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20 May 2010   #11
HMonk

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 

Here is a Feb 2010 article on the topic that may interest you. The general rule is to place the OS/apps on the SSD and everything else on the HDD.

Using very large HDDs as an example, this article notes that a per GB cost for HDDs is $0.10 v. $3.00 for the SSD. I do not know how to verbally compare the two other than to say the SSD is faster if you benchmark the thing. In the real world, however, you are undoubtedly aware of the fact that benchmarks in the lab do not necessarily manifest themselves in the field.

So, as I noted at the outset, I agree with the above-linked article, i.e., in my world, I would not likely notice or appreciate any gain in everyday computing (composing documents, Net research) to justify the cost. Why not take the money and upgrade the mobo/CPU instead? Would I notice anything playing DAO, Crisis, Call of Duty, etc., I probably would not. However, with an SSD, you might fair better on on-line games.

So is the gain worth the cost: it would be nice if you could assess an SSD system first hand. Maybe a box store would let you test a lappy.

One more thing, ODD media degrades in time so is not terribly reliable for long-term storage. And, haven't we all experienced read-write errors even though our burning app verified the burn?

Monk


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20 May 2010   #12
shozum

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit RTM
 
 

That article was very enlightening and I think that as of now I will continue to wait til the SSD drops further in price. I'm sure a family member or friend will pick one up in the future and I'll be able to see it's effectiveness first hand but until then the cost factor alone makes me uncomfortable. I will start looking around for a nicely priced SATA that I can couple with my current drive and probably be done with my system for a year or so (well until I get that next game that makes me curse aloud at the fact that I can't run it at decent settings lol).
Thanks Monk!
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20 May 2010   #13
HMonk

Dual boot XP Pro SP3x86 and Win7 Pro x64
 
 

Glad to discuss the issue with you.

If you decide on an SSD, I would be interested in your experiences with it; if the price was right I wouldn't mind giving it a try if someone could report that, with average computing (whatever that is) the difference in cost was worth it.

Cheers,

Monk
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21 May 2010   #14
shozum

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit RTM
 
 

I just can't help adding this video to the discussion. Absolutely amazing and it's what spurs me to crave an SSD array. I understand that this is an extreme build but I am floored none the less.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPH8Tc-v_iY
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21 May 2010   #15
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shozum View Post
I just can't help adding this video to the discussion. Absolutely amazing and it's what spurs me to crave an SSD array. I understand that this is an extreme build but I am floored none the less.

YouTube - 12 Super PC HD SSD

That is awesome, somebody posted that a while back but it's still fun to watch it again.
Be nice to be able to play like that.
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