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January 26, 2013 6:00:49 PM

Hi just wanting to add a SSD to my build to make my boot time very fast so I am just getting a 60gb one (or 64gb depending on brand).

Just wanted to know if the OCZ Vertex 4 64gb or the Corsair Force series GT 60gb is better. I ask because I noticed that the OCZ one has 1gb of DRAM cache but slower read/write speeds, now I have no idea what difference a DRAM cache makes to an SSD so if somebody would knidly explain that would be appreciated :D 

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January 26, 2013 6:14:49 PM

Buy 120-128 gb SSD.
I have bought Sandisk Extreme (256 gb) for my laptop. As the name goes, I'm extremely satisfied with it, faster than my 2x64 gb older generation Carsair P64s in RAID 0 in my desktop.
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January 26, 2013 6:18:59 PM

You sure? I will still have a 2TB hard drive for my main storage of games etc. I just wanted this drive for windows to run off really, unless their is some benefit to larger sizes but I'm doubtful of that? idk, you tell me why and I will listen :p 
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January 26, 2013 6:38:38 PM

For one thing 120 gb ssds have better performance than 60 gbs.
As ssds get filled up their performance generally drops.
My boot ssd has 48 gb, even though the temporary files and all data is on other disks. That would fill up your 60-64 gb.
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January 26, 2013 6:54:35 PM

Kursun said:
For one thing 120 gb ssds have better performance than 60 gbs.
As ssds get filled up their performance generally drops.
My boot ssd has 48 gb, even though the temporary files and all data is on other disks. That would fill up your 60-64 gb.


Ok fair enough, which one would you recommend? I don't really want to be spending too much on this, the Samsung 840 series 120gb SSD is an option that is within my budget, or a Intel 330 series 120gb or a OCZ Vertex 3 120gb MAX IOPS (don't really want the MAX IOPS version as it's unnecessary probably but that's just an option).

The shop I'm buying from is here: http://www.playtech.co.nz/afa.asp?strOrderBy=Lowest+Pri...

I wouldn't want to spend more than $160 really (I don't live in the US so please don't tell me to go on Newegg or Amazon, just go to the link I have above)
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January 26, 2013 7:32:46 PM

I would have answered your question if I had used all of them. I haven't...

If I was going to use it in a laptop I would especially look for its idle power consumption. That would be my most important criteria. Some ssds (OCZ vertex for example) consume more power than 2.5" mechanical hdds!

But you are going to use it in a desktop.
I would put Samsung 840, Intel 520 series and Sandisk Extreme high in my list (not necessarily in that order). I personally don't like OCZ stuff especially after having lots of problems with their Reaper rams. If I would go out and renew the ssds of my desktop now I would go out and buy Sandisk extreme right away, because of my late personal experience. Many people speak very highly about the Samsung 840 series. But personally I'm not a great fan of Samsung either :) 
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January 26, 2013 8:40:27 PM

Newegg has the Samsung 840 mz-td120kw 120 gb ssd for $80 until tonight.
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January 26, 2013 8:48:20 PM

Kursun said:
I would have answered your question if I had used all of them. I haven't...

If I was going to use it in a laptop I would especially look for its idle power consumption. That would be my most important criteria. Some ssds (OCZ vertex for example) consume more power than 2.5" mechanical hdds!

But you are going to use it in a desktop.
I would put Samsung 840, Intel 520 series and Sandisk Extreme high in my list (not necessarily in that order). I personally don't like OCZ stuff especially after having lots of problems with their Reaper rams. If I would go out and renew the ssds of my desktop now I would go out and buy Sandisk extreme right away, because of my late personal experience. Many people speak very highly about the Samsung 840 series. But personally I'm not a great fan of Samsung either :) 


Well I can get a Sandisk Extreme for $170 which is $20 more than the Samsung 840 of the same storage capacity, I could afford to buy it so do you think it would be worth the extra $20? Also this is for a desktop, yes
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January 26, 2013 8:49:25 PM

Goodeggray said:
Newegg has the Samsung 840 mz-td120kw 120 gb ssd for $80 until tonight.


I specifically said that I don't live in the US so don't give me Newegg deals, please read the thread before you post. Thanks for trying anyway :) 
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January 26, 2013 9:05:57 PM

DelightfulDucklings said:
Well I can get a Sandisk Extreme for $170 which is $20 more than the Samsung 840 of the same storage capacity, I could afford to buy it so do you think it would be worth the extra $20? Also this is for a desktop, yes


I don't think you'll notice much performance difference between the two in actual use.
I have read a lot of good things about the Samsung 840 series. I think you should go with it.
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January 26, 2013 9:08:48 PM

Kursun said:
I don't think you'll notice much performance difference between the two in actual use.
I have read a lot of good things about the Samsung 840 series. I think you should go with it.


Ok thanks a lot. I will go with the Samsung 840 series :D 

Thanks alot for the help
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