SSD for $200

I am not up to date on the best price to performance to storage ratio of SSDs.

Anyone know a good SSD that has fast read (I am a gamer mainly) that is preferrably 120-128 gigs in size that is around $200? Specifically off of Amazon as i live in Alaska and they are the only ones i have found that do free shipping.

THANKS!
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  1. Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB $219
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    Cheers ;)
  2. What brand and model motherboard do you have?
  3. I would recommend the Crucial m4.

    If you are looking for a faster drive in that price range, I would go with Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD), it is a newer Sandforce drive but there aren't many reviews to determine if it is plagued by some of the issues like the others.
  4. You've got a motherboard that is SATA 3.0 6Gb/s capable. It has two ssd controllers. One is integrated into the Intel Z68 chipset. The second one is a Marvell Controller. You'll want to connect your ssd to the Intel SATA 3.0 6Gb/s ports on your motherboard.

    For speed you probably ought to choose an ssd with a SandForce 2281 Controller. Here are your choices in no particular order:

    Corsair Force 3
    Crucial C300
    Crucial M4
    OCZ Vertex 3
    OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS
    OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G
    Patriot Wildfire

    Get the ssd with the best price. For gaming there won't be any difference between the ssd's. The ssd's will not improve FPS or the actual game play. About the only thing an ssd will do is load the game quicker and load levels, charts, and maps quicker.

    Here is a link to the ssd database:

    http://www.johnnylucky.org/data-storage/ssd-database.html

    You can scroll to the different brands and models and then click on the links to the technical reviews.
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