Should i Buy 64GB SSD right now w/ Live Cashback or Wait?

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  1. sukanas macrumors 6502a

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    should i wait till 256gb comes out so that the 64gb/128gb prices will drop or should i just get the 64gb w/ live cashback for around 160?

    yes.. i CAN wait but u guys know that i dont want to, lol
     
  2. ayeying macrumors 601

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    I have a 128GB SSD currently and unless you're going really high end, I personally might wait a little longer for prices for higher end models to come down. Cheap-O SSD isn't really good with write speed so anything that involves a lot of write speed will feel like your system is running slower then a 4200rpm hard drive.

    I feel slow downs when I install programs but I don't involve a lot of write on my day to day stuff but I do, do a lot of read so SSD is extremely fast/efficient for that.
     
  3. sukanas thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hrm but by 'read' do u mean load up programs, save/play, files??
     
  4. sukanas thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  5. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    Not all SSDs are the same. Many of them use slower MLC technology instead of faster SLC. If you can by with a smaller capacity, get the Intel X-25 80GB SSD. I need more so that was why I got the Apple one which is likely the Samsung 128GB (Samsung doesn't sell it in retail, only to OEMs).

    For a comparison of SSDs, you should read this article on Tom's Hardware before buying one.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/flash-ssd-hard-drive,2000.html

    The cheaper ones really aren't better than the current fast drives except for noise. The Intel and Samsung SLC ones are very fast though.
     
  6. sukanas thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    should i stick with the ocz 64gb instead then?
    the view said oczs were samsung's drive labeled with ocz if i read the article correctly..
     
  7. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    If you want 64GB and a lower price I'd get the OCZ. But 64GB is pretty small. I'd check out this article first, right now the Intel is the king of the hill for SSDs.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/Intel-x25-m-SSD,2012.html
     
  8. sukanas thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well my main concern is price too
    im trying to keep my budget pretty low

    as for SLC vs MLC should i worry too much?
    i dont do anything too intensive so see myself finding that difference
     
  9. sukanas thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  10. rychencop macrumors 65816

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    wait a year and 128Gb ssd's will be under $200.
     
  11. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    The main issue with MLC seems to be slow write performance. There are also reports that MLC drives have problems with backgrounds processes getting "stuck" waiting for access. But it's not clear to me if this is a Windows thing only or if it affects Mac OS X also.

    I will say the Apple SSD has been working flawlessly for me the past week. I would pick the drive you are interested in and see if there are any reviews of anyone using it in a MBP. If you can wait until Q1 2009, Intel is supposed to be releasing a 160GB SSD (but it won't be cheap).
     
  12. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    This one:

    http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/flash_drives/ocz_sata_ii_2_5-ssd

    is the rebadged Samsung drive. The other OCZ drives I believe are slower MLC drives. If you want quiet, go ahead with the cheaper drives. But if you want fast, the cheaper drives aren't going to deliver. You may find the 7200rpm drive faster in many cases than the MLC drive. The SLC drives though in take any 7200rpm in read performance and about match them in write performance.
     
  13. sukanas thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=680212

    ar eyou sure cause that review showed that the patriot had better read/write results
    and im assuming he has the MLC ones cause of the price he mentioned
     
  14. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    It looks like he compared the SSD to 80GB 7200rpm drives. Those are much older and slower than the current top of the line 320GB 7200rpm drives.

    I'm not saying the low end SSDs are bad, just that they aren't the speed demons some think they are. I know in another thread you were disappointed by the speed of the 7200rpm driver versus the stock drive. If you are thinking the SSD will be faster, it's going to be a little faster on read and slower on write than the 7200rpm. The faster SSDs are noticeably faster than the 7200rpm and the slower SSDs. Depending on your expectations, you may or may not be happy with the slower SSDs in speed. If noise and vibration are the main factor, all the SSDs are silent and big improvements over the 7200rpm drive.
     
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