So, I have a X25-M 80GB SSD Gen2 from Intel that I got for a discount in a promotional offer.
I currently have 2x 320GB 7200RPM HDDs in RAID 0 and it seems fast already.
A friend is offering to trade me an ATI 5850 for the SSD. My graphics card is pretty good already, so the 5850 will be an improvement, but not a significant improvement.
For the people who have installed the SSD - how much faster does it "feel"? How much faster do games, applications, etc run, and is the performance boost worth the effort of reinstalling the OS, programs, etc?
Another question, since the SSD is 2.5inch, will it fit in a floppy cage of a computer case? Or do I need to specifically buy 2.5 to 3.5 adapters?
Also, if I were to use the SSD, what do you suggest: 1. Use the SSD for the OS and use my 2x 320GB RAID0 as storage 2. Use the SSD for the OS and use my 2x320GB as storage, but switch to RAID1 instead 3. Ditch my 2x 320gbs and get a single 1TB HDD
I don't know how much you need for storage, but I assume that it is < 320gb since you can consider raid-1.
I would use the SSD as the OS drive and put my current game and apps on it up to 75% full. Use one 320 drive for storage, and mount the second 320 drive in an external case for backups. External backups will protect you from more failure types than raid-1.
Another option is to sell the SSD and use the funds for something of more value to you. Perhaps a second monitor?
When the quad cores came out you had people writing reviews that said you could run 10 apps 2 games and run an anti virus scan at the same time. Total BS obviously. With an SSD you can open a half dozen apps at the same time and surf the net........ total time for ALL apps to start up...... ummmm... "3 seconds "?..... try that on your 320 hard drive. It takes 30 seconds for it to start thinking if it want to open only one of those.... Sarcasm but should give you an idea of what they are capable of.