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The 15 Winners of the "Explain a Samsung SSD" Contest

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Join team Tom's to try to win in Samsung's SSD contest. OPEN WORLDWIDE.

UPDATE: We have our winners! Listed below are the 15 lucky winners who received a 128GB Samsung SSD 830 series. They were chosen at random out of those who entered from Tom's Hardware. Thanks to everyone who entered. Hopefully there will be more contests open worldwide in the near future!

NameEntry
SyedThe Samsung SSD 830 is a new kind of hard-drive that is several magnitudes faster, allowing significantly faster internet browsing and computer start-up times.
DrakeIt's like a flash drive except it's on an adrenaline rush and it stays on the inside of the computer
MattImagine the pages of a book all see through and you can read them all at the same time super fast and its make sense. That's what an SSD is, a lightning fast thin book of information inside your computer.
JustinWell mom, the difference between a SSD and your hard drive now is that the SSD doesn't make noise, never forgets what you put on it, works faster, all in a small package with a bigger price. No, you cannot marry it. 
JamieYou know how an old record player plays vinyls? That's how a hard drive plays your favourite movie, or opens that document: with a needle and a bit of spin. A Samsung SSD 830 Series drive plays more of your records faster, and without the noisy needle and turntable.
BogdanThe SSD830 Series is great because not only it provides insanely high write speeds, but it also provides super high read speeds, which you will highly appreciate, especially if you are a normal/enthusiast PC user.
LarryThe Samsung SSD (solid state drive) 830 Series hard drive is better than a traditional hard drive because it has no moving parts which means everything on your computer loads faster.  The 830 Series is also faster than many other solid state hard drives on the market.
JeffreyA SSD is like an ink pen, easy to read, and easy to write with. A HDD is like a paint brush, harder to read when wrote with, and takes longer to write with.For the same reasons that we use pens, computers need SSD's. Speed, Efficiency.
AdrianSSD is like your storeroom where you can store everything and also you can find stuff faster and more efficient. 
BenLOL, mother its the next stage of hard drives. Instead of having spinning disks it uses memory. Which makes it fast, giving you more time to cook dinner. Quite simple really. We evolved. Shame you haven't in 20 years. So what's for dinner? Kfc?
KamalSSD's are incredibly fast and power efficient, and are replacing hard drives. The Samsung 830 series is more that thrice as fast as a hard drive, while consuming barely 30% it's power, & no marketing gimmicks here! That means that a computer will start in under half a minute! 
JohnA traditional hard drive needs to be spinning at a certain speed to work. This takes some time from a 'standing start'. An SSD doesn't have this requirements and thus works much faster – even though the difference is a fraction of a second each time, it soon mounts up.
JohanAn SSD is just a large memory card, like the one you use in your digital camera. Since it has no moving parts, it's faster and less sensitive than a hard drive, that, just like an old record player, has to physically move its stylus to read different data.
KhangAn SSD is the same as an HD. It's used by your computer to remember things, like your email or word file. The difference is when you want to open your email - it'll do it much faster. It also doesn't use as much electricity.
K.SSD or Samsung Snap Drive is what you need to get your system going Blazing fast.

Samsung's SSD Explanation Contest

We all know and love solid state drives. If you have 'em, you love 'em; if you don't, you want 'em. Heck, even if you have 'em, you want more. Everyone should get the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of an SSD – including your mother.

How would you even explain to your mother (or anyone who is not quite tech-savvy) exactly is what an SSD and why it's so great? (Or even why she should buy you one for Christmas!)

That's exactly what Samsung would like to know and it's making a contest out of it. Samsung is asking you for a simple, comprehensible explanation, in no more than 50 words of what a Samsung SSD 830 series is and what its product benefits are. (Hint: you can find some of those in our review if you need some help.)

The winning entry will be decided by an independent judging panel, which will evaluate on: The best explanation of what an SSD is; with an emphasis on simplicity of language, ease of comprehension, creativity and key product benefits.

The best entry will win a top-of-the-range custom-built PC from Samsung:

Hardware

Component

Processor

Intel i7-2600K 3.4GHz

Motherboard

Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z S1155

Memory

(2 x Samsung) 4GB 1600 UDIMM Modules.

Video/Graphics Card

EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti

SSD

Samsung SSD 830 Series (512GB)

Optical Drive

Samsung sh-222ab

Case

Thermaltake V9 BlacX

Power Supply

Corsair Enthusiast Series 750-Watt

Monitor

Samsung B2430H

Keyboard

Samsung pleomax k-300 black

Mouse

Samsung PLEOMAX; USB; Wireless; Optical Mouse; MOC-315B (MOC315B)

OS

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

There is also another dimension to winning Samsung's contest, and that's through some friendly competition. Tom's Hardware is competing against other outlets to see whose readers will submit the greatest number of entries. If Tom's Hardware emerges victorious with the biggest pile of entries, 15 Samsung 830 SSD 128 GB will be awarded to Tom's Hardware fans. This is a team effort!

Best of all, this contest is open worldwide to those age 18 and older. Furthermore, this contest will also accept entries in French, Spanish, German, and Italian (yes, the terms and conditions say English-only, but we've confirmed multilingual entries with Samsung). Please be sure to read the full terms and conditions on the entry form for the full details.

Ready? Submit your best SSD explanation here.

Contest closes at 7 a.m. EST December 12, 2011 and winners will be announce on or around December 16, 2011.

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    seller417 , November 19, 2011 1:22 AM
    ok mom, turn on you computer...now turn on mine.
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    TheWhiteRose000 , November 19, 2011 1:34 AM
    As how I explained it to my mother.

    Me: Hey Mom guess what SSD's are awesome wanna see why?
    Mom: Sure I guess?
    Me: -Throws Western Digital Terabyte on ground and it no longer works.
    Mom: WHAT THE HELL!
    Me: Throws Kingston SSD on the ground, still works.

    :D 
    Cool right
    Mom: Yes, but why'd you destroy your terabyte!
    Me: Pfft, you kidding that was my friend Billys.
    Billy: WHAT THE F--- BRO!


    Good times.
    -True Story-
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    Anonymous , November 19, 2011 1:37 AM
    My mother is cisco certified architect
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    Anonymous , November 19, 2011 1:19 AM
    The Greater GoodAn SSD has no moving parts and is faster than a magnetic drive. That's all they need to know.


    But how do they know what a magnetic drive is or does?
  • 41 Hide
    seller417 , November 19, 2011 1:22 AM
    ok mom, turn on you computer...now turn on mine.
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    runswindows95 , November 19, 2011 1:26 AM
    I give up. My mother barely know's what a computer is. I wouldn't even TRY to explain what an SSD is!
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    TheWhiteRose000 , November 19, 2011 1:34 AM
    As how I explained it to my mother.

    Me: Hey Mom guess what SSD's are awesome wanna see why?
    Mom: Sure I guess?
    Me: -Throws Western Digital Terabyte on ground and it no longer works.
    Mom: WHAT THE HELL!
    Me: Throws Kingston SSD on the ground, still works.

    :D 
    Cool right
    Mom: Yes, but why'd you destroy your terabyte!
    Me: Pfft, you kidding that was my friend Billys.
    Billy: WHAT THE F--- BRO!


    Good times.
    -True Story-
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    lysinger , November 19, 2011 1:36 AM
    Mom, think of your pet hamster and how cute it is as it runs on its wheel. Then feed it some crystal meth and watch it turn the wheel so quickly, his whole cage shakes and he shrieks with joy at his new found speed. That's an SSD.

    I am so not going to win this contest...
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    Novulux , November 19, 2011 1:36 AM
    The least tech savvy people would probably understand:
    Know how you have to wait a minute or two after turning a computer on to start doing stuff?
    Well, with these, it as well as starting other applications (things) takes mere seconds.

    Or are we assuming the person we are explaining it to also has some other handicaps?
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    descendency , November 19, 2011 1:36 AM
    I wouldn't. I generally operate on the "if you don't know what an SSD is, you probably don't need it" theory. If she asks me why I bought one, I'll just tell her it's new tech and she'll understand why I bought it... :D 
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    lp231 , November 19, 2011 1:37 AM
    A SSD is like a light switch. When you flip the switch, light immediately comes on. A SSD make softwares you use open instantly when you click on it.
    That's the best I can think of right now. :) 
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    boju , November 19, 2011 1:37 AM
    This was my entry =D

    SSD Super Speedy Drive. No more waiting to do the things you want to do on the computer. Allowing more time to do the housework.
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    Scoregie , November 19, 2011 1:37 AM
    It's a Really Really big Super Thumb Drive that goes REALLY REALLY FAST and makes every other computer part Happy!
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    Anonymous , November 19, 2011 1:37 AM
    My mother is cisco certified architect
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    loomis86 , November 19, 2011 1:40 AM
    This is easier than you guys think. Moms are not stupid. Just tell them a hard drive spins like a record player only faster, and is made out of the same material as an 8track tape(close enough for moms). Then tell them a SSD is solid state components like a transistor radio...no moving parts, no wires, no vacuum tubes, no magnets, no nothing.
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    yikuso , November 19, 2011 1:45 AM
    "There's a charged void crystal inside -- No, it won't explode. Oh, it stores data by phase shifting them to another dimension, and yes, it shifts them back when you need them. Sounds cool right?"
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    mikefxu , November 19, 2011 1:46 AM
    Pretend you are shopping, you have 100 items to pickup. You have to physically move to each item you wish to pickup. No matter how quick a shopper, picking up 100 items will still take a certain amount of time. The is essentially how a conventional hard drive works. It has to follow a physical path to pick up each piece of data. Now imagine if you had to pickup those same 100 items and instead of having to follow a physical path all you had to do was think of the next item and you were instantly in front of it. This would cut down your shopping time considerably. This is essentially how a solid state drive works. A conventional hard drive has to follow a physical path a solid state drive has direct access to each piece of data thereby increasing data collection and storage immensely.
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    lp231 , November 19, 2011 1:51 AM
    If your oven has a Samsung 830 SSD, baking has gone from minutes down to seconds.
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    QEFX , November 19, 2011 1:58 AM
    It's a really big, really fast thumbdrive.

    It's floppy drive.

    It's like a hard drive but faster, smaller and way more expensive.

    It's what Steve Jobs would have sold you, even if you didn't need one or even if you didn't have a computer.
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    billj214 , November 19, 2011 1:59 AM
    Dear Mom,

    Your new Laptop's came with an internal SSD drive also called "solid state drive" which uses a bunch of computer chips which store your data. The old hard drives used spinning disks similar to a record player but are capable of reading and writing. Now the best part about your new SSD drive is it's fast, no more going to get yell at dad while waiting for your PC to turn on! You may also want to know if you throw your laptop at dad (by accident) you won't lose any data or have to log back into Facebook because you had a blue screen, the SSD drives simply have no moving parts to break.

    :) 
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