Due to recent negative RMA experiences with Crucial,
I've added them to my own blacklist.
With recent personal quick testing,
I just stick with
Samsung 840 Pro series
Intel 520, 335 and 330 series.
Ditto x 5. :)
Still trust Intel more than Samsung but, only time will tell.
Bought a 240GB Intel 335 last week for my secondary PC, it better hold longer than my "horrible" m4 :p
It's working well so far, the Intel SSD Toolbox is really nice.
It did not went without a hitch though. My motherboard (a MSI 785GM-E65, from 2009) supported AHCI but had a v1.0 module dating from 2007, despite having BIOS updates well into 2011.
While working fine with my HDD and BD-ROM drive, it totally crapped out when I put the SSD in (refusing to detect the drive and/or to boot from it). So I used it in IDE mode but performance was lacking and I was not very satisfied...
After searching a bit, I stumbled upon this nice forum showing how to update BIOS modules (particularly AHCI and RAID) and decided to give it a try. 15 minutes later, I was running the latest AMD AHCI module and the SSD now works perfectly, and at least a good 20-30% faster than in IDE mode :D You have to know what you're doing but it's worth trying if your SSD doesn't play fine with an older motherboard.
Edit : Here are direct links for the modding guides and the AHCI/RAID modules if anyone is interested.
Been doing something similar with Intel Z68 etc.. boards with the older Intel Oroms, don't know why manufacturers don't like updating those. I use a few RAID 0 SSDs mainly for making big gaming drives (i.e not critical but auto backed up to a RAID 1 array of hdds twice a week), TRIM comes in handy now!
What is baffling to me is that they took the care to support the board until 2011 with BIOS updates, without touching the AHCI and RAID ROMs despite SSDs catching on...
After browsing the site I was surprised to see people updating ROMs for UEFIs on Z68 and even Z77. I guess that's the way to enable TRIM on RAID-0 on older platforms ?
Yep, newer oroms and newer RST = TRIM in RAID. Honestly though, have 2 Vertex 3 120Gb in RAID 0 for about 2yrs now almost on an IBM M1015 controller and they get slammed, Garbage control seems to do a good job without TRIM as theres no performance degradation from since day one.
Just a note that OCZ drives may not be the best choice as their future atm seems uncertain.
Even if their company future was a non-factor,
They appear to have higher than normal negative feedbacks from end users, due to premature failures.
I don't know how a company can release something like the Petrol and still expect to stay in the market...
For those of you with Samsung Evo series,
Was busy last week, so did not post the following,
For those using current Intel solid state drives,
Version 3.1.8. of Intel® Solid-State Drive Toolbox available.
This release of the Intel SSD Toolbox includes a firmware release which contains the following:
- Intel® SSD 530 Series firmware update to DC12 which addresses an occasional drive hang after resume from Link Power Management slumber state.
Other tool related items are:
- Added new descriptions for SMART attributes C2, C5, EA, and F9
- Corrected calculations for E1, F1, and F2 SMART attributes.
- Corrected the display of word 79 in the drive details screen.