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Crucial M4 128GB SSD on Amazon Is Back (AUD $188.01)

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Crucial M4 128gb SSD on AMAZON Is Back (AUD 188.01)

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Items: AUD 181.22
Shipping & Handling: AUD 6.79
Total Before Tax: AUD 188.01
Estimated Tax To Be Collected: AUD 0.00
Order Total: AUD 188.01

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Thanks for the link. Much appreciated. I just realized Crucial have a tool that scans your system and says what you can upgrade. It's now tempting me to get another 2GB RAM for 28USD. Must resist…

http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/

This is for those who missed out last time. Its even cheaper now with a higher AUD. Best price on staticice is $224 + delivery.

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  • +3 votes

    Thats looking good. Damn how to convince the Minister of Finance that I need one?

    • +22 votes

      (renames explorer.exe) "oh no the computer crashed! we need a new hard drive… by the way, i just saw this nice deal on ozbargains.."

      • +2 votes

        tat's gold!! :)

      • +1 vote

        Still amazed how many guys have to "ask or convince partners" for permission to buy something…

        • +2 votes

          theres absolutely nothing wrong with that

        • +8 votes

          Yea, it's ridiculous! I can understand if you come home with a new car or bought a property without asking gets you into trouble, but a $200 hard disk?! Next time she wants to be the minister of finance, tell her you are the prime minister.

        • +2 votes

          Some people live in a democracy .. others a dictatorship.
          Each to their own.

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    how did you get the shipping figures?

    • +2 votes

      Just selected Expedited International Shipping (averages 8-16 business days) instead of a Priority method.

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        thanks.. looks like i have to enter card numbers to see the amount… amazon checkout is really weird.

        • +1 vote

          Yup it surely is. Dont worry, you get an opportunity to review your order before you submit.

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          For a company as big as Amazon, I would say the same, their website layout is odd as well. They really need to redo the site lol

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          You seem to be under the impression that the current setup is because of incompetence or lack of resources of the behalf of Amazon. This is probably the source of your confusion. On the contrary, I expect that it is both very intentional, and makes them a lot of money from people who feel psychologically committed having made it that far.

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          @hypo, that is until you read the recent rant from a ex-amazon goggle employee. :)

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          There is a reason why the Amazon design is what it is. high optimized conversions. Simple things such as changing the colour of the buttons meant increase in sales (by the millions). It may look old, but it works. Everything on their site is constantly split tested multiple times over.

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          Apparently they are hiring, i've got an invite as they were recuiting in Sydney last week, to work in Seattle. Having worked in the States for too many years, I don't think i want to go again that soon.

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          or just go to help/shipping and check out the shipping, its a fairly easy table to comprehend.

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    is this the one that stops working after 5000 hours?

    • +1 vote

      Why yes it is,
      http://www.storagereview.com/crucial_m4_0309_firmware_update...

      I have an OCZ Agility and decided to check the firmware (I was having blue screens but I overclock so thought it was that), not the easiest process, it was on 2.05, an update fixed all bluescreens…

      I think a lot of hardware these days, not limited to SSD is "release now fix the bugs later" thinking

      • +2 votes

        Moreso with games/software. In this case, it's really the software that the hardware uses that is being fixed now.

    • +3 votes

      it was. but the latest firmware is already out on crucial's website. so it's not a big deal. just make sure you have the latest firmware.

      http://www.crucial.com/support/firmware.aspx

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        Yep. And Crucial make the firmware install surprisingly easy (at least for me). Simply requires a usb stick. I've just updated mine (was one of the first to die as I run 24/7) and its running perfect touch wood.

  • +1 vote

    yeah, it's been on (and off) since the last deal. I have ordered this on Tue 10/1 night and paid US$179.99+$6.74 delivered to Sydney. My 28 degrees cc was charged AU$181.08. It has been shipped from Carlstadt NJ yesterday 8am. Should be here next week…
    :)

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    So tempted! But then my wallet says no! Wait for bigger sizes!
    When was the Crucial M4's first released?

    • +2 votes

      March? Possibly April? last year. With the latest firmware update fixing the big issue, I still see no reason to go anything other than M4. Also don't see anything really special on the horizon.

    • +1 vote

      I'm not sure (and too lazy to do your Googling for you).
      But a more important factor might be they announced last week a new drive series which -though not yet available - is driving down the price of their current line. I've been watching the 256GB M4 and last week Amazon had it at -10% below RRP and today it it -14% below. Once the new Agility drive hits the shops I'd expect them to drop further.

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    What do you guys use SSDs for? (I know it's for storage) but I highly doubt this is a suitable transfer for high capacity hard drives.
    Do you guys use this on yor desktop or what device? That's why I'm mainly curious about.

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      OS, applications, games. The difference in loading time and response time of applications (and boot times) is phenomally different. I'd go as far as to say it'd give me a 30-40% increase in productivity, as everything is just instant.

      Jump on youtube and look up some of the comparison's to understand just how big of a difference it can make.

      Realistically you'll still want a harddrive as a second drive to store your media (movies, photos, music) as $/gb just isn't there yet.

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        So it's more of a replacement of the old WD raptors (10k rpm) people used to use.

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          correct for storage per say no, for running os and programs off a big yes, as per izzeho comments, cheers

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        "Response time"?

        An SSD won't make one iota of difference to your FPS in any game.
        In multi-player gaming it may help you load maps faster so you can show up first in a server queue and hog the best vehicles on BF3 or something but as far as raw performance is concerned; gamers really have no need for an SSD.

        Once the textures/level data have been cached, that's it. They're not going to be "read" any faster.

        The people who would ideally benefit the most from them are productivity-oriented. People moving massive, uncompressed TIFF files from their cameras, people who multi-task to the nth degree, people moving files to a back-up site at regular intervals, continually opening giant, meticulously organised folders full of thumbnails/metadata, etc.

        The most crucial bottleneck for a gamer is still the GPU by a long-shot. Plenty of benchmarks indicate absolutely no performance loss on even 5400RPM "Green/Eco" HDDs.
        Heck, even the CPU isn't a limiting factor these days thanks to the consolisation of the industry.

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          thanks to the consolisation of the industry.

          I don't get what this means. Has an external / foreign entity come in and taken over our CPU's forcing them to all work the same and wear drab clothing in a forced labor camp? Or merge their external social norms and views on us? Who did this is it VMware?

        • -1 vote

          What in the holy balls are you on about?

          Consolisation/"Consolitis" = Gaming Industry/Developer preference for multi-platform, console-centric titles favouring short lead times, cut-backs on QA/Testing and recurrent releases coinciding with holiday seasons due to big $$$, low demographic expectations/IQ and ease of developing/licensing on ancient hardware.
          Said games are often simply ported to PC after an exclusionary release on consoles in horrendously poor fashion, replete with bugs/glitches/game-breaking errors, lacklustre visuals and a noticeable lack of configuration provisions.

          In short, ruining the gaming industry as we know it.

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          Ahh .. My bad. I read it like 6 times each time as "colonisation" not "Consolisation"

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      Once you run Windows on an SSD, you'll never want to go back to traditional hard drives. I'm running a 64gb M4 in my desktop and it makes a remarkable difference in everything.

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    375 AUD for 2 x 128gb drives..

    You reckon its worth it given Crucial's announcement on a new drive series?

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    In case someone wanna know about amazon delivery. I ordered 256g one on Dec 30. It was $379 but now $358.

    When the item arrives in Australia, I-parcel will hand it to Auspost for delivery.

    Auspost didnt bother putting up the tracking until the delivery date which is usually 2 days after the item arrives in Aus and custom clearance. I ordered a lot of stuff from Amazon and its always been this way.

    Its quite good considering I ordered the item during a holiday season.

    From I-parcel
    2011-12-31 Received at i-Parcel
    2012-01-05 Exported i-Parcel and in transit to country of destination
    2012-01-09 Arrived at destination country
    2012-01-12 Out for delivery
    2012-01-12 Delivered

    From Auspost

    12/01/12 Article ready for despatch
    12/01/12 In Transit
    12/01/12 Onboard with driver
    12/01/12 Delivered

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      thumb up for Amazon tracking system. Auspost is pathetic. They sometimes. didn't bother to delivered the item to my workplace but dropped at the Post office next door - it was easy for them to park there I guess!

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    do intel RST now can enable TRIM for RAID 0 for these 2 ssd?

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    Will this work with an early 2008 MacBook Pro? This is one of the last silver-keyboard ones, before unibody came out. I can probably buy any casing locally.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/sp4

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        Thanks for the link. Much appreciated. I just realized Crucial have a tool that scans your system and says what you can upgrade. It's now tempting me to get another 2GB RAM for 28USD. Must resist…

        http://www.crucial.com/systemscanner/

        OP: please include this link in the details if you can, so people can check for themselves before ordering

        • -4 votes

          Oh great another tool to run and read my systems settings probably needs admin access - what does it send home?
          I'd rather not be lazy and just read the list.

        • +1 vote

          @Elijha: It did not ask for the admin password. Looks like it just runs the /usr/sbin/system_profiler command and sends it off to Crucial as an XML document. The system_profiler command can be run by any account, even one with parental controls enabled (I tried it just now).

          In fact the information is in the browser before being sent (view page source and you can see the raw xml). Hope that helps.

          PS: I wasn't one of those to neg you.

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    The price has gone back up now. I'm seeing $210.05 inc postage.

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    Price back down - $189.95

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