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Storage SSD, worth getting or wait

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by gilljoy, 16 Feb 2011.

  1. gilljoy

    gilljoy Well-Known Member

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    I'm seriously thinking of picking up a new SSD to use for a boot drive so I dont need loads of storage got a 1.75Tb of HDD's which I can use for installs etc.

    Currently running windows 7 professional and would probably install Office and maybe Visual studio 2010 for some development work but thats not essential these can easily go onto a HDD.

    I seen I can get a 32gb OCZ onyx for just under £50 or save up and get myself a C300.

    My motherboard doesn't have a Sata3.0 slot but I mite change the motherboard in a few months or change to the successor to socket 1366 once they're released on placement so having one with high speed would be a bonus but not essential.

    Also do SSD's suffer from degradation, I know that the chips used in USB drives do tend to suffer abit of preformance loss after using them alot, do SSD's also suffer with this problem?

    Which drives would you recomend? or is it worth waiting for a few months until the problems with the 22nm(i think) chips are sorted out? ( wish they weren't soo expensive as I'd pick up a 256gb one for my macbook pro)

    cheers
     
  2. Picky88

    Picky88 New Member

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    They are still falling in price rapidly, and also improving in performance. There are going to be some new SSD drives coming out soon, so might be a good time to wait. Personally I am waiting for a 90/100gb drive to fall to less than £100, then I know its big enough to not run out of space. I think if you bought a 32gb drive, you will only get maybe 28gb of formatted space, you will always be moving files back and forward from your hard drive.
     
  3. gilljoy

    gilljoy Well-Known Member

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    yea so mayb 64gb is the minimum?

    since the 90gb SSD's are about £120-140 so mite not be too long to wait until its cheaper
     
  4. Picky88

    Picky88 New Member

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    If I was to buy one today then I would recommend a 64gb as a minimum. Check how big your windows installed is currently on your hard drive. And remember you get about 93% formatted space of the capacity stated on the drive.
     
  5. PocketDemon

    PocketDemon New Member

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    Definitely wait.

    Even though you (obviously) wouldn't get the full sequential speeds from a 6Gb/s SSD, the smaller r/ws with a decent queue depth (as they're the other important stats - single small r/ws being irrelevant) will still improve on a 3Gb/s connection with the new drives.

    Yeah, it 'should' also drive down the cost of the 3Gb/s ones even further (inc the C300 as it limped over the 3Gb/s line comparatively) so there's choices either way.


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    Oh & i am yet to see any evidence of a 'problem' with 25nm nand...

    The issue that is currently about refers to OCZ using it in their current range (since Jan) as a stop gap measure without labelling it as different...

    D.t. the differences, it has (esp) slower writes than 34nm nand, but this is with it being used in an old drive - the 'proper' 6Gb/s consumer drives (other than Corsair's P3 - which 'should' be more expensive than the rest will be) were built around 25nm nand from the start, so there will be an allowance for this in their design from scratch.
     
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  6. gilljoy

    gilljoy Well-Known Member

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    my windows 7 instal without and programs just the windows folder is 16gb.... damn windows 7 and your hugeness
     
  7. Picky88

    Picky88 New Member

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    There are the momentus XT hybrid drives, they have up to 500gb of hard drive space, and then 4gb of SLC based (very fast) solid state memory. Data that is regularly accessed is copied to the solid state memory and read from there instead of from the drive. Good compromise, especially for a laptop where you often cant fit more than one drive.
     
  8. shadow_boxer

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    There have been a couple of very nice deals with the Crucial C300 64GB popping up recently (£80 on ebuyer and crucial site) so I presume they may be clearly a little bit of stock in preparation for the new drives.

    I'm in a similar position and have decided to see what the new generation of drives offer in terms of performance but more importantly price/GB...

    /clutches at straws hoping for £1/GB
     
  9. PureSilver

    PureSilver E-tailer Tailor

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    I'm satisfied with the pricing at the moment, but don't want to drop £120+ plus a SATA3 PCIe 'card only to have them obsolete the following week...
     
  10. YEHBABY

    YEHBABY RIP Tel

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    I would wait till performance and capacity increases and price drops.

    I definately wouldn't bother with anything under 100GB as I personally would find it too much of a pain managing the space.

    I have a 120GB SSD and although it's faster it didn't blow me away (maybe too high expectations). I would have rather put money towards a new screen or graphics card and waited another year before getting SSD so that I could see a really big jump in performance for the price.
     
  11. SteveU

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    Anyone know how long it'll be before this has an affect of prices?
     
  12. markbrett64

    markbrett64 thanks to denial I am now immortal

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    I would definitely wait, the OCZ Vertex 3 and the C400 are just around the corner.

    I've been running a 60Gb Vertex 2E for a few months now and not seen any performance degradation... it's running out of a SATA II port and not saturating it. I'm yet to be convinced by any of the SATA III add-on cards or by the ability of any SATA device to saturate 6Gb/s.

    I would caution against putting Visual Studio on it as you wouldn't want any of your code or code testing to be generating lots of writes unnecessarily.
     

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