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Pine July 28, 2010 09:26 PM

Should I get this SSD?
Well, I've been eyeing SSD's ever since they got more mainstream. I've been craving one for quite some time, I've been reading tons of reviews (Thank you HWC) and stalking every etailer in existance :ph34r:.
Here comes along another weekly themed sale at NCIX, and I finally see something that makes me go, "Do want".

NCIX.com - Buy OCZ Vertex 2 Sandforce 40GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD - OCZSSD2-2VTX40G In Canada.

I'll be using this as the boot drive, and I'll put two or three games on it, some programs.
So, what do you think?

_dangtx_ July 28, 2010 09:37 PM

more expensive than other at the same size, bit better if you look at the graphs i believe. will you feel the difference? probably not. well youll feel it in your bank account.lol

i think the best bang per buck are those kingstons 40 gigers.

Pine July 28, 2010 09:55 PM

Thanks for the input. I also saw NCIX.com - Buy Kingston SSDNow V Series Gen II 64GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive - SNV425-S2/64GB In Canada. but I cringed slightly at the lower speed. I'm currently running two WD Caviar Blacks in a RAID 0 setup, and I want a noticeable speed increase. The Kingston 64GB is definitely cheaper (roughly 1.7x cheaper), but its read and write speeds are also considerably slower. What do you think?

Edit: Just a quick addition to my post, the OCZ Vertex 2 40GB SSD is $110 rated at 280mb/s read and 270mb/s write, and the Kingston V Series Gen II 64GB SSD is $105 rated at 200mb/s read and 110mb/s write.
The OCZ topped all the charts and tied a few times in the HWC tests, so it's definitely going to outperform the Kingston, but it's about 1.7x the price; is it worth it?

_dangtx_ July 28, 2010 10:03 PM

hmm..going from your raid, maybe yes. but its kinda small you know. i mean its enough for windows and such. id go with the 64 giger.

Pine July 28, 2010 10:21 PM

I'm in an ultra dilemma. I know 40 gigs is rather small, enough for windows and just like two large games (I'm thinking Starcraft II and then I have call of duty 4, bad company 2, team fortress 2 and counter strike source, so it's going to be a bit difficult to choose, since Starcraft II, Bad Company 2 and Call of Duty 4 will take up all the free space after a fresh Windows 7 install). But then, if I go for the 64 gig drive, it's a great value, but it might also fall short of my expectations of increased performance :blarg:.

_dangtx_ July 28, 2010 10:26 PM

better wait for ak's answer then.

Pine July 28, 2010 10:28 PM

Alright, thanks a lot for your help. I'll add one or two more SSD's to the list in the meantime, I'll just add them to this post. So far, there's Canada Computers - OCZ (OCZSSD2-1VTX60G) Vertex Series SATA II 2.5" 60GB Solid State Drive, Read: 230MB/s, Write: 135MB/s which is $140, I can pick it up locally easily (NCIX is also free, since I can pick it up). It's an extended Vertex series OCZ drive, $140 for 60GB, 230mb/s write, 135mb/s read.

EDIT: The $140 OCZ Vertex 60GB says 230mb/s 135mb/s in the title,but in the specifications it says up to 200mb/s read and 160mb/s write speeds. So it's a bit confusing...

_dangtx_ July 28, 2010 10:35 PM

i havent done anything, at all. thank ak when he hammers down your choices :)

gingerbee July 29, 2010 04:17 AM

the vertex, or the vertex 2 there both good ssd. but the vertex 2 has a sandforce controller that can handle 50000 iops. which is very good. for that price it would be hard to pass up.
outta the ssd's you put up no question at all vertex2. if you need room you can get extended editions of the vertex1 for pretty cheap now NCIX.com - Buy OCZ Vertex 96GB 2.5IN SATA 2 Indilinx Solid State Disk Flash Drive Ssd - OCZSSD2-1VTX96G In Canada.

Pine July 29, 2010 08:16 AM

With the Indilinx controller, the sustained write pales in comparison to the Sandforce controller (which is of course the high point of the controller, the sustained writes). I do need room, but I want an increase over my RAID setup so I'll saw "wow," since this is my first SSD. I also looked at NCIX.com - Buy OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 60GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD - OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G In Canada. I'm sure 60GB would be enough for me, and it's just an extended version, so it has the same great performance. I think the 60GB is what I'm considering the most now, even though it's a good $175.
I can price match the Vertex 2 Extended 60GB at NCIX with OCZ Vertex 2 Extended Sandforce 60GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk Flash Drive SSD - DirectCanada to reduce it $18, then I'll use the $10 MIR from OCZ and the end price will be $158 with no shipping cost, since I can go pick it up myself at the Markham warehouse.

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