The fact that you write you are having problems with IE makes me think the problem is with IE and not your SSD. I've found IE to be increasingly unstable with each patch. If you look at the URL field of IE, if you see what looks like a torn piece of paper, that indicates IE detected an incompatibility with the website. You can then force it into compatible mode by clicking on the torn icon, the page will reload, and hopefully all is well.
Another thing to try is install Google Chrome as a secondary browser. I know we've all become used to the look and feel of IE. But Chrome does seem to work better as a browser and has fewer problems than IE. Give it a try and see how it goes.
To be fair, IE was here first and I have only had the SSD for a few days so who knows what else doesn't work properly. Yes the issue is some compatability between IE and the way the SSD does things so I'd like to find out exactly what it is if possible. Already tried compatability mode and I would rather not use any google product at this point; I have nightly as an alternative browser.
If no one knows, I'll just return the SSD and try a non sandforce controller to see if it helps.
I suspected it might've been java or flash based on the kinds of sites it was freezing at, then I got really suspicious when I found that youtube caused it. It's too early to say, but I think updating my flash fixed it. Not sure why windows updates fixes it as well, but whatever as long as it works.
EDIT: Spoke too soon, just conked out on cyanide and happiness. Hmm maybe it's a specific type of ad.
EDIT: Even stranger now, I wanted to be absolutely sure that was only on the SSD so I went back to my mechanical disk OS and.... IE just crapped out after a few minutes. So the problem might be deeper than I thought, it's weird that it should only surface now even though I have been using this new hardware for a few days. I disconnected the SSD and am running HD only to check if it might be caused by having an SSD and mechanical at the same time, or maybe conflicts with files between disks. Maybe problems with AHCI who knows.
EDIT: That wasn't it, still froze. Trying IDE mode now.
Nope still happens in IDE mode with windows AHCI drivers disabled. I've reset the BIOS settings now. So clearly it's not the SSD, but something that I changed at the same time maybe.
EDIT: Ok that seems to have done it; it might've been incompatability with one of AMD's power saving states that I activated while I was in BIOS. Maybe triggered by the activity when loading a heavy website and then dropping down to idle.
Sorry intel, hope this helps some users that might be having this same strange issue.