Newegg has the OCZ Vertex 3 MAX IOPS Edition VTX3MI-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for $150 - $20 rebate [Exp 11/11] = $130 with free shipping. Features up to 550MB/s read and up to 500MB/s sustained sequential write speeds.

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 218
    Posted 8:40 am PST 11/9/12

    This must be cutting edge because I don't even know what MAX IOPS is....

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    bigdawg3683 Ben's cred: 13
    Posted 8:51 am PST 11/9/12

    Then you clearly haven't read any SSD reviews worth a damn, not know how to use a search engine, and bask in ignorance.

    This product is a Vertex 3 with tweaked firmware/controller/memory to deliver higher input/output operations per second. The difference between a HDD and SSD's total IOPS is multiple orders of magnitude, and when comparing between SSD's it's a good indicator of performance - particularly random IOPS. And from the OCZ camp, they've been making "MAX IOPS" variants of their Vertex line since their first generation. Surely you can comprehend that MAX is a shortened form of maximum and in this context assume it applies to the appropriate product line. Now put two and two together.

    Also, though I don't take you as serious, this drive is not cutting edge. A Vertex 4 will deliver higher IOPS than this. This is likely a nice drive (have had a Vertex 3 in my wife's laptop for two years now and never had an issue), but it comes down to $/capacity if I'm comparing the two. IMO the rebate makes this a non-deal, I'd rather pony up the extra and get a Vertex 4 or 830/840 Pro (especially the latter if reliability/ease of setup is a concern; Samsung's Magician software is the best utility I've seen shipped with an SSD).

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    RakuRay Ben's cred: 71
    Posted 10:06 am PST 11/9/12

    Watch out for the Dawg bite, someone should take this one to be nice school!

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 218
    Posted 10:19 am PST 11/9/12

    #2, why does a jokingly comment about a solid state drive cause you become offended? You should try to relax, get your panties out of a bunch, and try to have fun around here. If this is all it takes to irritate you, maybe you should consider staying away from alcohol when discussing computer components with friends, family, and strangers...

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    treblah3 Ben's cred: 34
    Posted 2:25 pm PST 11/9/12

    bacon

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 218
    Posted 5:00 pm PST 11/9/12

    Inter-dialog: I'm surrounded by wussies...

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3737
    Posted 6:57 pm PST 11/9/12

    Max IOPS means they tweaked the firmware to give more performance to IOPS, and as a tradeoff, less performance for sequential access. That's what you'll want running it as a webserver, high concurrent client server in general, or running an OS, while high sequential access would be better as a data drive for a video or photo editing scratchpad or source and destination.

    For gaming it goes both ways, some games load a level as a huge packed file which would make high sequential access better while others have thousands of little files which may make high IOPS better.

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    muzhik Ben's cred: 80
    Posted 8:53 pm PST 11/9/12

    IOPS explained --> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOPS

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 218
    Posted 7:18 am PST 11/10/12

    Thanks for the explanations...

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