Nearly a year on after buying a 60GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD, it looks like I only just managed to get onto the SSD train. But seemingly fate wanted to also add insult to injury with the prices on lower storage capacity MLC SATA3 SSD's suddenly having dropped by over a third of the price they were this time last year. It didn't really go down too well at all having not been able to use the thing for an entire year to then find a faster newer version with a larger capacity out in the wild for cheaper a year after buying it. The crazy price drops are even more pronounced on the lager capacity boxes of memory chips too, more specifically one of the faster and newer generation 128GB OCZ Agility 4 SATA3 MLC SSD's at its current pricing will now set you back just under £70 (if you shop around), where as this time last year it would have been just over £150 for the first gen Agility 3 SATA3 MLC SSD of the same 128GB capacity. This was also with similarly performing SSD's having previously just been in the "over £200" pricing bracket prior to the £150 pricing for the same capacities on the 128GB SATA2 MLC's.

Just to put it into perspective...

Some snooty nerds rap on about how these cheaper but yet near just as fast as the pricier top end SSD's won't last as long as the pricier models. Well look at it this way, these lower priced SSD's will in most cases last well more than 10 fold the life expectancy of your current mechanical spinning platter hard drives. Some will probably even last double that within more regular usage patterns. In fact some of these SSD's might even out live you. Did I mention they are nearly just as fast (some faster) then the vastly more pricier models at near double the price? For most general users the technicalities of slights are neither here nor there, since the actual system performance speaks for itself. If fact this might also be the case for a lot of pro applications too as well as on gaming rigs. Ultimately you're pretty much guaranteed to have something that will make your computers run vastly faster, smoother and quieter than before. If your computer was a car then the visually impaired would certainly have much to be worried about on the roads. Either way within the time it might take for your SSD to actually carc it, faster and better quality SSD's are only set to come down in price even more so with the rate things are going at already.

So what does this mean for you and me right now if the figures above haven't told you already? Well to spell it out, crazy fast and reliable SSD's with more realistically usable larger capacities for most general users are now actually affordable and a reality. In a lot of cases buying and using a fast SSD will give you a noticeably greater/huge performance boosts on your computer over a CPU upgrade. But I suppose it’s a bonus if you could do an upgrade to an SSD and a faster CPU.

Yeah, but my computer only has 3GB/s sata2 ports/controllers in it, should I buy a sata2 SSD instead of a 6GB/s sata3 SSD?

If any decent sata2 SSD that you might come across is any cheaper than a sata3 SSD by any huge margin, then sure, it might actually be worth getting that SATA2 SSD. But... You might find that they're usually roughly the same price within their respective data storage capacity bracket As SATA3 drives. In most cases (if not all) a SATA3 SSD will work just as well (if not better) than a SATA2 SSD in a computer that is limited by a SATA2 controller. You'll also find that SATA3 SSD's in most cases will outperform their SATA2 SSD counterparts even in computers that only have SATA2 controllers that limit them to SATA2 speeds. Getting a SATA3 SSD for your sata2 controller equipped computer will also mean that if you later upgrade to a computer with a SATA3 controller in it, your 6GB/s SATA3 capable SSD will go even faster in your new computer with a matched SATA3 controller.