Datasaurus

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  1. Only about a year ago, and the MSRP of the 256GB was $999 then down to about $799. And at Newegg today, it's on sale for $199. Wow. Something HAS to be wrong with this SSD right?! Months have gone by while I patiently weigh the pros and cons and prices of Intel vs Sandforce based SSDs. I hadn't even considered this one (with the mystery controller). Those comparatively low IOPS must be why this has hit the bargain bin at Newegg. But having never used a PC with an SSD first hand, I don't know how much those low IOPS numbers will really matter compared to the HDD based PC I'm used to using. What to do. The only thing that has held me off these past months in buying as SSD is that my budget doesn't allow for a 256GB OCZ or Intel - the rock stars of SSDs. I'm going to make a hard decision in these next 3 hours. --- UPDATE --- Aaaaaand it's sold out. LOL. Sale started after I started typing, and sold out before I finished this post. Ok. That solves that little dilemma.
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    About your Dell XPS 9000

    Thanks Kevin!
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    About your Dell XPS 9000

    Perfect. It's good to know you have some typical apps and games installed. I also forgot to ask: is that Vertex 2 the 34nm or the 25nm version?
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    About your Dell XPS 9000

    Hey TSullivan! I was just about to check in and you beat me to it. Glad to hear it's working well. I guess I forgot to ask: what applications do you have installed on your Dell system? Is it a fairly clean install of Windows 7 with hardly any installed apps, or do you by any chance of an assortment of various office, video, or audio apps or games? I ask simply because more variables in a situation means less predictability or stability (at least that's what I think). I hope your summer is going well. And thank you once again for your interest in this thread.
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    About your Dell XPS 9000

    Interesting. Too bad the full-disk encryption slowed it down as much as it did. I thought the SF-1200 controllers supported encryption, albeit only involving using ATA password, or something to that effect (I don't fully understand the whole concept). I know the Intel 320 uses encryption by default, so does that mean it would work well with TrueCrypt, or would the benefit only be seen in using Intel's implementation of encryption via a BIOS password? (not sure if I am wording my question right)
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    About your Dell XPS 9000

    TSullivan, now we're talking! Thanks for doing this! If any specific test come to mind, I'll let you know, but mainly I just wanted to see if you had any hiccups or any other weird anomalies. Actually, in the process you described of cloning the 256GB non-Sandforce SSD, after having been in the ASUS board, onto a smaller 120GB Vertex 2, and using full-disk encryption, you have already completed a series of tests that I find very interesting and valuable. I'm curious to know what you used to shrink the 256GB to fit on the 120GB because I thought shrinking a boot partition is no simple task. The only app that I'm aware of that might do that is one of Acronis's products, am I right? I am also very interested in seeing what effect TrueCrypt's full disk encryption has on the Vertex 2's performance and stability. Every week, I change my mind on what SSD I will buy. Recently, I pretty much decided to abandon the Sandforce route, especially previous generation Vertex 2, because of the 34nm vs 25nm controversy, and other various reliability concerns, like the "time warp" data loss glitch (or whatever it's been nicknamed in the OCZ forums), BSOD, etc. So, I decided to go with Intel's 320 because of the no muss, no fuss installation and Toolbox utility that supposedly does all the optimization and tweaks for me. Then, I'll lean towards the Vertex 2's because of the very tempting sales I see more frequently. TSullivan, thanks again. I look forward to seeing how your setup works with daily use over the course of a few weeks and if you have any problems. Take care.
  7. I wonder how hot these 3 TB drives get. I have two Hitachi hard drives - a 1TB and a 2TB. The 2TB is always about 5 degrees Celsius hotter than the 1TB. I've seen it get as hot as 50 degrees Celsius when doing big file transfers/long video transcodes. Yes, 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Is it me, or is that kinda scary hot? So, I would expect these 3TB drives to be even hotter, unless maybe I just have a drive that has a tendency to be unusually hot.
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    About your Dell XPS 9000

    In my brief research about replacement PSU's that I might want or need in the near future, I seem to recall that the stock Dell PSU had odd dimensions and nonstandard placement of the screw holes that attach it to the case, thereby making installation an aftermarket PSU troublesome. I know it wouldn't be an issue for you since you aren't using the original case. Oh well. I've learned my lesson. C'est la vie. It's time for me to grow up and be a man. The next PC I have I will build. But this time, I just didn't feel confident enough, and, I got it from Dell's outlet, with a coupon, and saved a whole lot of money, and so far, it has served me well.
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    About your Dell XPS 9000

    Thank you Kevin, I appreciate you guys sharing your findings. I'm sorry to hear about the PSU problems you are having, for as TSullivan knows, your old XPS 9000 is my NEW XPS 9000, so I hope that mine can hang in there for at least a few years. I therefore have great interest in observing what you guys do and don't do with your XPS 9000. What PSU are you now using for it?
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    About your Dell XPS 9000

    So, TSullivan, how's it going? Any update for me on our little test?
  11. I remember being ASTONISHED when I bought my first 750 GB HDD. I thought I would NEVER fill it up.
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    About your Dell XPS 9000

    Ok thanks. Have you gotten around to putting in a SSD in the Dell yet? And when you said that, you did mean that you would be using it as the primary boot drive, correct? I'm sure this personal favor is a low priority for you, so I hope I'm not bugging you. But I will be keeping my eyes peeling on this thread about any and all thoughts and comments you make. Take care
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    OCZ Vertex 3 Review Discussion

    *Tearful frowny face*. I think it was a good decision to get the Dell! Long live the Dell Studio XPS 9000! TSullivan knows where I'm coming from on this! But seriously, I know what you mean. No hard feelings.
  14. Thank you for that clear and concise explanation Djembe. I do now recall reading something about the blocks, but usually the discussions are a bit too technical and lengthy for me to comprehend, so I just scan over them. The overall concepts I can grasp, but not when it gets into the ultra deep low level stuff. I just can't believe OCZ would do that. I know they are smart enough to know that their customers are smart enough to figure out that the 25nm Vertex 2's don't perform as 34nm Vertex 2.
  15. Wow. One less competitor - that's how a simpleton like me sees it. I started buying Hitachi HDDs about two years ago. Around the middle/end of 2009 I bought a 2TB Hitachi 7200RPM drive from Newegg for $130 after rebate. As of today, the most inexpensive comparable WD drive is $150 and for Seagate it's $170. Over the past year I've bought all Hitachi drives for myself and recommended for family, and everyone has been happy and they seem to work just fine. So, my point is that if these cheap Hitachi drives start disappearing, I guess I'll know why. Because WD assimilated them! But I don't really understand business and economics. Perhaps this is all for the best and will be good for us all! Maybe if I spent the extra few bucks and got the Seagate or WD I would notice a snappier drive. But my Hitachi feels just as good as any HDD I've ever had, or better.