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SSDs overrated?

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January 29, 2013 3:37:20 AM

I've had my SSD for almost a month, and I honestly cannot see what all the hype is about. Its maybe 5 seconds faster in game loading times at the most, but basically everything else you do after you logon to Windows sees little to no performance increase. Boot time and logon time at least see significant improvements, but it hardly justifies my $100 purchase of a 120GB drive. CPU helps performance MUCH more overall from my experiences, from boot time to launching apps to game loading times. Either I am doing something wrong, or SSDs are overrated as hell. I have used both Windows 8 and Windows 7, and SSD performance does not change, only the normal differences such as Windows 8's faster boot time, file transfer, ect.

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January 29, 2013 4:29:24 AM

lol i just installed a samsung 840 pro 256gb SSD TODAY and im starting to think that. Windows and games boot up noticeably faster but i wasnt waiting too long with my previous hard drive. had a seagate momentus xt 7200 rpm hybrid drive. the SSD is noticeably more quiet though.

scored a 7.9 on WEI and samsung magacian benchmarks showed 500 mb/s + for both read and write. its nice but a complete luxury item. If i was building a computer a SSD would probably be the LAST thing id get after all the money goes towards the best CPU and graphics card possible.
January 29, 2013 9:01:03 PM

Well, SSD's are not reallymeant as primary storage. They are meant as boot drives or system drives for fast access time to your OS and critical applications.

Going forward they will be used more as caching drives than system drives.
So if you use the ssd as a cache drive paired with a hard drive commonly accessed games and application will take advantage of the fast access times.
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January 29, 2013 11:45:05 PM

I moved from 2 raptors in RAID 0 to an SSD and I couldn't be happier with the result. I notice my system is significantly more response. If you have sufficient memory, SSDs are really only going to affect load times, but even then I think they are a worthwhile investment if you are concerned about performance.
January 30, 2013 2:42:38 AM

If you have a $2000 machine then there is no reason not to throw in an SSD but for anything under $1000 SSDs aren't needed.
January 30, 2013 4:24:20 PM

SSD's are great for certain situations, particularly for laptops. I put an ssd in my laptop and I gained two things, 1. my boot up time went from around 3 minuets to 30 seconds (it's an older laptop), 2. I can run around with my laptop without worrying about a hard drive failure.

I also put an ssd in my desktop, I would say that the ssd in my laptop is more valuable, but I am also really impatient so the quicker boot up time is really nice, however once I am booted it has little effect beyond boot.

In my opinion, SSDs aren't overrated, with laptops they seem to be underutilized, but they are less useful for desktops, which are stationary and more likely to be left on longer.
January 30, 2013 7:27:10 PM

They're great on power and much more reliable than the traditional HDD which makes them great for notebooks. And even in desktops they aren't too bad if you still want to be able to use your computer if your HDD fails. I guess I'm just a little annoyed it didn't meet my expectations for it. There is really way too much hype about them in my opinion. I really wish I would've kept the money and saved up for an FX 8320 and Hyper 212 EVO.
January 31, 2013 12:55:05 AM

It all depends on what you use your computer for. In my laptop I am getting almost an extra hour of battery life after installing a samsung 840 250 GB SSD. IF you do anything with large databases ( even outlook with their obese PST files ) then SSD can help a lot. I am putting 6 of them into my new server. As far as I am concerned they are worth their weight in gold.
February 9, 2013 6:58:19 PM

Then again you are right. SSD are overrated. I guess thats why I see so many guys using old LTO tape drives as the primary in their gaming rig : )
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