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Have been out of stock for a while now this is the best price i could find!!!!

The latest SSD offering from Intel.

For more details see here:
http://www3.intel.com/cd/channel/reseller/asmo-na/eng/products/nand/feature/index.htm

Will support the latest trim feature, although Intel just pulled the latest firmware
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#1
that seems a good price, average is around the 220 mark, best i can find after this is the Scan rice of £197.17 Inc VAT

Just make sure it's the 2nd Generation version, as you should get the latest version you can with these sort of things as stuff changes so fast

EDIT:
quoted model number... SSDSA2MH080G2R5 indicates 2nd Generation
#2
I got one of these from the Aria forum Christmas offers for £168.
Great bit of kit. Computer seems much more responsive & everything starts so much quicker.
Make sure to install the new firmware and install the Intel SSD toolkit which does a scheduled optimization of the drive.

Hot for me!
#3
The deal on cbccomputer seems really good.
Kikatek put 168.21 price tag but availability is from 20th January.

Anyone actually heard of this cbc computer website?

It seems that there is a constellation of shops
cbc computers, micomonline, inmyshop, ilgs, trust hardware

that sell the same stock with a bit diffrenet prices. What these shops have in common is lack of reviews on cross sites.... well I have seen some negative reviews...
#4
As long as thats a G2 model then its a top price, voted hot. These are usually impossible to get hold of!
#5
How much of a speed increase do you really get? It would have to be something pretty big to warrant such a purchase, for me.
#6
Mantis
How much of a speed increase do you really get? It would have to be something pretty big to warrant such a purchase, for me.


Its immense, even coming from a Raptor its much much faster. Well worth the money. Lots of reviews and videos on the web if you need convincing!
#7
Hmm, I'll keep it in mind, might pick one up later in the year, thanks.
#8
mafj
The deal on cbccomputer seems really good.
Kikatek put 168.21 price tag but availability is from 20th January.

Anyone actually heard of this cbc computer website?

It seems that there is a constellation of shops
cbc computers, micomonline, inmyshop, ilgs, trust hardware

that sell the same stock with a bit diffrenet prices. What these shops have in common is lack of reviews on cross sites.... well I have seen some negative reviews...


22 in stock on Kikatek for me & cheaper
http://www.kikatek.com/product_info.php?products_id=113492
#9
mafj
Anyone actually heard of this cbc computer website?


Yep, bought a Crucial SSD off them - chose their cheapest post & it arrived next day courier! A1 from me! :thumbsup:
#10
CBC are excellent, we use them at work.

They're an authorised dealer for Lenovo and Toshiba amongst others.
#11
in the real world, some times you wont see much of an improvement with these ssds, but after using one for a while as my boot drive , programs do start alot quicker (although i dont see much improvement on os load).


that said, i am very impressed with mine (ocz vertex). adobe photoshop used to take 10 seconds or so to load up, it now takes 2.5........ive timed it, extracting rars is much much much quicker.

this is on a core2duo 4 gig ram windows 7.
#12
SSD is the best upgrade I've ever made to my laptop, which has been boosted from a 1.5GHz C2D to a 2.6GHz one, and RAM upgraded from 1GB to 4GB. The speed is just incredible, battery life is longer and the amount of heat the laptop generates is much lower - amazingly so.
#13
i have and love this drive... as stated make sure its G2 (which this one is) win7 installed in 7mins using a USB drive to host the files, my pc boots in half the time and MS Word opens like a window now an application
#14
Remember kikatek and most of the other sites charge for delivery cbc has got a free delivery offer.......
#15
Delivery charge of £13.59 from Kikatek seems a tad expensive to me.

This seems a good deal from CBC, just wish I could afford one :D

Heat Added
#16
mrpipster
22 in stock on Kikatek for me & cheaper
http://www.kikatek.com/product_info.php?products_id=113492


So, they arrived quickly, however, when it came to the checkout on Kikatek site I get an extra

Shipping/Handling/Insurance Charge: £13.59

Which boost the final price to 184.01...

I hate such tricks ...
#17
C4RtM4N
Delivery charge of £13.59 from Kikatek seems a tad expensive to me.

This seems a good deal from CBC, just wish I could afford one :D

Heat Added


And nearly £30 delivery to Northern Ireland from both places :-(
#18
Does this come with the metal caddy thing that allows you to fit it into a desktop machine, as seen in the pic here?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167024&cm_re=intel_ssd-_-20-167-024-_-Product

If not, what do you guys use?
#19
Sigmatic
Does this come with the metal caddy thing that allows you to fit it into a desktop machine, as seen in the pic here?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167024&cm_re=intel_ssd-_-20-167-024-_-Product

If not, what do you guys use?


No idea, but if it doesn't you'll need something like this.
#20
Yes this does it is the retail version last two digits 'R5' meaning it includes the mountings...
#21
Thanks for the info, seamonster and fazzx. :)
#22
Be aware, these may not come with the latest firmware. Be sure to get the update from the Intel site (a bootable ISO) and flash it ASAP.
#23
now all we need them to do is release the Gen2 of the "E" drive with SLC chipset... and then for someone to discount that :D
#24
I'm tempted... How well do SSD's RAID? I have 2 160GB hard drives at the moment and they're pretty old, getting incredibly noisy, I'm just waiting for them to fail on me.
#25
Heat added for a good deal, but I still can't see why SSD's are worth this sort of money. Surely the main benefit is a faster boot time, which you probably do once a day at most. Other than that, well, I can't say I've ever sat there thinking "I really wish MS Word started up in 1 second instead of 3 -- I'd happily pay £170 for the privilege!"

Am I wrong? :/
#26
What is the point in these drives, are they for putting stuff like your OS and apps on so they start and run much quicker?
#27
Moldiver
What is the point in these drives, are they for putting stuff like your OS and apps on so they start and run much quicker?


yep
#28
Hot! Same as my original post, credit for checking stock levels though!
#29
they should raid just fine, as for reliability/speed etc etc ... as far as i know Intel are still a good way out infront of the rest of the field, some of which are using internal raid inside their units just to try and keep up !

best advice is to go looknig across all the hardware review sites... as far as i know they all still use Intell SSD's as the benchmark
#30
Price is now £175.99 on the last remaining 3...
#31
now 175.99 :(
#32
:( thats a bit sneaky
#33
thecheekymonkey
in the real world, some times you wont see much of an improvement with these ssds, but after using one for a while as my boot drive , programs do start alot quicker (although i dont see much improvement on os load).


While everyone agrees it'd great for a laptop, there does seem to be some discussion about whether it's worth it for a desktop. For user reports bear in mind that the combined fresh states of both the windows install and SSD are going to make for very favourable initial impressions.

foxrocks
Heat added for a good deal, but I still can't see why SSD's are worth this sort of money. Surely the main benefit is a faster boot time, which you probably do once a day at most. Other than that, well, I can't say I've ever sat there thinking "I really wish MS Word started up in 1 second instead of 3 -- I'd happily pay £170 for the privilege!"

Am I wrong? :/


The main benefit is that all accesses to the drive are faster so it's not just boot time (which sometimes doesn't change) but a general feeling of snappiness as a lot of things respond faster. it's no different to spending £170 on a CPU or graphics card. Generally not essential but a nice thing to have for a lot of people.
#34
The advantages to these in a desktop?

Everything will work faster. You'll save a few seconds on boot, no one cares other than for eWilly waving. What you'll find is that your computer starts reacting a lot faster than it used to. Programs boot faster, operations inside the program will run faster too.

It will also allow you to speed up processing. CPUs have been doubling in power every 18 months for decades. HD speeds have been doubling once or twice a decade. Spinning HDs are horrifically slow compared to modern CPUs and while a ~6ms delay to get data from the HD doesn't sound much when you're getting a couple of them a second they start to mount up.

I know someone with a couple of M225s in RAID 0 and he's getting about 330mb/s read from them apparently, although I haven't gotten round to pointing out to him it's the random access time that matters most here.

Are they worth buying? God no. Not unless your time is worth more Richard Branston's or you're using them to make a living.

Are they the upgrade that will make the most difference to your computer's performance that you can buy at the moment? Yes.

I've ordered one.
#35
I just brought one aswell, i dont understand the stock status, somes it says 22 then 8 then 4 then it goes back up???
#36
I've seen and heard alot about SSD's and how they give you such an amazing speed increase, but i've never actually considered buying one or how i would intergrate it. If i was to order one and install it, how would it actually speed things up, unless i was accessing the files saved on it ? unless i was to install the os on it ... or have i just got completly the wrong idea here with this one ? :thumbsup:
#37
Robcheese101
I've seen and heard alot about SSD's and how they give you such an amazing speed increase, but i've never actually considered buying one or how i would intergrate it. If i was to order one and install it, how would it actually speed things up, unless i was accessing the files saved on it ? unless i was to install the os on it ... or have i just got completly the wrong idea here with this one ? :thumbsup:


If you just put it in as a secondary drive it would be fairly useless. There's no advantages to storing your pictures or music collection on one of these. These are for OS and programs.

If you use it as your boot drive (the drive with your Operating system [ie XP, Vista, Win 7] on it) then everything the Operating System does will be faster and that's a lot of things.

If you install your programs on it then any of them will start up faster, load files faster, save faster etc.

Generally you'd put the OS and program on it. If you buy one of the models with R5 on the end (intel models that is) it comes with some software that will allow you to do that very easily. There is other software such as Norton Ghost and free ones galore that can do the same thing so strictly speaking you dont' need the R5 (especially if you're reinstalling your OS at the same time).

It is worth noting that these are best used in Windows 7, SSDs 'fragment' over time (it's nothing like hard drive fragmentation really but it's close enough). Only Windows 7 has built in TRIM (SSD defragmentation), the others you have to manually TRIM your drive every now and again. (Linux and OSX might do this too, I don't know).

FYI for everyone the last two digits mean as follows.
R5 = Retail pack (9.5mm thick iirc)
C1 = 9.5mm thick
01 = 7mm thick (no known performance differences between the two)
#38
A User Name
The advantages to these in a desktop?

Are they the upgrade that will make the most difference to your computer's performance that you can buy at the moment? Yes.



While I agree with your other points, I don't agree with this one.

SSD's are overpriced and not worth the money IMO. More ram and a better processor/mobo will make more of a difference.
#39
rsg
While I agree with your other points, I don't agree with this one.

SSD's are overpriced and not worth the money IMO. More ram and a better processor/mobo will make more of a difference.


no. it is the general consensus amongst reviewers that an SSD is the most worth while upgrade you can do to your PC (assuming you are not gaming or have a really old box with less than 1GB ram and so on). the average users barely utilize their CPUs or large amounts of RAM. I don't care how much money you spend on an upgrade, for £170 you won't get anything that improves performance by such significant margins as an SSD.

If you have a PC that is newer than 3 years, then think about those moments where your PC was slow or you had to wait for something to happen. Most likely it was your hard drive holding you back (even if you don't see the HDD activity LED on your computer blinking)
#40
semo
no. it is the general consensus amongst reviewers that an SSD is the most worth while upgrade you can do to your PC (assuming you are not gaming or have a really old box with less than 1GB ram and so on). the average users barely utilize their CPUs or large amounts of RAM. I don't care how much money you spend on an upgrade, for £170 you won't get anything that improves performance by such significant margins as an SSD.

If you have a PC that is newer than 3 years, then think about those moments where your PC was slow or you had to wait for something to happen. Most likely it was your hard drive holding you back (even if you don't see the HDD activity LED on your computer blinking)


Couldn't agree more, I've had a 60GB OCZ Vertex in my desktop for the last 3 months (£200)with Windows 7 on a 2 year old C2D and the responsiveness is through the roof. I'm very careful to use drives in the "right" way, that is - SSD only has OS and apps. Games and email on the secondary drive, then music/video media on fileserver/external drives.

I was after possibly a 30GB Vertex for the laptop when prices had dropped to around £100 but at this price I may replace the Vertex with this and put the Vertex in the laptop. Especially as the laptop has a secondary 160GB SATA for media (soon to be replaced with 500GB when prices have dropped more!) Ahh the joys of being a geek... heat added... comparing specs of both drives before ordering...

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