I'm thinking of getting my first SSD, FINALLY.
Now I can get a Vertex 2 much cheaper than a Vertex 3. I know the synthetic benchmarks, but I don't think there will be much real world difference. True? Or does the Vertex 3 have other advantages as well, like better firmware, better self management, etc?
I'm not looking for lots of tweeks. If Windows 7 is mature enough with the updates, I don't think I'll need lots of fixing just to make to make SSD run at 90% of max potential without shorting the SSD drive life.
Do I need the newest Intel RST driver ?
Since you didn't mention Vertex 2 or 3, then I guess there isn't much difference except for synthetic benchmarks.
Since I'm just looking for good/average performance, I'll just use AHCI & TRIM AND Disable System Restore & Drive Indexing for now - since some tweeks can harm.
I'm also planning on getting a 120 gig version (more than enough), so I don't to count & save every meg so carefully.