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Are SSDs the new RAM for boosting system performance?

  1. #21


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    Windows 7/8


    ^^^

    Same here all my SSDs are on sata 2, and completely agree, it's the 150 times faster access time that causes the real speed increase.

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  2. #22


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    windows 8 pro x64


    Thank you all for the information.
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  3. #23


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    depends also on the SSD -- if the SSD is an old one then the performance wouldn't be THAT great -- but the newer one's (SAMSUNG, VERTEX etc) really DO FLY. The technology has improved hugely in the last 12 months.

    If your tablet is designed to run windows7 or windows 8 I'm surprised that the SSD doesn't make a difference unless it's an OLD SSD

    I doubt in a cheaper tablet whether the original HDD would have been good (fast 7200 RPM with decent cache) so I'm really surprised by your findings.


    Cheers
    jimbo
    I have a Gigabyte S1080 tablet, designed to run Windows 7 and it runs Windows 8 fine. The SSD is the latest Samsung 830, which I bought because it received great reviews for performance (not absolute top) and reliability (the equal of Intel). I'm just reporting real world examples.
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  4. #24


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    If you didn't see any difference between a 830 and a HDD, there has to be something causing the SSD to be slow.
    Was the SSD aligned?
    What is the S1080 drive architecture?
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  5. #25


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
    If you didn't see any difference between a 830 and a HDD, there has to be something causing the SSD to be slow.
    Was the SSD aligned?
    What is the S1080 drive architecture?
    Everything is fine with the SSD, the system has been optimised for use with the SSD (using the Samsung software) and the tablet gets a Windows Experience Index of 3.0. The SSD gets a 7.7, but that's let down by other components, such as the CPU (Intel Atom N570) and graphics accelerator (the lowest scorer).

    As I said, one component can be very fast, but maximum performance is still determined by all the other components. The tablet still performs very well, but the SSD hasn't contributed all that much in the way of performance boost or battery savings.
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  6. #26


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    Sorry to hear that.
    When I put a SSD in the second HDD bay on my 4 year old laptop it had a huge performance increase and the battery life went from 3-4 hours to +7 hours. That's with a HDD still installed.
    Would think at least you would get more battery life.
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  7. #27


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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64


    I was expecting more battery life, but after reading a lot about the operating parameters of SSDs vs HDDs, sometimes HHDs can use less power. I guess it's a matter of swings and roundabouts with some systems and what you gain on the one hand, you lose with the other.

    The Hitachi Travelstar HDD uses 0.68W at idle, 2.55W for sequential write and 2.34 for random write; whereas, the Samsung 830 uses 0.27W at idle, 3.38W for sequential write and 3.4W for random write (ref: Storage Review.com and Anandtech.com).
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  8. #28


    With the price of RAM sticks having gone down alot lately, one could really start to wonder if adding an expensive SSD still makes proper sense IMO, especially now that the free space on a Ramdisk does not necessarily have to eat up system memory anymore (and for this purpose, I use Romex Software Primo RamDisk).
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  9. #29


    I bought an Intel 120GB 330 SSD and a Samsung 128GB 830 SSD, each for less than $100 and they made a huge performance improvement in the PC's I installed them in. Replacing the HD with an SSD to boot Windows is the single most significant improvement I've ever made in any PC. Upgrading RAM, CPU video card, etc... doesn't even come close in the "bang for the buck" category!
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  10. #30


    My Intel DG43GT motherboard uses DDR2 RAM, which is very expensive. I have 4GB of RAM and to "upgrade" to 16GB (max for the board) would cost about $300. Buying the Intel 120GB SSD and then using my WD 2TB Caviar Black HD as the secondary drive made a huge difference. I store all of my data on the server, so having a large HD is not really necessary. I power my PC up and I'm in Windows in 10 seconds!

    DDR3 RAM is cheap and I recommend that you max out the RAM for your motherboard, combine that with a decent video card and the SSD and you're all set!!
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