Agility3 and Vertex3 = What's the difference?

NTJedi

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Having bad luck with searching for the answer... hopefully one of the wizards here have a quick answer. Sorry for the rookie question.

1) Agility3 and Vertex3 = What's the difference? Not much price difference with Vertex2

2) I'm buying one for my desktop system M3A78-EMH ASUS... any advice?


OTHER THOUGHTS FOR DISCUSSION:
A) Upon hunting for SSD drives there seems to be very few 16GB SSD drives. I would expect these are in the greatest demand for hosting the OS, yet most retailers are either sold out or just not carrying them. Even when shopping at the retail stores I'm surprised even the smallest regular harddrives are 250GBs.... for many people who only surf the internet and read email that's overkill... like having a V8 engine in a golf cart.
 

jwcalla

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1) Agility 3 uses asynchronous NAND. Vertex 3 uses synchronous NAND. Vertex 3 Max IOPS uses toggle NAND. Asynchronous NAND is kinda like "budget" NAND. It's a bit cheaper but doesn't perform as well as synchronous or toggle NAND. Regarding the Vertex 2, I've noticed the latest gen SATA III drives don't seem to be too much more expensive than the previous generation SATA II drives.

2) Advice... Reliability: Crucial m4, Samsung 830, Intel 510 Series, etc. Speed / Price: Any of the SandForce synchronous NAND drives (OCZ Vertex 3, Corsair Force GT, Patriot Wildfire, ADATA S511, etc.). Though OCZ has a bad rep FYI.

A) I found it hard to find low-capacity SSDs... probably because vendors don't think there is enough demand to make that kind of product line worthwhile, not to mention that on the consumer side the $ per GB is pretty awful for such low-capacity drives. You could always load an OS onto a USB stick and run it from there... but performance would be awful probably.
 

NTJedi

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Thanks for the fast response... I purchased the Corsair Force Series GT 60GBs
 
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Dunno why anyone would want a 16G drive for the operating system...with the 15GB Win7 default install you're already full and operating with very low performance (not going to be a lot of overprovisioning on such a small drive). Add some drivers and system updates to that and you're out of space.

I'm using a 60GB Corsair GT as a read cache for a pool of 12 drives...it makes a very noticeable difference in performance.
 

gjs278

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Dunno why anyone would want a 16G drive for the operating system...with the 15GB Win7 default install you're already full and operating with very low performance (not going to be a lot of overprovisioning on such a small drive). Add some drivers and system updates to that and you're out of space.

I'm using a 60GB Corsair GT as a read cache for a pool of 12 drives...it makes a very noticeable difference in performance.

my OS install is only 7.5gb, but that's due to me using linux. I keep all of my media on a separate partition on the ssd array of 4 force gts.
 

ZCP M3

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sync vs async and it's ability to interleave the data more efficiently.
 
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