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Old February 18, 2010, 08:48 PM
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Since my Win 7 RC is going to be expiring soon, I need to go buy a legal copy. Makes sense to do an upgrade to an SSD at the same time.

My goal was to get Win7 Pro and an SSD for about $400, but checking the NCIX sales this week, there is both a 120GB Vertex and a 80GB Intel Postville on in the $300 range.

My OS/installed apps comes to a little over 140GB's. Gonna have to put Steam on a separate drive/partion, it's currently hovering around 100GB.

So which is better for me? Intel seems to have faster random access, and the OCZ better write throughput.
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Old February 18, 2010, 09:14 PM
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^^^ The deal on at NCIX right now for the OCZ Vertex is an excellent deal...$309 after MIR. For the same price as the Intel G2 80GB your getting the additional space.
As for quaity, cannot comment on the Vertex as I have the G2 installed in my Desktop, however, my Vertex will be here tomorrow and going into my Notebook.
My experience with the Intel has been awesome, Flashing to latest FW was a breeze with the downloaded .iso File
I think really it boils down to price vs storage space when it comes to comparing these Drives...either way, you'll be extremely happy ;)
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Old February 19, 2010, 05:27 AM
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I've had the Vertex 120GB in my system for over 3 months now and I couldn't be happier. I noticed a difference from my Velociraptor immediately and that is saying something!

Just make sure you flash it to the most current firmware before you install the OS. You want TRIM support.
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Old February 19, 2010, 05:40 AM
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Either one will be a major improvement. The Intel is great at small random reads and writes but lacks the mid and high end power of the Vertex. In most cases their different strengths and weaknesses have a tendency to cancel each other out and you end up with two drives which approach the problem differently BUT end up in the same place at the end: a FAST system. Regardless of how you use your system I doubt you would see much difference between the two w/out a stop watch (their is always exceptions but....).

Usually for power users what I do is base it on size needed (but only when no regards to "value" or price are needed).

IF under 60GB is enough get a 60GB Vertex.
If under 80GB is enough get a X25-m gen 2
IF under 120GB is enough get a Vertex.
IF under 160GB is "enough" get a 160Gb X25-M gen 2.
If you need more than that....get two of the above and RAID the SOB's! :)~

Since you have a budget of 400, but seem to need 140GB of space....the 120GB Vertex or 128GB Patriot Torqx or 128GB GSkill Falcon 1 are your closest fit (all 3 are the same drive just dif companies behind them).
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I have a 60GB vertex and a 160GB Intel and the vertex is better at writes and the intel is better at reads (C is vertex and D is Intel):

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FYI guys just recieved my Vertex 120GB today (just imstalled in my Notebook)..comes shipped with FW 1.5 ;)
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I have a 60GB vertex and a 160GB Intel and the vertex is better at writes and the intel is better at reads (C is vertex and D is Intel):
Seqential writes yes. The X25-M will stomp the Vertex in random writes.
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I had the Vertex, as well as the X-25 postville in one system before, completely different experience. I recommend the Intel
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Thanks for the advice!

Bought the Vertex. The extra size is nice, will see how it behaves after win 7 re-install in the next few days.
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