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    Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    £190 for a quality 120GB solid-state drive powered by the SandForce controller. What's the catch?
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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    Great review Tarinder, its a shame it didnt appear like a week ago when i was looking at bits but oh well

    Are prices likely to be hiked? I deliberately dropped these out of my last order because the prices dropped from 220 to 190 in the space of a few days so i figured in a couple of months they may have dropped a further £20-30

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    FYI, the Vertex 2E BigFoot is a fair chunk cheaper, same board, just in a 3.5" frame.
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    ...every time Creative bring out a new card range their advertising makes it sound like they have discovered a way to insert a thousand Chuck Norris super dwarfs in your ears...

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    FYI, the Vertex 2E BigFoot is a fair chunk cheaper, same board, just in a 3.5" frame.
    Didn't realise that they started doing this. will definately have to take a look at these when it comes to upgrading the drive in my desktop. Shame can only find one retailer selling them currently.

    edit, ignore that last bit. stupid google products

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    I got one of these a few weeks ago, for £215... Damn good drive although I must point out that SMART compatibility is a bit of an issue with Gigabyte BIOS. Most their boards have beta BIOS to fix the issue but there are a few without.

    Mine had the required BIOS update so everything is perfect, although there is no difference in performance just a few seconds extra on your AHCI check on start up.

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    You guys need to check out the new OCZ IBIS review on Anandtech. It's very fast indeed
    Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
    CAT-THE-FIFTH: "The Antec 300 is a case which has an understated and clean appearance which many people like. Not everyone is into e-peen looking computers which look like a cross between the imagination of a hyperactive 10 year old and a Frog."
    TKPeters: "Off to AVForum better Deal - £20+Vat for Free Shipping @ Scan"
    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    This has been my favourite drive for a while now to imagine buying, not only is it fast but OCZ has a strong relationship with Sandforce so you're going to get regular firmware updates for sure, which is extremely important, still waiting for the "next-gen" Sandforce controller with SATA 6gb/s support though, they've hinted at read and write speeds in excess of 500mb/s, which is crazy.

    Also I don't get why you bother to test SSDs in RAID at the minute, it's an extremely interesting and desirable concept, but since there's currently no TRIM support on any level for RAID the entire thing is pointless. :|

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    Quote Originally Posted by Pandora92 View Post
    Also I don't get why you bother to test SSDs in RAID at the minute, it's an extremely interesting and desirable concept, but since there's currently no TRIM support on any level for RAID the entire thing is pointless. :|
    Not completely pointless.

    Anandtech confirmed my thoughts on the TRIM front by RAIDing two drives but creating a smaller than full capacity 'disk' - this left plenty of spare area over and they seen very little drop off.

    It might be in the Intel 40GB article they discuss it.
    Kalniel: "Nice review Tarinder - would it be possible to get a picture of the case when the components are installed (with the side off obviously)?"
    CAT-THE-FIFTH: "The Antec 300 is a case which has an understated and clean appearance which many people like. Not everyone is into e-peen looking computers which look like a cross between the imagination of a hyperactive 10 year old and a Frog."
    TKPeters: "Off to AVForum better Deal - £20+Vat for Free Shipping @ Scan"
    for all intents it seems to be the same card minus some gays name on it and a shielded cover ? with OEM added to it - GoNz0.

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    OCZ Vertex 2E ticks many of the
    criterions for a premium SSD.
    criteria

    I just put a 60gb vertex 2 in a 3 year old notebook that doesnt even support ahci and the response is still amazing. I think the amd 2ghz x2 is the bottleneck in the more io intensive tasks, i.e. virus scans and installations

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    Quote Originally Posted by semo View Post
    criteria
    Criterion is a valid word.
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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    Quote Originally Posted by aidanjt View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by semo View Post
    OCZ Vertex 2E ticks many of the
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    criteria
    Criterion is a valid word.
    But since when was the plural of criterion, criterions? The plural of criterion is "criteria".

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    Quote Originally Posted by redddraggon View Post
    But since when was the plural of criterion, criterions? The plural of criterion is "criteria".
    Both forms of the word - criterions and criteria - are in regular use. From Merriam-Webster - plural -ria \-ē-ə\ also cri·te·ri·ons

    People are now using criteria to mean for the singular, so I made sure there was no ambiguity with criterions.

    But let's close this and get back on the review topic, please
    Last edited by Tarinder; 29-09-2010 at 08:16 PM.

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    I got one about 6 weeks back and its a little stonker of a drive, not to bother that I paided £260 as well due to its performance.

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    Think I'm going to pick one of these up this weekend but is there anything I need to know about having an SSD boot drive first - I've come across folk recommending a format every 6 or so months?

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    I have a HP DM3, can I stick one of these in it?

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vertex 2E 120GB SSD review

    Quote Originally Posted by leonkehoe View Post
    I have a HP DM3, can I stick one of these in it?
    I believe that laptop uses a regular 2.5in SATA hard-drive as main storage. This being the case, ther is no reason why you can't use this SSD instead.

    Simply grab a program like Acronis Backup and copy over the contents of the HP drive, assuming they're less than 120GB.

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