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SSD Advice

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Shamil, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    Hi all, I'm going to be getting an SSD for my new notebook when it arrives, and so far, I've come to three choices of 256GB of space:

    • Kingston Technology HyperX: 319.85
    • Samsung 470 Series: 200+ (unconfirmed)
    • Crucial RealSSD M4: 264.99
    • Intel 320 [300GB]: 358.62
    All prices are in GBP, but I can't find the symbol in Parallels.

    Anyway, what do you think I should choose?
  2. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    My research is a year old...

    I went with an Intel SSD. When I purchased a year ago Intel was by far the most reliable with the most consistent performance. Other brands had problems with degraded performance over time and poor reliability.
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  3. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    Added that :)
  4. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

    I recommend a OCZ Vertex 3 if your computer supports SATA6.

    I would never PAY for anything from Kingston or Crucial. Intel is indeed probably the most reliable of all existing Sandforce (SATA6) controlled drives; but if you're looking for performance, OCZ is the way to go.
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  5. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    I've heard back things about OCZ and MacBook Pros. I've already have their 3.5 fail several times from several different outlets. Are they better with 2.5"?
  6. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    Definitely go with the Crucial M4 - one of the most reliable controllers, and they've just released a firmware update which provides a ~20% speed boost :)

    Avoid OCZ or anything else Sandforce based - tempting performance but not worth the failure rate.
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  7. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    Intel SSDs are still by far the most reliable SSDs out there.
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  8. MGSteve

    MGSteve Well-Known Member

    Take a look at tomshardware.com, they have an SSD comparaison chart that allows you to compare different SSDs over many different benchmarks.

    Just make sure the SSD fits the notebook and that its compatible with it. I got a Crucial M225 64Gb SSD for my HP TouchSmart and it had a compatibility glitch with the controller that neither HP nor Crucial where interested in!
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  9. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    I've been using a Kingston SSD on my works PC (as the boot/Windows/application drive, with a regular HDD for data) and it's been absolutely fine.

    I use an OCZ SSD on my gaming PC and that's been fine too so far.

    I've also (last night) ordered a Kingston 128GB SSD for my laptop to make it work faster for when I properly get stuck into converting CycleChat.net over to XF.

    There's some interesting stuff here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-solid-state-nand-reliability,2998-6.html

    Crucial tests: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/m4-ssd-capacity-comparison,2957-10.html
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  10. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    Just keep in mind most reviews regarding the M4 were done before the firmware update was released
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  11. maidos

    maidos Active Member

    eh no, the new intel ssd has several major firmware issues and its not considered stable at all

    google Bad Context 13x Error and you know, it gives you 8 mb storage
    and before that bad context there were several other bugs with the ssd
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  12. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    You're missing a key fact. They released a firmware update. http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=18363
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  13. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

  14. turtile

    turtile Well-Known Member

    Crucial M4
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  15. Lucas

    Lucas Well-Known Member

    I recently got a Crucial M4 as suggested by Darkimmortal, but I was suggested by people from HardForum.com due to the their high reliability. Got the 64GB version and it's working great. Going to try the firmware update now! :) Free performance and stability update!



    Advertised speeds:

    Sustained Sequential Read: Up to 415 MB/s (SATA 6Gb/s)
    Sustained Sequential Write: Up to 95 MB/s (SATA 6Gb/s)

    That's quiet an increase! Specially on read speed! :D
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  16. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    I'v got both a Crucial M4 and Samsung 470 series coming out to me. Intel ones to come out later.
  17. maidos

    maidos Active Member

    and you are missing the keyfact that intel even allowed this bug to happend, thats why im saying its unstable and not wise to go with intel now till you know for sure that theres no more bugs left.
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  18. ManagerJosh

    ManagerJosh Well-Known Member

    I think it would be naive to believe that Intel knowingly and willingly released a defective product to the market. Having watched the bug from both an external consumer and an Intel partner, I know for sure that it was an extremely rare set of conditions that no one really anticipated it could have caused these issues.

    Exactly what was the problem? Simple: People improperly powered down their computers or was hit with a power outage at wrong point in time. It's a perfect storm type condition, something that sometimes the most strenuous testing does not unveil until it's put in the real world.

    It's somewhat a sad fact of life...and it's especially visible in SDLC
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  19. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The best policy is to wait a while before buying a particular model of solid state drive. Wait until the bugs are discovered and fixed. Then make sure you have the latest firmware when you install the drive. Solid state is a developing technology. Don't be the guinea pig with new models and new firmware. Intel wasn't the only one with problems when solid state started to become mainstream.

    I waited a year before buying my Intel 160GB G2. That model had problems at first but they were fixed.
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