1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

New Laptop - Need help picking out SSD to replace HDD with

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by BrooksyX, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. BrooksyX

    BrooksyX

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2008
    Messages:
    3,947 (1.65/day)
    Thanks Received:
    569
  2. FreedomEclipse

    FreedomEclipse ~Technological Technocrat~

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2007
    Messages:
    13,463 (5.07/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,207
    my $2...

    Stick with the HDD. $124 will get you at most a rather crap 80Gb SSD which loads of people are complaining about high failure rates (newegg)
  3. robal

    robal

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2008
    Messages:
    485 (0.22/day)
    Thanks Received:
    111
    Location:
    Hampshire, UK
    I think that Laptops with HDDs should be banned :)
    No.. Seriously.. 2.5" HDD is the main bottleneck causing laptops to be so miserable (comparing to desktops) in everyday Windows use.

    $125 is pretty low for SSD, but you should be able to get 60 or 80 GB one.
    If the small storage size doesn't bother you, by all means get one !

    Note one thing though: All Sandforce 2k-series (Sata 6.0Gbps) SSDs have serious issues with Intel RST controllers (depends on PC... yours may work well, but you never know)
    For laptop, I would go for earlier generation SSD instead (like OCZ Vertex 2), they don't have these problems.
    Unless you buy from place you know will accept return.

    Cheers
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2011
  4. FreedomEclipse

    FreedomEclipse ~Technological Technocrat~

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2007
    Messages:
    13,463 (5.07/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,207
    I heard it was more like Sandforce 2k has issues with Marvell controllers. for the better part. ive not seeing nothing overly negative asside from that.

    120Gb Corsair Force 3 SSDs and OCZ Agility 3 suffered instability issues with their first batch or so - Corsair done a global recall and OCZ just sat there denying everything on their forums (apparently) However. Most Force 3 and Agility 3 issues should have been fixed 3 months ago with the new batches.
  5. BrooksyX

    BrooksyX

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2008
    Messages:
    3,947 (1.65/day)
    Thanks Received:
    569
    Yeah it looks like I might have to spend a little more on an SSD. What would be the best 120gb or bigger ssd under $200?

    I am not really looking for the fastest drive out there, just something that has a decent amount of storage, is faster than a hdd, and will allow me to get a little more batter life.
  6. MxPhenom 216

    MxPhenom 216 Corsair Fanboy

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2010
    Messages:
    9,654 (6.77/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,065
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    get a Crucial M4 128GB drive, update the firmware
    BrooksyX says thanks.
  7. BrooksyX

    BrooksyX

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2008
    Messages:
    3,947 (1.65/day)
    Thanks Received:
    569
    I would like to go with that one. But right at $197 on newegg its kind of pushing my budget. Can These be found for cheaper?

    I could settle for a 64gb one at $100 but I would prefer at least 100gb. It wouldnt be the end of the world as I dont keep that much data on my laptop. I have a PC with 1tb hdd and an HTPC with 4.3tb of storage space. Mainly just keep documents on the laptop.

    Only game I play on my laptop is starcraft 2.
  8. MxPhenom 216

    MxPhenom 216 Corsair Fanboy

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2010
    Messages:
    9,654 (6.77/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,065
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    $197 is about the cheapest your going to get for a SATAIII 120gb SSD
  9. DonInKansas

    DonInKansas

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2007
    Messages:
    5,096 (1.95/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,265
    Location:
    Kansas
    If you don't nered complete blazing fast SSD speeds and would like more storage for the price, consider a Momentus XT.
    BrooksyX says thanks.
  10. BrooksyX

    BrooksyX

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2008
    Messages:
    3,947 (1.65/day)
    Thanks Received:
    569
  11. BrooksyX

    BrooksyX

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2008
    Messages:
    3,947 (1.65/day)
    Thanks Received:
    569
    Ill look into it however I try to stay away from seagate products.

    Also I am not even sure if my laptop is sata II or sata III. It is a i5 sandybridge cpu that doesnt mean it has sata III.
  12. MxPhenom 216

    MxPhenom 216 Corsair Fanboy

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2010
    Messages:
    9,654 (6.77/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,065
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    i would assume so. if its a second gen i5 CPU it should be SATA III. yeah the Crucial 64gb performs the same, just be sure to update the firmware to boost the speeds by like 20%

    at some point i want 2 of them for Raid0 in my rig
  13. BrooksyX

    BrooksyX

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2008
    Messages:
    3,947 (1.65/day)
    Thanks Received:
    569
    Ok i might look into it in the next month. I would pull one of those OCZ vertex out of my main rig but 30gb is just not enough space for a fullsize laptop.
  14. BrooksyX

    BrooksyX

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2008
    Messages:
    3,947 (1.65/day)
    Thanks Received:
    569
    So I just cracked open the bottom of laptop and noticed it had an empty msata port. I had a 40gb intel msata ssd. I popped it in and it reads it just fine.

    Specs:
    Intel 310 Series 40GB mSATA mSATA (mini PCIe form ...

    Do you think using this as a boot drive and a HDD as a storage drive would be a good move?
  15. robal

    robal

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2008
    Messages:
    485 (0.22/day)
    Thanks Received:
    111
    Location:
    Hampshire, UK
    Of course it would be a good move.
    It didn't even know that some laptops have space for both 2.5" and msata.

    Does you laptop support "Smart Response Technology" ? That's also an option.
  16. FreedomEclipse

    FreedomEclipse ~Technological Technocrat~

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2007
    Messages:
    13,463 (5.07/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,207
    S.R.T is only available for z68 desktop chipsets.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page