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May 27, 2012 7:11:38 PM

Hey community,

I might get a SSD next week, and can't decide which one to get. Here's the links for the SSDs that i am interested:

240 GB Pyro se: http://www.frys.com/product/6887676?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

240 GB Pyro series: http://www.frys.com/product/6728125?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

240 GB Intel 520 SSD: http://www.frys.com/product/6983427?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

240 GB Corsair Force GT: http://www.frys.com/product/6935707?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

240 GB Corsair Force Series 3: http://www.frys.com/product/6887426?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...

I can't get them online, have to go to stores to get them. Because I don't think my relative will buy it online. Which one is better for the price? Why or why not? And, is it enough to store my operating system, and my games?

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a c 265 G Storage
May 27, 2012 8:51:46 PM

The Intel has the best warranty and is thought to be the most reliable!
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a b G Storage
May 27, 2012 9:01:57 PM

Intel is known for the reliability for their ssd. The corsair force SSD are fast. Compare their warranty and then check the price.
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May 27, 2012 9:15:00 PM

What about the Pyro SSDs that i put for the first two? Are they good or bad?
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a b G Storage
May 27, 2012 9:20:17 PM

I would not know. Most of my research comes from the reliability and the experience of people using the drives. It seems that the Pyro's are good from what I've read on them.
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a c 265 G Storage
May 27, 2012 9:30:21 PM

Samsung is thought to be next to Intel on reliability and comes highly recommended!
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May 27, 2012 9:32:33 PM

rolli59 said:
Samsung is thought to be next to Intel on reliability and comes highly recommended!


What about the Pyro SSD's and the Corsair SSD's that i mention above? Are they better than intel or samsung SSD's?
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a b G Storage
May 27, 2012 9:36:55 PM

The recommended ones are samsung, crucial, intel, I even read about plextor m3 being great.
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May 27, 2012 9:38:15 PM

fantastik250 said:
The recommended ones are samsung, crucial, intel, I even read about plextor m3 being great.


I want the crucial m4 as well, cheap and fast... but the store doesn't have them. So which ones should i choose from the 6 of them i mentioned?
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a b G Storage
May 27, 2012 9:46:59 PM

You have a couple of options:

Intel for the warranty and reliability
Corsair force GT for performance
Samsung 830 for reliability

All of these SSD will perform great no matter what.
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a c 265 G Storage
May 27, 2012 9:47:31 PM

I personally have bought a couple of Mushkin drivers that are in class with the Pyro and the Corsair! Both are working fine and I am sure both drives you mentioned are going to work fine as well in most cases!
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May 27, 2012 10:00:55 PM

fantastik250 said:
You have a couple of options:

Intel for the warranty and reliability
Corsair force GT for performance
Samsung 830 for reliability

All of these SSD will perform great no matter what.


Uhh, I will eliminate the Pyro SSD's, don't want to do those stupid rebates.... So, either Intel, Corsair for GT, and Samsung. By the way, do you need to install some kinda of drivers for the SSDs?
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a b G Storage
May 27, 2012 10:06:15 PM

What brand is your motherboard? Also you need to determine if you have SATA II or SATA III connectors as well as needing SATA cables.
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May 27, 2012 10:18:53 PM

fantastik250 said:
What brand is your motherboard? Also you need to determine if you have SATA II or SATA III connectors as well as needing SATA cables.


I don't know the brand of my motherboard, its an OEM. Its a Dell XPS 8300, comes with 2 SATA III ports and 2 SATA II ports. So i will put my SSD and my other HDD on the SATA III ports and my DVD drive to one of my SATA II port. Maybe I might have to get another SATA cable if the SSD's don't come with it.

Anyways, heres my specs:

Intel Core i7-2600 (non-k)
8 GB DDR3 RAM - 1333 MHz
AMD Radeon HD 6770
1TB in RAID 0

Planning to delete the RAID array after i get my SSD.
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a c 265 G Storage
May 27, 2012 10:22:22 PM

They do usually not come with cables, Your plan for the SATA III connectors is correct. Make sure your SATA controller is set to ACHI mode.
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a b G Storage
May 27, 2012 10:22:53 PM

Intel without a question check the stats
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a b G Storage
May 27, 2012 10:41:45 PM

You motherboard is an intel motherboard due to your intel processor.

In short, AHCI enables the SATA for your motherboard. You must look where your SATA controllers are in the BIOS and set it to AHCI for your SSD.

And if it is not enabled, refer to the link I provided that does a registry edit.
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May 27, 2012 11:13:52 PM

fantastik250 said:
You motherboard is an intel motherboard due to your intel processor.

In short, AHCI enables the SATA for your motherboard. You must look where your SATA controllers are in the BIOS and set it to AHCI for your SSD.

And if it is not enabled, refer to the link I provided that does a registry edit.


I checked my BIOS just now, and its on RAID mode. Becuase i am using 2 hard drives in RAID 0 right now. Theres only two choices for my SATA, AHCI and RAID. So i will delete the RAID array after I get my SSD, and put it back to AHCI mode for my SATA. But according to the link you give me, it also tells about IDE mode. Whats IDE mode in SATA?
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May 27, 2012 11:26:25 PM

a mushkin chronos deluxe is a better drive than the crucial, the pyro or the force. it is faster than the intel, the samsung and the crucial. it uses toggle mode and nand which means that it has a much longer lifespan and much more IOPS. i have one and it boots m in 15 secs. the chronos deluxe is on par with the vertex 3 max iops, sandisk extreme (i think) and the patroit wildfire. the chronos deluxe is also cheap too
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May 27, 2012 11:28:25 PM

TheBigTroll said:
a mushkin chronos deluxe is a better drive than the crucial, the pyro or the force. it is faster than the intel, the samsung and the crucial. it uses toggle mode and nand which means that it has a much longer lifespan and much more IOPS. i have one and it boots m in 15 secs. the chronos deluxe is on par with the vertex 3 max iops, sandisk extreme (i think) and the patroit wildfire. the chronos deluxe is also cheap too


They don't have it on the store... Those are the only good ones i can find...
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May 28, 2012 12:17:13 AM

ipwn3r456 said:
They don't have it on the store... Those are the only good ones i can find...


where do you live? it isnt that hard to get stuff shipped here in NA
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May 28, 2012 12:18:30 AM

TheBigTroll said:
where do you live? it isnt that hard to get stuff shipped here in NA


I said on earlier that I can only get it on a store. Look at the beginning of the thread and see what I wrote.
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May 28, 2012 12:30:27 AM

ipwn3r456 said:
I said on earlier that I can only get it on a store. Look at the beginning of the thread and see what I wrote.


sorry then...:/
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May 28, 2012 12:35:48 AM

TheBigTroll said:
sorry then...:/


Its all fine. Everybody makes mistakes. What do you think which SSD should I go for? Intel 520, Corsair Force GT, Corsair Force Series 3, or Samsung 830? Those are the only good ones on the store. Not getting the Pyro SSDs because I don't want to do those stupid rebates.
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a c 265 G Storage
May 28, 2012 12:39:05 AM

Go with the Samsung if it is cheaper than the Intel and vise versa!
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May 28, 2012 12:41:34 AM

rolli59 said:
Go with the Samsung if it is cheaper than the Intel and vise versa!


Yeah I think I should. But after I read some articles about SSDs, theres something called sandforce controllers. What are those and what are they use for?
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May 28, 2012 12:48:50 AM

ipwn3r456 said:
I checked my BIOS just now, and its on RAID mode. Becuase i am using 2 hard drives in RAID 0 right now. Theres only two choices for my SATA, AHCI and RAID. So i will delete the RAID array after I get my SSD, and put it back to AHCI mode for my SATA. But according to the link you give me, it also tells about IDE mode. Whats IDE mode in SATA?


IDE is for older hard drive because of the connection. Don't worry about it.
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May 28, 2012 12:50:52 AM

fantastik250 said:
IDE is for older hard drive because of the connection. Don't worry about it.


Hey, whats sandforce controllers in SSDs? I read some articles about SSDs, and they talk about it. What is sandforce controllers and what are they use for?
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a c 265 G Storage
May 28, 2012 12:52:19 AM

ipwn3r456 said:
Yeah I think I should. But after I read some articles about SSDs, theres something called sandforce controllers. What are those and what are they use for?

Sandforce is a controller on the SSD for example Intel and Corsair, Samsung has their own controller.
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a b G Storage
May 28, 2012 12:55:14 AM

Different brands have different controllers. It helps the SSD to function.
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May 28, 2012 1:04:36 AM

fantastik250 said:
Different brands have different controllers. It helps the SSD to function.


How do you know which controllers are better? Don't really know about those stuff, sorry about that.
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a c 265 G Storage
May 28, 2012 1:08:50 AM

They are all good in their way. Sandforce is known for a bug but Intel which has used it has not had it!
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May 28, 2012 1:11:14 AM

rolli59 said:
They are all good in their way. Sandforce is known for a bug but Intel which has used it has not had it!


Does it matters for the performance for the SSDs?
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a c 265 G Storage
May 28, 2012 1:18:07 AM

Yes it does a little bit, each controller has its strong points but for a normal user it is not noticeable but measurable!
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May 28, 2012 1:20:35 AM

rolli59 said:
Yes it does a little bit, each controller has its strong points but for a normal user it is not noticeable but measurable!


Hey, I got another question. I read some articles about SSDs and see types of memory chips being used. What types of memory chips are there, and explain each of them? Thanks.
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May 28, 2012 2:35:18 AM

So anymore comments or suggestions?
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a b G Storage
May 28, 2012 7:33:11 AM

There are several websites that explain each part of an SSD, well as types,. You may want to go here www.thessdreview.com and go to SSD guides. Simple to read.
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May 28, 2012 2:30:18 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I got another question. How good are the Intel's, Samsung's, and Corsair's warranty? All I know is that Intel provides 5 year warranty, Samsung is 3 years, and Corsair is 3 years also. But how good are their warranty?
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a c 265 G Storage
May 28, 2012 2:34:54 PM

They will all honor their warranties and are all reputable companies, so good!
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May 28, 2012 7:40:24 PM

rolli59 said:
They will all honor their warranties and are all reputable companies, so good!


Ok last question. Which of the three brands have the least and the highest failure rate? Just wondering how reliability those SSDs are.
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