Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe
I think you will have to look hard to find people who have one that regret the purchase. And there are probably a few, but very few.
The only time I have ever heard of regret is from the unfortunates who get a dud unit.
And as mentioned, the other regret is wishing they went bigger.
One of the most common phrases we hear here from people who just installed their first SSD is, why did I wait so long. They are the most noticeable upgrade you can do to a computer.
lol, yeah - Overnight SSD convert-ism is very common
I was never a naysayer, but I did regret not doing it sooner.
Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic
Quote: Originally Posted by pscowboy
One caveat however. They have a life span, generally considered to be 2-3 years.
Tell us more.
Yes, I like a good myth too
All components have a 'life span'. 2-3 years can be considered the same sort of expected lifespan for mechanical HDD's these days. There's plenty of people who've experience HDD failures in that time frame.
Realistically, SSD's simply haven't been around in mainstream usage long enough to widely prove/disprove exactly what sort of lifespan they have.
Plus they are improving/refining SSD tech/controllers etc with each new release.
It's a known fact that SSD's do 'slow down' over time/usgae, especially older generation models - but even in a slow state, they still wipe the floor with HDD's. Newer controllers are improving and further mitigating the extent of SSD 'slow down'.
Quote: Originally Posted by BomberAF
Thanks guys for the opinions keep them coming.
From what I can gather, is they are good for an upgrade to you system providing your system isn't so old or slow that it wont make any difference to performance.
Even running one on in old SATA I clunker would see an overall improvement to the machine. You'd still be hampered by the rest of the components, but the difference would still be noticeable.
If you already have a very fast system with say an i7, then the performance increase wont make as much of a difference than if you have a slower cpu, or it wont be as noticeable.
There's an element of truth there - the overall performance perception isn't as 'night and day' with some tasks - however, there is still a very favourable and perceptible performance difference regardless.
"I recently upgraded some drives and put my slowest SDD (Crucial C300) into my slowest machine, a 775 socket Q9550+4GB running at stock speeds. This machine was running off a 7,200 rpm HDD. Not the latest tech, but still quite a quick machine.
In that machine, the difference was astounding. It almost feels as snappy as my Sig rig now.
Overall SSD's are still a 'luxury' purchase and are not an absolutely imperative
purchase - However they are becoming an increasingly affordable luxury and are getting harder and harder to justify not
The bottom line is; add a SSD - enjoy improvement