Summary: For me, I will not buy another SandForce drive until these issues are thoroughly dealt with and the drives are rock solid.
Pros: Very fast drive. When it works, it's a great OS drive, as are all SSDs with a Sandforce controller.
Cons: Reliability. Like so many others who have bought SSDs with the Sandforce controller, this model is hit and miss with detection in the BIOS, had BSODs even despite a fresh windows 7 reload, and firmware updates. It is better since firmware 2.13, but these drives shouldn't be having this many issues. It's not just restricted to OCZ 6Gbps SSD models - it's the same for all other brands with Sandforce controllers, just read the reviews and you'll see.
Summary: This would be a 5 star review, but it is only going to get 3 stars because of the lousy rebate process. Without the additional $30 off, it's not a great buy. To get that $30, you have to accept it in the form of an AMEX card and let marketing companies in the door.
Pros: Fast access
, Quick Boots
, Firmware updates are offered from manufacturer
, Decent capacity, adequate for an OS and a suite of applications / games
Cons: Firmware update tool needs to be run in XP compatibility mode on W7x64 - easy to do, hard to determine that was the fix to make the magic happen.
, Rebate comes in the form of an AMEX card, spam email and early morning marketing phone calls no extra charge.
Summary: I initially installed windows 7 on this drive with FW2.06 (should have read reviews here first). The drive would freeze intermittently for minutes at a time. Updating to FW2.09 has so far has fixed the freezing but I ended up having to install windows 3 times (painful!). The drive actually benchmarks 10% slower under FW2.09 compared to FW2.06 but it is still up to it's advertised specs.
Pros: Lightning Fast
Cons: It's shipped with firmware 2.06 which is junk.
Summary: If you're looking for a cheap entry to SSD's, go for it, if you're a performance enthusiast. Stay away! Performance is no-where near advertised. Secondly, there are a ton of forum postings with users having BSOD and random lock-ups with the Vertex 3 and Agility 3 drives.