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Windows 7: 64 GB SSD -- Paging and Photoshop -- wow


30 Oct 2009   #1

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 
64 GB SSD -- Paging and Photoshop -- wow

Hi all
I ponyed up a few dollars fot a 64 GB SSD drive to use as a paging drive and as a Photoshop scratch area

what a HUGE difference -- Even running 4 VM's on a 4GB machine is possible without grinding the whole thing to a halt. (Will of course be adding another 8GB later- I need to run a whole slew of VM's).

This is definitely the way forward -- I'm not usually an early adopter of this type of technology but in this instance knowing how slow I/O is ALWAYS overlooked in any discussion of computer systems I though I'd try it.

The prices WILL come down so don't rush out and spend your 200 USD just yet -- I can claim some of this money back on taxes so its worth testing this stuff in my case.


For price / performance look at the OCZ drives - great reviews as well

OCZ
http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/solid_state_drives/ocz_vertex_turbo_series_sata_ii_2_5-ssd


cheers
jimbo

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30 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I think upgrading the RAM to 8 GB would be more economical? Two more sticks of 2 GB would cost less than $50.
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30 Oct 2009   #3

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by satchmo View Post
I think upgrading the RAM to 8 GB would be more economical? Two more sticks of 2 GB would cost less than $50.
Hi there

Of course you are correct but I wanted to try out SSD technology -- I'm looking for the 250 - 300GB disks when the prices drop a bit.

The SSD is also "Swappable" -- I can test it in a laptop as well. I can't (yet) get 8 / 16 GB RAM into a laptop. I can use 40 GB for the OS and the other 24 GB for paging / otherstuff.

64 GB is too small for permanently keeping in a laptop for everyday use unless your OS is Linux / XP but its fine for doing a "functional or a proof of concept test"

Cheers
jimbo
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30 Oct 2009   #4
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by satchmo View Post
I think upgrading the RAM to 8 GB would be more economical? Two more sticks of 2 GB would cost less than $50.
That is not at all the same thing. Nothing beats the SSD for overall performance improvements dollar by dollar. The 8GB of RAM will still not boot the system in 10 seconds like the SSD.
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30 Oct 2009   #5

7 Pro x64
 
 

Good to hear! I will definitely be looking into this when prices come down. Can't justify $250+ for 128GB drive, just now.
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30 Oct 2009   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

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jimbo45, for the Vertex make sure you have firmware level 1.4. That's the one that supports Trim. Discussion AGILTY and VERTEX FW update 1.4/1.41... VERTEX EX and AGILITY EX FW 1.3/1.31 EX - OCZ Forum Else, you will get a performance degradation over time.
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31 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

I am just waiting for the price of SSD to drop.
I predict that within 24 months, a 500 GB SSD would cost about $100.
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31 Oct 2009   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by satchmo View Post
I am just waiting for the price of SSD to drop.
I predict that within 24 months, a 500 GB SSD would cost about $100.
That would be nice, but I would not bet on it.
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31 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

In 1990, 1 megabyte of RAM cost nearly $100.

In 2009, 2 gigabytes of RAM cost $30.

That's more than 6,000 times drop in price in two decades.

...or about 300 times price reduction annually.
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31 Oct 2009   #10
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Well, right now the prices for SSDs are going up. In March 09 I bought a 60GB OCZ Vertex from Newegg for $185. The same one costs $235 at Newegg today. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227394
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