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Hi,

I was looking at buying a 120GB SSD and thought I'd get some advice on which one would be best. The two I'm looking at at the moment are:

Corsair 120GB Force 3 SSD CSSD-F120GB3-BK
Kingston HyperX 120GB 2.5" SATA-3 Solid State Drive

The Corsair seems to get a good write-up, but I can't find many reviews for the Kingston.

What do people think?

Cheers,

Dave.
Hi,



I was looking at buying a 120GB SSD and thought I'd get some advice on which one would be best. The two I'm looking at at the moment are:



Corsair 120GB Force 3 SSD CSSD-F120GB3-BK

Kingston HyperX 120GB 2.5" SATA-3 Solid State Drive



The Corsair seems to get a good write-up, but I can't find many reviews for the Kingston.



What do people think?



Cheers,



Dave.

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Posted 11/22/2011 11:04 AM   
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I found this review, for Kingston SSD (it's a 240 GB model, but it's the same technology): http://www.kitguru.net/components/ssd-drives/zardon/kingston-hyperx-240gb-ssd-review/
I think both are very good drives. To be honest, I would go for Kingston (no offense): http://hexus.net/tech/news/storage/30759-corsair-recalls-first-run-120gb-sandforce-powered-force-3-ssd/
Hello! /w00twave.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':w00twave:' />

I found this review, for Kingston SSD (it's a 240 GB model, but it's the same technology): http://www.kitguru.net/components/ssd-drives/zardon/kingston-hyperx-240gb-ssd-review/

I think both are very good drives. To be honest, I would go for Kingston (no offense): http://hexus.net/tech/news/storage/30759-corsair-recalls-first-run-120gb-sandforce-powered-force-3-ssd/

#2
Posted 11/22/2011 11:30 AM   
[i]I would also look into the OCZ Vertex 3. I use them in RAID 0, and have also used them as a single storage drive for a separate OS. They are phenomenal. [/i]
[b]
EDIT:[/b] [i]Out of Corsair and Kingston, they are both similar. It comes down to a matter of preference. [/i]

-Hooks
I would also look into the OCZ Vertex 3. I use them in RAID 0, and have also used them as a single storage drive for a separate OS. They are phenomenal.



EDIT:
Out of Corsair and Kingston, they are both similar. It comes down to a matter of preference.



-Hooks

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#3
Posted 11/22/2011 12:02 PM   
Thanks for the replies. The Vertex 3 gets some very mixed reviews about BSOD and general failures after a few weeks, so I'm not sure about that. People that seem to be lucky enough not to be affected say they are great, but there's a lot of people saying they've had numerous RMAs and won't be buying OCZ again.

Lots of stuff on the OCZ forum and reviews on Amazon to be specific.

What do you think Hooks? How long have you had yours?
Thanks for the replies. The Vertex 3 gets some very mixed reviews about BSOD and general failures after a few weeks, so I'm not sure about that. People that seem to be lucky enough not to be affected say they are great, but there's a lot of people saying they've had numerous RMAs and won't be buying OCZ again.



Lots of stuff on the OCZ forum and reviews on Amazon to be specific.



What do you think Hooks? How long have you had yours?

#4
Posted 11/22/2011 02:20 PM   
The latest firmware update fixes the problems.
The latest firmware update fixes the problems.

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#5
Posted 11/22/2011 03:21 PM   
I would suggest going for the largest drive that won't break your wallet. 120GB really is not a lot of space. The Kingston at 240GB would be better.

I have two 250GB SSD drives. Windows 7 and programs are installed on C:. All my games and my system temp storage is on D:.

Look at the free space I have for C:

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I would suggest going for the largest drive that won't break your wallet. 120GB really is not a lot of space. The Kingston at 240GB would be better.



I have two 250GB SSD drives. Windows 7 and programs are installed on C:. All my games and my system temp storage is on D:.



Look at the free space I have for C:



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#6
Posted 11/22/2011 03:41 PM   
What is a good way to test the read and write on these drives, is there some software that I can run?

I just read on this review on overclockers (for Vertex 3) "Bought two of these to raid them up to raid 0 to get the advertised throughput on a Marvell 9128 SATA Controller – SATA III, no good at all it decreased the throughput by half."

I have a MSI P55A Fuzion board, which uses the same 9128 controller. I don't intend on using RAID, but wondered whether it's likely that I wouldn't get the full performance and wanted to know how I could test this if I was to buy one.
What is a good way to test the read and write on these drives, is there some software that I can run?



I just read on this review on overclockers (for Vertex 3) "Bought two of these to raid them up to raid 0 to get the advertised throughput on a Marvell 9128 SATA Controller – SATA III, no good at all it decreased the throughput by half."



I have a MSI P55A Fuzion board, which uses the same 9128 controller. I don't intend on using RAID, but wondered whether it's likely that I wouldn't get the full performance and wanted to know how I could test this if I was to buy one.

#7
Posted 12/02/2011 12:25 PM   
ATTO Disk Benchmark and AS SSD are good ones.
ATTO Disk Benchmark and AS SSD are good ones.

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#8
Posted 12/02/2011 04:17 PM   
The 9128 is a very bad SATA III controller for SSDs. You are actually better off with SATA II connectivity.
The 9128 is a very bad SATA III controller for SSDs. You are actually better off with SATA II connectivity.

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#9
Posted 12/02/2011 05:01 PM   
Why is it so bad? Does it just result in poorer read/write speeds? Can you buy a PCI controller that is better?
Why is it so bad? Does it just result in poorer read/write speeds? Can you buy a PCI controller that is better?

#10
Posted 12/05/2011 11:00 AM   
Get the patriot pyro se model 120gb. It's the fastest for the money that is if fry's still has the 25$ mail in rebate. Got it for 185$
Get the patriot pyro se model 120gb. It's the fastest for the money that is if fry's still has the 25$ mail in rebate. Got it for 185$

#11
Posted 12/05/2011 11:51 PM   
I was having a read of http://thessdreview.com/Forums/raid-overclocking/691.htm and another user has reported poor performance issues when using RAID. Seeing as I only have a 1TB Samsung HDD on the 9128, would I still likely see speeds of around 500mbps if I were to add a Vertex 3 or similar SSD?
I was having a read of http://thessdreview.com/Forums/raid-overclocking/691.htm and another user has reported poor performance issues when using RAID. Seeing as I only have a 1TB Samsung HDD on the 9128, would I still likely see speeds of around 500mbps if I were to add a Vertex 3 or similar SSD?

#12
Posted 12/12/2011 03:41 PM   
FYI - I am only going to be using this drive for my OS and for storing a few applications and games on.
FYI - I am only going to be using this drive for my OS and for storing a few applications and games on.

#13
Posted 12/12/2011 04:04 PM   
The 9128 controller is bad because it lacks the bandwidth to handle an SSD.
The 9128 controller is bad because it lacks the bandwidth to handle an SSD.

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#14
Posted 12/13/2011 12:04 AM   
If it's that bad I guess I may as well just stick with SATA 2. Taking that into account, which drive would you recommend? I'm not too keen on OCZ if most of their drives require updating before they can be used.
If it's that bad I guess I may as well just stick with SATA 2. Taking that into account, which drive would you recommend? I'm not too keen on OCZ if most of their drives require updating before they can be used.

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Posted 12/14/2011 12:09 PM   
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