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SSD recommendations (and HDD question)

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March 10, 2012 1:31:21 AM

I'm looking to get a SSD in the next month (extra money coming in), but I know nothing about the different chips/brands and what have you. Can someone give a recommendation for something at least 120GB up to 200-250GB? I have a Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P/Core i3-2100 with Lucid Virtu and all that (might have more questions once I try to put it in) and running Win7 Pro so I got TRIM support. Also Crossfired 5770's and 16GB RAM (Patriot I believe). Any other considerations I should be looking at? Thanks

On a different subject, I hear Samsung F3's are the new goto HDD. Did I hear correct? I'll probably get a couple to RAID and replace my 500GB boot and Green Western Digital backup.
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March 10, 2012 2:52:57 AM

Good point rolli, I'll keep that in mind. Between the ones you have both recommended, are there differences in them. I hear buzz words like Sandforce, blah blah blah controller. Is there a 'best' controller option?
a c 260 G Storage
March 10, 2012 2:56:18 AM

Intel best reliability and great warranty, Samsung close second but only 3 years warranty!
March 10, 2012 3:01:40 AM

The Samsung appears 'faster', 520/400mbps compared to 520/260. Is that all theoretical speed?
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March 10, 2012 3:25:17 AM

Sandforce seems to be pretty good right now and there is always going to be a contest to be the best just like with everything else. When you look closely all of the controllers are pretty good and close in performance so what you have to do is look at the whole package. Brand name making the SSD , the controller chip and the type of nand flash mamory being used. Because of those things I believe Intel gets the best nand flash memory and now has the Sandforce controller and then you have the Intel name and quality the stands behind it with a 5 year warranty.
To be honest there are about three to four brand name SSD makers that are at the top and you really couldn't go wrong with any of them. Intel , Samsung , Crucial and Mushkin. People will argue I'm sure about who should be in that group but everyone is entitled to thier opinion.

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a c 119 G Storage
March 10, 2012 3:31:31 AM

scottiemedic said:
The Samsung appears 'faster', 520/400mbps compared to 520/260. Is that all theoretical speed?

The Intel 520 Cherryville SSD 240gb has 550 read and 520 write which is pretty fast in my opinion.

You will notice that in all of the SSD details they always say "up to" for the speeds and that's because of the different computers that the drive will be installed in , everyone will get just a little different speed based on what they have for components in thier computer.
March 10, 2012 4:12:09 AM

Intel it is then, and sorry for the confusion, I was reading the specs wrong :)  Ooops
March 10, 2012 4:12:42 AM

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