Crucial 256GB M4 SSD @ Direct from AMAZON £229.98
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Crucial 256GB M4 SSD @ Direct from AMAZON £229.98

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Posted 27th Mar 2012
below £230 now - cheapest I've seen this
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These are dropping fast!
Do I buy now or wait a few more months?

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Top find, but I will wait for new one which will probably support TRIM on RAID configuration.
Got one of this and it is nice on my Mac! Latest firmware 0009+ make these drives really fast!
hmsq82

Got one of this and it is nice on my Mac! Latest firmware 0009+ make … Got one of this and it is nice on my Mac! Latest firmware 0009+ make these drives really fast!



Even better if you update to 0309 so you don't hit the ~5000 hour bug

I have a 128GB M4 in my 2.5yo Dell Laptop, only running at SATAII speeds but the increase is still well worth it, even compared to the 7200rpm WD Black disk that it replaced.

Anyone that thinks they might not have enough space, I have Windows 7, Office 2007 Pro + Visio + Project, VS2008 and 2010, various SDKs, a small Steam library, a ~10GB virtual machine and various other small tools and files in a 100GB partition (plus a 20GB Linux partition), with 14.6GB free.
wow..amazing price. seriously thinking of finally joining in SSD crowd.
These are seriously dropping in price now. Will wait a bit more and grab a nice capacity for my X51.
marvelous price. payday this week should get one !
DownHill911

Top find, but I will wait for new one which will probably support TRIM on … Top find, but I will wait for new one which will probably support TRIM on RAID configuration.



Intel's 11.5 release of their RST drivers are rumoured to support TRIM in RAID. I haven't seen any speculation that a change on the drives themselves are required. Have you read otherwise?
No point having RAID 0 SSD's, Why would you need transfer speeds that high? Unless you regularly throw around 100's of GBs (which would be filling these up anyway).

Its not going to make a PC any faster, just moving massive files quicker.

I can almost see the point of RAID 1 but its kinda a waste of an SSD, just have regular backups to a standard HDD.
Edited by: "jacksonliam" 27th Mar 2012
lol this has 256 heat and is 256gb
Good price. Still waiting for sub £200 then it's mine
BlueDan

Even better if you update to 0309 so you don't hit the ~5000 hour bug :pI … Even better if you update to 0309 so you don't hit the ~5000 hour bug :pI have a 128GB M4 in my 2.5yo Dell Laptop, only running at SATAII speeds but the increase is still well worth it, even compared to the 7200rpm WD Black disk that it replaced.Anyone that thinks they might not have enough space, I have Windows 7, Office 2007 Pro + Visio + Project, VS2008 and 2010, various SDKs, a small Steam library, a ~10GB virtual machine and various other small tools and files in a 100GB partition (plus a 20GB Linux partition), with 14.6GB free.



Yes, and you can put stuff like video and music files onto a 64GB sdxc card which you can pick up for thirty-odd pounds, leaving only the stuff that needs the speed on the ssd.
I'm really tempted now, but need to ask first someone here: how do I check if my 1.5 years old dell 17 xps runs sata III or II only? thank you
I do have the sata 3 motherboard and my old Corsair F60 is still running good as an OS drive. Is it worth to upgrade to this or the speed increase will be minimal? Thanks
Cold these are for stupid gaming people
The price of flash memory has halved since Christmas so this should be cheaper than it currently sells for.
andy377

Cold these are for stupid gaming people


Back in your cave troll...

sosen1327

I'm really tempted now, but need to ask first someone here: how do I … I'm really tempted now, but need to ask first someone here: how do I check if my 1.5 years old dell 17 xps runs sata III or II only? thank you


See here: Dell System Configuration
I got mine for £223 two months ago, I keep telling people that it is the best upgrade you can make at the moment. Say good bye to HDD's.
Any thoughts on this ? it gets very high marks in the reviews
(it is available on amazon UK but more reviews on USA site)
amazon.com/Sea…mr0
Edited by: "nearyj2003@yahoo" 28th Mar 2012
Are the Agility 3 now stable? or are they still causing BSOD with latest bios. Anyone know? Reading reports they seem to cause a BSOD on installing SP1 on Windows 7. 120GB are £100 now. Anyone have happier times with these.

Thinking it might be better to just buy an Intel 520 which uses same Sandforce Controller, but its being through Intel validation procedures, which has taken 18 months to complete! + you get a 5 year guarantee on the retail ones. It might be £34 (the extra) well spent.

Also quite tempted just to go for the Intel 320 80GB as a system drive and get the £25 cashback, but then I could always return the Agility if I have problems I suppose. Too many choices. Put off these as they are a bit long in the tooth now, but reliabilty bothers me more than anything, so might be a good choice. Seems on here everyone thinks the Crucial Drives are the dog boll.ocks, but I'm pretty sceptical still (Astroturfing?)

Good technical article on theregister this morning for anyone interested (probably extremely boring for most people - but worth a look if you're interested!)
channelregister.co.uk/201…ds/




Edited by: "tightar5e" 28th Mar 2012
Great upgrade from a hard disk (probably the best upgrade for general system performance), but it is not worth upgrading from another SSD unless you need more capacity.

I went from a 3 year old Intel X25-m SSD to one of these and notice absolutely no difference. Sure, benchmarks tell me that everything except latency is much better, but latency is the biggest factor for performance.

HOT Price, but only upgrade from another SSD if you need the capacity (or if you have a really old and crappy SSD).
sosen1327

I'm really tempted now, but need to ask first someone here: how do I … I'm really tempted now, but need to ask first someone here: how do I check if my 1.5 years old dell 17 xps runs sata III or II only? thank you


That doesn't really matter to be honest, the most important aspect is the random access times, which will be the same regardless.
But if you really need to know, if you have an L701X (first gen i5/i7) it's SATAII. If it's an L702X (2nd gen i5/i7 - i.e. Sandy Bridge), it's SATAIII.

Edited by: "jukkie" 28th Mar 2012
Personally I'd avoid OCZ after their previous issues, horses for courses. My preference would be Intel > Crucial > Corsair > OCZ.
ssd drives are the best upgrade, super fast. I just added a 120 gb Corsair ssd to my late 2011 macbook pro i7 2.4 quad core and it is the fastest computer i've ever used, it flys on start-up and on every task i throw at it. p.s by the way this is a HOT deal
To be honest, for the couple of seconds faster boot up time, is it worth it ?
I'd say no.
PhilK

To be honest, for the couple of seconds faster boot up time, is it worth … To be honest, for the couple of seconds faster boot up time, is it worth it ?I'd say no.



Not a couple of seconds. And it's faster throughout.

If you don't want to pay for one I can't blame you, they are pricey compared to regular hard disks.
PhilK

To be honest, for the couple of seconds faster boot up time, is it worth … To be honest, for the couple of seconds faster boot up time, is it worth it ?I'd say no.


That's not why you buy an SSD.
Secondary storage is the slowest component in any pc system and an ssd speeds up access time significantly. Your os will always be reading small files and reading and writing to virtual memory all the time. Every webpage you load, every time they ui on an application changes your cpu will be sat waiting for some IO from your slow HDD.

Also, the HDDs are the loudest part of all my PCs and my laptop. And I have quiet eco drives in my PCs.
I've seen adaptors which allow you to replace a DVD drive in a laptop with a regular hard drive, so you fit an SSD in the boot/system drive and then a fat old slow spinning rust drive in the space occupied by the DVD.
That solution quite appeals to me. I rarely need access to a DVD drive any more, if I need a bootable disk I can usually use a USB drive, so an external USB dvd drive would be fine.
speculatrix

I've seen adaptors which allow you to replace a DVD drive in a laptop … I've seen adaptors which allow you to replace a DVD drive in a laptop with a regular hard drive, so you fit an SSD in the boot/system drive and then a fat old slow spinning rust drive in the space occupied by the DVD.That solution quite appeals to me. I rarely need access to a DVD drive any more, if I need a bootable disk I can usually use a USB drive, so an external USB dvd drive would be fine.


I've got my external dvd drive out maybe 3 times in 2 years. Making a bootable usb stick is quicker and more convenient anyway!
jukkie

That doesn't really matter to be honest, the most important aspect is the … That doesn't really matter to be honest, the most important aspect is the random access times, which will be the same regardless.But if you really need to know, if you have an L701X (first gen i5/i7) it's SATAII. If it's an L702X (2nd gen i5/i7 - i.e. Sandy Bridge), it's SATAIII.


thank you, its L701X i7, so SATA II then
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