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#16 iascoot

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 18:31

I'm running an OCZ Agility 3 60GB in my media center with no issues
It is also used for timeshifting TV (not recording)


#17 mrp04

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 18:32

I'm running an OCZ Agility 3 60GB in my media center with no issues
It is also used for timeshifting TV (not recording)


Timeshifting is even worse than recording TV for an SSD. It's constantly recording data to the SSD so that it can buffer the last 15(?) minutes of TV.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 18:49

Timeshifting is even worse than recording TV for an SSD. It's constantly recording data to the SSD so that it can buffer the last 15(?) minutes of TV.

SSD's can handle more than you think, really. They'll last for years and years even when used for timeshifting.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 19:53

A small 60GB SSD is worth around $40 nowadays, no reason NOT to use one for this application.



Overkill for this application. An HTPC that doesn't store anything locally doesn't need a super fast SSD nor an SSD that large. An older generation 60GB-80GB SSD can be bought for half the price and will have no noticeable difference in an HTPC.



older generations may have firmware issues or other problems.... the newer the better with improved controllers.

#20 mrp04

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 20:25

older generations may have firmware issues or other problems.... the newer the better with improved controllers.


The 840 is brand new. The last generation such as the 830, Crucial M4, and Intel SSD 320 are solid (with the latest firmware). The small capacity versions of them are extremely cheap (half the price of a 128GB 840) and will work exactly the same in this use case. No reason to spend the extra $50.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 20:30

I would recommend only the Samsung and the Intel ones... anything else is wonky as hell.... tons of bad things I hear about SF controller based ones.

#22 OP Storm

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 21:13

Went out and got one :)
silent now :) much faster too!

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 01:23

what did you get?

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:56

I would recommend only the Samsung and the Intel ones... anything else is wonky as hell.... tons of bad things I hear about SF controller based ones.

Crucial is perfect too. They have excellent reliability rates (no SandForce crap either).

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 20:58

what did you get?


The agility one :)

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 21:17

aww ok... let us know how that goes...

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 23:19

Absolutely. I use an SSD in all of my HTPC's in the house. Given their fast speeds, lower power requirements, and smaller capacities they are quite fitting for a media PC.