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User Info: Pako Pako

Pako Pako
3 years ago#1
My laptop has a SATA II port, so should I still pay attention to all the IOPS and random-write stats that modern SATA III SSDs have? I've been looking mainly at lower power use, failure rates, and warranty lengths. Most of the drives I come up with are "low end" SSDs from 2011 using old Sandforce controllers. Is there a benefit to using the slightly more expensive modern drives like the Samsung 840 EVO, Seagate 600, or the like?
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User Info: raichudl

raichudl
3 years ago#2
Any SATA device can work.
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User Info: Pako Pako

Pako Pako
3 years ago#3
Hm. I wasn't clear enough then.

How do I deal with stats for a SATA III drive when I have a SATA II slot? Do I just cut everything by 33% (6 GBps vs 3 GBps), 50%, or ignore the stats because it doesn't work like that?
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User Info: Lonestar2000

Lonestar2000
3 years ago#4
It is better to pay more for a reliable drive. Intel is the most reliable. Crucial, Samsung, Seagate and Plextor are also good.
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User Info: Pako Pako

Pako Pako
3 years ago#5
Lonestar2000 posted...
It is better to pay more for a reliable drive. Intel is the most reliable. Crucial, Samsung, Seagate and Plextor are also good.

I suppose. But since this is going to be for a laptop, I would prefer the most power-efficient one so it won't drain the battery so much.

I'll probably lean toward Intel; their previous models have all had the lowest power-use (half that of Samsung's), offer a long warranty, and are usually about as affordable. (I also wasn't aware Plextor made SSDs, and they even support AES-256 encryption.)

I'm still a bit worried about older drives (since I'll be looking at pre-2013 models for affordability) -- I have read a lot of issues with the 2011-2012 Sandforce-controlled SSDs (Corsair had a massive recall) which really makes me paranoid, especially since I now hold a "dead" SSD. (I can write to it, but as soon as the system powers off, the drive wipes itself.)
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