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Old April 1, 2012, 02:43 AM
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Im soon going to build a new computer for 3D CAD and meshlab polygon mesh editing.
I'll be using :
CPU i7 930
windows 7 64 professional
nvidia Quadro 4000
850w power supply
MB either P6x58-E Pro OR P6T WS
12 GB of RAM

my main question is, should i use a 240 GB OCZ vertex 3 max IOPS
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240 GB PCIe Revodrive 3x2

My main concern with the Revodrive is, from your write up i understand that the CPU runs at 80% on
idle which i'm worried will cripple the processors ability to work efficiently under load ??
Also it cannot use "trim", where the vertex 3 can.

Can someone explain and reccomend what would be my best option..
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Old April 1, 2012, 10:32 PM
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Have you had a chance to read HWC's Intel 520 240GB Cherryville SSD Review and the follow-up AkG did with Intel 520 240GB SSD RAID 0 Performance Review?

Just curious, why "will" you using an (outdated) i7 930 with a P6 board instead of a P67/X79/Z77 chipset based system? Cost limitations, although I don't see how?
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Old April 2, 2012, 01:25 AM
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thanks for your reply..
That's a good question, the reason is, i can buy a second hand i7-930 and 12Gb of RAM from a friend for $100, and the P6x58-E Pro would be approx $180-> $200.
So I'm thinking that this is a cost effective route, allowing me to spend more on the hard drive, and allowing a better opportunity to upgrade the motherboard and CPU at a later date
when i would then get the X79 i7-3930 or similar later on, then the hard drive would be still be pretty up to date.

So, i'd like to get advise on the best SSD, available.
There seems to be conflicting views of benchmarks on different SSD's, but the vertex3 "seems" to top the charts more often than not.
I've described the type of work the m/c will be used for, in case it helps the choice. The mesh files would typically be about 20mb each, and i'd be working with 10 to 20 of these at once.

I've just looked at the 2 links you've suggested, and they seem to contradict slightly, if you look at the windows7 boot times, in one review the intel is right up there with the revodrive and the vertex3 is way behind,
In the other review the intel and the vertex3 are top of the list.
I realise there are lots of factors to consider, that's why i'd like opinions (again, thank you for your input)
The thing that scared me with the revodrive was the CPU usage, and what it could do to overall performance, as well as the lack of trim..

By the way this Forum is by far the best I've found, and the info available is second to none..
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Old April 2, 2012, 06:05 PM
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Well, boot time wise, the only thing that changes between the two links/reviews is that the first is a review of an Intel 520 240GB SSD while the other is a RAID 0 set-up, hence you get OCZ's RevoDrive3 in the second one. The Windows bootup times do not change, the only difference is the addition of the RevoDrive3 in the second review.

Now, in my opinion I would go with an Intel 520 240GB drive over either of the OCZ's ones, because:

- Intel took the time to test the their drives while everyone else was tripping over themselves to get a half-backed product out the door (SandForce specifically); so your chance of getting a lemon is a lot smaller.
- "Intel’s SSD Toolbox allows the 520 series to be brought back to a like-new state with the click of a button." - AkG
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Old April 3, 2012, 02:27 AM
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Ok that sounds like good advice, I'll put that one at the top of my list, and read up on it. Thanks..
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