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May 1, 2012 9:44:53 PM

I have picked out 5 ssd's that I think fit my budget the best. I would like to spend under $100, I already increased my budget from 60 to 100 so there is no room left to go up.

I don't think OCZ are good quality so did not consider them. If you have any other suggestions, feel free to recommend them. This ssd will live in a sata 2 environment(netbook) at first and then I might move it to my desktop(sata3) if i ever need it.



Intel 330 Series Maple Crest SSDSC2CT060A3K5 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Price - $90
Price/gb - $1.50
Pros - Intel
Cons - High Cost

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR60GB 2.5" Asynchronous MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Price - $65
Price/gb - $1.08
Pros - Good price
Cons - Complaints on newegg

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR90GB 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Price - 90
Price/gb - $1.00
Pros - Good price
Cons - Low number of reviews

Kingston SSDNow V+200 KW-S2390-4B 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (Upgrade Bundle Kit)

Price - 110/100 (after rebate)
Price/gb - 1.22/1.11
Pros - 90gb
Cons - Kingston

SanDisk Ultra SDSSDH-120G-G25 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Price - 100
Price/gb - 0.83
Pros - Awesome Price
Cons - Sata 2 - SanDisk

Thanks for helping!
May 1, 2012 9:56:13 PM

I already have 2 of the 128gb Crucial M4. I am trying to get something cheaper for the netbook. Capacity isn't a big deal either. I just need something around 60gb.
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May 1, 2012 10:24:57 PM

Intel or Samsung.
A Sandforce drive is going to BSOD and give you trouble.
Reliability is more important than performance, and it's worth it to pay a little more
for something that just works.
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May 1, 2012 10:29:13 PM

crazynuts16 said:
I already have 2 of the 128gb Crucial M4. I am trying to get something cheaper for the netbook. Capacity isn't a big deal either. I just need something around 60gb.


Obviously you like the Crucial m4 series, why not just shop around for the best price on the 64GB version?
$79.25 ($1.24/GB)- http://www.buy.com/prod/crucial-m4-64gb-2-5-sata-iii-so...

Not much compares to the all around performance of the m4 series drives. If you are thinking about best price/GB, try this:
$110 ($0.86/GB) - http://slickdeals.net/f/4280890-Crucial-M4-128GB-2-5-SA...
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May 1, 2012 10:41:58 PM

Damn, the 128 m4 was an amazing deal and I would have bought 2 more at that price haha.

The reason I didn't pick the 64gb m4 is due to the speed difference that occurs. The 128 is rated at 175mbps write but the 64 is at 95mbps.

All these other drives are upwards of 280 mbps/write, I am confused as to how that works though since the m4 has been rated one of the best picks quiet a few times.

So Intel and marvell > sandforce?

My priority list for picking an ssd this time is reliability, price, power consumption and then speed. In a sata 2 system I think most of these drives will excel no matter what in terms of speed.

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May 1, 2012 10:54:14 PM

crazynuts16 said:
Damn, the 128 m4 was an amazing deal and I would have bought 2 more at that price haha.

The reason I didn't pick the 64gb m4 is due to the speed difference that occurs. The 128 is rated at 175mbps write but the 64 is at 95mbps.

All these other drives are upwards of 280 mbps/write, I am confused as to how that works though since the m4 has been rated one of the best picks quiet a few times.

So Intel and marvell > sandforce?

My priority list for picking an ssd this time is reliability, price, power consumption and then speed. In a sata 2 system I think most of these drives will excel no matter what in terms of speed.


In a netbook, the bottle neck won't be the SDD. Even if you have a slow one... And yes, for some reason the price on the m4 128GB has completely crashed in the last few weeks. I'm guessing to make way for a new model coming out this summer.
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May 1, 2012 10:54:25 PM

dannoddd said:
Intel or Samsung.
A Sandforce drive is going to BSOD and give you trouble.
Reliability is more important than performance, and it's worth it to pay a little more
for something that just works.

BS. I have had the Mushkin for a long time and no problems or BSODs.
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May 1, 2012 11:03:37 PM

I have a asus n570 and n2600 netbook right now and I am going try a ssd in both and see which one I want to keep. I realize that the bottleneck won't be the ssd but I want to squeeze out every bit of performance/battery out of this since carrying the netbook is much easier.

I still can't justify spending more than a 100 on the ssd for the netbook. Though I think I will pick up another m4 for the desktop.

The mushkin does seem like a good value to me right now especially since its one of the daily deals at newegg right now. Buying from amazon would be even better since I have amazon credit and its tax free.
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May 4, 2012 10:16:01 PM

azeem40, there certainly are stable Sandforce based drives, but read almost any legitimate review and they'll talk about the BSOD errors of the Sandforce 228x controllers.

I personally dealt with the issue, and after an RMA have a drive that works totally fine.
However, if I'm recommending something to someone, I'm going to use the experience I've had to point them in what I feel is the best direction.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4604/the-sandforce-roundu...

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5508/intel-ssd-520-review...
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