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November 23, 2011 2:56:58 PM

Hello all,

I'm about ready to make the switch to SSD's, and I'd like some of your expert opinions on certain drives. I am fairly knowledgable about SSD's, but then again not really. Not as much as a lot of you, so I'm asking for you help!

I'm looking at buying two 120-128 GB drives and putting them in Raid 0. I had been debating between keeping the drives separate to still be able to use TRIM, but the little news update on THG this morning about Intel enabling TRIM in Raid has made my decision easy as I can now have the best of both worlds!

Another important thing is that the drives must remain under $300 a piece. I would like to get 160 GB drives, but that's going to put me over my $300 budget per drive.

Now for the candidates:

OCZ Vertex 3
Intel SSD 510
Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe
Patriot Wildfire
Crucial M4
Samsung 830

I want the fastest drive I can get while not sacrificing all of the reliability. It is my understanding that the Sandforce controller bug that was causing BSOD's has now been worked out. Was that the only thing making the OCZ drives unreliable? I had read some rumblings a while back about OCZ drives being the fastest but also the most unreliable. Does this still hold true?

Tom's SSD buyers guide for the month is basically recommending the Mushkin drive to me. Anyone have any opinions on this drive?

I really was set on waiting for the Intel SSD 520, but it sounds like it won't be out until Q1 2012 now. My PC is sold, so there's no way I can wait that long to build a new rig.

I will gladly accept and appreciate any and all recommendations, warnings, words of wisdom, etc!

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November 23, 2011 2:58:26 PM

Oh, and I guess I should note that I game a lot at 5760x1080, and I will be doing a lot of work with large data files in statistical programs such as Matlab, Stata, SAS, etc. I also work a lot with huge data files in Excel.
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November 23, 2011 3:28:09 PM

Yea, that's what I was referring to when I said Tom's Buyers Guide. I should have said Best SSD's for the Money. That's what I meant when I said they're basically telling me to buy the Mushkin drive, but when I think of SSD manufacturers I don't think of Mushkin. Is that because I'm an idiot and don't know anything about SSD's? Are they legit when it comes to SSD's? Anyone had personal experience with them?
November 24, 2011 1:49:35 AM

I guess my main question is was the BSOD issue the only issue with Sandforce drives? I had always had my eye on the Vertex 3 Max IOPS editions, but I know they had a terrible track record with reliability. Are they fine now that the BSOD issue is fixed, or are there still other issues with the drives?

Somebody out there has to be running some of these drives.
November 25, 2011 5:16:26 PM

No one has any idea what was wrong with the Sandforce drives? Has the BSOD bug fixed them?
March 15, 2012 7:15:18 PM

update news.
OCZ Vertex 3 fix that problem with last firmware.

If you purchase it OCZ product they are already build in with last firmware.

Problem solved i guess.

Because i have this OCZ Vertex 3 SSD for each for my pc.

I don't have any problems with BSOD
!