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Price has dropped a bit more but this time it doesn't include the extra Akasa mounting bracket but you still get the one OCZ supplies in the box.

Do NOT use the "Go to deal" button, cut'n'paste this instead to put it in your basket at this lower price! (I can't edit the deal link so you have to do it this way)

https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/Shop/AddToBasket.aspx?WebProductId=1333225

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This price is only on until around 1pm Tues 5th October.

OCZ includes an adaptor to mount this in a 3.5" bay in your case.

OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G - 60GB OCZ Technology Vertex 2E, 2.5" Sandforce SSD, MLC-Flash, Read 285MB/s, Write 275MB/s

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#1
Note that this is version 2 of this drive - manufacturers code OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G unlike this one sold by Amazon for a similar price http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001NPCTBE/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_i6?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=0EET95F3PJRNQSB4APJE&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=467128473&pf_rd_i=468294 OCZSSD2-1VTX60G which is the first one
#2
so tempted, i give it heat anyway, SSD's are the best they are so fast it's unreal, my friend put a crucial ssd c300 128 in his laptop and it is super fast it start starts in 18- 20 seconds every time and turns off in 5-7 seconds, and the battery seems to last forever
#3
Please note that this comes bundled with a mounting bracket as part of the today only deals:

Each SSD on offer - bundled with: Akasa AK-MX010 Dual 2.5" (2x9.5mm) SSD/HDD 3.5" Bay Mounting Module, Black Aluminium Passive Cooler
#4
Paid around £135 a couple of months ago at Scan for one of these and I thought that was a good price then! Excellent product, imo the Vertex 2E is the best of the current generation of SSDs taking into account performance relative to price, along with very good support from OCZ. Yes they are relatively expensive but you'll definitely notice the difference.
#5
Just buy one, at this price sod it, buy 2! lol I paid £110 a few weeks back.

My PC is now fully setup like it was before on my old HDD and the difference is amazing. Boots' up in 30 seconds from the moment I press the power button to the moment I fire up my browser after all the background and taskbar applications have loaded.
#6
Oh and there is a OCZ 3.5" bracket for mounting into your desktop already provided in the box.
So maybe you'll get 2 brackets if they are bundling an AKASA one too?
#7
i have a crucial c300 in my xps-m1330 and the performance is amazing thinking of buying this one for my netbook decisions decisions
#8
there's this at overclockers OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB 2.5" SATA-II Solid State Hard Drive (OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G) [OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G]
Click image to enlarge
This Week Only Offer
was £214.99 inc VAT
£187.99 inc VAT
£159.99 ex VAT



10+ in stock

Stock Code: HD-048-OC

Manufacturers Code: OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G
#9
This uses the same controller and 'insides' as the corsair F60

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/233258

Ebuyer have it for £99.99 inc delivery - in case you cant get the free del @ Scan

Spec:
Corsair
Corsair 60GB Force SSD 2.5" SATA-II Read 285MB/s Write 275MB/s - Inc 2.5 To 3.5 Bracket


Edited By: P089 on Oct 01, 2010 20:35: missing info
#10
How do you get free delivery ? im a member at av forums just aint been on there for a while
#11
P089
This uses the same controller and 'insides' as the corsair F60

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/233258


Ebuyer have it for £99.99 inc delivery - in case you cant get the free del @ Scan

Spec:
Corsair
Corsair 60GB Force SSD 2.5" SATA-II Read 285MB/s Write 275MB/s - Inc 2.5 To 3.5 Bracket



The corsair apparently doesn't have as many features as they're locked to OCZ and their firmware as they have an exclusivity deal with SandForce.
#12
I cannot get the AVForums free delivery to work.
#13
Desp
How do you get free delivery ? im a member at av forums just aint been on there for a while


login to AV forums and follow this link...
http://www.avforums.com/forums/scan_offer.php
#14
Definitely want this now, won't be home for the courier though, anybody know who their courier is so I know ifI can actually get to their depot? They'll be redelivering it all week til I'm finally actually in during the day on saturday, you know, like most people.
#15
Just got one of these today after they were £101 at Scan. Superb drive, still messing now but bootup up takes 20 sec approx. Applications run instantly might buy another for my wifes lappy!! It can with 1.1 firmware on so don't think it needs the firmware upgrade. Don't know how I have done without one for so long!!
#16
After my comment earlier this week I somehow feel responsible for the sub-£100 prices on these tasty SSD drive deals :p


Edited By: MBeeching on Oct 02, 2010 00:56: : P
1 Like #17
montblanc - The courier is "Citylink" I think mate.
1 Like #18
siedwards
montblanc - The courier is "Citylink" I think mate.

Actually I think Scan have recently switched to DPD (at least that's who did my last delivery). You get a 2 hour window that they pretty much keep to - although you can't set this and it's still not much use if you can't be in anyway.
#19
Off on a bit of a tangent here, but since reading this post, I've had a look around as to what's available and found these plug in cards which are newly available [they use PCI-E motherboard sockets, so you will need one with at least two to be able to use - including the graphics card slot]

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives+%28SSD%29/OCZ+50GB+Bootable+PCI-E+RevoDrive+PCI-Express+SSD+?productId=41038

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives+%28SSD%29/OCZ+RevoDrive+120GB+PCI-Express+SSD+%28OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120%29+?productId=40784

Very expensive, but they seem like the future way forward and the reported speeds are astounding!

Read/write/sustained are 540/450/350MB/s compared with 285/275/250MB/s typical of these Vertex 2 drives....

Sorry if this is old news, but I hadn't come across them before.
#20
Thanks Si and Mark

If these things get any faster will we need separate ram any more? :) You'll turn on the PC and the desktop will be there! Millions of man hours and billions of pounds so that people can aimlessly surf the web 50 seconds quicker haha
1 Like #21
montblanc
Thanks Si and MarkIf these things get any faster will we need separate ram any more? :) You'll turn on the PC and the desktop will be there! Millions of man hours and billions of pounds so that people can aimlessly surf the web 50 seconds quicker haha

Especially when you soon won't even have to endure the BIOS screen

Change to 'Bios' will make for PCs that boot in seconds
#22
They use dpd for my last delivery
#23
Pretty sure that these cards are in a raid configuration on the card, so will not support trim.

Faythur
Off on a bit of a tangent here, but since reading this post, I've had a look around as to what's available and found these plug in cards which are newly available [they use PCI-E motherboard sockets, so you will need one with at least two to be able to use - including the graphics card slot]


http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives+%28SSD%29/OCZ+50GB+Bootable+PCI-E+RevoDrive+PCI-Express+SSD+?productId=41038



http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives+%28SSD%29/OCZ+RevoDrive+120GB+PCI-Express+SSD+%28OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120%29+?productId=40784


Very expensive, but they seem like the future way forward and the reported speeds are astounding!

Read/write/sustained are 540/450/350MB/s compared with 285/275/250MB/s typical of these Vertex 2 drives....

Sorry if this is old news, but I hadn't come across them before.
#24
can you tell me can i use this for my operating system on my desktop pc
and is this sata ? and are they very fast all i got is a 3.5 5400rpm at the moment
#25
will65mcmanus
can you tell me can i use this for my operating system on my desktop pcand is this sata ? and are they very fast all i got is a 3.5 5400rpm at the moment
Yes, yes and HELL YES!

It's perfect for running your OS, it's SATA 2 and will show a very big improvement over a 5400 HDD.
#26
Faythur
Off on a bit of a tangent here, but since reading this post, I've had a look around as to what's available and found these plug in cards which are newly available [they use PCI-E motherboard sockets, so you will need one with at least two to be able to use - including the graphics card slot]http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives+%28SSD%29/OCZ+50GB+Bootable+PCI-E+RevoDrive+PCI-Express+SSD+?productId=41038http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives+%28SSD%29/OCZ+RevoDrive+120GB+PCI-Express+SSD+%28OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120%29+?productId=40784Very expensive, but they seem like the future way forward and the reported speeds are astounding!Read/write/sustained are 540/450/350MB/s compared with 285/275/250MB/s typical of these Vertex 2 drives....Sorry if this is old news, but I hadn't come across them before.
but no good for laptop or netbook, or am i wrong do they do these for them or what?
#27
thanks mine ordered
#28
rhodyate
Faythur
Off on a bit of a tangent here, but since reading this post, I've had a look around as to what's available and found these plug in cards which are newly available [they use PCI-E motherboard sockets, so you will need one with at least two to be able to use - including the graphics card slot]http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives+%28SSD%29/OCZ+50GB+Bootable+PCI-E+RevoDrive+PCI-Express+SSD+?productId=41038http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Hard+Drives+%28SSD%29/OCZ+RevoDrive+120GB+PCI-Express+SSD+%28OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120%29+?productId=40784Very expensive, but they seem like the future way forward and the reported speeds are astounding!Read/write/sustained are 540/450/350MB/s compared with 285/275/250MB/s typical of these Vertex 2 drives....Sorry if this is old news, but I hadn't come across them before.
but no good for laptop or netbook, or am i wrong do they do these for them or what?

No, unfortunately you won't be able to run these on a laptop as they are effectively 2 SSDs running in RAID on a PCI-e card. Insane prices anyway.
#29
marktime
montblanc
Thanks Si and MarkIf these things get any faster will we need separate ram any more? :) You'll turn on the PC and the desktop will be there! Millions of man hours and billions of pounds so that people can aimlessly surf the web 50 seconds quicker haha


Especially when you soon won't even have to endure the BIOS screen

Change to 'Bios' will make for PCs that boot in seconds


Wow, thanks for sharing that article. It's strange to think that they've never changed the system in so long! If they sort out the having such a small board in such a big box and getting rid of all the noisy fans, everything I don't like about pcs will be gone :P
#30
Isn't there something you should be wary about when formatting these or installing Windows or something, like somehow make sure that some sort of formatting discrepancy doesn't occur which slows down the drive dramatically?

Err I went to order and there's an extra charge of £3 exc vat for insurance against you breaking the hardware when installing it. If you choose not to have this, are you setting yourself up for the Scan scare stories where you've got something faulty, you send it back and they say there's nothing wrong with it and charge you to send it back plus a fee... but this time it's your fault for breaking it when you didn't and that it's your liability because you didn't choose the insurance?

Edited By: montblanc on Oct 02, 2010 22:43: Tin foil hat
#31
Don't worry about that insurance add-on, just de-select it, You're not planning to trash it, are you? Any immediate problems you might have you can send it back for a full refund under DSR in the first 7 days anyway.

Installing the SSD is fairly straightforward, especially if your using Win7 which is an "SSD-aware" OS and will optimise it automatically. Most recent purchasers of this drive have said it comes with firmware revision 1.1, which is the latest one so you shouldn't need to update this. The only thing you should do is enable AHCI in the BIOS, as these drives run best with this setting.

It's well worth having a look on the OCZ forum for advice and tips on setting up this drive to run at its best (in fact I provided a link in an earlier post but it didn't get past the mods for some strange reason).

Don't forget, btw, you DON'T get a SATA cable with this, so if you haven't got a spare, might be worth adding one to the order.

Edited By: marktime on Oct 02, 2010 23:42: added more info
#32
Thanks for your info X)

That was it, 'offset'. Saw that Win 7 does it for you. Oh no, do I really have to put it in AHCI? When I do that, I get yet another black screen that says it's initialising AHCI mode and looking for AHCI devices. It does this for over a minute every time you boot up. Kind of defeats the point of being fast :(

Edited By: montblanc on Oct 02, 2010 23:56: Slow
#33
[quote=montblanc]Thanks for your info X)That was it, 'offset'. Saw that Win 7 does it for you. Oh no, do I really have to put it in AHCI? When I do that, I get yet another black screen that says it's initialising AHCI mode and looking for AHCI devices. It does this for over a minute every time you boot up. Kind of defeats the point of being fast :([/quo

You won't get 'offset' errors if you're installing from fresh - only if you're trying to image an HDD installation to the SSD. You really shouldn't get a problem installing with AHCI, again, as long as it's a clean install.
#34
With my current drives, set SATA RAID/AHCI mode to AHCI and SATA Port 0-3 Native mode to Native.
During the boot-up it goes to a new screen:

Serial ATA AHCI BIOS iSrc 1.07
Please wait, this will only take a few seconds
........

It then takes about 15-20 seconds to check that yes, I still have two hard drives that I want to have in AHCI mode then continues on. It does this every boot time. Is this something necessary? That's why I turned it off, it's quite annoying to think it loses its memory and has to waste my time checking each and every time.

Edited By: montblanc on Oct 03, 2010 01:22: PCs are annoying and so am I.
#35
i've ordered the 120gb ocz 2e, it's going to go in my dell 1647 xps, i7 620m, 6gb ddr3 ram, 7200 500gb which i am replacing, i'm going to do a clean install of w7 and see what happens, any pre- advice please, anybody ?

Edited By: rhodyate on Oct 03, 2010 01:23: correction
#36
rhodyate
i've ordered the 120gb ocz 2e, it's going to go in my dell 1647 xps, i7 620m, 6gb ddr3 ram, 7200 500gb which i am replacing, i'm going to do a clean install of w7 and see what happens, any pre- advice please, marktime

Again, advice would be to have a look on the OCZ forums for tips and advice.

Steps I took were as follows:

- Enabled AHCI in BIOS
- downloaded latest intel chipset drivers for AHCI mode:

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&ProductFamily=Chipsets&ProductLine=Chipset

(should be driver version 9.6.0.1014, don't forget to choose either 32/64 bit). I put these on a USB stick and during installation of Win7 checked the option to 'install different drivers' when it was setting up the drive.
- Win7 will automatically disable features like defrag, which you shouldn't use with an SSD.
- I have moved all program options that require heavy writing to the drive to a seperate HDD. E.g: Windows temp files/ IE7 temp internet files/Winrar temp directory/I-tunes paths, etc. This should ensure that the drive doesn't suffer excessive wear through a lot of writing, although I doubt this will have a substantial impact unless you intend to use it for a lot of write-intensive programs.
- one thing you might want to consider (which I decided not to do in the end) is allocate less than the full amount of space during installation (e.g. allocate 110GB rather than the full 120GB). This will give the Sandforce controller more space for 'overprovisioning', which it uses to intelligently keep the drive healthy and avoids degraded performance over time. I really wouldn't worry too much about this though, unless you really are going to be hammering the drive with a lot of writing every day.

Hope this helps.



Edited By: marktime on Oct 03, 2010 01:33: added more info
#37
marktime
rhodyate
i've ordered the 120gb ocz 2e, it's going to go in my dell 1647 xps, i7 620m, 6gb ddr3 ram, 7200 500gb which i am replacing, i'm going to do a clean install of w7 and see what happens, any pre- advice please, marktime
Again, advice would be to have a look on the OCZ forums for tips and advice.Steps I took were as follows:- Enabled AHCI in BIOS- downloaded latest intel chipset drivers for AHCI mode:http://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&ProductFamily=Chipsets&ProductLine=Chipset(should be driver version 9.6.0.1014, don't forget to choose either 32/64 bit). I put these on a USB stick and during installation of Win7 checked the option to 'install different drivers' when it was setting up the drive.- Win7 will automatically disable features like defrag, which you shouldn't use with an SSD.- I have moved all program options that require heavy writing to the drive to a seperate HDD. E.g: Windows temp files/ IE7 temp internet files/Winrar temp directory/I-tunes paths, etc. This should ensure that the drive doesn't suffer excessive wear through a lot of writing, although I doubt this will have a substantial impact unless you intend to use it for a lot of write-intensive programs.- one thing you might want to consider (which I decided not to do in the end) is allocate less than the full amount of space during installation (e.g. allocate 110GB rather than the full 120GB). This will give the Sandforce controller more space for 'overprovisioning', which it uses to intelligently keep the drive healthy and avoids degraded performance over time. I really wouldn't worry too much about this though, unless you really are going to be hammering the drive with a lot of writing every day.Hope this helps.
thank you very much for your advice, you've been very helpful
#38
Price has gone down to £96.34 + del (or free) but no extra Akasa mounting bracket. However, you still get the standard OCZ supplied one in the box.
#39
Early morning bump :)
#40
Faythur
Note that this is version 2 of this drive - manufacturers code OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G unlike this one sold by Amazon for a similar price http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B001NPCTBE/ref=s9_simh_gw_p147_d0_i6?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=0EET95F3PJRNQSB4APJE&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=467128473&pf_rd_i=468294 OCZSSD2-1VTX60G which is the first one
This is the first gen Vertex with the Indilinx barefoot controller. Good at the time but cost much more than it's worth. I believe that to be the reason why OCZ dumped them and buddied up to sandforce

In regards to PCIe drives, you are better off making your own SATA SSD RAID until makers stop charging niche market markups for a PCIe interface (with internal RAID). The industry has not yet come up with a standard interface for PCIe drives. HSDL is the latest attempt but looks very patchy

Edited By: semo on Oct 05, 2010 09:34: edit

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