I bought the newest, lastest , OCZ 128gb core 2 SSD in the last week, its like 500$ bucks, give or take with a rebate.
I do like the product, and may keep it or argue with OCZ about taking it back, I am a fair guy, and have bought some high quality OCZ memory and power supplies over the years and been VERY satsified, so no issue with OCZ themselves, great company, again, good outfit.
These SSDs are bleeding edge, though this new price point from OCZ is making major headlines on all the tech sites.
It is actually suggested to either use NO swap file on the SSD, or one on other hard drive. In the end, I found some times to be screamingly fast, and others horrifically slow, and I mean thatttt slow. Lots of interactive reads and writes bring this thing to its knees. So can copying a large file.
Now this was under XP, Vista has another whole set of issues until itself, and some settings recommended are different from XP.
I did also use it with Fedora Linux 9, and it screamed for the two days I tried it with that OS.
Microsoft is working with Samsung on software tweaks for Vista, and those will hopefully benefit all SSDs and other Microsoft OSes when they are done.
The OCZ forum advice, leave write caching enabled,and try disabling/using NO page swap file at all for WIN XP. Some of us are using a swap file on a USB hd as an experiment.
I am seeing/hearing of all kinds of different issues with Vista for SSD users, I would not go that route. Vista apparently accesses the hard drive much, much more than XP, by orders of magnitude, so that is probably part of the problem.
This fall Intel, Samsung, and a whole slew of mfgs are all jumping into the SSD fray.
I will say this the OCZ price of 500$ for 128gb is a huge jump forward in value. The problem is, it has no sram caching and is not SLC, so at times its actually 4-8 times slower or more than my Hitachi 200gb 7200rpm 16gb 2.5". Installing my ATI 600 graphics card drivers on my HP 8510p , 4 gig dual core t7300 notebook took forever (over 10 minutes).
Usual install is about 1 minute give or take on the above Hitachi Drive. Yes, I timed it, that is an honest time. The huge number of reads and writes to install the ATI drivers and sound package brought this drive completely to its knees, the green hd light was solid for the entire time.
Now the positive bottom line, Win XP starts in 10 seconds, and many operations are instantaneous which is a fun kick to experience. Surfing, downloading, and many simple operations are *INDEED* instantaneous. Good times
But for compiling large numbers of small files, i.e. software development and large numbers of interactive read/writes, my 16gb Hitachi 7200rpm 200gb 2.5" was much, MUCH faster, 14 minutes faster in one case with a large Java compile with lots of related XML and web files in a project on the Eclipse Java development tool. Sorry, thats just awful, I was hoping for the opposite, my primary reason for buying the drive
Here is my link to my Newegg post, it says pretty much the same thing.
My review is under the name Mike34 is here
Now, this SSD may be useful for some, so also in additional step to be fair and promote the product for that niche group here is a link to the OCZ support forum.
I HIGHLY SUGGEST you read, about your O.S. and the various issues people are having, and THEN determine what you want to use the drive for.
I would NEVER use this to record video to though, I pass that out to my USB drive.OCZ FORUM LINK
That page lists advice & experiences.
I think OCZ got to markt first with a VERY reasonably priced product, but as a daily practical drive replacement, your intended use and O.S. should be very carefully considered first, AFTER reading that page.
The forum manager does make, timely, helpful post, and does admit limitations, so I give the forum credibiilty
A safe compromise, buy the 64gb version, and install your O.S. on it, its half the price of the 128gb basically. That way you can find out for yourself, without risking as much investment.
And for the record, I DO think these things will get MUCH better, they say the next generation of Intel Mobile Centrino 2 laptops and SSDs are the bomb, and will render all current laptops junk in the next 2 years.
Huge battery lives, less heat since no HD, and new display technologies.
Desktops will similar, if less dramatic improvements.
I post all this detail, for the benefit of those considering SSDs, as it took me some time, experience, a bit of surfing and research, and 500$ to learn what I have !