Currently using a OCZ Vertex 4 120gb one for OS drive, how is KINGSTON HYPERX SH103S3 120GB and is it worth replacing the current one or are there better alternatives? Will try to put one in a laptop and keep the more powerful one in a PC.
Intel I7 3770K @ 4.5ghz, Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H, Gigabyte HD7970 ghz edition, 4x4gb Kingston HyperX Beast 2133mhz, Seasonic Platinum 860, OCZ Vertex 4 128gb, WD Black 1TB, WD Green 3TB+1.5TB, ASUS Xonar Essence ST, ASUS VE278Q, Windows 3.11
The OCZ Vector and Samsung 840 Pro trade blows at the top of the ranks, the Vertex 4 and 840 trade blows below that. If I were you I would wait and get at least a 256gb drive for your desktop as the increase in 4K IOPS will be quite noticeable. We have Memorial Day coming up in a couple of weeks and you know what a good sales day it is. My Vertex vs Vector results
OCZ also has the Vertex 5 series coming out soon which uses an improved controller over the one used in the Vector.
Or if you are not afraid of RAID0 you can buy two cheaper drives and RAID them... I have two seriously crappy drives (Mushkin Chronos 60GB) in RAID0 and these give decent results:
Total cost was $140CDN for 120 GB (just over 5 months ago). Of course RAID is more work than AHCI and there is very little comparisons out there between drives in RAID0. For me, I already had RAID0 on my system (4x500GB Caviar Blacks) and getting two cheap SSD's and RAIDing them was a superior choice to getting just one really good drive, since a single drive on the SB950 RAID driver really blows.
If I was in the market for a really good single SSD to use under AHCI, I would probably go with a Samsung 840 Pro 128GB followed by an OCZ Vector followed by a Corsair Neutron Series GTX ... these 3 right now seem to be the best choices in my opinion
SSD's are getting to the point where it's about like choosing between an orange from Florida and an orange from California, which isn't a bad thing since us consumers win in both performance and price, although Samsung and OCZ have the advantage with their own controller. Have you noticed though that Intel has pretty much fallen by the wayside?
Expensive and unnecessary. Home users rarely if ever hit the limits of what a modern SSD, such as the OCZ Vector and Samsung 840 Pro, can achieve, and the server & HPC market prefers to use individual SSDs in RAID1 or 1+0. OCZ has had their RevoDrive for a while now and that never really took off because of the expense and limited market.