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Use voucher to get this price, original post by LD2DVD but it got snowed on because the all the discounts were not applied.

64GB Crucial RealSSD C300 2.5-inch SATA 6GB/s CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1

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

£100.79 inc. VAT
-7% Crucial Sale
-7% Voucher
£86.68 inc vat and shipping

7% cashback with Quidco or TCB will take it down to £80.62 - nice!
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#1
#2
Ordered :)
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CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 64GB, 2.5-inch Solid State Drive
Sales savings: -£5.88
Order subtotal: £72.23 (Ex. VAT)
(Royal Mail Free Shipping (3-5 working days)) Shipping charges: £0
Approximate VAT tax: £ 14.45
Total due Crucial: £ 86.68
#3
I'm surprised that Crucial are allowing both 7% discounts to ride together, it could be an error which may not last long. I was going to wait until later in the year for an SSD but this has made me jump in.
#4
try the edit button, triple posting looks like rants.

mainly a boot drive then as 'slow' write speeds,
tbh id much prefer a vertex 2e with a little lower read and alot faster write with ability to do it on sata-ii without being hampered as this one would be.
#5
Cracking deal for SATA 3.0 SSD! Voted hot. Would be great for a OS where your not having to write to it very often esp at 6gps.

Otherwise Vertex 2e is the better drive to get at the moment.
#6
Can anyone recommend a good mounting kit for this. Have one on the way.
Voted hot for the extra info by poster.
#7
Any chance that this will work on my trusty Dell D430, if I get some kind of mounty thingy?
#8
how good is this deal? any comparisons?
2 Likes #9
these are good drives, but the C300 doesn't really become a wise choice until you hit the 256gb mark.

at this capacity, i'd put my money on the ocz vertex 2e. not because of the faster speeds (fast is fast), but because of the maintenance of this performance over time.

voted cold, because if someone was going out to get a SSD of this size, i'd feel guilty recommending this over the vertex 2e. even if it is £3 more, it's definitely better value for money.
1 Like #10
for those interested, here is a good review of the drive including performance comparisons to similar drives.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3812/the-ssd-diaries-crucials-realssd-c300/1
#11
Heat added, sweet deal
#12
Opted for 2e Xmas 60gb and comes with mounting kit for 3.5 bays.

Can recommend.
#13
Quidco from dabs too
suspended#14
great price, very tempting :P.

A few key things you must remember with this drive when comparing to sandforce drives is that these dont have unstable speeds and serious degrading of performance after awhile where as the sandforce drives tend to have, they also dont use a compression and so some things can cause the sandforce to slow down.

I still love the sandforce but these are steller drives, they all have pros and cons. As a boot drive, these are epic as you dont do much writing on an OS but a huge amount of reading.
#15
this is a good deal

they value same as vertex 2e from OCZ

it is good for a mainboard that supports sata 6gb and has a sata controller that works well with 6gb hard drives - most people buy the asus addon card if they simply have sata2 mainboard

i personally have a vertex 2e on an ich10r raid controllers and i get 280mb/s read & write

this hard drive is only suitable if you dont intend on using it for downloads & winrar

so to summarize to get 100% of the read speed u need a 6gb sata / raid controller

many people dont think about this lol
#16
Hudson92
great price, very tempting :P.

A few key things you must remember with this drive when comparing to sandforce drives is that these dont have unstable speeds and serious degrading of performance after awhile where as the sandforce drives tend to have, they also dont use a compression and so some things can cause the sandforce to slow down.

I still love the sandforce but these are steller drives, they all have pros and cons. As a boot drive, these are epic as you dont do much writing on an OS but a huge amount of reading.


Totally agree with this. Good comment.
#17
Price seems to be £93.73 inc. VAT on Crucial site (before Quidco) - guess it's gone up after they realised it's on HUKD???
1 Like #18
ba8533
Price seems to be £93.73 inc. VAT on Crucial site (before Quidco) - guess it's gone up after they realised it's on HUKD???


Have you applied the voucher?

£100.79 inc. VAT
-7% Crucial Sale
-7% Voucher
£86.68 inc vat and shipping


Edited By: shadow_boxer on Jan 17, 2011 16:55
#19
LD2DVD
Can anyone recommend a good mounting kit for this. Have one on the way.
Voted hot for the extra info by poster.


Someone from OCUK forums recommended i use Self-Adhesive Velcro Strip's instead of a mounting kit. and trust me it cost me less then a quid and u can mount the drive anywhere in the case, YES! anywhere in the case. cheapest and best option i think.
#20
This is just the beginning of SSD price drops. When I last spoke to HP's HPC group they were predicting that most HP laptops will be shipping with SSDs within 3 years. They are going to be produced in much higher volumes which means they will become much cheaper. This is a good price right now, but I would expect to see higher capacity and lower prices soon.
#21
Guys your advice please as I was just going to get one of these. I'm after a SSD drive to use as my C: drive to house my OS (Windows 7) and all my applications. I also want to be able to use the drive to be the default location for all of my downloads (which is many) and after reading the comment above that stated "this hard drive is only suitable if you dont intend on using it for downloads & winrar" I'm now worried about this drives suitability for my needs. Could someone please explain why this specific drive is not ideal for writing to the drive continualy and whether a 'Sandforce' SSD like the OCZ Vertex is a better option? The SSD drive would be going in to my new Sandy Bridge based system with a LGA1155 P67 chipset based motherboard. Big thanks in advance :)


Edited By: mumjit on Jan 17, 2011 17:44: .
#22
LD2DVD
Can anyone recommend a good mounting kit for this. Have one on the way.
Voted hot for the extra info by poster.

I ordered this mounting kit for mine
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silverstone-sdp08-525-bay-converter-thats-takes-2-x-25-hdd

Also this one is ok but it won't fit in an antec case as i found out after i'd bought one!
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HS-059-AK
#23
Spod
This is just the beginning of SSD price drops. When I last spoke to HP's HPC group they were predicting that most HP laptops will be shipping with SSDs within 3 years. They are going to be produced in much higher volumes which means they will become much cheaper. This is a good price right now, but I would expect to see higher capacity and lower prices soon.


Prices are generally still to high. It'll still be 12 months before we see the magical £1 per gig mark. Agreed that they will eventually become mainstream but will be a while yet before we see them regularly in mid range laptops. Retail prices will continue to hover roughly around the £90-100 mark for 60GB drives until we see the new generation of Sandforce SSDs then we may see some good offers to get rid of stock.
#24
If only i was brave enough to strip down my laptop
1 Like #25
uggla
If only i was brave enough to strip down my laptop


its easy as long as you are careful and methodical, some laptops have a panel that you can screw off to change the hard drive without stripping the whole thing anyway. Can be done in 5 mins if your lucky.


Edited By: spaceinvader on Jan 17, 2011 18:29
suspended#26
you guys do realise the crucial c400 is coming out soon which has faster read, write and IOPS and uses 25nm chips so will likely be the same price as the c300.
1 Like #27
Your laptop hdd should be sat under an easily accessible cover held on by a couple of screws. Most are. Very rare you have to take the machine apart to get at the hdd unless it's a netbook?
#28
hajj_3
you guys do realise the crucial c400 is coming out soon which has faster read, write and IOPS and uses 25nm chips so will likely be the same price as the c300.

It will be cheaper to make, so will end up cheaper but may not be introduced that way. They also have less writes per cell because of their smaller size. I'm considering one of these or the 128GB as a boot drive with space for a few games and whatever I'm currently working on and throwing everything else on a network share.

Seriously tempted but I have a feeling these drives may end up more heavily discounted in a month or two..
#29
Spod
This is just the beginning of SSD price drops. When I last spoke to HP's HPC group they were predicting that most HP laptops will be shipping with SSDs within 3 years. They are going to be produced in much higher volumes which means they will become much cheaper. This is a good price right now, but I would expect to see higher capacity and lower prices soon.


That can't come soon enough. The failure rate for laptop HDD's is ridiculous and I know as I have to sort them out.
#30
aron311
hajj_3
you guys do realise the crucial c400 is coming out soon which has faster read, write and IOPS and uses 25nm chips so will likely be the same price as the c300.


It will be cheaper to make, so will end up cheaper but may not be introduced that way. They also have less writes per cell because of their smaller size. I'm considering one of these or the 128GB as a boot drive with space for a few games and whatever I'm currently working on and throwing everything else on a network share.

Seriously tempted but I have a feeling these drives may end up more heavily discounted in a month or two..


This has tended not to happen in the past, not that I can say it will with this drive or not.

For the people asking about cheap mounting in a 3.5" bay. I use 4 elastic bands and just pull them through the screw holes and just tie them off. I use this method for standard 2.5" HDD so they are suspended in the air stopping vibrations but will work fine with SSD's too.
#31
Still waiting for 128gb/160gb versions for this price (for games etc)
#32
they are more a marketing gimmick imo

you got a set of raid 0 sata2 drives then a single ssd in ahci should not beat it

my seagate 500gb x2 runs at around 350mb/s

i think we need larger capacity first before we can safely say yes raid 0 em and give em a good hammering

as for laptop then yes they will work but it is dependent on the hard drive controller how well they work
1 Like #33
I bought this exact drive just before Christmas and fitted it as the OS drive during a full upgrade to my PC. On an AMD Phenom II quad core 965 based system with 4gb DDR3, windows 7 64 bit edition boots completely from power on in around 35 seconds including time taken to log in. Windows Experience Index rates the drive at 7.7 out of a possible 7.9.

Apple iTunes used to take about 30-35 seconds to fully load on my old P4 3.4 Ghz system - it now loads fully in 2 seconds exactly.

These drives are just stunningly fast - go ahead and buy one - anything under £90 is a bargain.
2 Likes #34
michael3
they are more a marketing gimmick imo

you got a set of raid 0 sata2 drives then a single ssd in ahci should not beat it

my seagate 500gb x2 runs at around 350mb/s

i think we need larger capacity first before we can safely say yes raid 0 em and give em a good hammering

as for laptop then yes they will work but it is dependent on the hard drive controller how well they work


You're completely wrong
There's not a chance that standard HDD could beat an SSD for random read/write (even WD Raptors in RAID 0), which is exactly what you need for an OS disk.

Go do some research e.g. Anandtech.

SSD is by far the best upgrade you can make to your PC.

Edited By: mcbain on Jan 17, 2011 20:34
#35
mcbain
michael3
they are more a marketing gimmick imo

you got a set of raid 0 sata2 drives then a single ssd in ahci should not beat it

my seagate 500gb x2 runs at around 350mb/s

i think we need larger capacity first before we can safely say yes raid 0 em and give em a good hammering

as for laptop then yes they will work but it is dependent on the hard drive controller how well they work


You're completely wrong
There's not a chance that standard HDD could beat an SSD for random read/write (even WD Raptors in RAID 0), which is exactly what you need for an OS disk.

Go do some research e.g. Anandtech.

SSD is by far the best upgrade you can make to your PC.


Exactly right. I've had this arguement here before. I have 2 x Samsung 1TB F3's in a Core i7 920 (@ 3.6ghz oc) pc in raid 0. I have an Asus UL30A with a ULV intel chip running at 1.2ghz and an OCZ vertex 96gb SSD...

Guess which is faster for general windows usage, like opening dreamweaver, booting windows etc!!
#36
michael3, maximum throughout isnt needed for everyday usage, its how fast data can be accessed and SSD's rule at this.

pretty much any SSD is better than 2x normal SATA HDD i would the difference in normal usage is stunning
#37
have had one of these since Friday and absolutely love it. Used as a boot drive on a SATA3 mobo, was a PITA to set up, but once it was it ROCKS!!!!!
#38
tech_guy
Your laptop hdd should be sat under an easily accessible cover held on by a couple of screws. Most are. Very rare you have to take the machine apart to get at the hdd unless it's a netbook?

I came across one of the rare exceptions recently which is a Dell N5010 and although it’s a 15.6” laptop you have to strip it down to get access to the HDD. Even with the Dell Mini 1012 it is fairly easy to access the HDD so I guess they were trying something different with the N5010!

At least Dell have online service guides which show you how to completely strip a laptop down which is handy if you are buying a low end spec and wish to upgrade.
I made the mistake of buying a low spec Vostro without checking the online Service Guide and to swap out the CPU I had to strip it down a lot including removing the screen. It’s not rocket science but if you don’t do it very often it can be time consuming particularly if you are being cautious as some of the procedures are a bit fiddly.
And yet with some Dell’s you can swap out the CPU almost as quickly as you can with a desktop PC.
#39
I've been using this drive for some time.

I use it purely as an OS drive for which nothing faster currently exists.

Faster than a flashing **** on crack.

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