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I am an SSD Convert -- How can you manage WITHOUT one !!!

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    I am an SSD Convert -- How can you manage WITHOUT one !!!


    Hi all

    I was a bit sceptical of SSD's until I tried one.
    I know that in fact for most "normal user" machines these days the bottleneck isn't actually CPU power or even RAM but SLOW DISKS.
    I was sceptical of the performance improvement claims were made for SSD's - but I'd done a bit of overtime recently so had a little spare cash and consequently I bought one of the newer generation of SSD's to appear --SAMSUNG 120GB and put it in the Netbook described below.

    My tiny aspire 1 netbook with a Samsung SSD (they might not be the cheapest - but aren't the most expensive but DO seem the fastest!!) and 4GB of RAM in it with W8 running - even connected to a decent large monitor seems to run slicker than a Sony Vaio 15.5 inch laptop with an I5 processor and 8 GB of memory running W7 but with a normal laptop HDD.

    I suspect the Sony has a really slow 5400 RPM disk in it -- probably to conserve power as the faster spinners consume more juice.

    I don't even LIKE using the better laptop now -- until I put an SSD in it and change to W8.

    I'm using the bas Windows to GO system installed on the netbooks internal SSD. Works fine.

    So if you haven't taken the leap to SSD IT'S WORTH IT - but make sure your PC has sufficient RAM -- I'd suggest even a tiny computer should be fitted with a minimum of 4GB -- 4GB single DDR3 modules are cheap both for PC's and desktops. Surprisingly DDR2 (the older type) is more expensive and much harder to source single 4GB modules.


    Cheers
    jimbo

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    BELGIUM
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    Well Jimbo, being a SSD lover myself, I fully agree with what you say;

    Once used to SSD there is no turning back.

    Jeff
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    Istanbul
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    I totally agree, pc without a computer feels like heavy burden to me. Sometimes people ask me about which cpu they should get and since beginning of the year I recommend them to get a cheaper CPU and a SSD.
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    I adopted SSD 2 years ago. 8 months ago I give a try to Intel RST ( you use a small SSD to cache a mechanical drive) I was very sceptical to RST. Well after 8 months of using 2 Systems with RST and 3 others with SSD as OS drive, I must say that I'm very impress with RST too. Boot time is the same as a SSD and others thing seems as responsive. The big advantage is that I'm not limited to the capacity of the SSD, as example, in one PC I have a 750 gb WD black for the OS cache by a small 40gb SSD. You have to be not fool by benchmark, RST is as quick as SSD in real life.
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    I started my SSD carrer nearly 4 years ago with a 60GB Vertex. Was a bit rocky at first and nobody to ask for advice. Then I added 2 Intels to other systems and another 2 Vertex and a M4. I would never go back to spinners. Whenever I do things on friends PCs that have the OS on spinners, I get all frustrated.

    This one would be the next one I am considering. Data looks very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I started my SSD carrer nearly 4 years ago with a 60GB Vertex. .
    so it was 3 years ago, the vertex was introduce in February 2009, in 2008 it was the Core, then introduce the Apex around January 2009
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    I first installed an Intel 510 Sata III SSD last year when I built my first computer listed in my system specs and was amazed at the increase of speed & performance compared to a spinner. Even with tons of programs installed and a 16 GB paging file I still have 50 GB of free space.

    I was so impressed with the speed and performance increase of an SSD when an Intel 320 Sata II SSD was on sale during the Black Friday sale in November my older HP Pavilion Elite m9458f Desktop PC with a slower Q6600 processor received an immediate upgrade to an SSD and seems just as fast as my new system.
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    Germany/Florida
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    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I started my SSD carrer nearly 4 years ago with a 60GB Vertex. .
    so it was 3 years ago, the vertex was introduce in February 2009, in 2008 it was the Core, then introduce the Apex around January 2009
    You are probably right. All I remember is that the thing was very expensive - appr. $260 I think. The very first one I had to RMA to Newegg. There was somthing wrong with it. The second one I sent to OCZ to upgrade the firmware. It was very backlevel and the FW upgrade was a real dog in several steps. I did not feel like having to do that. OCZ was very helpful. They even paid the shipping cost both ways. I am still using that one on my desktop in Germany.

    The two 80GB Intels I got next are Gen1. But they work real well. One I have in a HP laptop that the wife uses and the other one is in HP desktop. Never had any problems with any of them (except for the very first OCZ one that I RMAd).
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    Storage is WAY more important than speed to me, so I will be sticking with my twin 750GB SATAs for the foreseeable future.

    As the $/GB comes down, we'll see......but I can't justify the purchase of one ATM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    Storage is WAY more important than speed to me, so I will be sticking with my twin 750GB SATAs for the foreseeable future..
    this is why Intel RST is great. look at my setup, I use a WD 750 black and a 2 TB black, the 750 is accelerate with a $ 99 Intel 40GB SSD, of course you need a motherboard capable of it.

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