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Altron 8th July 2010, 14:37 Quote
First comment.

Glad to see the corsair is "perfectly fins"

:D
Jim 8th July 2010, 14:56 Quote
Good guide, very handy.
Cyberpower-UK 8th July 2010, 15:07 Quote
Do'h Altron beat me to it!

Good guide, will be taking notes.
Ph4ZeD 8th July 2010, 15:09 Quote
Excellent and needed guide as so many people are still unfamiliar with SSD basics. Surprised not to see Intel's drives not getting any recommendations as they are buyers favourites.
Phalanx 8th July 2010, 15:09 Quote
So, Corsair or Crucial, basically :) Nice to know, as I've been thinking about a small SSD for a while now.
Baz 8th July 2010, 15:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
So, Corsair or Crucial, basically :) Nice to know, as I've been thinking about a small SSD for a while now.

OCZ too, but yep, in UK those three are the most reliable options for stock and decent pricing.
Baz 8th July 2010, 15:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ph4ZeD
Excellent and needed guide as so many people are still unfamiliar with SSD basics. Surprised not to see Intel's drives not getting any recommendations as they are buyers favourites.

While there's nothing wrong with the Intel Drives (as stated in the article), bar slow sequential writes we feel there are better options elsewhere now. If you were to spot an Intel X25-M 80GB for £100 though, you'd snap it up no doubt.
V3ctor 8th July 2010, 15:35 Quote
Have an Intel 160Gb G2 on my notebook, and I don't think on replacing it for these faster drives. My notebook can't even push the SSD (I have an ICH8ME SB)... Anyway it's wayy better than a 2,5" HDD :)

Maybe I'll buy one of these Corsair Force Series to my Q6600 and put my GsKill Falcon I in my server...
mi1ez 8th July 2010, 15:43 Quote
C300 looking very tempting. A little TOO tempting on my salary...
Ph4ZeD 8th July 2010, 16:21 Quote
The C300 is tempting me too. I'm finding squeezing my games on my 80GB Intel difficult, and £113 for a SSD with 355MB/s read speeds is hard to turn down. Problem is that my motherboard doesn't support SATA 3 :(
Hereisphilly 8th July 2010, 16:39 Quote
That crucial is really tempting... especially since i have the Gigabyte x58A ud3r...
Does anyone know if the 2 sata 6gbps ports on the board would be fine, or am i better off buying the expansion card as well?
WarMadMax 8th July 2010, 17:15 Quote
Nothing bad afaik from running on gigabytes sata3 ports, some numbers in crucial's forum.
wasn't far off / the same as an add in card.


I've ordered the add-in for my maximus formula, but i went with the 64gb C300 for now.

first SSD and want to find my feet first.
Material 8th July 2010, 17:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hereisphilly
That crucial is really tempting... especially since i have the Gigabyte x58A ud3r...
Does anyone know if the 2 sata 6gbps ports on the board would be fine, or am i better off buying the expansion card as well?

The expansion card will be worth it, we've played around with some of the built in SATA 6Gbps of various boards and they've not been so great
borandi 8th July 2010, 17:33 Quote
Which SSD to buy? The OCZ RevoDrive.
Hereisphilly 8th July 2010, 17:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Material

The expansion card will be worth it, we've played around with some of the built in SATA 6Gbps of various boards and they've not been so great

Have you had a go with the said gigabyte board? Any idea at what performance drop i would be looking at (i.e. if its a few % i'll save my money)
Cheers
Baz 8th July 2010, 17:54 Quote
I'll be looking at C300 performance with a variety of Mobo's soon hopefully. We were genuinely surprised to find plenty of boards which carried SATA 3 (6Gbps) ports just were not up to the task. Until now the highpoint is the only one we're confident can do the business.
Hereisphilly 8th July 2010, 18:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
I'll be looking at C300 performance with a variety of Mobo's soon hopefully. We were genuinely surprised to find plenty of boards which carried SATA 3 (6Gbps) ports just were not up to the task. Until now the highpoint is the only one we're confident can do the business.

Great, i'll look forward to that read, thanks!
smc8788 8th July 2010, 18:09 Quote
FYI, the price for the Corsair Rector 60GB on the last page is incorrect, it's actually £116, plus it's not the cheapest in the UK. Scan have it in stock for much cheaper:

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/60GB-Corsair-Reactor-Series-128MB-DDR2-25-SATA-II-USB-20-Read-250MB-s-Write-110MBs-Retail

I've just placed an order for a 64GB C300 myself, but as it's not in stock I may consider changing it for the Corsair drive now I've read this.
Ph4ZeD 8th July 2010, 18:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Baz
I'll be looking at C300 performance with a variety of Mobo's soon hopefully. We were genuinely surprised to find plenty of boards which carried SATA 3 (6Gbps) ports just were not up to the task. Until now the highpoint is the only one we're confident can do the business.

Could you link the highpoint on Scan?
13eightyfour 8th July 2010, 18:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ph4ZeD
Could you link the highpoint on Scan?

Im guessing its http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Highpoint-RocketRAID-620(RR620)-2-channel-Internal-PCI-e-v2-x1-to-SATA-6Gb-s-RAID-controller(card) Seems to be the only highpoint card i can see.
barrkel 8th July 2010, 18:40 Quote
The reason to get an SSD is random performance, particularly random read. Sequential performance is a much smaller win over mechanical drives, and shouldn't be a big factor in choosing which drive to get. IMO anything >150MB/sec read/write is more than enough (the OS can optimize sequential reads easily with read ahead cache), unless you spend a large fraction of your day waiting for large contiguous data transfers. Even then, RAID over mechanical drives would be a cheaper and better option: you can double read bandwidth with mirroring, and only pay 2x/GB.

And for this reason I still would find it difficult to recommend a non-Intel drive. Until competitors are able to outperform Intel on random read, it has the edge.
WarMadMax 8th July 2010, 18:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by smc8788
FYI, the price for the Corsair Rector 60GB on the last page is incorrect, it's actually £116, plus it's not the cheapest in the UK. Scan have it in stock for much cheaper:

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/60GB-Corsair-Reactor-Series-128MB-DDR2-25-SATA-II-USB-20-Read-250MB-s-Write-110MBs-Retail

I've just placed an order for a 64GB C300 myself, but as it's not in stock I may consider changing it for the Corsair drive now I've read this.

Could try crucial's website direct? (Plus quidco ;-))
aron311 8th July 2010, 19:45 Quote
Very good article!

I wish we could see a few mac tests now you have established the best value SSD's around :)
Material 8th July 2010, 20:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ph4ZeD
Could you link the highpoint on Scan?

Its linked in the guide on the last page but here it is again.

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Highpoint-Rocket-620-(R620)-2-channel-Internal-PCI-e-v2-x1-to-SATA-6Gb-s-non-RAID-controller-card
500mph 8th July 2010, 21:55 Quote
I'm surprised the Wester Digital drive is not on here. I believe it uses the JMF612/618 controller with WD's firmware. I bought the 128gb version from Newegg the other day for 219, it was the performance/price I could deal with.
If anyone wants some benchies, I'll do one when I do my fresh install once I get it tomorrow. Send me a PM with the applications you want me to test. I'll use HDTach and whatever else I can find.
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