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Need advice SSD for Game machine...
« on: July 16, 2015, 10:34:25 AM »
I have noticed that game files in Steam apps are getting corrupted and now more often....
requiring verification and replacement...
and load up time is getting longer and some writes to HDD freezing game.

So what it the most "Bang for Bucks" SSD for me?

Assetto Corsa
America Army" Proving Grounds
Dirt

thanks in advance.

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Re: Need advice SSD for Game machine...
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2015, 10:58:56 AM »
Somebody in the Games channel on our work chat posted this the other day, pretty good price:

http://www.msy.com.au/viconline/pc-components/14415-sandisk-ultra-ii-sdssdhii-240g-q25-240g-sata3-ssd-solid-state-drive.html

Have a look at PC Case Gear too, it's where I get all my stuff from:

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=210_902

They have the same SSD as the first link but a tad more expensive.

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Re: Need advice SSD for Game machine...
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2015, 11:08:47 AM »
thanks Joe, I have just found that my current motherboard is only SATA II and the chip set was only produced for one year and would mean an upgrade of both the mb and chip....
looking....

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Re: Need advice SSD for Game machine...
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2015, 11:38:49 AM »
The Toms Hardware "hardware" for the month articles are good:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-recommendation-benchmark,3269.html

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Re: Need advice SSD for Game machine...
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2015, 11:58:48 AM »
also just learnt that the SATA3 can be fitted with SATA2, but it will run at the SATA2 speed, but still faster than a HDD...

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Re: Need advice SSD for Game machine...
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2015, 01:05:20 PM »
An ssd will de facto be much faster than a HDD  - especially under normal use - since the seek times are not touched by bandwidth (which is mainly the sata2 interface's "problem") - Everyday use involves a lot of small-file access, with lots of seeks, rather than big files, where the transfer rate becomes very important.

I'd still stick to the M4 drive, they are hovering around the 50c/GB mark IIRC and provide excellent performance and reliability for the money.

Samsung are even better it seems, however they're more pricey.

If you're willing to take an anything goes approach, then of course you can find even cheaper stuff, like sandisk.  (their memory cards are good, so in theory they should be all right, I haven't tested them and haven't seen any reviews either that I'd trust)
Eg sandisk 240GB for ~$100  https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/202819

If you want the cheapest yet still good, you probably need to do your own research.

p.s. pccg is a good store indeed! And they have the sanDisk drive for $115.

« Last Edit: July 16, 2015, 01:08:24 PM by Bird »

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Re: Need advice SSD for Game machine...
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2015, 05:30:32 PM »
Thanks for info.  As always very good info bird. Now On track for a replacement.

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Re: Need advice SSD for Game machine...
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2015, 02:46:36 PM »
Not sure if you have bought it already but if speed is a requirement maybe have a look at these ones.

SSD 2.5inch 7mm SATA 256GB 850 PRO $200 550MB/s Read, 520MB/s Write
http://www.umart.com.au/umart1/pro/Products-details.phtml?id=10&id2=159&bid=4&sid=201246&

Kingston 240GB HyperX Savage SSD SATA 3 2.5 $155 ( read @ 560MB/s and write @ 360MB/s)
http://www.umart.com.au/umart1/pro/Products-details.phtml?id=10&id2=159&bid=4&sid=244546&

Kingston 120GB HyperX Savage SSD SATA 3 2.5 $95  ( read @ 560MB/s and write @ 360MB/s)
http://www.umart.com.au/umart1/pro/Products-details.phtml?id=10&id2=159&bid=4&sid=244536&

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Re: Need advice SSD for Game machine...
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2015, 05:37:02 PM »
Bought one thanks Phil but I'd the backup hdd goes I'll be looking.