hi guys i was just looking around at an intel 320 series ssd 120gb and i was wondering if there is anything better than it i am liiking for one thet is 120gb and is about R2000
any replies will be greatley appriciated.
That intel 320 is ok if you hav SATA 2 mainboard. If you have SATA 3 mainboard, get a faster one, ie Crucial M4 or one of the Sandforce 3 (the updated firmware out last month fixed the BSOD so no worries there)
I've tried a lot of different SSD's over the years and I've been most impressed with Intel drives. The Sandforce chipset has gotten a lot of popularity for performance, but it's reliability is horrible. I've owned 4 OCZ SSD's that were all based on SandForce and all of them BSD'ed on me after 2 weeks. Even with updated firmware.
I wouldn't sacrifice reliability for a marginal performance boost. That being said, you really only have 2 choices. The 320 is a great value, but closer to SATA 2.0 speeds. If you want to keep the pace with the fastest SSD's on the market, you'll have to go to the 510 at 120GB which is significantly faster at SATA III speeds.
The fastest is the 256GB 510 which runs at near SandForce speeds.
So the best value is the 120GB 510. It doubles your 120GB 320 speeds but with only a 25% price increase and still hovers around your R2000 limit (probably slightly over). Just make sure you have SATA III waiting for it.
I've had a good experience with Crucial C300s and now M4s, but if you can afford it, go for the Intel. Crucial is second best when it comes to reliability and longevity. Sandforce drives should only be used in setups that are not mission critical. They are like Ferraris: fast as stink, but will last maybe 30,000 miles and wont start below freezing.
thanks guys for your help. Should i get the intel 120gb 510 series? if so then where could i get one cheap in south africa? also are they any alternitives thet are maby about R1500? for the same performance?. last question is thet my setup has a standard hdd (7200rpm) and its quite slow my new pc now has an i7 2600k+12gb ram.... and its only slightly faster than my old pc (i5 750,12gb ram.....) why????