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Are SSDs the new RAM for boosting system performance?

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    Are SSDs the new RAM for boosting system performance?


    RAM was once the king of the system performance boost. Now, there's a new kid in town that's usurping the throne: SSDs.

    SSDs are the new performance panacea. But, when SSDs first hit the scene a few years ago, we hated them. They were small--too small to be useful and too slow for anything but Netbooks. Technology took hold and now SSDs are our new heroes. They are the new RAM. Still a little pricey for widespread consumer use; servers, high-end laptops and ultrabooks come equipped with them. And, they're fast. They're cool. Sure, they're cool in the vernacular sense of the word but they're also cool in the Fahrenheit/Celsius sense too. No moving parts means cooler temps and cooler laps under them. My favorite thing to say about SSDs is that, "They toil not and neither do they spin."


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    On a $/GB basis an SSD isn't even in the same universe as a spinner.

    And until they are, AND are as reliable, I'm not interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    On a $/GB basis an SSD isn't even in the same universe as a spinner.

    And until they are, AND are as reliable, I'm not interested.
    Well, you give up a lot of performance with that stance. As far as reliability goes, between home and work we have about 20 Intels and Samsungs...and 0 have had problems.

    I get one SSD for my OS, apps and games...and 1 spinner for data, backups, etc....It's been working great for me.
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    I have no performance issues with my 2 spinners.

    Fast boot-up is not 'performance' and is, in fact, irrelevant.

    When I can get two 750GB SSDs for the same or lower cost
    than these, AND equal or greater reliability, then maybe.
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    I bought a Samsung 830 drive for my Gigabyte tablet, just to see how an SSD preformed. I wanted to have a separate drive containing a full disk image, should something ever happen, and there is no perceivable performance gain with the SSD over the HDD (especially using readyboost). I don't even get a power advantage, as the battery lasts the same amount of time with the SSD as it does with the HDD.

    Unless all of your other components are high performaning, the system will be mostly limited by the slowest component. Most SSD reviews seem to get worked up by start up times, but how many times a day is anyone switching off and restarting their device? With me it's on in the morning and off at night.
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    SSDs are now at about $1 a gig which is WAY better than even justlast year.

    And the performance improvement is stellar. A 250Gig primary drive for $250 is not bad at all for boosting the performance of the WORST performing component in any modern computer. Then get a 1-2 Gig as the data drive.

    And at least with the intel drives, their reliability has been pretty good, even outdoing several spinners I've had die in the last couple of years since I've been using them...
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    I have had my OS, both Windows 7 and now 8, installed on an SSD for a couple of years now and I would never go back to a spinner. If it was just the quicker boot ups that mattered, I wouldn't have one, but all my apps open quicker, read/write rates for data transfer are much faster, there is no noise from an SSD and they run cooler.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    I have no performance issues with my 2 spinners.

    Fast boot-up is not 'performance' and is, in fact, irrelevant.

    When I can get two 750GB SSDs for the same or lower cost
    than these, AND equal or greater reliability, then maybe.
    I would disagree that fast boot ups are not associated with performance. I would agree that fast boots are not the be-all end all though. It's more about crazy fast random access times, fast app and game launch, fast AV and malware scans, super fast indexing, zero noise, no case vibration and no additional heat. But everyone has their priorities.
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    I really want an SSD to replace one of my regular hard drives. I've heard good things but have yet to try them out myself. If it does boot faster that is a good thing performance wise, although that also probably means Microsoft should have worked on windows even more than they have to make it quick to begin with. I've also heard it will make programs run faster(opening, processing, etc.) that I feel would be beneficial. Sometimes it takes a while to do simple processes that it gets annoying. However, I also recently got more RAM so I guess I'll see how well that goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tseven View Post
    I really want an SSD to replace one of my regular hard drives. I've heard good things but have yet to try them out myself. If it does boot faster that is a good thing performance wise, although that also probably means Microsoft should have worked on windows even more than they have to make it quick to begin with. I've also heard it will make programs run faster(opening, processing, etc.) that I feel would be beneficial. Sometimes it takes a while to do simple processes that it gets annoying. However, I also recently got more RAM so I guess I'll see how well that goes.
    An SSD, with the right hardware, will generally make any OS and associated software operate faster. It has nothing to do with Windows.
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