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.