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mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3360 posts
Budget $150 because I'm tight. I need 100+ gb of space, looking at one of these (in stock umart 8mile plains), help.

Intel 520S 120G Series, SATA III 6Gb/s $149
OCZ 128G Vertex 4 Series SSD $139
SanDisk Extreme SSD 120G - SATA3/MLC/SF-2281/3Yrs $129
Crucial RealSSD C400 128G SATA3 M4 Series $149
06:36pm 23/07/12 Permalink
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jmr
Brisbane, Queensland
7773 posts
Intel 5 Year Warranty

The End
06:40pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Trauma
Melbourne, Victoria
2781 posts
I just got an Intel 520S 120gb for the speed and the warranty, but i can't comment on the performance as I have not yet installed it. Also $149 is a good price, mine was $175 from PCCG ($159 as of this post, price falling fast it seems).
06:43pm 23/07/12 Permalink
TicMan
Melbourne, Victoria
8126 posts
I bought an OCZ Vertex 3 on the advice of Umart chick and it's been running fine.
06:46pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Snakeman
Queensland
833 posts
Crucial M4 256 gig for $201 click here :D
06:49pm 23/07/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3361 posts
two for Intel so ordered, pickup tomorrow.
Good price snakeman but I want it tomorrow morning.
06:53pm 23/07/12 Permalink
HERMITech
Brisbane, Queensland
7919 posts
Intel 520S 240G Series here, nice an fast.

The Intel SSD Toolbox cannot communicate with the selected Intel SSD.
Consider changing to another storage driver compatible with your system and try the tool again.


Hates my Marvel 91xx SATA 6G controller tho :(
07:10pm 23/07/12 Permalink
HerbalLizard
Brisbane, Queensland
5565 posts
Intel or GTFO
07:51pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Rdizz
Germany
2066 posts
i have a vertex 4 good drive but if you have a marvell controller you will never get max speed.
08:35pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
9736 posts
Get an OCZ Synapse.

Near SSD performance on a s***** 2TB green drive! don't need to reinstall jack, and if it dies who cares!
09:22pm 23/07/12 Permalink
evıs
Brisbane, Queensland
6573 posts
Intel. Why do people keep asking?
09:39pm 23/07/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3364 posts
Because I haven't paid any attention to them until today when I went f*** it I want
09:45pm 23/07/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
20288 posts
m4 here, no complaints
09:54pm 23/07/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5828 posts
Tried an OCZ octane and vertex 4 in a sony vaio but there was lots of problems. Good descriptions in here:
http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?100893-Vertex-4-does-not-boot-when-starting-Sony-Vaio-F-for-the-first-time-Have-to-ctrl-alt-delete

5 pages before mods locked it and started actively investigating the issue.

Looks like the laptop doesn't give the drive enough power during boot, or the drive requires too much power on boot to run correctly.
10:07pm 23/07/12 Permalink
parabol
Brisbane, Queensland
7154 posts
Get an OCZ Synapse.
Near SSD performance on a s***** 2TB green drive

Like all OCZ SSD products (cache, standard or otherwise), good specs on paper but terribly buggy. Have a read of the reviews here and here. Some common and recurring problems with that series. Head over to the Vertex 3 series and you'll see a range of different problems that plague that series. Rewind back to the Vertex 2 and holy s***. Bottom line is OCZ has no f*****g clue what they're doing with their SSD products, and they never have.

Summary: Bros don't let bros buy OCZ or Corsair SSDs.

Get an Intel or Crucial if you remotely value your data, your time, and/or your money.

last edited by parabol at 01:17:50 24/Jul/12
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hef
Queensland
2034 posts
m4 here, no complaints


Same... as long as you update the firmware. My PC was BSODing every hour last week, was driving me nuts. Finally worked out it was the SSD requiring a firmware update.. something to do with the SMART counter or something. *shrug* working sweet again now after the firmware update.
06:12am 24/07/12 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
34020 posts
i dunno about the new ocz's but firmware updates have fixed up the older drives (if they needed to be fixed, my ocz has been fast and stable since i got it)
07:04am 24/07/12 Permalink
Snakeman
Queensland
834 posts
Intel 240 gig ssd's for $175. F*** these things are getting cheaper !!! Clicky !!!
08:03am 24/07/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5833 posts
i dunno about the new ocz's but firmware updates have fixed up the older drives (if they needed to be fixed, my ocz has been fast and stable since i got it)

Not for the issues i've described for the vertex4, but the vertex3 is ok now, we've got a few of them around and since 2.2x something they're ok.

The vertex4 had a revision for 1.4 then 1.41 then 1.5x something but none of them solve any of the failure to boot, or resume from suspend (bluescreens) on some motherboards. So lots of laptops don't work so good with them, which is where I think they excel.
08:58am 24/07/12 Permalink
Hemerage
Brisbane, Queensland
15522 posts
Same... as long as you update the firmware. My PC was BSODing every hour last week, was driving me nuts. Finally worked out it was the SSD requiring a firmware update.. something to do with the SMART counter or something. *shrug* working sweet again now after the firmware update.

Hi Hef,

Did it just start occurring out of nowhere? My M4 Crucial is BSOD'ing all the time, as of last Monday.
Did something cause it to trigger?

Can you upgrade firmware without a format?
Been a long time, not sure if I ever have.

That said, once it BSODs+reset, the drive is not detected on boot until a full power off is done -- which is making me think the drive is going into power-saving and not coming out or something?
Have ready a similar report which was due to flaky PSU cabling.
I've tried swapping SATA cables, various SATA ports [Intel&Marvell], and new SATA power on the same chain.
09:01am 24/07/12 Permalink
d^
Melbourne, Victoria
1120 posts
+1 for an M4.
10:10am 24/07/12 Permalink
Hemerage
Brisbane, Queensland
15524 posts
Gah, just read this... and probably matches the annoying issues I'm having with my M4.


Crucial recommends a power cycle procedure when the BIOS does not recognize the drive.
"There is a bug that causes random errors after 5,100ish hours of use." - Flash Firmware to latest

What sort of vague s***** error/fault is that?!
09:44am 27/07/12 Permalink
copuis
Brisbane, Queensland
3064 posts
i'd go intel

as for those going "insert brand here" no complaints, I have a vertex 2, and I've had no complaints either
10:00am 27/07/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
7202 posts
Intel SSD 120GB 330 Series SATA III 6Gb/s are currently $118 on Umart, grabbing two.
10:13am 27/07/12 Permalink
copuis
Brisbane, Queensland
3066 posts
thanks for the link eorl, might have to go down on wednesday and pick some up myself
12:17pm 27/07/12 Permalink
Nathan
Brisbane, Queensland
4062 posts
OCZ Vertex 2 here - purchased in February, hasnt missed a beat as yet
12:54pm 27/07/12 Permalink
koopz
Brisbane, Queensland
9693 posts
I miss the days when users came here for decent hardware advice.

Carry on people..
03:56pm 27/07/12 Permalink
parabol
Brisbane, Queensland
7159 posts
Recent SSD return/failure stats: http://www.behardware.com/articles/862-7/components-returns-rates-6.html

Crucial 0.82%
Intel 1.73%
Corsair 2.93%
OCZ 7.03%

Breakdown of OCZ's models:

15.58% OCZ Vertex 2 Series SSD 240 GB
13.28% OCZ Vertex 2 Series SSD 160 GB
11.76% OCZ Vertex 2 Series SSD 80 GB
9.52% OCZ Vertex 2 Series SSD 120 GB
8.57% OCZ Vertex 3 Series 120 GB
7.49% OCZ Vertex 2 Series SSD 60 GB
6.61% OCZ Vertex 2 Series 3.5" SSD 120 GB
6.37% OCZ Vertex 3 Series 240 GB
6.37% OCZ Agility 3 60 GB
5.89% OCZ Vertex 2 Series SSD 100 GB

Summary: if you're buying OCZ, you're doing it wrong!
06:08pm 28/07/12 Permalink
do0b
Brisbane, Queensland
4389 posts
OCZ are great from Vertex 3 onwards, the series 2 are no good.
06:29pm 28/07/12 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
34045 posts
an ocz ssd murdered parabols mother!!!!!
06:30pm 28/07/12 Permalink
Twisted
Brisbane, Queensland
11716 posts

I've been trying to decide between the Intel 330 120GB and the Samsung 128GB drive. Apparently they're both pretty reliable and cheapish.
06:36pm 28/07/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3383 posts
Now my Windows Experience Index score is 8.1 across the board instead of poor, little 5.9 because of wd black. Wonder if anything now hits 9.9. From the uefi beep to the logon screen takes 4 seconds (plus five seconds from power button press).
06:56pm 28/07/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5889 posts
07:13pm 28/07/12 Permalink
Zepps
Sydney, New South Wales
4 posts
Found a preety cheap one on oz bargain. The 120GB Kingston V+200 SSD
http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/75965
12:35am 29/07/12 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
19650 posts
Now my Windows Experience Index score is 8.1 across the board instead of poor, little 5.9 because of wd black.


Doesn't it max out at 7.9? Mine says 7.9 is the highest the scale goes up to.

Also, as far as OCZ goes, I wouldn't be buying another OCZ drive. My Vertex 3 was f***ed for the first few months I had it, every couple of days it would spontaneously disappear from Windows and Windows would blue screen. OCZ eventually got a firmware upgrade out that fixed it, and once I upgraded with that firmware I haven't had a problem since, but it still didn't give me a whole lot of faith in them.

Compare that to the Crucial M4 I have which has been absolutely perfect since the day I bought it and never skipped a beat.
01:09am 29/07/12 Permalink
kos
Germany
2097 posts
Doesn't it max out at 7.9? Mine says 7.9 is the highest the scale goes up to.

The scale goes from 1.0 to 9.9 in Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
05:09am 29/07/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3386 posts
yep 9.9 in Windows 8, will be good if it is tied up to the app store.
07:41am 29/07/12 Permalink
Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
9753 posts
Seriously ? Windows scores for an e-penis ?
08:55pm 29/07/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3387 posts
No, just saying it jumped nicely using a relative measurement that everyone that has windows installed has instant access to?
09:08pm 29/07/12 Permalink
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