OCZ Solid 3 Review (120GB) Discussion
Posted 01 July 2011 - 11:16 AM
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Posted 02 July 2011 - 11:16 AM
One thing - whilst it's definitely great that you've got the whole OCZ sandforce 2 line up in the comparison graphs, it would have been very useful to have at least one first generation sandforce drive (maybe a Vertex 2E?) as a comparison as they are still very much mainstream, popular high volume and competitive drives. After all, I highly doubt anyone considering this drive (budget) is also considering the Max IOPS (super premium) edition! Of course, others such as m3 / m4 may have been interesting too though I appreciate you only tend to have 3 other comparison drives on your graphs.
Posted 02 July 2011 - 11:23 AM
Posted 04 July 2011 - 07:22 PM
I bought a Vertex 3 120GB in may, it was a complete disaster:
First Windows 7 x64 refused to install in AHCI.
After loosing 8 hours desperately trying to install it turns out my drive firmware had some bug.
I had to install in IDE mode then do a drive firmware update to 2.06 before hacking the registry to switch back to AHCI.
After the raving review I had read everywhere, that left me speechless.
How was such a disastrous bug overlooked by the reviewers?
The setup worked for 15 days, then started freezing and doing 0x000000F4 BSOD once or twice a day.
After reboot the drive would have disappeared, a power cycle was needed to get the drive back
One month later they finally released a firmware addressing the issue saying they tweaked the timing...
an euphemism to say back to 3GBS speed.
Posted 05 July 2011 - 01:48 PM
Posted 05 July 2011 - 02:51 PM
Posted 05 July 2011 - 08:59 PM
This review couldn't have come at a better time for me. I suspect many people considering this drive may, like me, have laptops with SATA II controllers. It seems to me that in this situation, the differences between this drive and the higher end models might be even smaller, making this the correct choice. It would be very interesting to see a comparison using SATA II as part of the reviews for 'value' drives.
Heck, right now the Agility is less than the Solid on Google Shopping. I'm hoping the market corrects this and the solid prices get more realistic.
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