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    Question Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

    I'll probably not get one for a long while, but how long until 1TB SSD drives are available? Any predictions? Also, do SSDs like Win7 better?
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    Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

    Yeah work better on Win7

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    Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

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    Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

    Quote Originally Posted by richardd43 View Post
    960G is pretty close
    And it is only $3,159 with FREE shipping http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227665, a Bargin

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    Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

    Quote Originally Posted by SkaarjMaster View Post
    I'll probably not get one for a long while, but how long until 1TB SSD drives are available? Any predictions? Also, do SSDs like Win7 better?
    Yes SSD's like Win 7 better. Win 7 is SSD aware and correctly aligns it when preparing and formatting the partitions.

    XP can work but it is not as straight forward as Win 7.

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    Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

    I just installed an OCZ Agility2 120Gb as my Win7 boot drive. OS boots faster (about 12 sec), browser (Firefox x64 beta) loads almost instantly, a couple games I have on it load up real fast. Got it onsale + 20% more off +$20 rebate. $149 for 120Gb SSD not bad.

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    Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

    The OCZ Vertex 3 looks like a game changer to me. It was mentioned on podcast #143 here that SSDs may start becoming so reasonable in prices by the end of the year that new laptops may have them with an earlier generation SSD standard.

    As it is, these OCZ V3 drives should be released soon at just over $2/GB right now and if competition appears shortly thereafter, we may be seeing better than that for a premier quality drive that is more revolution than evolution from disk drives. These should also start driving previous generation SSDs down down even more as they try to shake out inventory.

    Personally, if you're doing a new build (like I'm considering) and have the money, this may be an uncommon and worthwhile step forward if all you've known are mechanical drives.
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    Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

    Ive been waiting and waiting on getting an SSD for a long time since every other day theres a breakthrough it seems lol. Compare the best drive today to the best one 6 months ago and its like night and day performance differences.

    Now that there are Sata6 options available I went and picked up a 128GB Corsair Performance 3 drive off newegg. Did I pay too much? Probably. Should I have waited still? Possibly. However this one is VERY fast and works on sata6 and has proper garbage collection.

    Gets me a 7.0 on the windows 7 performance test lol. OS just feels snappier. I had my OS and games on a 150gb raptor drive. This is sooo much faster for just everything. from responsiveness on startup to loading WoW, it was worth it. Im happy with my purchase

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    Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

    Well, over 4 months after I posted this thread and I'm just now getting around to dropping an SSD into my system! The only thing stopping me now are all of the horror stories in the reviews at Newegg. I was all set to get an OCZ 60gb Vertex 2, but I don't like all of the "It just stopped on me one day" reviews. Are SSD's really that finicky still? I would've thought by now they could've gotten most of the bugs out.
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    Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

    I've had an Intel X25M 80GB Mainstream installed as my boot drive since Feb 2010. I use it every day and have never had a problem with it.

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    Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

    I started with 6 of the old OCZ Vertex and only have one left.

    I have 2 Mushkins and 5 Corsairs that I am quite happy with.
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    Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

    Quote Originally Posted by kbohip View Post
    Well, over 4 months after I posted this thread and I'm just now getting around to dropping an SSD into my system! The only thing stopping me now are all of the horror stories in the reviews at Newegg. I was all set to get an OCZ 60gb Vertex 2, but I don't like all of the "It just stopped on me one day" reviews. Are SSD's really that finicky still? I would've thought by now they could've gotten most of the bugs out.
    I have an Agility 2 120Gb that's been fine so far. From what I read on the OCZ forums the vertex 2's and even the new vertex 3's seem to have some issues. My Agility 2 may not be quite as fast as the vertex 2/3 series but it loads Win 7 in about 10 seconds, browser loads very quickly, a couple games I have on it load very fast as well. Very happy with it.

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    Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

    Quote Originally Posted by richardd43 View Post
    I started with 6 of the old OCZ Vertex and only have one left.

    I have 2 Mushkins and 5 Corsairs that I am quite happy with.
    Quote Originally Posted by scajjr View Post
    I have an Agility 2 120Gb that's been fine so far. From what I read on the OCZ forums the vertex 2's and even the new vertex 3's seem to have some issues. My Agility 2 may not be quite as fast as the vertex 2/3 series but it loads Win 7 in about 10 seconds, browser loads very quickly, a couple games I have on it load very fast as well. Very happy with it.

    Sam
    This is why buying OCZ concerns me. This and the troubles I've had getting their memory to even run at rated speeds in the past. It seems there aren't too many OCZ owners that haven't had problems. I'd rather go with Mushkin but it's a full 40% more in cost. I may end up going that route anyway just to save myself what looks like the inevitable time and trouble.
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    Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

    I have a 120GB OCZ Vertex 2, a 60GB OCZ Agility, a Kingston SSDNow V series
    SNV425-S2 128GB model and three Kingston SSDNow V series
    SNV425-S2 64GB units (in RAID 0 for 192GB total). The RAID 0 array hits about ~720MB/s seq reads on average in HD Tune, not that seq reads are the whole story.

    I also have an ASUS Eee Slate EP121 on the way that I just ordered, which, comes with a 64GB mSATA / mini PCIe form factor SSD.

    I have yet to have any noteworthy problems with the SSDs that I have now though.

    I think I would probably go with an Intel SSD next time around. I donít think you can go wrong with an Intel SSD. The Kingston SSDs that I have arenít the fastest SSDs but they are consistent and I donít notice any speed difference between them and the faster OCZ Vertex 2 during regular use.

    Newegg and Buy.com had the 128GB Kingston SSD for about a dollar a Gig. Actually the Newegg deal was a little under a dollar a Gig after rebate (no tax and no S&H). That deal didnít last long though.

    Anyway, I would recommend getting an SSD. If you donít want an OCZ then just buy another manufacturers SSD. OCZ might have some problems but I have always suspected that those having problems might have been flashing their drives firmware excessively or incorrectly (IE not according to direction).
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    Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

    If you're not satisfied with your current disk performance, the SSD is probably your best bet with the prices coming down all the time. I have a couple of recent 500GB drives and I recently added a Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive to the mix as my boot drive. It's a fast drive by the standard of HDDs, and I can notice the difference in booting and in opening apps, but to be honest, it's not much if any faster than a Raptor. If you want to move into another performance class without going to RAID, you'll need the SSD.

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