Originally Posted by c0rr0sive
Honestly, we still have years before anyone can truly say an SSD is proven to be more reliable than anything, I don't care what you people think, or say about HDD vs SSD in terms of reliability, I have drives that are 10+ years old now, and most all them still work. I have dealt with more SSD issues from crap firmware than anything else, including the impossibility of updating the firmware on some systems because of the lack of a proper controller card.
I still vote that multiple hard drives in RAID 0 can match SSD performance in the end, considering my RAID array is only ~100mb/s off of my SSD, and I feel literally no difference between that array and the SSD in a lot of things.
Would the SSD with firmware problems happen to be Sandforce?
I disagree that RAID 0 can ever match a SSD. Even if you used the best 15k RPM SAS disks and a top of the line RAID controller you will still have an order of magnitude higher latency than a low end SSD. Ultimately that low latency and the resulting excelent Random IO an SSD is capable of will always give them a performance edge over mechanical drives.
Just the other day I was working on a system with dual Velociraptors in RAID 0 and I found it to be perceptably slower than the Intel 320 Series in my laptop. The RAID steup probably even equalled the seqential performance of the SSD but that dosn't matter, random IO and latency are what really matter.
What system are you comparing the SSD to RAID on? I suspect there must be some bottleneck if the SSD doesn't feel faster.
Originally Posted by Slaymate
If you look at Newegg, OCZ has 88 different drives available for sale, Intel only offers 36 different drives. OCZ sells a lot more SSD's than Intel, you can tell just by looking at the number of reviews ( it will give you a rough idea of the general numbers). Poor Quality is is why Intel SSD sales are down not OCZ sales.
When you sell 100 drives and your competitor sells 25 and you have 10 returns and your competitor only has 5 returns it doesn't mean your competitor has a more reliable drive. It just means your competitor needs to sell more. Intel drives are plagued by problems and they charge you more for it.
I could care less what the fanboys at Anandtech have to say.
The price of OCZ drives are lower because they sell more drives and they don't rely on SandForce for technical support. Thats also why they release firmware updates before other companies using SandForce controllers.
Failure rate is not
affected by the number of drives sold.
Intel had one firmware bug, one. OCZ would be lucky if they only had five times that. The fact that you have used a small handful of OCZ SSDs that have not died is meaningless.
So all of the people at Anandtech are fanboys even though many of them have owned OCZ drives? have you even used a Intel SSD much less purchased one?
Also I don't know where you are getting the idea Intel sales are down. OCZ's high sales are easy to explain though, they are cheap.