Intel Pits HDD Against SSD in Human Productivity Faceoff

If you're reading Tom's Hardware, you're probably well aware of the advantages of a solid state drive over a traditional hard drive. However, not all users are as tech savvy. Many people have little to no idea of the difference an SSD could make to their system until they see the difference for themselves. Intel took a handful of office workers and gave them a 'productivity test,' pitting each worker against an actor using a machine with an SSD. Sadly, the video doesn't go as far as to reveal the truth to those featured, or even ask them what they thought of the difference in speed. Still, it's interesting to watch despite this. Check it out for yourself below:

Note that Intel rolled out this video shortly before the launch of its SATA III drives, but it's still amusing to see how the company is trying to convey a faster technology to the masses.

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  • dr1337
    "awww yea baby!!" hahaha that was my favorite part
  • melvis72
    So how stacked was this, nice that they don't say what the HDD speed is. We know the SSD is going to be fast but it seems like one of those supposed humor commercials.
  • acadia11
    Truly, scientific ... not
  • dalethepcman
    So mean to give someone a standard HDD and another person a SSD and ask them to copy 3.6GB of files.. Kind of funny though how she kept egging on the other competitors "are you sure its not user error?" "Did you do it right?"
  • bison88
    lol I don't know what it is about that actor lady, but she made me laugh the entire time doing the whole "arrogant employee" thing.

    Wasn't too long ago this video would have been RAID0 vs regular hard drive. SSD's slap even my RAID0 around.
  • RealBeast
    SSDs open my games faster so I later have time to do real work, so yup SSDs enhance my productivity.
  • phate
    acadia11Truly, scientific ... not
    Yes, but in some ways even staged events better convey the actually benefits of something rather than soulless numbers.
  • teh_chem
    Well, can't see the video at work, but from my own experiences with a SSD computer at home and my crappy 5200RPM HDD laptop provided by work, I am frequently sitting, waiting for my computer to finish some task or another. Then again, you can do other things if your computer is chugging--it's mostly the "why does this computer have to be so slow vs. my home computer" frustration issue.
  • mcd023
    I just got a Crucial 128GB Vertex 3 to supplement the 320GB in my lappy. The side effect is that my desktop has become slower. lol
  • techcurious
    hehe.. this was like one of those "Just for Laughs" hidden camera videos.. except that it's only funny to nerds like us! ;)