Crucial M4 or OCZ Vertex 3?

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  1. B.LI macrumors regular

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    Hi there, I trying to figure out which is the best performance wise, I do know the Vertex 3 is much more expensive, but I want to know the difference under compare...

    Crucial 256 GB

    or the

    OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB

    Will be using it in my current MBP 15" Early 2011 with 8GHz 1333 ram replacement

    TY~
     
  2. Saberon macrumors 6502a

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    Please please believe me when I say you will regret the Vertex 3. Sandforce controller SSD's have so many issues right now, save yourself the headache.

    I absolutely recommend the M4 SSD, I have 4 of them (2x Macbook, 2x Windows desktop) and they are all rock solid.
     
  3. Jazwire macrumors 6502a

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    My votes is for the Crucial also, see my sig, I have had one for several weeks not a single problem.
     
  4. DockMac macrumors regular

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    Just from reading these threads:

    Vertex for performance.
    M4 for reliability.
     
  5. jdecraene85 macrumors newbie

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    The Crucial M4, without a doubt!

    You won't notice the difference in performance,
    why would you risk experiencing the difference in reliability?

    Really, buy the Crucial.
     
  6. AndreyATC macrumors newbie

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    No.

    Vertex = performance, problems
    M4 = performance, reliability

    My vote for M4
     
  7. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    Performance wise you won't notice the difference.

    Reliability wise M4 wins hands down.
     
  8. robots3humans0 macrumors 6502

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    One more for the M4 here. It's been rock solid for me as well.
     
  9. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    Vertex 3 Max IOPs here for maximum performance. No problems to date. OWC uses the same controller. Slightly different firmware revisions. The garbage collection is great on the 2200 series controller.
     
  10. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    My vote is for the OWC you did not mention. I have had one for several months not a single problem. See a pattern?
     
  11. AndreyATC macrumors newbie

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    That's great, mate!
    You are one of those few lucky ones out there
    :rolleyes:
     
  12. daneoni macrumors G4

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    +1 for the M4. Have had one since July and it hasn't even flinched on me.
     
  13. dsciel macrumors regular

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  14. iIIusion macrumors newbie

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    Got my MBP 15" and Crucial M4 yesterday, did the firmware upgrade to 009, and did a fresh install of OS X Lion, everything works perfect.
     
  15. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    I have heard of 3-5 users with issues. Out of what, thousands? OCZ is another story and yes the manufacturers DO matter. It isn't all about the OEM controller.
     
  16. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Actually, yes it is. OWC is using the exact same controller and even the same firmware as OCZ (actually often OCZ gets firmware updates from Sandforce before OWC) and off the shelf components to make their drives. In spite of what OWC PR would like you to believe, there is nothing magical about their drives.
     
  17. Quinoky macrumors regular

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    Any comments on the M4's inferior garbage collection technology compared to the Sandfore-based Vertex 3? Especially on OS X which does not support TRIM, I think this is one of the most important things to take into account when buying an SSD.
     
  18. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Well something is better (more stable) as the complaints are generally for OCZ. And they are the ones who tweak the firmware. They are known for it. Sometimes it is good most recently it is bad. Besides I enjoy the speed much more than I give a toss about stability. Seriously. I got the 5-year warranty.
     
  19. Kraznoff macrumors member

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    I have a vertex 3 and love it. No issues at all. All the stability issues I've read about are on PC's.
     
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  21. ViviUO macrumors 6502

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    None.

    Look at the Kingston HyperX 120GB.

    Love it. Getting 510+ read/write with zero issues.
     
  22. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Kingston is Sandforce based. Same as OWC and OCZ. Pretty much the same SSD's.
     
  23. iliramove macrumors newbie

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  24. ViviUO macrumors 6502

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    Yes, and the firmware running it is what makes the difference between identical controllers.
     
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