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Best SSDs For The Money: July 2011
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Best SSDs for ~£230: Middle of the Road

Intel SSD 320
160 GB
Sequential Read
270 MB/s
Sequential Write165 MB/s
Power Consumption (Active)
.15 W
Power Consumption (Idle).10 W

At around this price, you have three choices: the 120 GB Vertex 3, 180 GB Agility 2, and the 160 GB SSD 320. If you are willing to give up some capacity for better performance (and you own a motherboard with 6 Gb/s connectivity), the 120 GB Vertex 3 is a good choice. On the other hand, why not give up performance for more capacity with the 180 GB Agility 2? If this is decision is too difficult, we recommend buying Intel's 160 GB SSD 320.

The middle ground delivers a great balance of performance and capacity, so you won't have to feel like you had to make a big compromise.

Best SSDs for ~£260: More than 180 GB

OCZ Agility 2
240 GB
Sequential Read
285 MB/s
Sequential Write275 MB/s
Power Consumption (Active)
2.0 W
Power Consumption (Idle).5 W

If you are willing to spend more to get a better deal, OCZ recently dropped the price on its 240 GB Agility 2. At £260 (eBuyer), you're only paying £1.08 per gigabyte. While this isn't a performance-oriented SSD, you're still getting a lot of bang for your buck.

Many people prefer the Vertex 2 to the Agility 2, but the only real difference is that the higher-end Vertex employs OCZ's optimized firmware to achieve better performance, while the Agility utilizes SandForce's more generic firmware implementation. With that said, buying a 240 GB Vertex 2 is a less attractive proposition. You have to pay about £20 more, and what you gain in performance isn't worth the extra cost in our opinion.

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    Anonymous , 19 July 2011 00:14
    I'm missing a few pointers in here. In my case i bought a Intel SSD 320 600gb because I need a lot of space and fast... I use it for my Virtual machines and I have an old 160gb G2 as my boot disk in my laptop. Hard drives are really starting to be too slow for my VM's. I don't see this usage scenario reflected in the guides but I tend to think I am not the only one...
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    ps3hacker12 , 19 July 2011 00:53
    you missed out the OCZ solid 3 120GB, at £145 its probably the best value for money:
    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Solid+State+Drives/OCZ+Solid+3+120GB+2.5%22+SATA-III+Solid+State+Hard+Drive+?productId=44531


    http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Solid+State+Drives/OCZ+Solid+3+60GB+2.5%22+SATA-III+Solid+State+Hard+Drive+?productId=44530
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    chronicbint , 20 July 2011 00:06
    I don't know how you can recommend a 30G or even a 40G for a boot drive, its just too small for Windows 7. My Win 7 folder is now approaching 30gig and there is nothing I can do to reduce the size other than a reinstall.
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    Anonymous , 22 July 2011 17:59
    What performance will you achieve with some HDD's in raid, at the same price points as the compared SSD's?
    I know that the SSD always will win in IO performance, but what if you are after sequential write and read speeds?
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    ps3hacker12 , 22 July 2011 18:04
    Quote:
    What performance will you achieve with some HDD's in raid, at the same price points as the compared SSD's?
    I know that the SSD always will win in IO performance, but what if you are after sequential write and read speeds?


    how many HDDs in raid are we talking about, RAID0 isnt always a good option, it can be unreliable, and can mean more heat in your case (more HDDs). but im sure if you had enough it would match SSD level R/W speeds (sequential).
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    Anonymous , 22 July 2011 18:18
    I would imagine if you used the same price point as the minimum storage required for the OS at 80GB. Then if you took the Intel x25-m 80gb vs 4 Samsung Spinpoint F1 160GB/320GB. then you could have 4/5 HDD's ind RAID.
    Or maby compare Vertex 3 120GB, Then you could have 5/6 HDD's.
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