128GB Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5-inch SATA 6GB/s £154.37 @ Crucial - HotUKDeals
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Great upgrade for all computers. Faster, lower energy and silent!

Pushing performance to new levels

Read speeds up to 355MB/s
SATA 6Gb/s interface
High-speed Synchronous NAND
Limited three-year warranty

Use code CRUPROMO7 for 7% discount and don't forget your cashback sites! Thanks justy79 for this code.
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2 Likes #1
7% off with CRUPROMO7
#2
Is this the same for £162.50?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0039SM0AS/ref=asc_df_B0039SM0AS2126936?smid=A2LKA9MSAPY7P3&tag=****&linkCode=asn&creative=22242&creativeASIN=B0039SM0AS

There's so many varieties in SSDs so didn't want to vote if it isn't the same model.

Edited By: tommo111 on Feb 25, 2011 11:22
#3
Nice price, especially with the 7% off, shame they're still so expensive though, would love to get myself one, but the £/GB ratio is just crazy (you could buy 3x2TB drives for this price). Obviously SSD is a whole lot better, but its still pretty off putting.
#4
I really want to stick a SSD in my Macbook Pro but am reluctant to at current prices. I think I'll wait till were down to about 90p - £1 per/gb.
5 Likes #5
blaze
Nice price, especially with the 7% off, shame they're still so expensive though, would love to get myself one, but the £/GB ratio is just crazy (you could buy 3x2TB drives for this price). Obviously SSD is a whole lot better, but its still pretty off putting.


You could buy 5 Transits for the price of a Porsche. The Porsche certainly isn't crap because you can fit more shopping in the Transits! ;-)
#6
~£145.37 using the code and Topcashback (7% ex VAT); that's very cheap for this.
The newer drives will be faster but it seems as if it will take a while for their prices to drop but should be good deals on the current drives such as this.
#7
tommo111
Is this the same for £162.50?

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0039SM0AS/ref=asc_df_B0039SM0AS2126936?smid=A2LKA9MSAPY7P3&tag=****&linkCode=asn&creative=22242&creativeASIN=B0039SM0AS[/url]

There's so many varieties in SSDs so didn't want to vote if it isn't the same model.

yeah it is, either way this is cheaper with the 7% code though.
#8
justy79
7% off with CRUPROMO7


Added to the description. Cheers.
#9
New SSDs will be out within few days/weeks. Prices should be reasonable too.
About £200-240 for 100-120GB versions.
Read and Write speeds about 500-550 MB/s
4 Likes #10
tremtastic
blaze
Nice price, especially with the 7% off, shame they're still so expensive though, would love to get myself one, but the £/GB ratio is just crazy (you could buy 3x2TB drives for this price). Obviously SSD is a whole lot better, but its still pretty off putting.


You could buy 5 Transits for the price of a Porsche. The Porsche certainly isn't crap because you can fit more shopping in the Transits! ;-)


I didnt say SSD were crap though, infact I even said SSD's are a whole lot better. Doesnt alter the fact that the GB per £ is entirely off putting for most people. They are still wildly over priced as a product.

Not taking anything away from the deal though, its hot and i voted it as such.

Edited By: blaze on Feb 25, 2011 15:01
#11
tremtastic
blaze
Nice price, especially with the 7% off, shame they're still so expensive though, would love to get myself one, but the £/GB ratio is just crazy (you could buy 3x2TB drives for this price). Obviously SSD is a whole lot better, but its still pretty off putting.


You could buy 5 Transits for the price of a Porsche. The Porsche certainly isn't crap because you can fit more shopping in the Transits! ;-)

So only people in the top 2% of wealth should buy SSDs?
#12
should I go for this one or vertex2 for my macbook pro?
6 Likes #13
MintMouse

So only people in the top 2% of wealth should buy SSDs?
Yes, any paupers should keep their hands off and keep chugging along with their mechanical drives. They probably spent all their money on tracksuits and Findus crispy pancakes anyway!
#14
I bought this yesterday, I paid the extra £3 for Special Delivery and it arrived today.

This is a great price, you'll find nothing else with this speed and capacity below £150 (after cashback). SSDs clearly aren't yet aimed at anyone but enthusiasts, but you get what you pay for. I don't think £150 is too unreasonable amount to transform the speed and responsiveness of your computer, you could spend £300 on a faster CPU and more RAM and get under 1/10th of the real world benefits compared to a SSD.

I'm installing mine in a MacBook Pro and keeping my HDD in the optical drive bay, best of both worlds!

Edited By: weiran on Feb 25, 2011 15:42
#15
These are cheap because they are about to be replaced by the much faster C400 and Vertex 3
1 Like #16
ericemel
These are cheap because they are about to be replaced by the much faster C400 and Vertex 3


They are much faster in synthetic tests. The real world difference between C300/400 and Vertex 3 won't be that noticeable, and definitely nowhere near as noticeable as going from HDD to SSD.
1 Like #17
tremtastic

You could buy 5 Transits for the price of a Porsche. The Porsche certainly isn't crap because you can fit more shopping in the Transits! ;-)


it's ALWAYS a motorvehicle analogy........

i think there should be a rule that as soon as someone uses a motorvehicle analogy, they forfeit their right to partake in the discussion!

Edited By: lmaolmao on Feb 25, 2011 15:49
#18
weiran
ericemel
These are cheap because they are about to be replaced by the much faster C400 and Vertex 3


They are much faster in synthetic tests. The real world difference between C300/400 and Vertex 3 won't be that noticeable, and definitely nowhere near as noticeable as going from HDD to SSD.


Yeah probably right! Moving to SSD is a fantastic upgrade.
#19
weiran
I bought this yesterday, I paid the extra £3 for Special Delivery and it arrived today.

This is a great price, you'll find nothing else with this speed and capacity below £150 (after cashback). SSDs clearly aren't yet aimed at anyone but enthusiasts, but you get what you pay for. I don't think £150 is too unreasonable amount to transform the speed and responsiveness of your computer, you could spend £300 on a faster CPU and more RAM and get under 1/10th of the real world benefits compared to a SSD.

I'm installing mine in a MacBook Pro and keeping my HDD in the optical drive bay, best of both worlds!


how are you doing this, using the optical bay? do you have any tutorials for this? youtube / sites?

or even better make one? :D

Edited By: vns146 on Feb 25, 2011 16:08
#20
SSD's are a worthwhile consideration for upgrading pc’s, but for many the high price against capacity limitation will be a factor for a while.

Sometimes people forget the speed increase by upgrading to an SSD’s will be limited by the other hardware components in their computer – if you’ve got a dog-eared old processor or very little ram for example - forget putting one of these in.
#21
Just a shame the write speed for this drive is a lot slower than the read. The OCZ Vertex 2E's are much more balanced. And you won't see 355 MB/sec unless you've got a motherboard/hdd controller that supports SATA III which has only just become the standard.
#22
DownHill911
New SSDs will be out within few days/weeks. Prices should be reasonable too.About £200-240 for 100-120GB versions.Read and Write speeds about 500-550 MB/s

Again, you won't see these speeds without a SATA III capable motherboard or hdd controller card.
#23
Got this drive running on my laptop (sata 2 interface) and it's fast as anything, must be incredible on sata 3. All my programs now open instantly, boot up times are quick and the performance increase is really quite inmpressive.

Also got 3 of these drives running on development machines which boot windows 7 in under 10 seconds.
#24
ZerocoolJ
SSD's are a worthwhile consideration for upgrading pc’s, but for many the high price against capacity limitation will be a factor for a while.

Sometimes people forget the speed increase by upgrading to an SSD’s will be limited by the other hardware components in their computer – if you’ve got a dog-eared old processor or very little ram for example - forget putting one of these in.


Disagree. The HDD is the bottle neck for every PC. Any PC of the SATA era will benefit hugely from one of these.
#25
Seriously good price have some heat :)
#26
weiran
ericemel
These are cheap because they are about to be replaced by the much faster C400 and Vertex 3
They are much faster in synthetic tests. The real world difference between C300/400 and Vertex 3 won't be that noticeable, and definitely nowhere near as noticeable as going from HDD to SSD.
Was going to say the same myself.
Sequential read/write speeds are mostly irrelevant (write speed's completely irrelevant with SSD's as far as I'm concerned). It's the random access/seek/fetch/whatever you want to call it times that matter the most, and there wont be a massive difference with the new models.

I have a 1.5yr old amsung SSD with 225Mb/s read speed, boot's from cold to fully loaded desktop in 17 seconds, apps load instantly.
Have a friend with this drive (almost identical spec PC, I built both), boots from cold to fully loaded desktop in 17 seconds, apps load instantly 8).


That reminds me, need to update the firmware on my SSD for TRIM support oO.

Edited By: jukkie on Feb 25, 2011 17:34: .
#27
cobhc2010
Just a shame the write speed for this drive is a lot slower than the read. The OCZ Vertex 2E's are much more balanced.

It’s only the sequential write speed that is affected which is not so much of an issue if used as a Boot drive.
The controller on the Vertex 2E has its own issues (compressed data) and OCZ are in the dock for updating the Vertex 2 with new flash memory that has reduced available capacity, performance and longevity without changing the product name. What were they (not) thinking!
I’m wary of OCZ from experience with their RAM and had to RMA a whole bunch of stuff to Holland.
After their recent shenanigans they are on my one to avoid list.
#28
I went for this, been looking at the OCZ Vertex 2e for ages but decided I would give them a miss for pulling the stunt of changing the drive internals (lower performance, lower capacity) without changing model number.

I was also an early adopter of their SSD's with jmicron controllers that turned out to be junk so decided I wasn't going to trust them again. So thanks for posting this as it is cheaper and I think will be just as good on my Macbook Pro.
#29
according to ssdlife ive used my ssd now for 8 months and its says ive got 3 months left :(
now i knew that the lifetime of these was/is less than a mechanical hdd but i didnt expect it to be that much shorter
whilst the speed increase is fantastic i dont fancy buying a new one in 3 months time and then every 12 months or so, im not rockerfella X)
for pure speed i think an ssd is the way to go (i dont think youd be dissapointed with any if moving from a mechanical drive) but just remember there not gonna last the lifetime of your pc
#30
irradiated
according to ssdlife ive used my ssd now for 8 months and its says ive got 3 months left :(
now i knew that the lifetime of these was/is less than a mechanical hdd but i didnt expect it to be that much shorter
whilst the speed increase is fantastic i dont fancy buying a new one in 3 months time and then every 12 months or so, im not rockerfella X)
for pure speed i think an ssd is the way to go (i dont think youd be dissapointed with any if moving from a mechanical drive) but just remember there not gonna last the lifetime of your pc


Which drive? Crucial ones have a 3 year warranty dont they?
#31
crucial m225 64gb
no idea if the warranty's cover this as tech it wont have failed, just warn out

Edited By: irradiated on Feb 25, 2011 18:35
#32
irradiated
crucial m225 64gb
no idea if the warranty's cover this as tech it wont have failed, just warn out


I'd be sending it back .. hardly fit for purpose if it wears out that easily unless you're doing something really crazy with it.
#33
i think this is the price we pay for the speed but im going to contact them to check.
just want people to be aware of this

p.s. please dont let this put you off an ssd, for pure speed theres nothing better, even on an old pc. so long as you have sata 2 then these will run fine (sata3 even better)

Edited By: irradiated on Feb 25, 2011 19:12: missed something
#34
irradiated
crucial m225 64gbno idea if the warranty's cover this as tech it wont have failed, just warn out
Out of interest, have you checked the firmware?
Wear levelling should extend the life of the drive (as long as you have enough spare space for it to work it's magic).
Older firmwares on that drive had poor wear levelling algorithms, so worth checking out.

Edited By: jukkie on Feb 25, 2011 19:23
#35
well, i had 74% on 1916 but when i updated to 2030 2 days ago it went to 46%
according to the forum guru's at crucial this is normal and has happened to everyone who updates to the newest firmware

ps i have 13 gb free out of the 60 it started with

Edited By: irradiated on Feb 25, 2011 19:30
#36
Wicked Lester
ZerocoolJ
SSD's are a worthwhile consideration for upgrading pc’s, but for many the high price against capacity limitation will be a factor for a while.

Sometimes people forget the speed increase by upgrading to an SSD’s will be limited by the other hardware components in their computer – if you’ve got a dog-eared old processor or very little ram for example - forget putting one of these in.

Disagree. The HDD is the bottle neck for every PC. Any PC of the SATA era will benefit hugely from one of these.

I dare you to put an SSD in a Pentium 4 with 512MB of RAM and see what happens. Your two last lines contradict each other. The guy you quoted states a dog eared processor and then you talk about PCs from the SATA era. I have a PC with an Athlon XP and the motherboard has 2 SATA ports on it. Clearly an Athlon is not going to meet the demands of an SSD.
#37
windwoo

I dare you to put an SSD in a Pentium 4 with 512MB of RAM and see what happens. Your two last lines contradict each other. The guy you quoted states a dog eared processor and then you talk about PCs from the SATA era. I have a PC with an Athlon XP and the motherboard has 2 SATA ports on it. Clearly an Athlon is not going to meet the demands of an SSD.


An SSD actually would massively speed up a P4 with 512MB of RAM because it would be swapping to/from VM for many apps which is heavily IO dependant. Even rubbish machines would usually benefit significantly from an SSD. That's not to say a different upgrade such as more RAM or an entirely new machine wouldn't get you more "bang for buck" though, it depends on the exact spec of what you have.
#38
tremtastic
blaze
Nice price, especially with the 7% off, shame they're still so expensive though, would love to get myself one, but the £/GB ratio is just crazy (you could buy 3x2TB drives for this price). Obviously SSD is a whole lot better, but its still pretty off putting.


You could buy 5 Transits for the price of a Porsche. The Porsche certainly isn't crap because you can fit more shopping in the Transits! ;-)


Another terrible HUKD analogy...
#39
[quote=blaze.... (you could buy 3x2TB drives for this price). .[/quote]
Where can I get 3x 2tb drives for £154?oO
#40
w0z
[quote=blaze.... (you could buy 3x2TB drives for this price). .


Where can I get 3x 2tb drives for £154?oO[/quote]

Not quite but not far off, Scan keep doing 2x Samsung 2TB drives for £116 inc VAT.

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