My first dive into the SSD realm was when I purchased a Vertex 2 SSD. It died within months, was replaced, and died again, then replaced again. When I say "died", I mean bios could no longer detect a drive installed even though all connections I checked were okay. My third Vertex 2 seems to be fine, it's been running 2-3 years now (knock on wood). My point is, yes their reliability was kinda bad, but the plus was definitely their customer service. Prompt, courteous, and free of charge (all replacements done totally free as their depot was close by to me).