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60GB OCZ Technology Vertex 2E, 2.5" Sandforce SSD, Read 285MB/s, Write 275MB/s £123.00 delivered @ Scan Today Only

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Available at this price on the Today Only page. You'll need the AVForums / Hexus forum membership to get free shipping (see link at the bottom).

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Based on a cutting-edge new architecture, Vertex 2 Solid State Drives raise the bar once again and deliver unprecedented performance for the complete gamut of gaming and professional multimedia applications. OCZ designed the Vertex 2 to surpass the competition where it counts most, pushing the limits in both sequential and random read/write rates. With spectacular performance in 4k file writes up to 50,000 IOPS, these latest drives take productivity to the next level with over ten times the performance of the previous generation. Using the latest controller technology, Vertex 2 not only provides a faster, more responsive PC experience, but promotes cooler, quieter, and more energy efficient conditions compared to traditional mechanical hard drives.

With sheer performance that outpaces the competition, the Vertex 2 doesn’t lose sight of what makes an SSD the ideal storage alternative to hard drives and delivers the quality, reliability, and durability demanded by consumers that will not settle for anything but the best. Built with SATA 3Gb/s, the Vertex 2 Series easily integrates into today’s mobile and desktop platforms and features TRIM support to optimize performance over the drive’s lifespan as the ultimate Windows 7 notebook or desktop upgrade.

http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/solid-state-drives/sata-ii/2-5--sata-ii/performance-enterprise-solid-state-drives/ocz-vertex-2-sata-ii-2-5--ssd.html

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#1
I'm tempted. I've been looking for a SSD for a while now.
#2
These are supposed to be brilliant. Trying to decide between this one and this :
120GB Corsair Reactor SSD
Only (Only ??) 250MB/S read, 170MB write, but double the capacity..Hmm.......
#3
Whole point of SSD is SPEED - otherwise you might as well buy a traditional drive.
If you really need capacity then the 500GB Seagate Momentous XT is the fastest 2.5" drive available and uses 4GB of onboard EXPENSIVE SLC memory

Edited By: bilal101 on Aug 05, 2010 14:47: SPELLING
#4
I would go for the 120gb and install your operating system and programs onto it saving all files, music and photo's onto standard hard drives (unless you have oodles of money to buy more than one). The speed in which windows boots using these drives is pretty impressive
#5
The only thing about the Corsair JMicron controller is they haven't provide any firmware updates so any issues will stay, whereas the Sandforce controller is constantly being improved / updated.
#6
bilal101
Whole point of SSD is SPEED - otherwise you might as well buy a traditional drive.
If you really need capacity then the 500GB Seagate Momentous XT is the fastest drive available and uses 4GB of expensive onbaord SLC memory


There's a few issues with the firmware / spindown on the Momentus XT's at the moment, have a look on the Seagate forums :
http://forums.seagate.com/t5/Momentus-XT-Momentus-and/Firmware-update-Momentus-XT/td-p/56023
#7
jpearn
bilal101
Whole point of SSD is SPEED - otherwise you might as well buy a traditional drive.If you really need capacity then the 500GB Seagate Momentous XT is the fastest drive available and uses 4GB of expensive onbaord SLC memory
There's a few issues with the firmware / spindown on the Momentus XT's at the moment, have a look on the Seagate forums :http://forums.seagate.com/t5/Momentus-XT-Momentus-and/Firmware-update-Momentus-XT/td-p/56023


My 500GB XT only arrived yesterday so should have the latest firmware - will have to check it out tonight!
#8
Price shows £131.01 for me. (not including del as that is free)
#9
Gavster2002
Price shows £131.01 for me. (not including del as that is free)


Available at this price on the Today Only page
#10
ok. I see now!
Would the Corsair not be a better choice tho as it comes with free 3.5 inch bracket?
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/60GB-Corsair-Force-F100-MLC-Flash-25-SSD-Read-285MB-s-Write-275MB-s-w-25-to-35-bracket
#11
My motherboard (Gigabyte M61PME-S2P) only has 2 SATA ports, which are both currently being used. I've considered something like this: EBAY NUMBER - 260468566149 , my motherboard has 2 PCI-E slots, one being used by my graphics card and the second is covered by the fan from my GPU.

I hope that makes sense, so anything else I could consider to take advantage of having a SSD?
#12
@ Gavster2002, again I would look at Corsairs support / updates even with Sandforce, there's a big OCZ community and forum

@ chrisxuk move one drive to a PCI SATA card for basic storage possibly ??
#13
Chris, just make sure your motherboard supports AHCI (most do, you can change it in the bios) for these sandforce drives. Gavster, I think the OCZ comes with a 3.5" bracket too. The one from ebuyer on the other thread did anyway.
#14
jpearn
@ chrisxuk move one drive to a PCI SATA card for basic storage possibly ??


Good idea. It's only really movies, music and documents on my current HDD, which will become the 2nd.
#15
ok. I ordered the ocz. cheers guys
#16
I'm not sure the lack of updates would bother me, as long as i didn't have any problems. I havn't had to update my X-25 M since I installed it, and never had any problems....
Personally, I very very rarely have had to update the BIOS on HDD's on my home PC's.
#17
chrisxuk
My motherboard (Gigabyte M61PME-S2P) only has 2 SATA ports, which are both currently being used. I've considered something like this: EBAY NUMBER - 260468566149 , my motherboard has 2 PCI-E slots, one being used by my graphics card and the second is covered by the fan from my GPU.

I hope that makes sense, so anything else I could consider to take advantage of having a SSD?


How 'bout one of these instead :
PCI SSD - Crazy fast ! Read 540MB/s, Write 450MB/s, 70K IOPS
http://static.scan.co.uk/Images/Products/1281253-a.jpg
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Edited By: djfluff on Aug 05, 2010 15:51: stats
#18
djfluff
chrisxuk
My motherboard (Gigabyte M61PME-S2P) only has 2 SATA ports, which are both currently being used. I've considered something like this: EBAY NUMBER - 260468566149 , my motherboard has 2 PCI-E slots, one being used by my graphics card and the second is covered by the fan from my GPU.

I hope that makes sense, so anything else I could consider to take advantage of having a SSD?


How 'bout one of these instead :
PCI SSD - Crazy fast ! Read 540MB/s, Write 450MB/s, 70K IOPS
http://static.scan.co.uk/Images/Products/1281253-a.jpg
X)


This is the one i am waiting for
#19
no TRIM on the PCI-E cards tho, so no dif than running 2 SSD's in RAID 0
#20
Gavster2002
no TRIM on the PCI-E cards tho, so no dif than running 2 SSD's in RAID 0

Good Review here
The benchmarks clearly show that the RevoDrive is a seriously fast SSD and as well it should be with dual Sandforce SF-1200 controllers and a RAID 0 configuration. Could you replicate this yourself with a couple of Vertex 2 drives? Yes, but to be most effective you would need to buy a quality RAID controller card as well as two SSDs and, for less savvy users, setting up a RAID array can be intimidating. In the end, you'd still face the same challenges with the lack of TRIM and idle garbage collection support.

While OCZ may release a tool or a method to employ OS TRIM to help maintain drive performance, there has been so much focus on TRIM due to problems with early SSDs (not all attributed to lack of TRIM) that users will be very wary of a drive that lacks TRIM support. The results we have seen don't indicate that lack of TRIM should cause significant concern and other reviews have reported similar findings. If you are using XP, you aren't taking advantage of OS TRIM anyway. OCZ has been very proactive in support of their products and we would certainly expect that to continue. The RevoDrive carries the same 3-year warranty as their other SSDs which is a big plus as well.
#21
For those not fully familiar with SSDs based around the Sandforce controller, it's worthing know at least the following piece of info...

BitTech.net
There are downsides to SandForce’s system though, most prominently the fact that when dealing with already heavily compressed or entirely random data, the drive’s performance drops due to its compression technology being unable to kick in. This introduces some variation in performance – if a game fully unpacks its textures and other data you’ll find a SandForce SSD to be very quick at loading levels, but if it only partially unpacks its files a SandForce SSD may not be noticeably faster than a decent Indilinx-powered drive.


Taken from the bottom of this page...

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/storage/2010/06/25/sandforce-ssd-test/1

Further on in that article, they use two specific benchmark programs that can test the performance of the drives with both compressible and uncompressible data. AS-SSD ( http://www.alex-is.de/PHP/fusion/downloads.php?cat_id=4 ) uses uncompressible data and ATTO ( http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/1749/ATTO%20Disk%20Benchmark%20v2.46.html ) uses compressible data.

When testing with AS-SSD (uncompressible data), the results show that the Sandforce drives perform slightly under the previous generation Indilinx Barefoot based SSDs (OCZ Vertex v1, Crucial M225, Patriot TorqX etc).

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/storage/2010/06/25/sandforce-ssd-test/9

These Sandforce based drives pull well ahead, and even reach to the limits of SATA-II, when it came to testing with ATTO (compressible data)...

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/storage/2010/06/25/sandforce-ssd-test/10

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?75773-Secure-Erase-TRIM-and-anything-else-Sandforce&p=538908&viewfull=1#post538908

If you want confirmation that ATTO does indeed use compressible data for benching and AS-SSD uses uncompressible data then look no further than this...

Tony @ OCZ
OCZ use ATTO on fresh clean drives to show performance, on the forum we are going to adopt winsat, both of these use compressible data and show the drives running with best performance. CDM and AS-SSD use incompressible data and show a worse case scenario


Taken from...

http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?75773-Secure-Erase-TRIM-and-anything-else-Sandforce&p=538908&viewfull=1#post538908

If the majority of the data that you plan to use on a Sandforce drive is going to be uncompressible (eg already compressed data such as MKV, jpgs/pngs, MP3, MP4) then the performance isn't going to be quite as good the Indilinx Barefoot based drives. Uncompressed data such as RAW video footage would one type of data that would be ideal for a Sandforce based drive since it would make scrubbing through it very smooth whilst editing :)
#23
Those who are considering a Corsair Reactor (as the 120GB is cheap at Dabs) should read about the SSD disappearing and not being detected by BIOS until multiple reboots. It has been suggested to only affect the current generation Intel chipset, such as X58, but I've read of it on also occurring with AMD and older Intel chipsets.

As the issue is an intermittent problem it could cause problems when return drive to retailer, depending on how thorough they are in testing. Although like most things on internet forums, you only get posts of negative purchase experiences.

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