I've heard bad things about Sandforce's reliability. I went with a Marvell unit, one of Crucial's, for mine, and I've recently heard that companies have been squeezing more speed out of the Marvell hardware.
Can a few people with Sandforce SSDs confirm either way?
I have a Mushkin Enhanced Chronos Deluxe, so do a couple of friends. None of us have had any issues with our SSDs so far. My friends bought theirs back in the summer, mine in late Fall. I My drive also shipped with the latest firmware, which might be why I have had no issues.
Performance and speed wise, blazing fast. A quick Google search on the M4 benchmark (in AS SSD) showed me lower speeds on the M4 in comparison to my Mushkin when I ran tests during my PC installation. How much of a difference, I couldn't tell as it was a few months back. Benchmarks are just for show anyway; if I can do what I want to do with my computer reliably and at a fast speed, it passes my test.
That being said, my Sandforce drive has worked and performed reliably for me and friends. YMMV.
We've all heard horror stories about the OCZ drives, but at the end of the day $1/GB on a SSD is a pretty good find. Whether or not someone wants to jump on the deal is up to him or her.
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