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    Default Choice of SSD

    I'm considering one of the following;

    128GB Samsung, SSD, PB22-J MLC-Flash, 2.5", 1 x SATA 3Gb/s, Read 220MB/s, Write 200MB/s

    128GB Corsair, Extreme Series X128 MLC-Flash, 2.5" SSD, SATA II, Read 240MB/s, Write 170MB/s

    128GB Crucial M225, MLC-Flash, 2.5" SATA 3Gb/s SSD, Read 250MB/s, Write 200MB/s, 64MB Cache

    or potentially;

    80GB Intel SSD Gen 2, MLC-Flash, 2.5" , SATA 3Gb/s, Read 250MB/s, Write 70MB/s

    albeit smaller and cheaper. The write speeds seem to be the big difference here, not sure if I'd really benefit from it but it can provide a bit of future proofing. It'll be for a boot OS and hopefully a Steam install directory, which is why I'm looking to the 128GB disks mainly.

    Drives, performance and availability taken from Scan http://www.scan.co.uk/Shop/Computer-...25)-80GB-500GB

    Any thoughts on the drives above will be most appreciated.

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    For booting the OS, I would suggest using the 40GB Intel (or Kingston) SSD's. They have much better 4k read/write speeds, and you can always RAID a few of them together with a 6Gb/s RAID card for some insane performance. I'm planning on doing this for my OS here soon.

    Then, either get a larger SSD for your program installations, or run them off of a VelociRaptor. Another idea would be to use the new SilverStone HDDBOOST and use another 40GB SSD along with a 300GB VelociRapter for an insanely fast mechanical HDD.

    And as far as the drives you listed, aren't the ones on the top only listing the sequential write speeds, and not the random writes?
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    Ah yes, very interesting...so now I'm thinking about either getting 2x 40GB Intel X25-Vs or 2x 64GB Kingston SSDNow Vs and stick them in RAID 0.

    Yeah, those speeds aren't exactly real world, but I can't find a readily available source for benchmarks with those disks (I can get impatient when I'm in buying mode ) and I only shop via Scan.

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    I've gone for two Kingston 64GB SSD Now Vs and I'll throw them into RAID0. I'll then look at getting either a 128GB or 256GB SSD in a couple of weeks time. I'll need to check how large my Steam folder is....

    Thanks for the input shattered.

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    I have used the OCZ 120GB Vertex Turbo, G.Skill 128GB Falcon, and the Crucial 128GB M225, the OCZ 120GB Vertex Turbo is the fastest SSD of all three. in fact I believe it was the fastest SSD out of all the SSDs we tested.

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    I didn't RAID them in the end, seeing as I found out how to split the Steam folders over different paths, so I've put GTA4, Dirt2 and some other games onto it.

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