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Cheap SSDs close the price gap with HDDs

Cheap and SSD are words that aren't commonly said in the same sentence. SSDs are typically much more expensive per gigabyte than traditional hard drives, but that price difference is going away. As the price of SSDs continues to decline, the price of hard drives has been increasing in the wake of flooding in Thailand that caused shortages.
 
Crucial has unveiled a new series of SSDs that are relatively cheap and aimed at older computers running 3Gb/s SATA ports. The new line of SSDs is called the Crucial v4 and they come in 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB, and 256 GB capacities. Pricing is $49.99, $69.99, $99.99, and $184.99 respectively from Newegg.
 
"The Crucial v4 SSD boils down to two things: performance and value," said Robert Wheadon, senior worldwide product manager, Crucial. "Most consumers realize that SSDs help their computers start quicker and run faster, and are a more durable alternative to hard drives, but many don't realize that most SSDs outperform the data transfer capabilities of their SATA 2 machines. With the Crucial v4 SSD, we've come up with a product that's designed to bring the most value out of a SATA 2 system without paying for extra performance that can't be used."
 
At those bargain prices you can't expect world-class performance, but the v4 range still performs well. Crucial promises read speeds of up to 230 MB/s and write speeds of up to 190 MB/s.  

Source: Crucial



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RE: Damn
By bug77 on 8/1/2012 10:16:30 AM , Rating: 4
$189 buys you an OCZ Vertex4 256MB these days. The prices themselves are not that great, we'll have to see how much retailers can shave off.


RE: Damn
By Mitch101 on 8/1/2012 11:06:08 AM , Rating: 2
I think your safe with them they use the Indilinx controller the older OCZ used the Sandforce chipset.

I would avoid the Sandforce based SSD's. The only company I trust using the Sandforce Chipset is Intel currently. They seem to be the only ones who found that pesky bug that seems to crop up on people.

Most everyone will be using their SSD as their OS drive. Ill trade a little speed for reliability as I don't want to reinstall my machine because the SSD chipset is flaky.

Me personally Id Stick with Crucial, Intel, and maybe Samsung in the SSD arena.


RE: Damn
By integr8d on 8/1/2012 11:38:48 AM , Rating: 3
If this is the controller that G.Skill used in the Falcon 2 (sustained speeds are the same), then it's good. At the time, only Indilinx and Intel had solved the problem of system hangs with SSDs. Everyone else was getting beach balls and hour glasses for 30-60 seconds.

Anand's epic article here. Worth a read for everyone.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/2738/1

And agreed on Samsung controllers. Not known for being the fastest. But reliable.

Update: On searching Anand's site for that old article, I came across a mention of this new drive. Uses Phison's PS3105 controller. Never heard of em'. But if the specs line up, I wonder if they licensed the older Indilinx/OCZ tech and are just building it for less.


RE: Damn
By ammaross on 8/2/2012 3:47:35 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, I've had the new Intel 330s still exhibit sleep-related problems. I narrowed it down to SATA power management problems. If the link-state goes into idle/sleep/low-power mode, I've seen the drive have stutter problems when resuming out of said state. However, it was only on 1 PC out of 10, all of which identical hardware, all running the same OS image even... Got to love how the stars align to cause problems. Swapped the drive out for a Vertex 3 and no problems.


RE: Damn
By AMDftw on 8/1/2012 1:10:21 PM , Rating: 1
I don't how so many of you people have had problems with OCZ ssd's. I still have the very first Agility produced and its in my work laptop. I currently have 4 OCZ drives and never had a problem with none of them. I know where another 10 of them are at. Zero problem thus far. Some of you need to stop flashing over to newer firmware and live them alone.


RE: Damn
By dgingerich on 8/1/2012 3:32:47 PM , Rating: 2
I had issues with my Vertex 2 drives. I had just rebuilt my machine and forgot to reset the power saver settings. The machine went to sleep, and those two drives didn't come back. I found out that if I hook them up to a USB to SATA adaptor and unplug and plug them in, at some point they finally start responding. The first one took 10 tries while the second took >30. They're both up and functioning, and I've updated the firmware to prevent that from happening again.

I know there are some blue screen issues with some of the SF2281 based drives, which is why I didn't buy one for a long time. I finally broke down when the Mushkin Chronos 60GB drive came down to $40 on a NewEgg Shell Shocker. It's serving as my storage for the WoW MoP beta, and doesn't see much use.


RE: Damn
By sleepeeg3 on 8/1/2012 3:43:01 PM , Rating: 2
2 for 2 (100%) failure rate for mine. OCZ's failure rate seems to be much higher than the rest of the industry, going by reviews.


RE: Damn
By dgingerich on 8/1/2012 12:23:16 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
$189 buys you an OCZ Vertex4 256MB these days.


I'd like to see where that might be. I got an Agility 4 256GB form Microcenter for $189, but the cheapest I've seen the Vertex 4 256GB was $209, also at Microcenter. NewEgg matched the prices shortly after Microcenter published them.

Still, the Agility 4 256GB sounds like a lot more capable drive than this Crucial V4 256GB, at the same price. I've seen a lot more capable drives at that price point. I think Crucial is making a market mistake with this one. Then again, they do that a lot.

The Vertex/Agility 4 lines are a lot more reliable than the older lines, too. I've got one of each now running in my main machine. (Agility 4 256GB for my main OS drive and most of my apps and games, Vertex 4 128GB for WoW and Diablo III. 4X 750GB WD Caviar Black in RAID 5 for data storage.) I have no fears of reliability or performance problems with either.


RE: Damn
By geddarkstorm on 8/1/2012 1:04:04 PM , Rating: 2
Also consider Agility 4 is a SATA III device, while these Crucials are a SATA II (rated below saturation speed). The Agility 4 will be faster even on SATA II, and the new OCZ cooked up indillex controllers in the 4 series are doing great by all accounts.


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