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Affordable SSD Drives?


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#1 OFFLINE   Mark Holtz

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 06:31 PM

Hmmmm.... this caught my attention this week. NewEgg has a OCZ Vertex 3 240GB hard drive for $209 minus a $20 coupon code minus a $20 rebate making the final price $169 plus tax and shipping. I'm looking at CamelEgg Considering that it was at around $340 back in March, suddenly this is getting my attention. (Not to mention LifeHacker)

Granted, you may have to move all of your data to a hard drive and leave the SSD for your programs, and leave all your programs on the SSD. Still, one wonders what the prices will be like in November.

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#2 OFFLINE   wilbur_the_goose

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 07:36 PM

I had to buy 1GB of memory for a SUN UNIX machine in 1991. Cost about $21,000.

Yeah,the SSID prices will come way down in the next few years :)

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Posted 24 June 2012 - 07:55 PM

Generally, you only want to install your operating system and programs on the SSD, so you probably don't need one that's over 200G in size. But, if the price is right ....

I recently replaced the "boot" drives with SSDs in both my desktop and laptop computers. I used a 128G one in the desktop and a 64G one in the laptop. Both computers have a second drive that's more than large enough for my data.

The performance gains are impressive, especially on the desktop. The desktop boots from a full power-off, no sleeping or hibernating, state to Windows 7 up and running with no hour glass in just nine seconds.

Anyway ... I thought the prices were reasonable for the drives. The one for the laptop was under $100. So, I consider them to be affordable right now.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 04:59 AM

Nice find. I think I'm going to order one today. Been waiting for one to come down in price.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 05:54 AM

The Vertex 3 is what i picked up a bit ago at $179 AR. It's amazing.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 06:19 AM

The Vertex 3 is what i picked up a bit ago at $179 AR. It's amazing.


Looks like it is $189 after rebate now. I'm gonna go with the Vertex Plus though as my motherboard doesn't support SATA III. Also grabbing another 8GB of RAM G.Skill Ripjaw Series for $45.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 01:58 PM

For those looking at picking up this SSD or others with a rebate from OCZ, the rebate itself is via a AMEX Debit Card. You also get to pick Rush Service or normal service. With Rush Service, they take $2 off your rebate and mail it to you in 5-7 days. Otherwise, you get the full amount, but it is mailed in 4-8 weeks. The debit card itself has no fees for the first 6 months and then you will get it with a monthly maintenance fee if it still has a balance.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 02:20 PM

I know most are concerned with consumer SSD, but looks like I'm getting my first SSD based server, a new model from HP. I can't wait to set that one up! Affordable of course is relative on that side.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 05:57 AM

Have had a lot of issues with OCZ SSD's with bad sectors after they have been running for awhile, RMA'd one 4 times before I purchased a Crucial SSD to replace it and threw the OCZ in the junk bin

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 10:55 AM

Have had a lot of issues with OCZ SSD's with bad sectors after they have been running for awhile, RMA'd one 4 times before I purchased a Crucial SSD to replace it and threw the OCZ in the junk bin

What's purpose of the server (?) with the SSD(s) and how busy it ?

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 12:18 PM

Have had a lot of issues with OCZ SSD's with bad sectors after they have been running for awhile, RMA'd one 4 times before I purchased a Crucial SSD to replace it and threw the OCZ in the junk bin


I know I shouldn't hold a grudge after this long, but I can never seem to get past the OCZ of the past when they were affiliated with The Overclockerz Store. When I go SSD, I'll probably use Crucial myself.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 05:01 PM

What's purpose of the server (?) with the SSD(s) and how busy it ?


what server? It was a gaming box, the ssd only holds the windows install, nothing else, default home directory was moved to a regular sata drive, data and programs are stored on a external 6tb raid 10 array. the only thing the drive was hit for was nothing but windows calls

Edited by wingrider01, 28 June 2012 - 05:09 AM.


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Posted 27 June 2012 - 05:28 PM

I see ... That would be worsted SSD if count such low load.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 05:08 AM

I know I shouldn't hold a grudge after this long, but I can never seem to get past the OCZ of the past when they were affiliated with The Overclockerz Store. When I go SSD, I'll probably use Crucial myself.


Disagree with holding the grudge, I hold one till it dies then take it to a taxidermy location and have them stuff it then put it on the fireplace mantle to hold it longer

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 05:46 AM

Maybe, but from everything I've seen, they are no longer a scam. That was 10 years ago and different owners/management. I just can't shake it though.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 03:20 PM

http://www.newegg.co...-_-20233191-L0B

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 12:03 PM

http://www.newegg.co...-_-20233191-L0B

Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

$89.99 after mail-in rebate card


And Fry's http://www.frys.com/product/7187932 has same referb model for $69.99

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 12:31 PM

Can someone recommend what they thing the best manufacturer is? I have always been partial to Crucial, but there is no rhyme or reason to it.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 03:36 PM

Intel. But prepare to pay premium buckazoids.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 04:02 PM

Got mine installed and working. With my extra RAM and the SSD, boot time is very quick... about a minute from cold start. What gets me is how fast apps load and are ready to go. Dang that's nice.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 05:24 PM

Can someone recommend what they thing the best manufacturer is? I have always been partial to Crucial, but there is no rhyme or reason to it.


Intel's certainly are good, but have not been problem free in the past. Crucial does also make a very good one in the M4.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 05:58 PM

I had to buy 1GB of memory for a SUN UNIX machine in 1991. Cost about $21,000.


My friend Jay (RIP) worked for the Santa Clara School System in the 50s. In 1958 (!) he had to upgrade their 'computer' with more memory. 1 MB was $48000.:eek2:

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 06:27 PM

I've set up price watches on CamelCamelCamel and CamelEgg for $180 for the 256GB models of the following:
  • OCZ Vertex 4
  • Crucial m4
They seem to be the best models out there, although I am willing to listen to suggestions beyond Intel (too much of a price premium). Of course, some suggestions for some good trayless drive bays would be nice too.

How is the "Out-of-box" install experience for the Linux distros and SSD?

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 07:15 PM

Just be sure to use a fairly recent distro and ext4, which is the default at least for Ubuntu.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:18 PM

I've set up price watches on CamelCamelCamel and CamelEgg for $180 for the 256GB models of the following:

  • OCZ Vertex 4
  • Crucial m4
They seem to be the best models out there, although I am willing to listen to suggestions beyond Intel (too much of a price premium). Of course, some suggestions for some good trayless drive bays would be nice too.

How is the "Out-of-box" install experience for the Linux distros and SSD?


SSD 240 GB/6 Gbps for $179 at Fry's http://www.frys.com/...bmit.y=10&cat=0




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