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Old May 9, 2009, 02:32 PM
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Looking to possibly buy a new hard drive. I only need about 50gb of space, just looking to install Games and an OS. Price range I'm flexible depending on performance. I know the Intel is king, and it looks like it's come down a fair bit in price. Anyways can anyone make other rec's for other drives? All I'm looking for is better load times really.
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Old May 9, 2009, 02:40 PM
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Vertex. ~65% the price of a Intel for slightly slower speeds (which you probably won't even feel during everyday usage). I'm selling a brand new unopened 30GB Vertex at OCZ Vertex 30GB SSD, OCZ 3GB Triple Channel RAM
And installing the OS + application is a good idea, but games might not, since I think you'll probably install and uninstall a lot of games over time, and you don't want to do too much deleting with a MLC SSD.
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Old May 9, 2009, 02:43 PM
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Off the top of my head:
OCZ Vertex
GSkill Falcon (vertex clone)
Corsair "S" and "P" SSDs

Going down in price more:
GSkill Titan
OCZ Apex

More details on price range would allow us to narrow it down more for you...but any of the first 3 if cost up to but not = to X-25M price. Last two if Vertex/Falcon/Corsair is too expensive ;)
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I can say with some certaintity , that with some help From AkG's side of things , the OCZ Apex are actually not to bad, and you'll feel a difference for sure going from non-SSD Drives.
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30gb vertex for $138 after rebate from NCIX. I already have to order some memory that I need that's on sale there so that's a good deal. NCIX.com - Buy OCZ Vertex 30GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD - OCZSSD2-1VTX30G In Canada.

Will probably go with this. 140 is a lot better than 400 :)
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If 30GB is enough for you then the Vertex is the best choice out there.
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Yeah I should be fine with 30.

Vista, BF2, Cod4, L4D...can't think of any other games I play now that I would put on there.
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I see that these (esp. the Intel X25-M 80GB 2.5IN SATA2 NCQ Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD) drives are quite popular in the NCIX contest wishlists. I'm guessing they're just starting to come down in price, but $400+ for an 80GB drive is still way over my budget (even if I were to win one from HWC )

Does anybody have info on price histories for these types of drives? How fast are prices coming down? Anyone want to hazard a ballpark guess on what a good deal on a SSD might be around Christmastime?
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Does anybody have info on price histories for these types of drives? How fast are prices coming down? Anyone want to hazard a ballpark guess on what a good deal on a SSD might be around Christmastime?
Generally speaking the prices come down fairly linearly over the course of ~18 months at 50%, Following Moore's Law.

I wouldnt expect anything huge by Christmas. Maybe 50 bucks, but even that is just a guess. Akg could probably tell you more, but the transition to 42-35nm (depending on manufacture company) just started in late '08 early '09, with most companies still using 50-60nm. (Ive always found it wierd that memory never follows the same size as processors...)

However, the price actually changes more based upon the USD and flash memory prices, then market decay. Today it might be $350, by Christmas it could go up if there was a memory shortage. This happened recently actually, with the Vertex being available for ~$300 in mid-May, and by late may it was closer to $375. Part of that price hike may have been caused by companies like G.Skill and Patriot buying up flash memory for their own Vertex-clones. Who knows.

Anyways, long story short: The market is pritty volatile right now, and prices are comming down, but that doesn't mean they will. And in my opinion not having a SSD now, and waiting for 4+ months using crappy spindle drives to save 50 bucks just is totally not worth it. My SSD is on the way
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