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Cons: Cheap, premature wear out in certain applications and usage patterns.
Other Thoughts: We are an OEM and have purchased many of these drives over the last two years or so. A majority of these drives have failed in our customer's systems, then we have to pick up the tab to replace!
Our customers who use their systems heavily have seen failures every six months or so. However, a few customers who don't use their systems as much have not required replacement, yet. Our application is running SQL server express and some of our customers are running full security scans every day. We see a correlation between intensity of drive use and these failures.
As the drives begin to fail, our customers report weird problems with Windows. Many are then frustrated when they try to repair Windows on their own and continue to encounter weird issues.
We were surprised to learn that all SSDs do in fact wear out, despite having no moving parts!
We have recently switched to the Intel 320 series expecting better reliability. You can download an Intel utility that will display the health of their drives and provide a "wear out indication". We will be instructing our customers to check this utility to gauge the health of their drives and plan for replacement when nearing the end of life.
SSD technology is surprisingly complicated, and I feel that Intel has the best handle on it. Not just SLC vs. MLC, the whole drive interface, operating system, drivers, and configuration, all contribute to the performance and longevity of these drives.
Pros: Good, inexpensive
Cons: Probably will be discontinued in a few months. Can't get rev. 2.3 boards to work.
Other Thoughts: We are an OEM and have bought more than one hundred Gigabyte mobos over the last few years. Gigabyte tends to discontinue these boards after just six to twelve months, so that's a problem for us as we need to establish a new master hard drive image every time this happens. (We ship our systems with identical software.)
Recently, the revision level of this board changed, from 1.0 to 2.3. We were not alerted to this change because the NewEgg part number didn't change, nor did the Gigabyte model number. After we load our hard drive image from DVD, these rev. 2.3 board die. No POST, no BIOS, no boot, no nothing on the screen. Even though our image was created using the 1.0 rev, how can loading that using the rev. 2.3 board clobber the BIOS (or something), preventing if from booting?
We are using PING for the restore.