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    Reviews - OCZ Vector (256GB)

    Designed from the ground up for enhanced stability, quality, and durability, says OCZ.
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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vector (256GB)

    5 year warranty is nice - although that price is too steep. Should have undercut the current high end drives.

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    It is arguably better than the competition in some ways. It's kinda tricky to compete with Samsung on price.

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vector (256GB)

    Dare I say I'm finding SSDs have become a bit boring? Until we get a faster SATA interface and/or larger cheaper drives (closer to hdd price) it just seems to be iterative releases, I suppose durability and warranty time increases is the selling point.

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    I'm holding out for 512GB for £200. Struggling along with 160GB in my one-drive laptop and 256GB isn't enough of an upgrade to make it worth reinstalling unfortunately. Read/write speeds? Meh, not important. Think it's probably only SATA II anyway

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    A faster SATA interface is irrelevant for consumer usage of SSDs.

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    Glad I grabbed a Samsung Pro !

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vector (256GB)

    Quote Originally Posted by Willzzz View Post
    A faster SATA interface is irrelevant for consumer usage of SSDs.
    That's fair enough, I'm a freelancer so I suppose I blend that line between professional/consumer requirements (capabilty/value). I've got a Revodrive, that bypasses the SATA bottleneck but obviously you pay the premium, and lose a PCIe slot. My perfect scenario would be all storage on SSDs that are high enough capacity and durable enough to maintain speed with daily heavy loads.
    Currently running 9Tb of storage, 2Tb of which is temporary caches that read and write frequently, so going all SSD is currently out of the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brasco View Post
    Dare I say I'm finding SSDs have become a bit boring? Until we get a faster SATA interface and/or larger cheaper drives (closer to hdd price) it just seems to be iterative releases, I suppose durability and warranty time increases is the selling point.
    We've got to the point at the moment where performance of any half decent 2.5" SSD is hard to discern outside benchmarks and the boring old price and reliability are the best criteria to use when buying. I've got an 18 month old 256GB M4, I feel no pressure at all to upgrade it to any of this years drives, I can't even finish reading the text on Skyrim's loading pages as it is.

    Anandtech did some interesting work inspired by the new Intel datacentre targeted drives by assessing IOPS and latency consistency in relation to spare area. I think that's where manufacturers need to work on their drives, making sure each and every IO has very similar latency, that IOPS is consistent over long periods and making their drives physically reliable.

    Sometime soon we'll get a new PCI-E storage interface standard... hopefully... might make the benchmarks more interesting even if the drives so quick humans can't tell them apart on most tasks.

    I'd like to see more work on hybrid drives and/or more capacious SSDs which trade performance to establish a halfway house. For example I'd like to to buy SSDs/hybrids with quite good average IOPS and large capacity (and less £ per GB) to match the speeds of gigabit Ethernet for NAS storage.

    A quiet 3.5" form factor unit combining 2x 2.5" platter sets in a RAID1 fronted by a decent sized SSD cache could drive down the cost and end-user complexity of NAS storage, we could all have single drive NAS but be confident our data was safe-ish from mechanical failure.

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    Re: Reviews - OCZ Vector (256GB)

    Yeah, have to admit, I haven't looked into SSD caching and hybrids, will have to find some time to read up.
    Bringing up the small incompressible data read/write performance in line with the larger data would be nice (if even technically possible!?)

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