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Windows 7: SSD's-Are they really worth it?


16 May 2010   #1

Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
 
 
SSD's-Are they really worth it?

Hi, my system has a pretty good boot up time atm with a normal HDD, ranging from 17 to 20 secs from "starting windows" but i think it's bottlenecking my quadcore, i think i can get more out of my system, start up 15secs all the time and programs like photoshop cs5 to open allmost instant. I have seen all the vids on youtube, the intel x25m g2 mostly, i am aiming to get the 80gb version as they are very expensive and this is what i can afford, and will pay for a hard drive.

Questions:

Because i am only getting an 80gb (normal HDD will be used for data, ssd for os and aps) will it slow down because it will be about 35-40% full when i have put the aps and os on it?

What do i have to do to keep it's speed? i heard of trim? Does this work good and how is your ssd overtime?

Thanks for your advice.


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16 May 2010   #2

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

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16 May 2010   #3
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Is it worth the money? Good question. I bought 3 SSDs for 3 systems and think it was worth my money. But if you are happy with your system, it may degrade to a toy. General consensus is that it is the best investment per Dollar or Pound to speed up your system. It will help in boot time and calling the programs. It will also help if you image your system as I do every day and the system will feel snappier all together. Is it really neccessary? - I would say no. But it is a nice addition.
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16 May 2010   #4

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64
 
 

I've been wondering ....
Other than Bootup time .. and CS5 loading quicker .. What else is quicker ??

My computer seems fast enough for me .. (usually quicker than I am) ..
For a couple hundred dollars .. I'll wait a few seconds for CS5 to load
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16 May 2010   #5

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 

Worth it: considering what?

I suggest a little window shopping at Amazon. Based on my brief observations, the per GB cost of an SATA HDD is $0.24. For the same size SSD, that cost is $2.61. Is 10 times the cost per GB worth it to you under any circumstance? It's not to me but then again, I am poor old man whose money goes for motorcycle gas (and superfluous pieces of chrome, and the blue-eyed . . . oh never mind).

Monk
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16 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64
 
 

SSDs are for enthusiasts like myself, now I know some folks, who spend thousands of dollars on aftermarket chrome motorcycle parts. Do they need those shiny parts, no they can just do without, but they buy them because they are enthusiasts.

If an individual just surfs the Internet, emails or does basic usage, there is absolutely no "performance" need for an SSD. In a similar vein, why do folks build platter RAID setups, same reason for SSD.
It is actually a cheap upgrade for ones aging system to run quicker, as opposed to buying a new motherboard, ram, CPU, PSU combos. My Intel X25-M 80GB SSD cost $212.00. I was on the proverbial fence for awhile and took the plunge two months ago. After months of usage, I can honestly form an opinion for my situation, after the wow factor has wore off.
I will never go back to platter boot drives again.

Anyway, they aren't really needed, but for an enthusiast they are definately worth serious consideration or a must have.
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16 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

For me the price of my SSD was well worth it. Everything is much much faster than with a standard HDD.
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16 May 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate (64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
For me the price of my SSD was well worth it. Everything is much much faster than with a standard HDD.
+1
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16 May 2010   #9

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 

@Sanvean: You are, of course, absolutely right; I appreciate your perspective.

Monk
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17 May 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Yes!

Without a doubt, the first upgrade in a very long time I actually seen a immediate, and quite noticable gain in overall performance.

I only run a 40GB SSD for the OS (which is plenty for me) with most everything else on mechanical drives and its still a huge improvement.
With the exception of a couple Games on a 30Gb Vertex.


Certainly worth the investment. The results are immediatly apparent.
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