Vertex 3 120GB vs. 240GB vs. 2x 120GB for Photography

nochnia

macrumors member
Original poster
Jun 25, 2011
84
1
I'm going to fetch a i7 27" 2011 iMac.
As other users already did, I'll replace the standard 1 TB HDD with an Vertex 3 SSD. Currently I use a 120GB Revodrive in my PC System and it's not even 50% used...

I don't think the 240GB Vertex 3 is a good option, because it's more expensive and slower then 2 x 120GB Vertex 3 Raid 0. But I have no clue what to do with the space at all? And spending 400€+ for the SSD isn't that few money...

I would prefer to just go with the 120GB Vertex 3, but I don't want to recognize later that I should have taken 2... or the 240GB Version...

All of my data (itunes library, pictures, and lightroom is currently on my data hdd). Does it make sense to take some of that data onto the ssd for photography needs, especially lightroom and photoshop?!

thanks in advance
greets
 

Hellhammer

Moderator emeritus
Dec 10, 2008
22,166
581
Finland
Having your current work files in SSD would definitely speed up Photoshop and Lightroom a bit. Remember that you can always add a second SSD so as it sounds like you don't need 240GB right now, I think there is no need to buy 240GB now. Buy 120GB and then add another one later on if needed.
 

nochnia

macrumors member
Original poster
Jun 25, 2011
84
1
Ok. Sounds rational. I hope I don't regret it later. I'll let the replace job do some apple guy. So I can't just include one more SSD on myself...
 

nochnia

macrumors member
Original poster
Jun 25, 2011
84
1
I finally ordered my 27" i7 iMac :cool:
I actually have to decide this now... I read a lot of reviews and the 240GB Version of the Vertex 3 seems apparently 20% faster overall versus the 120GB Version...

The 240GB Version would also support me placing the current picture set and the lightroom catalog on the ssd too... After the development of the set I could move it to the storage hdd...

damn it. I don't know which one to take... Since I'm going to put it into the imac myself I don't want to open it in the next couple of months again...

Guys. Any help is appreciated
 

eoren1

macrumors 6502
Aug 17, 2007
367
19
You may want to read this article in full before jumping on an SSD specifically for photography apps:
http://www.computer-darkroom.com/blog/will-an-ssd-improve-adobe-lightroom-performance/

I was ready to buy one (to the point that I went with a Mac Mini instead of an iMac for the savings to put towards it). In the end, decided SSD wouldn't offer me much in the way of real-world advantages. Returning the mini and getting an iMac now...
 

nochnia

macrumors member
Original poster
Jun 25, 2011
84
1
Since I'm not only editing pictures on this iMac I'm going to use it for normal office and internet work too. Currently I'm using a Revodrive in my PC, so I'll definitely don't use a system without ssd anymore ;)... It's too snappy

But my question is, if the 240GB Version is it worth? Else I'm going with the 120GB Version...
 

nochnia

macrumors member
Original poster
Jun 25, 2011
84
1
Guys. I know I have to decide it on my own but I need a little more pros and cons... Please help me out. I have to decide it today...

120GB vs. 240GB Vertex 3 :(
 

Hellhammer

Moderator emeritus
Dec 10, 2008
22,166
581
Finland
Guys. I know I have to decide it on my own but I need a little more pros and cons... Please help me out. I have to decide it today...

120GB vs. 240GB Vertex 3 :(
Well, getting the 240GB won't leave you with any regrets. 120GB might. If you have the $, go with the 240GB, will be easier.
 

nochnia

macrumors member
Original poster
Jun 25, 2011
84
1
Well, getting the 240GB won't leave you with any regrets. 120GB might. If you have the $, go with the 240GB, will be easier.
Yeah. Thinking once again about it. I decided for the 240GB over the 120GB. But what about the 240GB vs. 240GB Max IOPS ? Anyone using it yet

In the tests there are different results... In some the MAX is a lot faster in others it's even slower...
 

kasakka

macrumors 68020
Oct 25, 2008
2,068
747
You most likely won't see any real world difference between the drives in use even though one is faster in tests.

120 GB is plenty for OSX and programs. Leave your media on a bigger traditional drive.

I also hope that you're aware of the issues people have been having with the OCZ Vertex/Agility/Solid 3 drives (check OCZ forums). This week I got an Agility 3 for my Windows machine and it has required several firmware updates to work (with the fw that came with the drive I couldn't even install Windows 7 without it jamming) and even then my computer will occasionally crash on sleep. By comparison the Intel X25-M G2 in my MBP has never given me a single problem.
 

nochnia

macrumors member
Original poster
Jun 25, 2011
84
1
Thanks Hellhammer for your support.
I just ordered the standard 240GB Vertex 3 :)
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.