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QOTD: Have You Bought An SSD Yet?

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April 22, 2009 1:39:36 AM

They are overpriced! For $300 for a 64 gig SSD, I can buy close to 3X 1 Terabye hardddrives!
April 22, 2009 1:44:31 AM

Yea, when the 128gb gets around the $100 range ill buy it, but i dont see a need for one now as a 7200 rpm does fine for now.
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April 22, 2009 1:47:12 AM

I have not and probably won't for at least another year or 2. Or whenever the price drops significantly.
April 22, 2009 1:47:33 AM

not yet, cant decide weather to get a 128gig SSD or a 2TB normal HDD
April 22, 2009 1:47:51 AM

Not until the price comes down and the storage goes up...
April 22, 2009 1:49:26 AM

I agree with last 2 posters. I use 7200 rpm hard drive, and I don't feel as if my load times on any games or programs are so slow to the point where it's an issue.

I'd gladly pay $2 to $3 per GB on a SSD, but at 300 for 64GB, thats just crazy for something that doesn't improve FPS in games.

And when it comes to load times for people who don't care about gaming, I can't think of any program that loads so slow that I would want to fork over a ton of cash for such a small drive size for the sake of performance.
April 22, 2009 1:51:19 AM

Overpriced, in Brazil i don't think i'll afford one soon.
April 22, 2009 1:51:52 AM

Yes. I only bought a small one to load Vista onto and my games... but O delete them once I have beat them so space isn't a big deal. I LOVE the read speeds but write speeds could use some improving. Though they are better than a 7200rpm drive I would like to see better.
April 22, 2009 1:52:26 AM

Nope too overpriced.

I will buy a SSD once...

1) They get the same price/gigabyte as hard drives

2) They address the short write life. IE once they can remove the wear leveling crap.

Until then ill keep my 10k drive, which is already plenty fast. I dont wait for files at all. Who cares if a SSD is 10 times faster when a 10k drive is already only takes a tiny fraction of a second to do what i ask of it.

When SSDs have a 100k write cycle life, and are ~$150 for 512+ gigabytes ill buy one.
April 22, 2009 1:58:53 AM

I've used them a few times, but only installations for buisness equiptment. They're quick, but the fastest ones arent worth it unless you've got shareholders backing your financials up.
April 22, 2009 2:02:34 AM

Nope. Price must come down and the capacity must go up. I can't afford the drives to load all of the programs I use on them. At the least, I would need one for Windows, one for games (at least 500GB) and one for video editing. The music and TV shows could stay on a mechanical drive.
April 22, 2009 2:04:45 AM

Nope. The crappy 4gb one that came in my eee pc has like 5 i/o per second, 40mb/s read and 15mb/s write. So needless to say im skeptical, even of intel and claimed read speeds of 200mb/s. Ive got a 500Gb 7200.12 that gets 130mb/s read and write that i picked up for $60. I can get a second and a 2x Sata RAID controller for only another $90 ( Rosewill RAID card ). In RAID 1 that would get me well over 200mb/s read for a total of $150. 1/3 the price of intel's model, but with 3x the storage
April 22, 2009 2:05:01 AM

Yes, X25-M for boot drive. Love the quietness and responsiveness. Will never go back to a hard drive for boot. Planning to put this in HTPC. Love it so much that I bought two more for raid-0 boot drive in next build. Yes, they are expensive, but I am not a gamer so I get by with an inexpensive 4670 graphics card and a modest 500W power supply.
April 22, 2009 2:07:23 AM

I've installed the Patriot PE256GS25SSDR in two setups, both times well worth it. I've compared the stats to the Intel SSDs to, and it seems the Patriot is faster overall. It doesn't have the same read speeds (barely), but the extra capacity is well worth it. With the Intel SSDs, you can only install the OS and a few programs before you max it out. The PE256GS25SSDR has much more capacity.
April 22, 2009 2:13:29 AM

no ... price are too high and the capacity are low , and i don't wanna be the white mouse in the lab , wait for another two years to see if it fix all its problem first .
April 22, 2009 2:18:48 AM

I'm planning to get one as soon as prices go down for 256Gig one. I'd like to connect one to my Asus WL-500W router to have access to all my music and maybe movies across the whole house. HDD will be too noisy and unreliable in the long run (I think).
April 22, 2009 2:20:25 AM

Yes, 2 OCZ Core V2 30GB in RAID 0 on an Adaptec raid card. The performance is awesome!!! These drives aren't really too expensive, I got them for $50 each from Newegg on sale a while ago. I plan on getting 2 more when the price gets even lower or on ebay to have 4 in RAID 0.
April 22, 2009 2:21:00 AM

Waiting. Would like to get a ~150GB one, but 400$ is WAY too much. Only for the few and the extreme.
April 22, 2009 2:23:06 AM

No. Once I can get a 256 for $150 or so, I will get one.
April 22, 2009 2:26:29 AM

Yup, OCZ Vertex series are cheap and super fast especially when in raid 0.

The difference from regular drives is night and day.
April 22, 2009 2:31:59 AM

I would buy the 300GB velociraptor long before I get a SSD. You can get 2 velociraptor for the price of one 250GB SSD.
April 22, 2009 2:32:55 AM

Correction: 3 velociraptor
April 22, 2009 2:36:28 AM

You all need to realize you dont need a massive SSD. You need enough room for OS and apps, and grab some regular old drives for storage.
April 22, 2009 2:43:11 AM

2 32GB X25-Es in Raid 0. I had heard they were fast, but seeing them in action is pretty sweet stuff
April 22, 2009 2:51:50 AM

No, like many posters I too will wait for prices to actually reach reasonable levels before even considering one.

Then there is this issue: "2) They address the short write life. IE once they can remove the wear leveling crap."

That's more important than price.
April 22, 2009 2:56:40 AM

The OCZ Vertex series makes it REALLY appealing, but the problem is that I would still need a conventional hard drive because of the video/audio editing I do. I've settled for getting a great computer with a good HDD (WD Caviar Black 640GB) and get an SSD sometime in the future for my OS and programs, then use the HDD for media only.
April 22, 2009 2:59:55 AM

No need. I'm happy with my WD 1TB Black edition. Even though I'm not using most of it, yet, SDDs don't have enough capacity for me. If I want more disk performance I can add another 2 for RAID 5. Not only that, but I don't like the short write life of SDDs.
April 22, 2009 3:13:28 AM

nope, price
April 22, 2009 3:23:06 AM

Yes. Intel X25-M 160GB, and I've installed firmware 1.1. Bought it instead of the X25-E because of hard drive size. Most noticable upgrade ever; reminds me of P4/4GB -> Core/8GB upgrade.
April 22, 2009 3:24:19 AM

I have the Samsung SSD's in my main computer 2 x 64 in raid. I have a 64 gig Samsung in my Play Station 3 and I have a 32 gig version in my Dell Latitude laptop. I've had about 5 sets or rapter drives in my PC's over the years and I love the SSD's. My entire room is no longer dominated by hard drive chatter.

April 22, 2009 3:26:40 AM

By the way, with only a 6600 quad core, Vista X64 loads in about 3 seconds with 2 Samsung SSD's in raid. The Vista load bar basically flashes up and maybe scrolls one and I'm in Vista after Bios post. That was a good 5 seconds faster the rapters in raid.
April 22, 2009 3:29:41 AM

The difference is unbelievable. I just bought an X25-M (80GB) for my Dell D630 and it doesn't even begin to compare with the 160GB 7200.3 I had before, which is one of the faster drives you can get for a laptop.

The lack of noise and heat + reduced power usage are all icing on the cake.

I will probably get a small one for my htpc soon, but my desktop drives don't feel nearly as slow as my 7200.3 did. Plus, 2TB of flash storage isn't going to be cheap.
April 22, 2009 3:38:54 AM

i Have a Dell Percision M6400 with raid 0 between a dell samsung 128FB RBX and a corsair 128GB SSD i would have to say they are fast. IT is the FASTEST boot i have seen (actualy second fastest i saw a dell Percision T7400 with 8 64GB samsung SSDs in a raid 0 that booted to vista in 1 minute 45seconds bios/15 seconds to the os with antivirus and cs4 ect.) It boots to windows in 45-50 seconds 20 seconds bios rest is windows.
April 22, 2009 3:40:58 AM

I went with the OCZ Vertex (60gb), but I still have a seagate and a Western digital HD (both 500gb) as well.
April 22, 2009 3:48:16 AM

cliffroNo, like many posters I too will wait for prices to actually reach reasonable levels before even considering one. Then there is this issue: "2) They address the short write life. IE once they can remove the wear leveling crap."That's more important than price.

^This, basically^
April 22, 2009 3:54:31 AM

I'm confused. I mean, some of the SSDs like those from OCZ have higher capacity and lower prices than the Intel ones. Do these ones have higher access times?
April 22, 2009 3:56:53 AM

Yep I picked up a 32gb patriot warp and put it in my msi wind. I turned on some of the tweaks and performance is spectacular except I do see stuttering but its pretty rare. And a 27 second boot up time (after I got everything installed) more than makes up for it. I didn't need the space I mean its a netbook and I just use it for the basics.

I'm planning on picking up 2 60gb vertex's (or whatever is reasonable)for my desktop and putting them in raid 0 when Windows 7 comes out. I really need the price to come down about 40-50% though. We'll see what happens but that would be amazing performance. I wouldn't buy another ssd with a jmicron controller with the vertex and supertalents indilink controller ssds out now.
April 22, 2009 3:58:42 AM

I've been considering it. I actually had an order placed for 4x 30GB Vertex in January, but I got bored of the consistent "next week..." from OCZ and spent my money elsewhere.

I'll probably try to get my hands on either a Z-Drive or the next gen Intel drives when they exist.
April 22, 2009 4:06:27 AM

I would like to get one for my games drive to eliminate some HDD lag problems I encounter, but can't justify the cost yet (it would be cheaper to build a stripe set to handle the issue).

I definitely will not use one as a boot drive until I hear fragmentation issues are resolved and they improve the number of write cycles. Windows simply does too many small writes and I have seen several articles on how these drives slow over time as they fragment. Perhaps new controllers will address that...

I am not terribly worried about capacity. If I actually took the time to clean up my HDD I would only have 100-120GB of data and software. Items that don't require speed can stay on a standard HDD for the foreseeable future.
April 22, 2009 4:13:10 AM

I'll get one when it's a buck per 2 gigs and fast. Hard drives are getting bigger than I need them to be and I suppose I could throw in a cheap one for mass storage.

It'd be nice if windows 7 would make SSD ownership easier by making it default to store apps on the boot drive and their non-time-critical data (movies, music, etc...) on a secondary drive.
April 22, 2009 4:13:36 AM

Not yet, but planning to get 2 for raid 0 when I build my new system for Windows 7. Thus far it will be either Patriot or Intel.
April 22, 2009 4:32:10 AM

I spec'd a velociraptor for the system drive in my new CAD workstation. When I replace it in a few years it would probably be appropriate to use a SSD for the OS.

I have considered an ultraportable laptop and some of those make use of SSD's.
April 22, 2009 4:32:59 AM

I have some 64 GB OCZ SSD in my desktop, yeah.
April 22, 2009 4:34:40 AM

Regardless of price (well, the more affordable the better), large capacity, reliability and long life are MUCH more important for me, and the photos I take, both professionally and personally. So no, I do not have an SSD yet.
April 22, 2009 4:49:48 AM

Waiting for the price of the 160 GB SSDs to fall - it'll have to be either the OCZ Vertex, the new Samsung PB22 based drives or if Intel drops the price of its X-25M.

I think there'll be faster adoption of these drives if you can get 160 gigs for ~USD 350. Still considerably more then the 7200 rpm drives, but in a notebook, the low power and heat, silent use and lesser weight will be a fantastic upgrade.
April 22, 2009 4:50:41 AM

Yes, I have 6 x Patriot Warp v2 32GB, setup in RAID5. Each drive was about 112.00 Canadian on sale, normal price was 154.00.

Spec's and model is:
Patriot PE32GS25SSDR Warp 32GB 2.5IN SATA2 Solid State Disk
Sequential Access - Read up to 175MB/s
Sequential Access - Write up to 100MB/s

No noise at all from these, very very fast read and write speeds.

Cost of course is the biggest issue still with any SSD's on the market.
April 22, 2009 5:09:21 AM

Not yet. They're too pricey and don't have enough storage space. I'll wait til the price comes down and the storage goes up.
April 22, 2009 5:13:37 AM

Yes! Never going back to HD for my main computer.