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  • RFC Intel 530 Series 240 GB Internal SSD @ $170 CND

    Any thoughts on the goodness of this Intel 530 Series 240 GB Internal SSD priced at $170 Canadian?

    I do not need it but have been tempted by SSDs for some time now.
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    Re: RFC Intel 530 Series 240 GB Internal SSD @ $170 CND

    well, perfomance wise, from what I've experienced and read, the 520 series is better. I even have one of the 520's, but I warn you, you can get better for your money.

    Take a look at the following:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820178453

    or

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820248016

    If you want Sand Force based SSD's, go for something like this PNY. It is nice looking and a solid performer in the Sand Force realm.

    The seagate 600 series has perfomance that competes with the upper end samsung drives. This places the 600 series in the higher end of the ssd spectrum.



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      Re: RFC Intel 530 Series 240 GB Internal SSD @ $170 CND

      All three SSDs are Sandforce-based products and they pretty much perform somewhat similarly across the board. There are only two real differences that sets the Intel 530 apart from the rest: 1) customized SF firmware and a slightly newer revision of the SF2281 controller on board the 530 and 2) 5 year warranty (versus 2-3 years with other SF SSDs). It still performs roughly the same as other SF SSDs. At the end of the day with Sandforce, go with whichever one is best for you, whether you pick mainly on brand recognition, price, or perceived uniqueness.

      I'd probably go with the Intel 530 just for the warranty alone. Hard to beat it if performance isn't a high priority (it's very middle-of-the-road in performance).
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        Re: RFC Intel 530 Series 240 GB Internal SSD @ $170 CND

        to be nit-picky, the seagate is actually using a different controller. LAMD.

        If you want your OS or certain games installed on it, then it will be a solid SSD.



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          Re: RFC Intel 530 Series 240 GB Internal SSD @ $170 CND

          Originally posted by BeSiege82 View Post
          to be nit-picky, the seagate is actually using a different controller. LAMD.

          If you want your OS or certain games installed on it, then it will be a solid SSD.
          I should have double-checked. My apologies. (My face is reddening.) Looking at some of the benchmark numbers, it's pretty much as fast as my Kingston Hyper 3K which puts in the top 10 or so (and the Kingston is pretty much the fastest of all the SF drives).
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