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June 3, 2012 11:57:38 AM

My system HDD is on it's way out so I'm going to be looking to upgrade to an SSD in the 120-128GB size range very soon. What would be a highly compatible/quality brand that would work well with my GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L Rev2.0 motherboard? I'm not worried about backward compatibility, since the amount of research I've done shows that there shouldn't be any issues working with a SATAIII SSD with my SATAII mobo.

Any recommendations would be appreciated. Cheers.

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June 3, 2012 1:36:35 PM

The Operating System has more to do with compatibility than anything, I see you have Windows 7 so no problems there. Just remember to enable TRIM to keep the SSD healthy.

Currently I'm looking at the Vertex 4 and Crucial M4, both should work well. Which is better im trying to figure out myself. Vertex 4 seems to be faster, while the Crucial M4 has a track record for reliability, so take your pick.
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June 4, 2012 12:11:36 PM

manofchalk said:
The Operating System has more to do with compatibility than anything, I see you have Windows 7 so no problems there. Just remember to enable TRIM to keep the SSD healthy.

Currently I'm looking at the Vertex 4 and Crucial M4, both should work well. Which is better im trying to figure out myself. Vertex 4 seems to be faster, while the Crucial M4 has a track record for reliability, so take your pick.





Thanks for the input.

My main goal is to find the least problematic SSD to work with my specific GIGABYTE motherboard. Since this is my 1st SSD, want to make the transition as smooth as possible. So, not really looking for "THE best" SSD overall. My system is SATAII & not bleeding edge, but & I'm happy with it.

The OCZ Vertex 4 & Crucial M4 have decent ratings @ Newegg, where I get most of my components. Have been researching the possible upgrade to an SSD, which is now happening thanks to my WD Raptor X finally showing signs of issues after nearly 5 years, on & off for a while now.

I've looked @ those 2 @ Newegg & elsewhere, but what do you think of the Plextor M3 Series PX-128M3 128GB SATA III? [LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...] It has one of the best customer ratings @ Amazon & Newegg, due to its high reliability & very low failure rate. I'm not going to be setting up RAID, so reliability with a single solution SSD is what I'm looking for. Granted, the Plextor M3 is a bit more expensive, but after a $30 rebate in effect as of this writing, the cost boils down to less than $1 a gig. Plus it has a *5* year warranty, can't beat that.

In the SSD install process, I know I'm going to have to update the firmware [most likely], enable AHCI in the BIOS & then, once Windows is installed, enable TRIM/Garbage Collection. Windows itself should automatically/by default disable Superfetch, ReadyBoost & Application Launch Prefetching when the SSD is installed/detected correctly. Have I missed anything? Being an SSD novice, I'm learning more & more everyday.
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June 5, 2012 10:18:20 AM

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Dude same condition with me also. i hope you get a answer



I take it you have the same motherboard. I actually plunked down for the Plextor M3 Series PX-128M3 128GB SATA III SSD @ Newegg.com [LINK: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...] after a lot of research.

It has FANTASTIC ratings @ both Amazon & Newegg in both quality of build & reliability. Hope that helps.
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June 15, 2012 8:30:48 AM

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