon for Crucial SSD's about four days earlier (Score!).
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July 24, 2011 3:18:59 AM

SSDs are still pretty unstable, I'm sticking with a hybrid drive until reliability is up and price is down
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July 25, 2011 5:20:27 PM

Always check the reviews first!
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a c 314 G Storage
July 25, 2011 5:23:02 PM

New Mushkin ssd. There do not seem to be any competent technical reviews other than the Tom's Hardware article.
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July 25, 2011 5:36:44 PM

yeah, I know, sounds like I'll just be waiting untill reveiws seperate the lineup:
This is how I see it so far:
1.Patriot Wildfire 120gb
2.Crucial m4 128gb
3.Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe 120gb
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a c 314 G Storage
July 25, 2011 9:55:44 PM

The Crucial C300 was released at the very beginning of February 2010. It is considered to be an old ssd and has been replaced by the Crucial m4. One of the good things about the C300 was that it uses a Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 controller resulting in relatively problem free performance.

In some ways it is similar to the Intel 510 ssd with the Marvell 88SS9174-BKK2 which also is relatively problem free ssd.
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July 25, 2011 10:02:21 PM

The M4 is pretty new, reviews look generally good, but it has known issues with macs. Also, It costs about twice as much per GB
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a c 314 G Storage
July 25, 2011 10:06:12 PM

Macs have a high number of issues with solid state drives and not just the Crucial m4. I do not understand why Mac's will not work with more ssd's.
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July 25, 2011 10:17:57 PM

Because macs were designed by apple to never be opened and to be locked to the parts apple wants you to have.... It works with Ipods, but can be frustrating when trying to upgrade your computer....
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July 26, 2011 3:06:29 PM

sounds like they are trying way to hard to enx upgrading......

apparently the fact that the Mushkin is new doesn't stop people from buying them, they were in stock when I first posted it on this thread, now they are sold out of the 120gb version.
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July 26, 2011 3:16:28 PM

Oh and may I add that after the C300 in the highest ratings on newegg, is the 64gb M4 ;) 
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