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December 2, 2011 11:00:23 AM

Hi there,

I currently own a gigabyte p35-ds3 motherboard that has only sata2 (kinda' old ~ 4 years) with a E8500 cpu. I'm thinking of buying a ssd and I'm thinking of OCZ vertez 3 or agility 3, which one do you recommend? I hope there won't be any issues caused by the fact that the ssd is 6Gbps and the mobo is 3Gbps. I expect the ssd to work at 3Gbps. In the folowing 6-8 months I'm planning on changing the whole PC so I'm starting with the ssd :) 
So...what do you guys think?

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December 2, 2011 11:21:15 AM

It's all backward compatible. The SSD will run fine under SATA 2.

I'd go for the Vertex 3. (I assume you mean the max IOPS version)
December 2, 2011 11:28:24 AM

It will work with sata 2, i personally would go for a Crucial M4 SSD, i've heard OCZ doesn't have the best SSD's when it comes to reliability (And Crucial M4 gives a bit more actual storage)
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December 2, 2011 11:46:14 AM

Yanthrax said:
It will work with sata 2, i personally would go for a Crucial M4 SSD, i've heard OCZ doesn't have the best SSD's when it comes to reliability (And Crucial M4 gives a bit more actual storage)


According to their website, crucial has way smaller write speeds than OCZ.
http://www.crucial.com/store/listmodule/SSD/~65536~/lis...
December 2, 2011 12:02:50 PM

marten said:
According to their website, crucial has way smaller write speeds than OCZ.
http://www.crucial.com/store/listmodule/SSD/~65536~/lis...


Yes, but i personally don't care much for the write speeds as you'll use the read speeds much more, i do care more about the extra space given by the Crucial M4, if going for the 120/128GB there is a difference of 7.4GB which is alot for SSD's IMO. (and if coming from a regular HDD you'll notice a huge boost in speed anyway)
December 2, 2011 1:42:11 PM

Do you think it would be a high difference between agility and vertex? I did some more research and according to ocz.com , vertex is part of high performance ssd's, and agility is from category value ssd's.
December 2, 2011 5:44:04 PM

There is also a noticeable price difference between agility and vertex, for about 50$. Seems a bit more, considering there is not such a huge performance difference. I think I'll go with Agility after all. Do you know if it requires a firmware update? I know there were some problems with this some while ago.
December 2, 2011 6:13:15 PM

marten said:
There is also a noticeable price difference between agility and vertex, for about 50$. Seems a bit more, considering there is not such a huge performance difference. I think I'll go with Agility after all. Do you know if it requires a firmware update? I know there were some problems with this some while ago.


It seems there's an update available on the OCZ website: http://www.ocztechnology.com/ssd_tools/OCZ_Vertex_3,_Ve...

So i assume it's best to update =)

Here's a thread by someone asking how to do that: http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?...
December 3, 2011 12:26:03 PM

I will order the agility 3, the decision is taken:) 
Thanks for all the advises!!
December 3, 2011 12:32:40 PM

marten said:
I will order the agility 3, the decision is taken:) 
Thanks for all the advises!!


No problem =)
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