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|04-15-2012 11:00 AM|
I've got a few links to share for you as you hunt for bargains.
First, consider this hierarchy chart . Keep in mind it's a performance chart, and may not reflect brand reliability ratings. Also mind the catch-all "other" category at the bottom of each tier; there are plenty of drives not listed here. The main idea is to rank drives based on speed, which is affected mostly by their (1) overall size, and (2) NAND type.
A fair generalization would be that by doubling the size of the drive you get about a 20% upgrade in performance (10-40% difference in various tasks), and a slightly smaller 10% upgrade in performance (0-30% difference in various tasks) by choosing a model with better NAND (from asynch to synch and from synch to toggle).
Second, you can check benchmarks for specific drives over at tomshardware or anandtech . Though, understanding the significance of the various benchmarks may take some reading. Good luck and enjoy the hunt. I know about 2 dozen people who have installed an SSD, and 100% of them are happy with their purchase, and many proclaiming it was their best upgrade in years. I'm sure you'll find a good deal soon and enjoy the snappy speed you get with the drive! Whether it's an entry level SATA 3, or one with synch NAND or even Toggle NAND, you'll be pleased.
Edit: FWIW, I have a Corsair Force 3 180gb, and it has been completely problem-free for me, and a joy to use. At the time I purchased, there were more concerns about OCZ drivers and/or quality control, but I get the sense those issues have been resolved, and I'd easily consider buying an Agility 3 or Vertex 3 for myself if I were to expand on what I have. Since absolute speed isn't too critical to me, I would weigh the 10-20% gains in performance with the price of the drives to find what works best for me. Often you can just get a larger drive, and that might be enough to give you the performance gains you seek.
|04-14-2012 10:59 PM|
|04-14-2012 10:15 PM|
The Agility 3 uses asynchronous NAND, while the higher-end model from OCZ (Vertex 3) uses synchronous NAND, offering double performance in some tasks. The Mushkin Deluxe includes special "Toggle" NAND made by Toshiba, and offers performance that is even superior to synchronous NAND drives.
I personally have an asyncrhonous 180gb drive that I love, and you may want to save some dollars and get a cheaper drive, but I just wanted you to know that the mushkin drive is in a league by itself, and you are taking a fairly big dip in performance if you trade down to the Agility 3.
|04-13-2012 02:00 PM|
|04-13-2012 05:46 AM|
|04-12-2012 08:55 PM|
|rylarson||Yep ^, i got mine for 44.99 after $10 amex, no tax to oregon|
|04-12-2012 06:23 PM|
|04-12-2012 03:16 PM|
|MSH||wasnt this 10 bucks cheaper in the FP Deal a day or two ago?|
|04-12-2012 12:29 PM|
|04-12-2012 12:19 PM|
|igividen||Does it still take forever and a day to get a rebate from OCZ? Last time I tried a rebate with them it took almost 5 months?|
|04-12-2012 10:29 AM|
Maybe during Black Friday
|04-12-2012 10:09 AM|
|04-12-2012 09:55 AM|
|04-12-2012 09:54 AM|
Yea I know thanks
I ordered two got one yesterday, everything seems fine but can't finish Crystaldiskmark, it restarts right at the end
|04-12-2012 09:52 AM|
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