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  1. AhokZYashA

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    I have a budget of 150USD

    I'm looking for a 120GB SSD, which brand and type of SSD that you suggests most suitable for me?

    its for my laptop, and the specs are on the system specs..

    thanks before
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    Crucial M4 or Corsair Force 3 - watch newegg for specials
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    Newegg has a deal on the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD, for the next 48 hours with Promo Code: EMCYTZT1641 it is $120, and after a $30 MIR it is $90.

    It's a SandForce SF-2281 based SSD with 25nm Synchronous NAND.

    120GB Reviews:
    http://www.ocaholic.ch/xoops/html/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=722&sel_lang=english
    http://www.kitguru.net/components/ssd-drives/zardon/kingston-hyperx-3k-120gb-ssd-review/
    http://www.vortez.net/articles_pages/kingston_hyperx_3k_120gb_ssd_review,1.html

    240GB Reviews:
    http://www.storagereview.com/kingston_hyperx_3k_ssd_review
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5734/kingston-hyperx-3k-240gb-ssd-review

    Otherwise here is a small list of some of the top SSD's on Newegg.com, when looking at drives using the SF-2281 controller I would focus on drives using Synchronous or Toggle NAND.

    For reviews scan through this thread: SSD Reviews Thread

    SandForce SF-2281 - 25nm Asynchronous NAND SSD's:
    $102 - Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB (MKNSSDCR120GB) - Newegg.com
    $120 ($105 after MIR) - OCZ Agility 3 120GB (AGT3-25SAT3-120G) - Newegg.com
    $140 - Corsair Force Series 3 120GB (CSSD-F120GB3A-BK) - Newegg.com
    $160 ($140 after MIR) - Patriot Pyro 120GB (PP120GS25SSDR) - Newegg.com

    SandForce SF-2281 - 25nm Synchronous NAND SSD's:
    $130 ($120 after MIR) - OCZ Vertex 3 120GB (VTX3-25SAT3-120G) - Newegg.com
    $150 - Corsair Force Series GT 120GB (CSSD-F120GBGT-BK) - Newegg.com
    $150 - Intel 330 Series Maple Crest 120GB (SSDSC2CT120A3K5) - Newegg.com

    SandForce SF-2281 - Toggle NAND SSD's:
    (32nm Toshiba) - $120 - Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe MX 120GB (MKNSSDCR120GB-MX) - Newegg.com
    (24nm SanDisk) - $125 - SanDisk Extreme 120GB (SDSSDX-120G-G25) - Newegg.com

    Marvell Based SSD's:
    $125 - Crucial M4 128GB (CT128M4SSD2) - Newegg.com (9.5mm Height)
    $125 - Crucial M4 128GB (CT128M4SSD1) - Newegg.com (7mm Height)
    $150 - OCZ Vertex 4 128GB (VTX4-25SAT3-128G) - Newegg.com *(Comes with a $15 Promotional Gift Card until 5/31)

    Other SSD's:
    $130 - SAMSUNG 830 Series 128GB (MZ-7PC128B/WW) - (Samsung 3 ARM Core Controller with 2xnm Toggle NAND)
    $150 ($140 with MEMSAM10 Promo Code until 5/28) - SAMSUNG 830 Series 128GB (MZ-7PC128N/AM) Notebook Upgrade Kit - Newegg.com - (Samsung 3 ARM Core Controller with 2xnm Toggle NAND)
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    I personally have the Corsair Force GT 120Gb (two actually,) and they practically top out the SATA 6Gb bus. I haven't run into any issues with two of them in RAID-0 so far.
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    First Choice: Corsair ForceGT 3 120GB

    Second Choice: Intel 330 SSD 180GB (on sale for $135 at Newegg, check Daily Deals)
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    I should check availibility on my local store because I cant buy from newegg or online store..
    the reason is I'm scared that my item will be held at the customs of my country

    anyway thanks for the advice :D
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    +1 on Corsair ForceGT 3 120GB, just bought a week ago... LOVE IT! (first SSD also)
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    the forceGT 120GB here is about 170$
    is it a good deal for the GT?
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    IMO... yes I payed $150. I would pay $170... Like I said, love it and I'll probably RAID a couple later
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    The Force GT would be a nice SSD to have, but I would compare it first to other SSD's in the same category like the Vertex 3 or Intel 520 or 330, also consider the Vertex 4, Crucial M4, and Samsung 830, and see which is the better deal, any of those should be a nice SSD for your laptop.
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    It tops out the SATA6 bus on my X79.
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    I will check later for the availability of the SSD's on my local store, and check whether its a good deal or not by reporting here
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    Corsair Force GT
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    OCZ vertex 4 price down now it's around 145$
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    In that price range I'd go Crucial M4 or Samsung 830. At the $200 price range though you can get a Plextor M3 Pro, which has a Marvell controller like the M4, but proprietary firmware that speeds up the TRIM process considerably.

    That's why the M3 Pro is about the fastest drive overall when you factor in that it's still very fast even when cluttered. Most SSDs don't perform at advertised speeds until TRIMed, and that can be a hurry up and wait scenario time and time again.

    It comes down to whether that $50 is more important, or not ever having to wait for your drive to TRIM (takes at least 30-40 min idle time typically) to not be bogged down by much less than advertised speeds.

    If you play mp competitively a lot and don't want to have to let your PC idle before jumping into matches to load into the maps as quickly as possibly, the M3 Pro is a good investment.
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    Samsung and Crucial drive are not available at my local store...
    so its down to the Agility 3 or the Force GT
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    I had three 60GB Agility 2 drives that I thought were great, but around that time OCZ started playing with different flash and had a whole bunch of trouble. From there I moved to the Corsair Force 3. The GT is reoughly the same thing but slightly fast. I'd say go with the GT.
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    If they are within the same price range then I would go with the Force GT it is a 25nm Synchronous drive, whereas the Agility 3 is 25nm Asynchronous, but if the price gap is large then just get whichever one you want, the Agility 3 will be a good drive, just not as fast in some ways as the Force GT.
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    i got my Force GT,
    and I'm so happy with it, windows load time is about 13-14 seconds, and program loading takes no time at all

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