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

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!

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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.

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:

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ProcessorIntel i7-2600K 3.4GHz
MotherboardAsus Maximus IV Extreme-Z S1155
Memory(2 x Samsung) 4GB 1600 UDIMM Modules.
Video/Graphics CardEVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
SSDSamsung SSD 830 Series (512GB)
Optical DriveSamsung sh-222ab
CaseThermaltake V9 BlacX
Power SupplyCorsair Enthusiast Series 750-Watt
MonitorSamsung B2430H
KeyboardSamsung pleomax k-300 black
MouseSamsung PLEOMAX; USB; Wireless; Optical Mouse; MOC-315B (MOC315B)
OSWindows 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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • The Greater Good
    An SSD has no moving parts and is faster than a magnetic drive. That's all they need to know.
  • 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?
  • kyee7k
    It has a very fast boot sequence. That's all they need to know.
  • seller417
    ok mom, turn on you turn on mine.
  • spentshells
    Mom it is a big memory card that makes the computer load up faster
  • runswindows95
    I give up. My mother barely know's what a computer is. I wouldn't even TRY to explain what an SSD is!
  • TheWhiteRose000
    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.
    Me: Throws Kingston SSD on the ground, still works.

    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-
  • lysinger
    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...
  • Novulux
    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?
  • descendency
    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