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Windows 7: SSD's

23 Apr 2009   #1
TheBull

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit
 
 
SSD's

I know nothing about this, but I believe it might be a good option for the upcoming RC. Can someone point me in the right direction to find out more about this, and whether it will benefit my system.

Thanks!!


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24 Apr 2009   #2
baarod

El Capitan / Windows 10
 
 

What hard drive(s) are you currently using? That will tell us where we need to start with the recomendations.
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24 Apr 2009   #3
z3r010

 

FYI

Some benchmarks of SSD's in this thread - https://www.sevenforums.com/performan...rformance.html
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24 Apr 2009   #4
TheBull

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit
 
 

Here is the details of my hard drives, (Hope this is what you were looking for?)

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Thanks guys!!


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24 Apr 2009   #5
weh

Win.7.Ult.x64
 
 

Were I you, I'd spend a lot less money on one of the very fast conventional drives, e.g., the 640GB or 1TB WD Caviar 'Black" -- they'll set you back ~ $75 or ~ $105.

See: Newegg.com - 640GB, 32MB, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 1TB, 7200 RPM, Western Digital, Internal Hard Drives, Hard Drives, Computer Hardware

The SSDs you want are those from Intel or OCZ. They are very expensive (and very small) compared to regular hard drives -- even the high performance ones.

See: Newegg.com - SATA II, Intel, Solid State Disks, Flash Memory & Readers, Computer Hardware
And: Newegg.com - Vertex, SATA II, OCZ Technology, Inc., Solid State Disks, Flash Memory & Readers, Computer Hardware
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24 Apr 2009   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello The Bull,

Here's some good reading about SSDs that may help.

https://www.sevenforums.com/news/6203...ink-again.html

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Apr 2009   #7
baarod

El Capitan / Windows 10
 
 

It may be a little early to be getting a SSD -- there are several moves afoot in the industry that will likely materially affect both the speed and price of drives in the near future. Just a few months ago there were essentially three players in the SSD controller market: Intel whose price was commensurate with it's speed, Samsung who made quality yet slow parts primarily for themselves and JMicron that produced complete and utter crap for ver cheap. Virtually every player other and Samsung and Intel used them until Anand Lal Shimpi of Anandtech exposed them all for what they were.

Since then two new offering have entered the playing field -- and this is really just very recently. The first is a relative newcomer, Korean fabless design house Indilinx. Their "Barefoot" controller appears to mitigate many of the shortcomings of the earlier JMicron offerings while maintaining a similar price point. Being fabless Indilinx cannot guarantee supply of their chips -- until they line up manufacturing capacity with a hired fab like TSMC they cannot supply chips to OEMs and consequently supply is low and demand is high. Guess what that does to your price in a free market? While their product seems to get better with every firmware release, it's still nascent and the prices are relatively high.

The potentially brighter light in this constellation again is Samsung, they have a new, faster controller many "value" brands are supposedly OEM'ing but that again is so recent as not to be backed up by independent reviews or stocked store shelves. Since Samsung's only issue earlier was speed, and the controllers they were using were never built for that having been designed for embedded applications requiring ruggedness not speed like ATMs, it's not surprising that they would return to the market as a player since they are also the biggest supplier of the NAND Flash modules used on virually everyone elses SSDs.

In short, there's a lot going on now and you're likely to get better choice, performance and value inside 30 days.

EDIT: since you're going to be running Windows 7, you'll want to make sure to get a drive that supports the TRIM extension to the ATAPI command set. Windows 7 is the only OS at this time that supports TRIM in-box and also includes a number of other enhancements to improve write latency and operating lifetime. Newer drives based on the Indilinx Barefoot controller from OCZ and Super Talent already do with later firmware releases and it's a forgone conclusion that Samsung's new controller will too since they invented it. For more information: http://windowsitpro.com/article/arti...important.html
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27 Apr 2009   #8
TheBull

Windows 7 RTM 64bit, Windows 8 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the info Baarod, and everyone else!!!
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