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SSD drive worth the effort?

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#1 stinkfist


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Posted 07 July 2010 - 02:19 PM


I am getting ready to upgrade one of my PC's to a SSD 128gb drive. Below is my current PC configuration. I do alot of HD movies ripping & also some Cad/Cam programming. Will I notice a difference with a SSD drive compared to my current 7200 RPM Seagate 1tb drive? Do applications run faster with SSD drives? Or is it just faster reboot and load times? Also what about data transfer between folders? Is that faster?

-Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition 3.33 Ghz

-8 GB DDR3 1600 Memory

-Nvidia 480 GX

-1tb 7200 RPM Seagate Hard Drive

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 04:37 PM

Well to be truthful SSD drives are still rather new and therefore, there isn't much in the way of reviews on such drives.

There is supposed to be faster data transfers, but much depends on how fast the system BUS can handle the transfers.

So the system board's abilities also play a major roll here in trying to create a fair review, then there's the chance that the SSD's firmware may have bugs that are yet to be discovered and worked out.

For what it's worth, I would try an SSD and experiment with it and see if in my own personal opinion I have gained anything in speed and performance.

If I relied on the opinions of others, I may not experience the same results with my system as they have with theirs, because many things play into the factor here, most of which is hardware and power consumption related, then the ability of the system bus speed.

You do not want to bottle-neck your abilities, because you could end up with a slower system and at the high cost of SSD drives, it may not be cost effective. IMO

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 08:03 PM

The benefits of an SSD are not necessarily data read/write times (although they are faster at that). The real benefits of an SSD are the extremely low latency and seek times.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 09:29 PM

With your system I would think that a SSD would help a lot. Your hard drive is obviously the bottleneck, since you have one of the fastest cpu's and plenty of RAM. Mr Bruce is right though, they are fairly new. I would highly suggest that if you get one, only get one. When you put two or more SSD's in RAID 0, they cannot use TRIM, which is needed to keep them fast after a couple weeks of use. I myself am using a OCZ Vertex 2 50GB SSD. With it Windows loads super fast, and I can boot into Ubuntu Linux in about 3.5 seconds (after the BIOS loads). My SSD works so well, it makes my cpu my system's bottleneck (AMD Sempron 140, lol).

Here is the one I bought: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...7-528-_-Product

You really only need one that's big enough to hold your OS and frequently used programs. SSD's only speed up the startup times of Windows games, and applications (yes, and moving files, but these are too expensive to store all your media on), but for some it is worth it.

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