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Old January 27, 2010, 12:42 PM
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I'm looking at getting 1-2 SSDs come summer for my newer system (will be eventually turned into a render beast also) sofware raid, almost promised windows XP pro (already have the lic), the main problem I've been seeing with most users and the X-25V based drives (the kingston 40GB) is that they (seem to) degrade in performance very quickly

other main problems I can forsee in my case is an almost need to keep at least some of my autodesk software on the drives, along with steam (unless they've finally allowed you to install to somewhere other than c?)
I'd probably have to go with 2x X25M G2 80GB drives, unless something else offers similar performance/price with higher capacities
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Old January 27, 2010, 01:37 PM
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By the summer time, JetStream & SandForce drives will have been out for months (or atleast the Sandforce ones will be....no time idea on Indilinx's Jetstream...yet). I would not be overly surprised if the price of X25m gen 2's, Indi' full and mid tier lines and everything else to have dropped down a notch or two to make way for the Sandforce and/or Jetstream models as the new flagship models. Wouldnt be overly surprised if Intel brings out a gen 3 device in Q2 or Q3....but with Intel you never know.

In case anyone is looking at the 40GB Kingston SSDNow V 40GB. It looks like Intel just screwed over Kingston (from what I have read they REFUSED to give the TRIM firmware to them, thus the EOL'ing of the 40GB already) so neither Intel (ANY of them) or the Kingston SSDNow V series are on my "recommendation" list right now. Damn shame about the V 40GB. Its crap like this that I hope Intel never take over the SSD market. Competition is a good thing and when Intel is involved WE need it more than ever.

With all that being said the NEW Toshiba based SSDNow V 30GB and the V+ gen 2 (also Toshiba based) look VERY promising.
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Old January 27, 2010, 02:05 PM
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I'm looking at getting 1-2 SSDs come summer for my newer system (will be eventually turned into a render beast also) sofware raid, almost promised windows XP pro (already have the lic), the main problem I've been seeing with most users and the X-25V based drives (the kingston 40GB) is that they (seem to) degrade in performance very quickly

other main problems I can forsee in my case is an almost need to keep at least some of my autodesk software on the drives, along with steam (unless they've finally allowed you to install to somewhere other than c?)
I'd probably have to go with 2x X25M G2 80GB drives, unless something else offers similar performance/price with higher capacities
Tried to update Kingston 40GB SSD's FW with Intel tool, no luck - Page 4 - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net
Read from here.

Tried to update Kingston 40GB SSD's FW with Intel tool, no luck - Page 4 - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net
Read from here. After this you should be able to get the SSD Toolbox working w/ the Kingston 40GB SSDnow. So manual/scheduled TRIM should work.
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One is OEM (G2C1) and the other Retail boxed. (G2R5Single)

I just bought the OEM and asked the sales guy the same question.
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OEM comes with drive only.

Retail comes with a 2.5in to 3.5in SSD adapter, and manuals
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and pretty little packaged boxes!
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Guys, I'm looking to pick one of these up:

Canada Computers - Hard Drives > Solid State Drives : OCZ (OCZSSD2-1VTX60G) Vertex Series SATA II 2.5" 60GB Solid State Drive, Read: 230MB/s, Write: 135MB/s.

Is there anything better in the price range?

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Maybe this:

Canada Computers - Hard Drives > Solid State Drives : Patriot PS-100, 64GB Solid Sate Drives, 210MB/s Read, 150MB/s Write (PS64GS25SSDR) (Retail Box).

Slightly bigger capacity, similar specs.

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The difference between the Agility and Vertex is about 10 - 15% (depending the task you are doing) performance drop for the Agility.
BUT if you dont mind Raid'ing I'd go with lowfat's recommendation and get two SSDNow V 40GB'ers. Cheap way to get an X25-m gen 2 80GB.
There's no TRIM support in RAID, so how do you deal with performance degradation later on? Break up the RAID and use TRIM on the individual drives?
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The PS-100 is a Phison controller based unit. While it will not stutter like an old JM based SSD...it is SLOW. I have seen Crystal DiskMark 4k r/w scores down in HARD DRIVE territory (sub 2mb/s). I would pass on that drive even if it was cheaper. YMMV
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