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#1 iamthemaxx

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 01:25 PM

Continuing on from this;
http://archive.atomi...p...;c=29&t=288


Finally, Intel get off their arses and get into gear;
http://feeds.arstech...0gb-launch.html

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Posted 11 September 2008 - 01:30 PM

I would love a SSD so much, i think for a variety of reasons. . 1. The speed . 2. The silence . 3. The L337 :D Can't wait until they are more affordable.
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Posted 24 September 2008 - 02:27 PM

:D Can't wait until they are more affordable.


Not for a while yet, the demand isn't that great... people just want mass storage, and also due to that fact that MS has neglected to make Vista optimised for SSD's, that may be some time until they can be utilized properly.

The one I want is just a bit too pricey for me!

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 05:32 PM

$300 for 64GB is really bad value when compared with traditional hard drives, in terms of storage value for money at least. 1TB at approx. $150 = 15c/GB 64GB SSD at $300 = $4.68/GB Yowsah :/

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 07:06 PM

Yes still very expensive, I so want to get rid of my current drive for a silent one, with my new case and fans all I can really hear is the HDD going crazy, once a SSD comes in complete silence :) Not to mention the main advantage, speed (oh and the dvd drives a shit too lol)
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Posted 25 September 2008 - 09:08 PM

Not to mention the main advantage, speed



When reading yes, not so fast when writing/erasing :P

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 09:32 PM

I so want to get rid of my current drive for a silent one, with my new case and fans all I can really hear is the HDD going crazy, once a SSD comes in complete silence :)


Get a Seagate... quiet as a church mouse.
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Posted 25 September 2008 - 09:47 PM

When reading yes, not so fast when writing/erasing :P


Yet, only a matter of time before they have the fastest write times


Get a Seagate... quiet as a church mouse.


Got a seagate, its anything but quiet ;)
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Posted 25 September 2008 - 09:48 PM

/hugs 64GB SSD netbook. In terms of user experience: It's faster, quieter and cooler than the 7200RPM 320GB drive it replaced - bit it did cost more than twice as much. Another year or so, and I'll consider swapping my desktop's raptor drive for one.

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Posted 25 September 2008 - 10:45 PM

Get a Seagate... quiet as a church mouse.


Got a seagate, its anything but quiet ;)
Might be getting a Samsung F1 1TB soon to replace it


If you have a new 7200.11, then they are super quiet.

And @ stadl, what brand SSD do you have? And how much of a percentage better would you say it runs?

Also any instabilities in your OS running?
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Posted 25 September 2008 - 10:53 PM

Nah got the 7200.10, was pretty quiet at first but I think its dying on me
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Posted 25 September 2008 - 10:54 PM

Nah got the 7200.10, was pretty quiet at first but I think its dying on me


It's possible the bearings are going... tried whacking it in the freezer?
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Posted 26 September 2008 - 08:00 AM

And @ stadl, what brand SSD do you have? And how much of a percentage better would you say it runs?

Also any instabilities in your OS running?

OCZ Core Series (not series 2).
I'd say in general performance it' about 20-30% faster compared to the 7200 once it had spun up.

I don't notice a battery increase of significance, but speed when running off batteries is the big advantage - Rather than waiting 3-5 seconds for a HDD to spin up when you go to use it, it's instant and that makes navigating around explorer windows etc so much nicer.

Game launch is faster (not a priority for netbooks, and these are older games), and returning from standby has been reduced to 4 seconds, when it was about 10-12 - again mostly because of HDD spin up.

OS stability is fine - I'm running XP home.

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 04:23 PM

And @ stadl, what brand SSD do you have? And how much of a percentage better would you say it runs?

Also any instabilities in your OS running?

OCZ Core Series (not series 2).
I'd say in general performance it' about 20-30% faster compared to the 7200 once it had spun up.

I don't notice a battery increase of significance, but speed when running off batteries is the big advantage - Rather than waiting 3-5 seconds for a HDD to spin up when you go to use it, it's instant and that makes navigating around explorer windows etc so much nicer.

Game launch is faster (not a priority for netbooks, and these are older games), and returning from standby has been reduced to 4 seconds, when it was about 10-12 - again mostly because of HDD spin up.

OS stability is fine - I'm running XP home.


That's good because some people have had trouble from some of the MLC variants of SSD's.

Hopefully with competitive prices from OCZ, they can pioneer and forward a demand in the SSD market soon... to drive prices and spur competition.
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Posted 27 September 2008 - 09:36 PM

When reading yes, not so fast when writing/erasing :P


Yet, only a matter of time before they have the fastest write times


Get a Seagate... quiet as a church mouse.


Got a seagate, its anything but quiet ;)
Might be getting a Samsung F1 1TB soon to replace it


I have a Samsung 500GB, that thing is a load Mofo, and I've got some 320GB WDs, they are even loader. Strangely, though, I have a WD640GB and that thing is so silent, bloody awesome.
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Posted 08 October 2008 - 09:43 AM

Yeah, I wouldn't mind an SSD for my OS.
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Posted 08 October 2008 - 09:10 PM

I just read the new edition of the magazine today and felt I had to comment about the new Intel X-25M SSD. The perfomance that the review quoted is mindblowing. I was salivating at the prospect of having one of these in my system. That is till I read benchmark figures in several reviews of the said product on the web. Bear in mind here that most of these reviews based their benchmarks on 2 x WD Velociraptors in RAID 0 in comparison to the above SSD, while some dont. In short, there is a good performance gain if all your doing is reading from the SSD but not writing to. That is a bit of a let down considering that I was about to layout the said 600 asking price for one, if I could get my hands on it. For a lover of RAMdisks, I am absolutely smitten by the fact that one day we will be able to load things from drive and not wait an eternity for it to do so. Also bear in mind that the X25M is of a MLC architecture. So basically, for real world application, I dont think the 600 asking price is worth it just for fast access times.
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Posted 09 October 2008 - 08:17 AM

So what about reading and writing at the same time? I suppose it fragments at least traditional hard drives anyway... BTW, it's "you're".
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Posted 09 October 2008 - 06:09 PM

I am not sure about fragmentation, if that is what you mean but simply put, the write speed for X-25M is faster than the average HDD (5200rpm or 7200rpm) there is only a small percentage increase while giving blistering read speeds. http://www.tomshardw...SSD,2012-8.html shows some benchmark figures from the tests. This is only one of the sites who have reviewed said product but almost all the single drive to SSD test pretty much show the same result. Read speed is far lower than comparable HDD while read speeds are almost double anything on offer that was tested with it. So, extrapolating from that, if half your data is read and the other half write then its reasonable to believe that its performance in a basic read/write situation would deliver an approximate 50% increase in performance over a traditional HDD.

However, as a case in point, legitreviews website carried out a test of the X-25M with 2 WD Velociraptors in RAID 0 (about approximate price points)where it loaded crysis and in this case, the increase in load time was marginal in the order of 1 second difference between them. It was also claimed at IDF that one would see a 2x increase in FPS when using the SSD but testing showed, again, a marginal increase in performance.

I guess the question here is what you are using it for. For me, I just want blistering speed and I would fork out money for that kind of performance.
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Posted 09 October 2008 - 11:14 PM

http://thehottestgad...0-to-111-001321

USD$111 64gb flash drive. Sold out though.

Technically not SSD (is it?), but USB is close enough :P

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