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64GB Crucial RealSSD M4, 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD, MLC-Flash, Read 415MB/s, Write 95MB/s - £83.99 @ Scan
64GB Crucial RealSSD M4, 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD, MLC-Flash, Read 415MB/s, Write 95MB/s - £83.99 @ Scan

64GB Crucial RealSSD M4, 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD, MLC-Flash, Read 415MB/s, Write 95MB/s - £83.99 @ Scan

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Brand new Crucial m4 SSD with 415MB/s read speed for Today Only price of £83.99. Free delivery for AVForums members.

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Original Poster

Direct product link:

scan.co.uk/pro…b-s

Manufacturer: Crucial Read: 415 MB/s
Capacity: 64GB Write: 95 MB/s
Edition: RealSSD M4 DRAM Cache Memory: N/A
Form Factor: 2.5" Random Write 4K:
Connectivity: 1 x SATA 6Gb/s
Power Consumption (active):
Memory Type: MLC-Flash Package Type: Retail

Original Poster

The 128GB version has double the write speed for £167.99:

128GB Crucial RealSSD M4, 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s SSD, MLC-Flash, Read 415MB/s, Write 175MB/s
scan.co.uk/pro…b-s

V Nice! Voted hot.
Will still work with SATA II , but you need SATA III for best performance.

Any good 128gb SSD deals? The SCAN one is a bit too expensive for me..

Good read rate. The write is a bit weak, but I guess this is reflected in the better interface and low cost. Hot definitely.

Not sure how this would compare for speed in real world situations with my existing Corsair 60GB (285 write/275 read). Unless it is significantly faster, I wouldn't say it was a hot deal.

Hot, and the low write speed is something you will never notice, unless you like to install Windows & apps every single day.

parsimony

Not sure how this would compare for speed in real world situations with … Not sure how this would compare for speed in real world situations with my existing Corsair 60GB (285 write/275 read). Unless it is significantly faster, I wouldn't say it was a hot deal.




Really....

So how much does your 60Gb drive cost?? (_;)

This is cheaper direct from crucial, with the 7% quidco...

Decent price.. Voted Hot! Alternatively however, If you don't want to spend a lot of money but want a high capacity drive, you should consider the Seagate momentus XT hybrid drive.
scan.co.uk/sea…+xt - here is a choice of the 3 different ones.
I realise that these drives are not as fast an true SSD drives, but they are much much cheaper for a larger capacity and it automatically moves frequently used files to the onboard 4gb flash part of the drive. Having received my one today, I can confirm that boot up is much faster and it loads my desktop much much faster (I have lots of gadgets, and dual DeskScapes moving wallpaper, etc, and it used to take a long time to load everything before). I can presume it will load frequently used applications much faster too, but I have yet to test it properly.

So might be worth considering this if you want something which has some of the benefits of SSD, but much cheaper and much larger capacities.

noxide

Really....So how much does your 60Gb drive cost?? (_;)


It was £85 from ebuyer.

Original Poster

Amazon are currently selling the Corsair F60 for £108:

amazon.co.uk/Cor…1-1

The prices of SSD drives seems to have gone up significantly in the past few weeks.

thekanester

Good read rate. The write is a bit weak, but I guess this is reflected in … Good read rate. The write is a bit weak, but I guess this is reflected in the better interface and low cost. Hot definitely.


Write really isn't an issue with an SSD of this size. You're not going to be writing to it very often. Install your OS and a couple of other pieces of software/games and you're done, from then on, 99% of its use will be in read speeds which in the case of this SSD are fantastic.

I have the Crucial C300 (last years model) which has 355MB/s read speeds and it's amazing boot times are stupidly fast and Portal 2 requires no loading time, I just click on it in steam and it's there!

Perfect for an HTPC. Acceptable speed and above all, silence

@brook - re 'The prices of SSD drives seems to have gone up significantly in the past few weeks.'

Guess the Japan effect is starting to kick in now. Best order more STUFF asap

I agree with Parismony.

@ aarste: Won't notice... hmmm I transfer alot of files around alot so i probably would notice. Not hot, but not cold as great read speed.. i call it tepid :-)
Edited by: "DrManhattan" 3rd May 2011

I hear they only launched last week and supply is tight - got mine on order but you will need to get in quick unless you are prepared to wait - these are going like hot cakes apparently

My iMac only has the Sata II on the mother board, am i correct in thinking it would be pointless getting this one becuase i wouldnt be able to get over 250mb/s ? I might just get the 60gb vertex II

the price performance ratio of ssds hasn't really changed in a year. just an observation.

caddyroo

My iMac only has the Sata II on the mother board, am i correct in … My iMac only has the Sata II on the mother board, am i correct in thinking it would be pointless getting this one becuase i wouldnt be able to get over 250mb/s ? I might just get the 60gb vertex II



Check the reviews, there's a lot more to SSD speed than a headline max read/write speed, or the SATA interface.

Original Poster

dirky

the price performance ratio of ssds hasn't really changed in a year. just … the price performance ratio of ssds hasn't really changed in a year. just an observation.


I disagree - the price of a Sandforce 60GB SSD has reduced by 30-40% in a year so the price/performance ratio has increased. The new generation of SSD drives has further increased performance (have a look at the OCZ Vertex 3 for example) - though perhaps a more incremental increase than the first Sandforce generation.

Got any opinions on the intel drives ??

I was on testfreaks and noticed the intel x25m got 10/10 which is incredible, when that takes into account 30 Expert reviews and 300 consumers !!

testfreaks.co.uk/int…-m/

i'd like to get into SSD, but am a bit baffled by speeds right now !

In real world usage I doubt you can tell one SSD from another SSD.

But the real world difference of any SSD verses a spinning HDD is massive!

When is the price of these gonna really drop (SSD's in general i mean)? normal HDD's have been dropping nicely over the years, im guessing in about 2-3 years these will be more affordable but dont want to wait that long. Would really love something around the 32/64gb mark to put an OS on.

There is also OCZ Agility 3 60GB coming soon
Capacity: 60GB
- Controller: SandForce SF-2281
- Maximum Read: 525MB/sec
- Maximum Write: 475MB/sec
- Max I/O Per Second (IOPS): 50,000 IOPS (4KB File)

Better speeds and I hear OCZ has better controller £99.99 is only price I could find.
Due in 2 weeks

Original Poster

Price drop to £83.99 on Today Only!

Now back up to £89.87, but still a spanking good deal for the read speeds listed...

Original Poster

yannarascala

Now back up to £89.87, but still a spanking good deal for the read speeds … Now back up to £89.87, but still a spanking good deal for the read speeds listed...


No it is still £83.99 on the Today Only page.

This is so very tempting, only using a Sata 3Gb/s motherboard but still extremely tempting. Have been looking for second hand drives but for this price I'm almost swayed.

brookheather

No it is still £83.99 on the Today Only page.



Thanks - I ordered at the £89.87 price but after I saw your comment I rang them up this morning.

They will refund the difference, and throw in a Scan 3XS personalized PC Featuring the i5 2500K Sandy Bridge CPU overclocked to a staggering 4.7Ghz, paired with 8GB's of Corsair Vengeance Ram, 2x EVGA GTX560 Ti graphics cards & a 960GB OCZ SSD.


Not...(_;)

I gave in and ordered one! Should be here tomorrow!!

Original Poster

shadow_boxer

I gave in and ordered one! Should be here tomorrow!!


Let us know what you think!

Yeah will do. Will be using it my HTPC so won't be writing too much to it. (also ordered the XFX 5450 for £23.99 which is on today only 5/5/11).
Edited by: "shadow_boxer" 5th May 2011

Carp! Missed this! Hope they do the deal again soon.
Edited by: "my-planet" 5th May 2011

hero9989

Write really isn't an issue with an SSD of this size. You're not going to … Write really isn't an issue with an SSD of this size. You're not going to be writing to it very often. Install your OS and a couple of other pieces of software/games and you're done, from then on, 99% of its use will be in read speeds which in the case of this SSD are fantastic.I have the Crucial C300 (last years model) which has 355MB/s read speeds and it's amazing boot times are stupidly fast and Portal 2 requires no loading time, I just click on it in steam and it's there!




agreed perfect for the OS....might be tempted......dont these slow down the your read/write it

yaz84

When is the price of these gonna really drop (SSD's in general i mean)? … When is the price of these gonna really drop (SSD's in general i mean)? normal HDD's have been dropping nicely over the years, im guessing in about 2-3 years these will be more affordable but dont want to wait that long. Would really love something around the 32/64gb mark to put an OS on.




maybe early next year a 128mb drive will be same price as this but by then youll prob want a bigger drive so its kinda catch 22..

wil be great for the say windows 7 and key programs - i currrently use a fast 500gb WD drive for Windows and a small no of key programs....data /games/pic/vids is stored on numerous other disks (have well over 22TB lol) but like you looking to get an ssd soon - when the price drops to a sensible level for a decent sized storage - 64mb just isnt big enough


Edited by: "royals" 7th May 2011

mikerr

In real world usage I doubt you can tell one SSD from another SSD.But the … In real world usage I doubt you can tell one SSD from another SSD.But the real world difference of any SSD verses a spinning HDD is massive!



of course it would, faster access, no moving parts and no spin up (the latter which is nicely ommitted in read/write speed stats!)

ill bet in 10 years hard disks will be obsolete like floppy disks

Right, just thought I'd feedback on this drive. Bought from SCAN and delivered next day by DPD (free next day delivery as I'm a member of AVForums). Excellent service all round.

Drive comes in a smallish box, No 3.5" to 2.5" drive bay adapter, which was a bit disappointing.

Installed into my HTPC for the moment, (AMD 785G chipset with Athlon II X 240).

Fresh installation of Windows 7 and XBMC done very quickly. Booting into Windows in 15 seconds (from POST).

Quick benchmark of AS SSD

Seq Read 250MB/s (SATA II)
Seq Write 93MB/s

Overall very happy with it for £83.99 delivered, wish they'd included a drive bay adapter tho as once it moves into my main rig fitting it may be an issue. Currently held in place by Blue Tak! lol.

I think the warranty length reported by Scan is incorrect. Crucial's website says 3 years, not 5.
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