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80GB Intel SSD Gen 2, MLC-Flash, 2.5" £164.48 @ Scan

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6y, 10m agoFound 6 years, 10 months ago
Not a cheep drive, but one of the best SSD's.
Price is for those with free shipping (available via a few methods)

This price only from this link : http://www.scan.co.uk/Shops/Homepage/Offers?_s_icmp=7Uz238zS (homepage offers, £30 off!)

I put one of these in my own PC , and what a difference! Windows starts befor the loading bar get's across the screen :)
Whole system feels more responsive. Programs start almoast instantly. Even web browsing seems faster.

Blurb :
The Intel® SATA Solid State Drives (SSD) delivers leading performance in industry standard 2.5 form factors while simultaneously improving system responsiveness for client applications over standard rotating drive media or hard disk drives. By combining Intels leading 34nm NAND flash memory technology with our innovative high performance controller, Intel delivers its next generation SSD for native Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) hard disk drive drop-in replacement with enhanced performance, reliability, ruggedness and power savings.

Since there are no rotating platters, moving heads, or fragile actuators, unnecessary delays due to spin-up time or positional seek time that can slow down the storage subsystem significantly, are absent. The Intel SATA SSD enables fast read/write access times and a significant I/O and throughput performance improvement as compared to rotating media or hard disk drives.
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#2
Heat from me.
#3
whatsThePoint
I have one of these and with the 30secs saving on starting my laptop it makes a real difference to what i can get done in a day


:-D
#4
Bought one last week, in my Core i7 beast. Runs like a dream, amazing boot times, silent, cool, small.

Just remember to turn off indexing and defrag in settings as they will shorten the disk life.
#5
chromosome17
Bought one last week, in my Core i7 beast. Runs like a dream, amazing boot times, silent, cool, small.

Just remember to turn off indexing and defrag in settings as they will shorten the disk life.


:thumbsup:

Also make sure you have the latest firmware & install the "Intel SSD toolkit", Intel running it's optimisation task once a week to keep the drive performance.
#6
compared to recent prices this is a good deal, but i think SSD's are going to be overpriced overall until the NAND flash producers get their production capacity up... 6 months ago SSD's were nearer £1/Gb and now well over £2/Gb.

this is better but still not good enough to be considered hot... (not cold either tho)

djfluff

Also make sure you have the latest firmware & install the "Intel SSD toolkit", Intel running it's optimisation task once a week to keep the drive performance.

and make sure you have any TRIM firmware updates...
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/storage/2010/02/04/windows-7-ssd-performance-and-trim/1
#7
chromosome17;7759562
Bought one last week, in my Core i7 beast. Runs like a dream, amazing boot times, silent, cool, small.


I want one for my i5 :thumbsup:

Other than your OS what software have you installed that shows significant benefits?

Would be tempted to put a couple of my favourite games on there but I already find myself loading well ahead of people on L4D2, just using a standard Samsung F3 drive.
#8
It's hot as it's the cheapest you can get this drive for.
So so so tempted for this, my rig i built a few months back, (i5 @4ghz, 5850 etc.) is fast enough, but i'm only using a caviar black as a boot drive, this would just 'complete' the build. But then again i don't strictly need one it would just be a great luxury to top it off, decisions decisions.
#9
whatsThePoint
Being the cheapest price doesn't necessarily make something hot, as in this case!


If it is the cheepest price, and one of the best quality ones, it is hot for those looking for a SSD.

You can't say everything that you don't want is not a hot deal. :thumbsup:
#10
I have an OCZ Agility (similar specs to this) and I have to add that these are serious witchy magic. If you care at all about speed, you want one of these.

I use mine with Linux and I get pretty solid 150MB/s throughput while it boots (which takes about 10 seconds). It's a massive improvement over my old drive (and that was a 10krpm WD Raptor!)

There are currently faster products (mmm FusionIO and the OCZ Vantage 2 series) but they all cost lots more. If you'd really have to bankrupt yourself to buy one, save your pennies and wait for SATA3 (that's the 6gbps throughput) interface SSDs - They're going to blow some socks off.
#11
OliWarner
I have an OCZ Agility (similar specs to this) and I have to add that these are serious witchy magic. If you care at all about speed, you want one of these.

I use mine with Linux and I get pretty solid 150MB/s throughput while it boots (which takes about 10 seconds). It's a massive improvement over my old drive (and that was a 10krpm WD Raptor!)

There are currently faster products (mmm FusionIO and the OCZ Vantage 2 series) but they all cost lots more. If you'd really have to bankrupt yourself to buy one, save your pennies and wait for SATA3 (that's the 6gbps throughput) interface SSDs - They're going to blow some socks off.


I don't think SATA2 is a limiting factor in SSD's at the moment, as none of them do more than 300MB/s yet (in the desktop range)
#12
I'm putting together a spec for a PC to run Adobe Creative Suite for my business - mainly video editing with Premiere Pro and motion graphics rendering using After Effects, plus Photoshop etc. Have been wondering how to improve performance and was thinking maybe putting the Media Cache and/or scratch discs on an SSD. Anyone using an SSD with Adobe software - I'd love to hear your experiences of the best drive arrangement for performance please!
#13
djfluff
If it is the cheepest price, and one of the best quality ones, it is hot for those looking for a SSD.

You can't say everything that you don't want is not a hot deal. :thumbsup:


This is also my reasoning, i won't try and back it up with how many milliseconds faster i can do X or Y, if you're looking for an SSD this is a hot deal. Just because it isn't suited for you and you're after more capacity over more speed (for example) and then obviously a cheaper mechanical hard drive is for you, doesn't mean this isn't a hot deal.

whatsThePoint
If they were value for money i'd have one(so its not something i don't want), but for the small gains in real world performance its not worth it
But i'm open to being enlightened to how much faster you can post on hotukdeals with one of these :roll:


Also, if all you do is post on hotukdeals, you don't need one, they arn't aimed at you currently.
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#15
Showing as £194 now.

Edit - nevermind, didn't notice it in the deals bit. :p Good price if you want one!
#16
Been looking at these all week but most places that had stock were selling for over 200. So good post thanks.

Now need advice on setting it up properly.

Ordered one for Saturday delivery as was only a few quid more. Can't wait for the massive speed increase.
#17
Bear76
Been looking at these all week but most places that had stock were selling for over 200. So good post thanks.

Now need advice on setting it up properly.

Ordered one for Saturday delivery as was only a few quid more. Can't wait for the massive speed increase.


* Make sure to install the latest firmware form Intel.
* Install it like a normal HDD. (I was short of space in my case, so I just blu-tacked mine to the case :p , no moving parts so no vibration issues)
* Downlaod and install the SSD toolkit from the Intel Website, and run it once a week (or set up a schedule)
* Make sure to get rid of any scheduled defrag or index tasks.
* N'joy :thumbsup:
#18
DancingMatt
I'm putting together a spec for a PC to run Adobe Creative Suite for my business - mainly video editing with Premiere Pro and motion graphics rendering using After Effects, plus Photoshop etc. Have been wondering how to improve performance and was thinking maybe putting the Media Cache and/or scratch discs on an SSD. Anyone using an SSD with Adobe software - I'd love to hear your experiences of the best drive arrangement for performance please!


Mac?
#19
whatsThePoint
Going by the :roll: its clear i wasn't being serious about faster posting on here, but most of the people who rave about these just go on about how much quicker their PC now boots with no other improvement to their use of PC mentioned, If thats the only benifit they get, you can't expect others to say this is a hot deal
If you'd constantly access the drive during work and it would increase your output, you have probably already lost more than you save in production by waiting for this small drop in price


I did say
Whole system feels more responsive. Programs start almoast instantly. Even web browsing seems faster.
:whistling:

I stated at the start that this was not a cheep drive. It's a luxary item, for those wanting to build a beastly PC, so is not for everyone. I know a couple of perple who now have SSD drives, and all are very pleased with the reult.
#20
whatsThePoint
Going by the :roll: its clear i wasn't being serious about faster posting on here, but most of the people who rave about these just go on about how much quicker their PC now boots with no other improvement to their use of PC mentioned, If thats the only benifit they get, you can't expect others to say this is a hot deal
If you'd constantly access the drive during work and it would increase your output, you have probably already lost more than you save in production by waiting for this small drop in price


I agree with the boot times, it does seem to be the main thing people rave about tbh but that's because it's one of the most obvious things you can clearly test and show just how much faster it is. Like the above post mentions the overall feel of the computer and snappyness of it is so much better but that's harder to define. I think when trying to explain numbers, benchmarks etc. the average non enthusiast would just fall asleep :p So saying, 'umm, and it makes your pc boot faster than the speed of light' gets more attention then talking about sustained speeds, burst rates, access time etc.


djfluff
It's a luxary item, for those wanting to build a beastly PC, so is not for everyone. I know a couple of perple who now have SSD drives, and all are very pleased with the reult.


This is very true aswell, nearly everyone on various forums i use has said they could no longer go back to using mechanical hard drives for an OS drive after using an SSD, only one or two have said they later sold the drive as it was too expensive for what it did, but tbh i think they were just trolls complaining about price and didn't actually have one to begin with :p
#21
Or people who didn't do the research and bought one of the poor performing SSD's, there are a few out there :thumbsup:
#22
djfluff
Or people who didn't do the research and bought one of the poor performing SSD's, there are a few out there :thumbsup:


Definitely true for the old kingston drives to name one. The complaint i heard was about the crucial m255, which is a cracking SSD. I think the poster just wanted them to go back down to £102.99 for the 64gb, compared to the price they are now.
#23
whatsThePoint
These forums you use, not full of computer geeks by any change :roll:


Actually a few of them have been on here, a few on general sites and obviously the majority have been on pc related websites. It's not like a cookery discussion forum would be having a good old debate on whether to get an OCZ vertex or an intel x25-m is it?:? And vice versa i wouldn't go to a pc related website to ask the folk how i cook a jacket potato.
As i already stated, these are aimed at enthusiasts, not someone who's buying a £350 dell pc. Obviously anyone can use them but if you arn't an enthusiast then maybe the £164 would be better spent on something else. That doesn't make this any less of a hot deal.
#24
been eyeing up one of these for the last month, with everywhere OOS or £200+!
this purchased was conducted quicker then any windows7 could boot!! *voted hot*
#25
I've had to mark this as expired. I think it was a misprice.

This drive is currently available on Scan.co.uk for £193.64. The previous price was the ex. VAT price that Scan appear to have been selling as the inc. VAT price:

£164.80 Ex VAT
£193.64 Inc VAT

Brilliant drive, however I'm looking for something 120gb+. Any suggestions welcome!
#26
Oy!

£139.98 Ex VAT
£164.48 Inc VAT

It's in their homepage deals section. They will honour this one.

Can a mod please un-expire ?
#27
D'oh, read the OP properly before you expire.

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#28
DancingMatt
I'm putting together a spec for a PC to run Adobe Creative Suite for my business - mainly video editing with Premiere Pro and motion graphics rendering using After Effects, plus Photoshop etc. Have been wondering how to improve performance and was thinking maybe putting the Media Cache and/or scratch discs on an SSD. Anyone using an SSD with Adobe software - I'd love to hear your experiences of the best drive arrangement for performance please!


TBH I think making your scratch disk an SSD would be a bad idea. Scratch disks are designed to be read and written to frequently, which in the case of an SSD would lower it's lifetime quicker. I think you would be better have the programs on the SSD and have the scratch disk as just a normal HDD.
#29
Indeed. My apologies.

Note: Price is valid through special offer section even though selecting the product in the special offer shows the prices I posted above but discount is applied at the checkout.
#30
I have a lowly C2D e4300 (1.8GHz) with 4GB RAM and this would do more for improving my performance in my daily tasks than an i5 upgrade ever would...
#31
Darv
TBH I think making your scratch disk an SSD would be a bad idea. Scratch disks are designed to be read and written to frequently, which in the case of an SSD would lower it's lifetime quicker. I think you would be better have the programs on the SSD and have the scratch disk as just a normal HDD.


Nah, these Intel SSDs are rated to last a very long time with high data write rates. Low latency is exactly what you need for a scratch disk. I have a few of these and they make my day a lot better with a much more responsive PC.
#32
whatsThePoint
that was my point! people who get excited about putting their windows index up by 0.1 are hardly going to **** something like this off
PC's are the poor mans flash car,Like petrolheads, your extra bit of speed PC owner excites his fellow followers but everyone else knows it hasn't made a part of your body any bigger
Only difference is the car isn't out of date before the parts have even arrived

:? why can't i use a word that discribes a partially vitreous by-product of smelting ore


You know some people just are not that interested in cars, what a pretentious thing to say. If you are really into something, whether its performance pcs, cars, fishing whatever, some people are going to want the best. I fail to see why you assume that because someone wants a fast computer it must mean that they REALLY want a fast car but cant afford it.
#33
whatsThePoint;7761212
that was my point! people who get excited about putting their windows index up by 0.1 are hardly going to **** something like this off


Anyone who uses the Windows performance index to measure the performance of their PC is not a PC enthusiast...

Nevertheless, it has long been said by anyone who uses their PC for genuinely productive tasks that the HDD is the bottleneck in modern day PC for many tasks. CPUs have come on in leaps and bounds from single-core CPUs of a few hundred MHz to quad-cores with processor speeds of multiple GHz, that do more work per clock. Same for graphics cards. Same for RAM. HDDs have improved at a relative snail's pace since the advent of 7200RPM drives. i7s are often just sitting around idle while HHDs slowly stumble around for data to feed them.

Anything that comes along that is faster, like Raptors or SSDs, is going to give a big boost for anything other than gaming, where it would only improve load times. I'm not a gamer so I really see the benefit in one of these...

This website (and many others) will always have a higher percentage of tech-savvy users than the ratio in the real world simply because tech-savvy people tend to spend more time online...
banned#34
djfluff
Oy!

£139.98 Ex VAT
£164.48 Inc VAT

It's in their homepage deals section. They will honour this one.

Can a mod please un-expire ?


I'm looking on their home page deal, no sign of it, putting it in my basket is giving the £193 price(I'm not logged in so not giving my free delivery but that's not the important part).
#35
Is it possible they sold out? It is also after just after 12am so they might have it set so the system only runs the deal 12/24 hrs. I can't even see it in the drive in the SSDs section.

Scan have always had a crap way of showing deals... send us emails with direct links!
#36
Winner deal. I'm gonna wait till they fall even more =).
#37
Seems gone from the homepage, good deal tho
#38
JasonAJB
This is very true aswell, nearly everyone on various forums i use has said they could no longer go back to using mechanical hard drives for an OS drive after using an SSD, only one or two have said they later sold the drive as it was too expensive for what it did, but tbh i think they were just trolls complaining about price and didn't actually have one to begin with :p


I've seen a couple of professional review sites say it's not yet worth it for a desktop, for example Techreport came to that conclusion for version 1 of this very drive: http://techreport.com/articles.x/17137/4
#39
SSDs should not be compared to normal hard drives, and people should not talk about what they have "heard". SSD's are still a premium part for your PC, generally if you can afford it then you will notice the difference. If you buy some cheap one using a crap controller then its a waste of money.
Currently its best to use it as a main boot/OS drive and put data etc on a fast (F3) normal drive.

Edit: that link is from aug last year, keep up :)
#40
Yes, SSD's can fail. So do hard drives. You would be pretty stupid to have your data on one drive with no backups.

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