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 03/25/2014 06:46 PM
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msdos622wasfun
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Hey everyone,

This may seem very banal to even mention, but my happiness with my recent purchase makes it hard not to.  I finally put an SSD in my rig, a Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB.  For the longest time now I've been watching everybody else adopt this technology, and I just wasn't sure when I was going to pull the trigger.  So last week my coworker and I were discussing SSDs, and I started looking at prices.  I finally decided that enough time had gone by and they had dropped enough in price for me to buy one.  So on the way home I stopped by Best Buy and picked it up.

I don't think I was ever in true denial about the superiority of SSDs over platter hard drives, because I never made any flat claims that they weren't faster, it's just that I always rationalized it to an extent by thinking to myself how, sure, boot times can be aggravating with a conventional hard drive, but once you load the typical programs you use and close them and re-launch them over and over they're basically cached, and the speed issue is somewhat mitigated.  But now I truly see how much better it is to have an SSD in your system.  The performance gains are plainly obvious, not to mention how quiet it is.

I guess I could have driven further to Micro Center to look at their selection, but Best Buy was closer.  I found it interesting that they basically had three to choose from (locked behind a glass case), a bunch of the Samsungs that I ended up going with, a couple of Intels, and then a Toshiba.  But brand recognition and praise for the Samsung drive that I always read about online is what drove my final decision.

Physical installation wasn't that hard once I figured out how to mount the drive in the rear of my HAF XM case in that secret little spot, but since I was low on SATA cables I decided to take out my DVD burner and use the cables that were plugged into that.  I can't remember the last time I burned a disc in that drive, and if I do need to put in installation media, I still have the Blu-ray drive in my system.

I turned everything on, and at first I just got a blank screen, no POST beep, no nothing.  After some adjustments my system finally came up.

Software installation was a whole other ball of wax.  Long story short, I decided to do a clean install.  We all usually dread that, but in this case I think it just made sense to start with a blank slate.  So I have Windows on the SSD as well as my other main programs, Office and whatnot, but I do plan to keep my Steam and Origin library on drive D:, my 2.0 TB Western Digital.  That's okay by me (seems to be common practice).

I paid $140 for the drive.  What SSDs do you guys have, and what do you think are their pros/cons?  I find it's kind of a new world for me to research, because when I do read up on SSDs there seems to be new types of terminology thrown around that I haven't come across before.

Anyway, thanks for reading.



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 03/25/2014 06:59 PM
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Currently own 512GiB Vertex 4, 240GiB Vector, 240GiB Agility 3, 128 GiB Agility 4, 100GiB VertexLE, the latter two sitting in a drawer with the rest of my spare parts. Formerly I owned 2 64GiB G.SKILL SSD which were incredibly bad drives (good memory, really horrid J.Micron controllers) which were replaced by G.SKILL for Falcons. A lot of SSDs are pretty much the same, with OCZ, Samsung, and Intel differentiating themselves with custom in-house controllers. I think your only problem is you went to ripoff BestBuy instead of Newegg, though if you paid the $139.99 sale price then you weren't ripped. Keep your eyes out over the next few weeks for a good priced 512GB SSD, you'll be amazed at the increase in loading times with games.

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 03/26/2014 03:03 AM
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I use a pair of 256GB Samsung 840 PRO's to boot from.

Prices are still far too high to consider using them for data storage, when you need as much of it as I do (using about 5.4TB out of 7TB right now).

I'd have to drop a RAID controller in just to have enough ports.  The performance of 7 or 8 striped SSD's would be pretty awesome, though.  All I need is the willingness to spend about $4K, which I can't rustle up right now.

 

 03/26/2014 03:16 AM
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QB the Slayer
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I started with a single 40 GB Kingston SSDNow V Series... It was a rebadged Intel drive...  it was still very early in the SSD-verse (4+ years ago).  My buddy bought one at the same time.  AS SSD score was about 175 (IIRC)

Then I bought my buddies Kingston and put both in RAID0.   AS SSD score went to about 315

Then I bought two Mushkin Chronos 60GB (SandForce controller) and put those in RAID0.  AS SSD score went up to about 715

I now use those two as a scratch drive for encoding and have TWO Samsung 840 Pro 128GB in RAID0 for a boot drive.  AS SSD score in now around 1170

 

I will be using my boot drive for a few games.  I don't have a lot of games installed at any given time and 240GB is more than enough for my gaming uses.  I love SSD's

 

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 03/27/2014 09:30 AM
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msdos622wasfun
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Thanks for all the responses guys.  I can only imagine how great it must be to go one step further and put some SSDs in a RAID setup.  In fact when I sent an e-mail to a friend of mine after I bought mine, that's exactly what he told me.  I think for budget reasons I can't go any further at this point in time, so the one I bought that I'm using as a boot drive will have to suffice for now.

 

I'm also using drive D: for data, but I'm not being overly-conservative about putting stuff on my SSD.  I've got Windows on there, Office, a bunch of programs that I use regularly, and probably a few games that I need to install off of DVDs will go on there as well.  I've already put Unreal Tournament 3 on there, and it takes up about 10 GB with all the patches and user community mods and stuff.

 

It's almost strange how every time I think I have my system the way I want it, some opportunity presents itself to upgrade some part of it to make it better.  I thought I would still be waiting a while to buy an SSD, but it just goes to show that you never know.



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AMD FX-8350 Black Edition | ASUS M5A99FX PRO | Corsair HX850W | 16 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3 1866 | Samsung 840 EVO 250 GB SSD | Western Digital Caviar Black 2.0 TB SATA-3 | LG Blu-ray drive (SATA) | Gigabyte R9 280X | Dell UltraSharp U2713HM 27" LCD | Creative Sound Blaster Z | Cooler Master HAF XM | Corsair K65 | Razer Imperator | Windows 8.1 Pro x64

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