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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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: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!

 

Samsung 2.5" 64GB SATA II SSD

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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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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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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

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/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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.tomshardware.com/reviews/Intel-...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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I once met someone who had a wrist-watch that had a USB connector in one end of the strap. It doubled as a USB flash drive.

 

I keep thinking of this watch everytime I see this thread. I've now shared this anecdote and will hopefully have some closure. :D

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I once met someone who had a wrist-watch that had a USB connector in one end of the strap. It doubled as a USB flash drive.

 

I keep thinking of this watch everytime I see this thread. I've now shared this anecdote and will hopefully have some closure. :D

 

I had one of those. I would prefer a reasonably priced SSD though.

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Looks like Samsung are building up there production and stocks to flood the market with SSD's

 

this announcement follows a series of very bold (or even aggressive) moves on the SSD market, which included the release of a 64 GB SSD back in the second half of 2007, as well as a statement revealing the company's intentions of starting mass production on a 256-GB version by this year's end. And it's no wonder that they're so eager to pump low-cost SSDs towards consumers, especially since the sales in this particular segment of the storage solution market are expected to increase by a whopping 800 percent by 2010

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Once they can get Vista and SSds playing along well soon, then I'd give it 12 months and most laptops beyond the budget range will be SSD.

 

Longer term I wouldn't want to be a minor player in the magnetic HD market (which I guess is why Fujitsu looks to be selling to WD).

 

The mag hard disk market will end up being either budget OEM, or mass storage options - I'm sure it's not just competition that's seeing 1TB drives getting so cheap. The HDD manufacturers want people addicted to downloading movies and TV shows, doing video editing, and believing you need a couple of 500GB drives in a machine, because people consuming 50GB/month of disk space won't consider a SSD.

 

I wonder if the SD consortium will start to promote for SD cards as a content distribution format eventually as a way to take on optical media. Netbooks are showing people that you can happily live without any removable media except flash. I'd be happy to see blu-ray replaced with a SS replacement

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