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QOTD: Have You Bought An SSD Yet?

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There's no doubt about it: one of the best ways to boost your computer's performance, is to upgrade your hard drive to a cutting edge solid state drive (SSD).

With no mechanical moving parts, no spinning platters, and just really fast flash memory, SSDs can instantly transform a sluggish computer into one with a whole new lease on life. Of course, this is due to the storage subsystem being the slowest part of a computer system. Your PC's CPU cache and main system memory are significantly faster than hard drives, so the CPU will always attempt to look up data in those two areas before resorting to hitting the hard drive.

With SSDs, having access times far superior to hard drives across their entire capacity range, they are must have for those craving the ultimate in performance. Unfortunately, they're still quite pricey. The good thing is that prices are falling swiftly.

The question of the day is: Have you upgraded to a SSD yet?

If so, which one?

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    unlicensedhitman , April 22, 2009 1:39 AM
    They are overpriced! For $300 for a 64 gig SSD, I can buy close to 3X 1 Terabye hardddrives!
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    unlicensedhitman , April 22, 2009 1:39 AM
    They are overpriced! For $300 for a 64 gig SSD, I can buy close to 3X 1 Terabye hardddrives!
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    RiotSniperX , April 22, 2009 1:44 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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    theguy82 , April 22, 2009 1:47 AM
    I have not and probably won't for at least another year or 2. Or whenever the price drops significantly.
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    matt87_50 , April 22, 2009 1:47 AM
    not yet, cant decide weather to get a 128gig SSD or a 2TB normal HDD
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    christop , April 22, 2009 1:47 AM
    Not until the price comes down and the storage goes up...
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    airborne11b , April 22, 2009 1:49 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.
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    Anonymous , April 22, 2009 1:51 AM
    Overpriced, in Brazil i don't think i'll afford one soon.
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    mamw93 , April 22, 2009 1:51 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.
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    Anonymous , April 22, 2009 1:52 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.
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    curnel_D , April 22, 2009 1:58 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.
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    g0rilla , April 22, 2009 2:02 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.
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    mcnuggetofdeath , April 22, 2009 2:04 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
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    alphacrux , April 22, 2009 2:05 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.
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    scryer_360 , April 22, 2009 2:07 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.
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    sonofliberty08 , April 22, 2009 2:13 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 .
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    cruiseoveride , April 22, 2009 2:16 AM
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    dimar , April 22, 2009 2:18 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).
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    ryanaxiom , April 22, 2009 2:20 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 $50 each from Newegg on sale a while ago. I plan on getting 2 more when the price gets even lower or on ebay to have 4 in RAID 0.
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    radiowars , April 22, 2009 2:21 AM
    Waiting. Would like to get a ~150GB one, but 400$ is WAY too much. Only for the few and the extreme.
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    keither5150 , April 22, 2009 2:23 AM
    No. Once I can get a 256 for $150 or so, I will get one.
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