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Chris April 23, 2011 08:25 AM

Choice of SSD - Crucial or Kingston?
I want to buy a 1.8 in mSATA SSD to replace my laptop mSATA HDD. I found these two. Which do you think is better?

Crucial (CTFDDAA128MAG-1G1) 128GB RealSSD C300 1.8" SATA 3 Solid State Drive

Special order from Canadacomputers.com $240

Kingston SSDNow V+ 180 SVP180S2/128G 1.8" 128GB SATA II
Special order from Newegg $249

They are about the same price.


Edit: just found out the Crucial C300 is discontinued. Are manufacturers trying to get out of the 1.8 in SSD (cannot remember where I read it)? My problem is that the laptop is Vaio TT180c which is very small and can only take 1.8 in SSD with mSata.

Edit2: Crucial's own web site still has it for even lower price ($220US). So are there problems with this SSD?

AkG April 23, 2011 10:33 AM

The C300 is a beast of a SSD. To the best of my knowdlge there is no dif besides form factor (and dif PCB) between the 2.5" and 1.8" SSDs. Ive come to the conclusion that I prefer the C300 to the SF first gen SSDs (think Vertex 2). The only caveat is they are SATA 6GB/s ssds and need a sata 6 port to get the most out of them.

Though to be honest...if it came down a V+ (which has been replaced with the V+ 100) or a C300 on SATA 3gb/s port...I would still pick the C300. The V+ was competition for the Indilinx drives (think Vertex 1) and it was still not as good as them. It will get its arse handed to it by a C300. Hell, the V+ has a stutter issue which while hidden by its massive cache can and does pop up from time to time.

The C300 was recently EOL'd as the C400 is now out. It too is a great SSD but that doesnt make the C300 a "bad" one. ;)

Chris April 23, 2011 12:00 PM

Thanks for the detailed explanation. I did not know V+ is like Vertex 1. I do not mind loosing the SATA 3 benefits, as long as it can still perform in SATA 2. I'll have to find out if it has a mSATA connector.

Chris April 23, 2011 04:44 PM

ok, my mistake. Crucial C300 1.8 in SSD is indeed EOL.

I now find this from CanadaComputers.com
OCZ (OCZSSD1-2VTX90G) Vertex 2 SATA II 1.8" 90GB Solid State Drive, Read: 285MB/s, Write: 275MB/s

It is only 90 GB, 30GB less than Kingston V+ and cost/GB are same in both. So, should I go for better performance in OCZ?

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