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SSD Thread (Benchmarks, Brands, News, and Advice)

Discussion in 'Solid State Drives (SSDs) and Flash Storage' started by Greg, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. jedisolo

    jedisolo Notebook Deity

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    My OCZ Solid 256 GB died too. Windows detects it but it can't format it.
     
  2. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    This is interesting...I'll be back in here later to post some updates.

    Update: The drive is definitely dead. RMA'ing it, and considering how well OCZ's support staff helped me (as opposed to the retailer that I bought it from who has actually responded to my inquiries) I might be RMA'ing for a refund and taking my business elsewhere.
     
  3. Jackboot

    Jackboot Notebook Deity

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    I'm surprised that nobody has been talking about the release of the Kingston 40GB SSD...I've seen it mentioned once or twice but nobody has said anything since it was released that I've noticed...

    Anyway, it was supposed to be $85 after rebate according to Kingston, but newegg is gouging again at $129.99 - $20 MIR = $109.99 :mad:

    But you can buy it from Colamco for $100.05 including shipping which is still a nice price :) Especially considering what the 80GB drives are going for still...

    At this price is certainly is an attractive option for a system drive on a desktop.

    I wonder when Intel will release their own branded version of this drive and what it will retail for...

    Who wants to bet that these drives will sell for $50 by boxing day?:D
     
  4. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Well, 40GB is a bit constrained to be fair. The Kingston drive does NOT get firmware updates at the same time as Intel, so there is no guarantee that it will support TRIM, etc, etc. Plus the available bandwidth is effectively cut in half compared to the 80GB Intel.

    For $85, it might very well be attractive. But I have to wonder if a few too many corners were cut to get to this price point.
     
  5. davepermen

    davepermen Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    yeah, i'm a bit curious about lack of trim for 40gb. still it would be a perfect drive for corporate style systems (a.k.a. windows, office, maybe 1 or 2 other apps). but to get the finances for deploying such disks, trim should at least be there, to guarantee stable performance over years (if the users don't fill up the disk).

    i think on the performance part, there isn't much loss actually. but that's just a guess.

    still hope for an intel version :)
     
  6. Kermee

    Kermee Notebook Evangelist

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    I just finished physically installing the Kingston 40GB SSD into an Acer 1410 and Ghosting back the drive.

    AFAIK, Kingston is planning to add auto TRIM support at a later date.

    Source: Legit Reviews - 10/25/2009 - Kingston 40GB V Series Boot Drive SSD Review

    "If you plan on running Windows 7, then TRIM will be a key feature to help keep the Kingston SSDNow V Series 40GB Boot Drive running at a continued high performance level. As we mentioned previously in the article, Kingston said that this feature is planned for down the road, so we can only take their word for that. Intel's TRIM supporting firmware just came out today, so hopefully Kingston's won't be too far behind."


    Cheers,
    Kermee
     
  7. ronan_zj

    ronan_zj Notebook Evangelist

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    No specific time to wait,
     
  8. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Never buy a product based on what they plan to do. Base the purchase off of what it does now, because after you buy it the company is under no obligation to add those features for you.

    Just look at the Intel G1 owners for a great idea of what could happen. Most spent around $600 on their SSDs, and Intel is not even going to give them TRIM support.
     
  9. Kermee

    Kermee Notebook Evangelist

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    *Nod* Understood. TRIM isn't that big of a deal to me; I didn't purchase the Kingston 40GB SSD expecting to get it. Although it would be a nice bonus. I have it setup using the "Tony TRIM" method and it's working great on X-25M G2 RAID-0 stripes I have. -- Granted it's not automatic... but it works.

    Cheers,
    Kermee
     
  10. Kermee

    Kermee Notebook Evangelist

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    Kingston 40GB SSD that was put into an Acer 1410 (SU2300) 11.6" notebook. -- This was a Ghost of the old Windows 7 installation on the stock 160GB WD Blue Scorpio drive which has had most of the tweaks for SSD done before imaging and cloning to the Kingston 40GB SSD. 17.4GB used out of 40GB. (Or 16.2GiB out of 37.2GiB).

    Here are some results (4kB is still *impressive*):

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    Cheers,
    Kermee
     
  11. Greg

    Greg Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    I am learning today that OCZ customer support is a total joke. They have *yet* to respond to my RMA request, nor my request for technical support in a last ditch attempt to fix the drive.

    Good thing the retailer I purchased it from is willing to return it.
     
  12. Kermee

    Kermee Notebook Evangelist

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    That sucks. I was about to go OCZ when I was able to finally source some Intel G2's :(

    Cheers,
    Kermee
     
  14. IntelUser

    IntelUser Notebook Deity

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    It is different. Intel did not promise TRIM on the G1 and Kingston is promising it on the 40GB X25-X.
     
  15. Tomy B.

    Tomy B. Notebook Evangelist

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    :confused2: :err:

    I think that this is my next SSD, really good random writes and all reads are somewhere around like on my MasterDrive SX.
     
  16. DrKnow65

    DrKnow65 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Just got my X25-M installed yesterday, along with a clean install of W7 Pro. Have yet to run any big programs on it yet so no "real world" benchmark feel. Maybe this weekend I'll put CAD on it and do some work.

    Question I have though, neither BIOS or Device Manager is calling this new drive an SSD? The defragment option is still there and even the Intel Matrix Storage Manager calls it "Generic Hard Drive", though it does give the make, part number, and serial number in the description.

    I have installed all the Intel chipset drivers available at Dell.

    Am I missing something? W7 performance index rates the drive at a 7.9, am I getting all the performance I should be in this unrecognized state?
     
  17. Jackboot

    Jackboot Notebook Deity

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    Oh man, I missed it!

    They had it on the Canadian site too at an even better deal (for us) at $105 CDN including shipping.

    Oh well, I'd rather get the Intel branded one anyway. Intel has specifically said that TRIM support is definitely on the roadmap for this product.

    And I think the Intel one is coming soon. It is listed by many retailers as "coming soon" for around $120. I suspect that the retail price will be somewhat less than that - hopefully around $100 as the Kingston-branded drive.

    I agree with Greg that 40GB is very small - but for some applications this just doesn't matter. I need to buy one of these for an aging system that runs a retail database at a family member's business. It will make the system feel like new, I think.
     
  18. DrKnow65

    DrKnow65 Notebook Enthusiast

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    [​IMG]

    These numbers seem low next to the reviews I've seen, any idea what to look at in the setup for this X25-M?
     
  19. Abula

    Abula Puro Chapin

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  20. hankaaron57

    hankaaron57 Go BIG or go HOME

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    For what it's worth, Kingston was always on top of customer service and had topnotch options available for dealing with memory sticks. I don't know if this will transfer over to their SSD's now..
     

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