What's the difference in loading times between a 7200 rpm drive and an SSD? friend of mine says that its not worth it since the difference is only a couple of seconds. furthermore, i read an article that SSDs lose performance over a certain span of time.
If you are benchmark junkie, you will drool over an SSD. Here's a real life measurement in same box .... w/ Vertex 3 Max IOPS (Tier 3 = fastest available for 120GB size) on SATA 0 and Seagate Barracuda XT (one of the fastest 7200 ro HD's) on SATA 1. I can select which one to boot off of from the BIOS
I really like where the Seagate Momentus XT series is heading, because I firmly believe all-in-one hybrid storage solutions are the future... at least until NAND flash components can cost as much as mechanical counterparts. Multi-part hybrid solutions with 3rd party software, such as those currently promoted by the competition, are hardly a match for integrated hybrid products like Momentus XT. Now grown to offer 750 Gigabytes of storage capacity, the new second-generation Seagate Momentus XT is offering the best of both worlds better than anyone else.
The Momentus boots to Windows a second slower (17 secs) than the dedicated SSD (16 secs)