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August 10, 2012 12:06:27 AM

I've been researching on this matter for a really long time and couldnt actually find the answer i was hoping for so i decided that i should ask it here.

My Current System Specs:
Intel i5 2500k @ 4.5ghz with 1.344v
Asus GTX 560 DirectCU
8gb(4x2) DDR3 1333mhz Corsair XMS3 and some Hi-Level ram with cooler
MSI Z77A-G43
Western Digital Caviar Green Sata II 1TB

I'm thinking of buying a new SSD next week along with another 4x2GB Corsair XMS3 ram to pair with my existing 8gb of ram to have 16gb of ram so i've been thinking on what i should get as an SSD that would meet my needs performance and reliability-wise

I've narrowed my choices to:

OCZ Vertex 3(A lot of negative feedback from Newegg related to hardware failure)
Corsair Force GT(Not as fast as the Vertex 3 if i remember correctly)
Kingston SSDNow V200+(No idea about this one)

Can't really decide between these three and kinda got bored of reading the same articles on the internet while learning nothing.

All 3 is 120GB and i wont need extra storage as my HDD has a lot.

Thanks for any advices.

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August 10, 2012 12:18:17 AM

I notice they are ALL Sandforce based drives. I've had nothing but trouble with my Sandforce Corsair SSD, and I hear the same types of problems with the OCZ, and SSDs with a Sandforce controller generally (even Intel with their 320 series [Sandforce] are having issues). With the benefit of hindsight, I'd go for an Intel 520 (NOT 320) or a Samsung 830 myself. Crucual m4 might also be worth considering. Regardless of brand or controller. the prices for the 120GB drives are all much the same, and there is no "real world" difference between any of them.
August 10, 2012 12:34:51 AM

What is the drive going to be used for?
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August 10, 2012 12:39:34 AM

The intel 520 is a sandforce controller where the 320 is an Intel controller.
Series 520 Series Cherryville 320 Series
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Used For Consumer Consumer
Form Factor 2.5" 2.5"
Capacity 120GB 120GB
Memory Components MLC MLC
Interface SATA III SATA II
Controller SandForce Intel
August 10, 2012 12:56:10 AM

All three of your ssds that you are looking at are sandforce based drives.

the intel 520 is also a sandforce drives.

from what i can tell sandforce generally is the faster drive but is also has more reliability issues in comparison to marvell, intel or samsung(you wont be able to see the speed difference anyway).

BUT those issues are few and far between (now that they have been out for awhile)

i recently purchased a vertex 120gb about 2 weeks ago i had to rma because it was defective and causing me bsods(yes i had trim enabled was on lasted firmware, and motherboard was on ahci).

in all honesty it depends on the manufacturer's implementation of the controller that dictates if you get a dud or not.

if you are worried about reliability then best get a crucial m4 or samsung 830.

but buying those 3 ssds you have listed you generally have a good chance of getting a good working drive(keep in mind you STILL may get a dud).

a c 184 G Storage
August 10, 2012 12:58:07 AM

Samsung 830 or Crucial M4!
a c 107 G Storage
August 10, 2012 1:22:42 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
Samsung 830 or Crucial M4!



^ Agreed.
a c 353 G Storage
August 10, 2012 1:43:27 AM

Also recommend m4 or 830 - which ever is cheapest. If same price m4 for laptop and 830 for desktop.
plextor m3 is an aceptable buy and is simular to the M4, but generally more expensive.

Note: Intel 520 uses the SF22xx controller, However the older 510 uses a marvel controller.
a c 184 G Storage
August 10, 2012 1:51:53 AM

OCZ Vertex 4 uses IndilinX? < modified Marvell Controller
August 10, 2012 1:56:28 AM

The point to make here is don't put super important data on a drive that uses a sandforce controller. Grab the m4 if you want a drive with good performance and is priced great, or grab the 830 if you want a drive that is blazing fast and you are willing to pay a premium for the speed. nuff said
August 10, 2012 1:57:37 AM

Vertex 4 will retain it's out of box speed after trim, whereas the sandforce controllers won't ever get back to out of box speed until it's completely reset. I'm trying to find the article which details this. So for me, I'm planning to buy a Vertex 4.
August 10, 2012 2:05:31 AM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
OCZ Vertex 4 uses IndilinX? < modified Marvell Controller

Thank you, I was wondering about that.
bliq00 said:
Vertex 4 will retain it's out of box speed after trim, whereas the sandforce controllers won't ever get back to out of box speed until it's completely reset. I'm trying to find the article which details this. So for me, I'm planning to buy a Vertex 4.


Cool, I just picked up a Vertex 4, but honestly I didn't do any research before hand, kind of an impulse buy, but I am so far satisfied with it. Have had it for almost 3 weeks now.
a c 353 G Storage
August 10, 2012 2:14:24 AM

Gorz
Have 2 128 Gig and one 256 Gig M4 also have 2 128 Gig and one 256 Gig 830
1. Paid same price for 256 gig m4 and 256 gig 830, $180 @ Newegg - Just have to catch on sale, Be willing to wait.
2. As far as performance, Can't really tell the diff between the m4 and the 830 In day-to-day operation.
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