Crucial 256GB Real SSD C300 2.5" SATA-III 6Gb/s - Read 355MB/s Write 215MB/s £299.99 delivered at Ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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Next cheapest I can see for this is £324.99 at Amazon.

The 2.5-inch Crucial RealSSD C300 drive offers mobile and desktop users scorching-fast read speeds of up to 355MB/s. And because it has no moving parts, you will also enjoy a quieter, cooler, and more durable storage solution - and a better alternative to a traditional notebook hard drive.

Designed with high-speed synchronous MLC NAND, advanced controller technology, optimized NAND management, and the SATA 6Gb/s interface, these drives dramatically improve data transfers for bandwidth-demanding applications like audio and video.

The improvement in boot time and application load times push performance to new levels at the desktop too. You will experience improvement across a variety of common tasks such as viewing and editing photos, video, music and other media, gaming, communications, productivity and security.

Crucial RealSSD C300 series employ a standard hard drive interface and dimensions, so it is an easy storage upgrade for most notebooks.
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#1
very nice.
#2
Looks good
#3
If you can afford one, the vertex 3 is 550mbs / 500mbs. But if you don't have SATA 3 on your computer the faster ones are pointless, get a cheaper one because it will only go the same speed, unless if you have sata 3 of course
#4
Good price compared to what others are selling it for, but still breath-takingly expensive for what is effectively a superseded model....
2 Likes #5
ssd drives should really be a lot cheaper by now. i'm waiting for a big price drop.
#6
zurich
ssd drives should really be a lot cheaper by now. i'm waiting for a big price drop.
Should??...because??
#7
Put the 64Gb version (which is slower) of this in a 3 year old laptop.......what a difference! Completely transforms it.....HOT!
#8
Good price, but if it is in a desktop, it should really be used primarily as a boot drive. A 64GB one makes more sense, IMO.
#9
I just dont see the point in SSDs right now, I would much rather RAID0 a couple of samsung F4 320GB for £50
#10
eatmorefish
zurich
ssd drives should really be a lot cheaper by now. i'm waiting for a big price drop.
Should??...because??

Because moving part HDs have been a bottle neck for a long time now. They really didn't progress at the same speed as other parts such as CPU or graphics cards. Instead the manufacturers focussed on capacity and not speed. SSD technology has been around a while, but the prices aren't dropping in spite of the increasing popularity
#11
SSD's are the way to go. Expensive still - but what a difference they make. All my machines now have SSD's fitted, in some cases breathing a completely new lease of life into older hardware. The sooner they come down in price the better.
Heat Added

Edited By: kinell on Jun 14, 2011 23:29
#12
Really can't wait for SSD's to take a big price drop.
banned#13
Boost in latency and all that but still £300 for a hard drive
#14
£1.17 per gig, WHAT A BARGAIN!

-_-

Cold.

Edited By: Hosain H on Jun 15, 2011 00:05
4 Likes #15
dom99
I just dont see the point in SSDs right now, I would much rather RAID0 a couple of samsung F4 320GB for £50

TRUST ME... SSD is MUCH faster than HDD.
You'll want an SSD after watching this video :p
1 Like #16
dom99
I just dont see the point in SSDs right now, I would much rather RAID0 a couple of samsung F4 320GB for £50


Not about read and writes mate, as been said about 100 times now it's about the seek time,
on SSD is almost instant. You clearly never used a SSD before.
Though it still comes to if you don't mind the wait get a HDD.
SSD just makes everything snappier, you won't go back to HDD after using one.
#17
Great deal for now but I won't be upgrading until SSD becomes the norm after the price crashes.
#18
I have one of these in my mac, it now easily trounces the newer generation by some margin. Seriously the bst upgrade I've ever put in. I think there is a newer version that about 50 squid more and about 25% faster and about 10% more expensive

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004W2JL2A/

Edited By: andywedge on Jun 15, 2011 00:27: fixed link
1 Like #19
until you use one you do not know how much better a system becomes.
i fitted a 128 gb one to a dell laptop and its absolutely flies.

its the most impressive upgrade to a pc i have ever seen.

i fail to see the benefit in such a big ssd though - 128 gigs seems perfect
#20
Not sure where I stand on recommending an SSD. My machine used to boot in 45 seconds (including POST) on my Samsung F3. Spending over £150 on a Vertex 2 only shaved 10 seconds off.

Everything is fractionally snappier and I wouldn't go back to a hard drive, but I equally wouldn't splash out on one again :|
If you keep your launch clean and tidy responsiveness shouldn't be an issue in the first place.

Edited By: MBeeching on Jun 15, 2011 01:07
#21
Technically isn't SSD on the march anyway given that soon most internet traffic will be mobile phone use.. Google have really got microsoft scared on this one. The future is google imo, and therefore SSD should hopefully be much cheaper soon.


Edited By: sotomonkey on Jun 15, 2011 01:55
#22
FGEvans
until you use one you do not know how much better a system becomes.
i fitted a 128 gb one to a dell laptop and its absolutely flies.

its the most impressive upgrade to a pc i have ever seen.

i fail to see the benefit in such a big ssd though - 128 gigs seems perfect



Can you give me the benefit to have SSD please. I am thinking to get one for my PC. I have read the benefits on internet but want to see the comments from person who use it.
#23
FGE its simple faster, less noise, less energy to use and more reliable. What you will learn from having one is that it that it doesn't matter how fast you processor is, it will still be slow unless you have a SSD.
#24
SSD's will get get cheaper, when or by how much, no idea, but remember moving drives, they were £1 a GB back in the day.
Once they are more the norm, they will drop too.
#25
SSD's will get get cheaper, when or by how much, no idea, but remember moving drives, they were £1 a GB back in the day.
Once they are more the norm, they will drop too


True, but it took twenty years or so for HDDs to reach their current prices. The price of SSDs is determined by demand for SSDs and the cost of copper for their production, which is inordinately high at the moment due to demand from China. If copper drops in price, I think we'll see a big drop in SSD prices. Until then, unless they find a cheaper way to make them (which is what happened with HDDs), I wouldn't expect a massive drop in prices anytime soon.
#26
Anyone tried putting one of these into a PS3?
#27
TypicalAsianFindingDeals
TRUST ME... SSD is MUCH faster than HDD.
You'll want an SSD after watching this video :p


Lol, I watched the video and I now want an SSD!
#28
A company is selling these on eBay for £281, I got one several months ago and it comes with full Crucial warranty.

RandomUsername
If you can afford one, the vertex 3 is 550mbs / 500mbs. But if you don't have SATA 3 on your computer the faster ones are pointless, get a cheaper one because it will only go the same speed, unless if you have sata 3 of course


Even on a SATA 3 controller, unless you're running benchmarks all day long you'll never notice the difference between a C300 and Vertex 3. IMO go for the more reliable and cheaper option (Crucial).

dom99
I just dont see the point in SSDs right now, I would much rather RAID0 a couple of samsung F4 320GB for £50


And you'll get nowhere near the small file (random) performance of a SSD.
#29
Once you've had an SSD you'll never go back. I've got a 256GB in my Macbook Pro and it absolutely flies.
#30
IMHO the only real disadvantage of SSD drives at the moment is the cost per Gb and that will gradually come down over the coming years.

However, as long as you've got sufficient RAM and a decent CPU, they're still the best bang for buck performance upgrade you can get for your PC I reckon.

I've only got a 64Gb SSD in my PC but just use it purely as an OS drive with a couple of 1 Terabyte HDDs for storage. Makes Windows 7 much more responsive and 'snappier' to use.

I've just put one in my sister's 4 year old laptop and it's completely transformed the performance.

Once you've tried your PC with an SSD, you won't want to go back to conventional HDDs, trust me.
#31
The M4 is only about £30 more

C300 is old now

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/267107?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products

Edited By: bledd on Jun 15, 2011 09:36
#32
andyken
TypicalAsianFindingDeals
TRUST ME... SSD is MUCH faster than HDD.
You'll want an SSD after watching this video :p


Lol, I watched the video and I now want an SSD!

:p
#33
it looks like ssd is advantage in boot times.. but why buy one when u never shutdown? lol it looks like people with laptops will benefit but take into consideration the price it takes to cut ur boot time by say 1 minute at the most? whats so important about cutting down a minute can u really do somthing so great in a minute to compensate spending hundreds on a ssd?
#34
Your whole system becomes super snappy fast at opeining anything, browsing websites

The hard drive is the slowest thing in any pc
#35
yoyo59
it looks like ssd is advantage in boot times.. but why buy one when u never shutdown? lol it looks like people with laptops will benefit but take into consideration the price it takes to cut ur boot time by say 1 minute at the most? whats so important about cutting down a minute can u really do somthing so great in a minute to compensate spending hundreds on a ssd?


This is a fair point, and it's largely why I'm holding off buying an SSD for the foreseeable. If you never switch your system off (or at least, only ever put it into Standby), the money's probably better spent on an obscene amount of RAM for a ridiculously large disk cache. It'd be interesting to see if anyone had ever tested this theory, though.
#36
Very good price, my 160GB cost about the same as that only a few months ago.
#37
Upgraded the drive in my Latitude laptop with an SSD and it is now silent unless I really push the CPU hard. Silence is bliss. :)
#38
I do wish these would come down in price, but I wonder if it will actually happen anywhere near as fast as people are predicting. After all, it seems to me that the memory chips themselves are pretty well the same as the ones you get in ram modules and if you consider cheap 4GB ram costs around £20, SSDs are already comparatively cheap, with little margin for greatly reduced prices in the short term. I hope I am wrong and if so, somebody please correct me, but it seems to me that we shouldn't be holding our breath for prices to drop dramatically.
#39
Does anyone know how much less a typical laptop battery lasts for? I've heard people say they are more taxing on batteries but not sure how much.
1 Like #40
You're completely wrong :-)

The chips in these are a very different technology from the ones found on a memory module. These are non -volatile and really slow, and in terms off design, very different. Look up ram and flash memory on Wikipedia, and you'll get a tonne more info.

Regarding prices, do a search here on 60gb ssd dropped drives, and you'll see how the prices have dropped already. It seems to be about 5-10% a month, and I think its still falling. Years time I reckon, an we'll have drives twice this size for the money.

andyken
I do wish these would come down in price, but I wonder if it will actually happen anywhere near as fast as people are predicting. After all, it seems to me that the memory chips themselves are pretty well the same as the ones you get in ram modules and if you consider cheap 4GB ram costs around £20, SSDs are already comparatively cheap, with little margin for greatly reduced prices in the short term. I hope I am wrong and if so, somebody please correct me, but it seems to me that we shouldn't be holding our breath for prices to drop dramatically.

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