Second guessing my SSD decision; bought Samsung, should I get a Vertex 3?

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  1. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    So I pulled the trigger on a 256GB Samsung 470, it's somewhere between new egg and me. But, now I'm wondering if I should have went with a 240GB Vertex 3; yes, I know my laptop only has SATA2, but why not get the 3 and saturate the connection? I know the Samsung is "more reliable," but is the Vertex really as bad as people say? I won't have any of the SATA3 issues people are having, so should I do it? The prices are more or less the same, and they're the same size. In a month or so I'll be ordering a 1TB WD and OWC data doubler, and 8GB of RAM. I don't think that really impacts this decision but wanted to give all the info about my machine as I could.

    Thanks in advance :apple:
     
  2. Ljohnson72 macrumors 6502a

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    I know some people who own a Vertex 3 and have had zero problems and I know some people who own a Vertex 3 and have been plagued with issues. Personally I would just stick with your Samsung. Stability is more important to me.
     
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    What would be the point of buying a SATA III drive if your computer doesnt even have one?
     
  4. DWBurke811 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    To saturate the bandwidth of my SATA2 connection.
     
  5. cinek macrumors 6502

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    OCZ got a lot of bad press recently because of the issues with their SSD drives. I personally would not touch of of their drivers no matter how much cheaper/better they would be from the competition
     
  6. Philflow macrumors 65816

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    It's unlikely you'll notice any difference between Samsung 470 and Vertex 3 on a SATA II connection.

    If you work a lot with incompressible data the Samsung can even beat the Vertex 3 in sequential writes.

    The idle consumption of the Samsung is significantly lower.

    Personally the Vertex 3 wouldn't really tempt me because of the bad reliability track record of the Vertex 2. Crucial M4 I would probably pick over the Samsung 470.
     
  7. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    I don't think either of them is a wrong choice, but I doubt you'd see much, if any, of a speed difference between the two. And I'm assuming that the Vertex 3 costs more, so there's a knock against it. If it were me, I'd stick with the Samsung. Mind you, I am a Vertex 3 owner, for what it's worth.
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You won't notice any speed difference. You will be fine with the Samsung.
     
  9. DWBurke811 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I hate all of you with your logic and reason, I want the fast one!!!!!

    But anyway, it looks like I'll stick with the 470.
     
  10. dlimes13 macrumors 6502a

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    Good choice. If you don't have SATA III capability, no point to get a SATA III SSD.
     

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