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Theyre slower (r/w) speeds than normal drives AND they cost more, so why do people get them?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820167047

This is a perfect example, 90mb/s write, my HDD has better speeds than that. And its 175$ for 80gb. not to mention 25nm NAND.
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They are very reliable.
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I got one because I had best buy credit and thats all they had.
I get 250 read and write, and around 50-75 random Read/Write...not so bad IMO
    
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That's why, also does a good job and I got mine pretty cheap.

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1. pretty cheap

2. at the time, sandforce and Illindrix had slower random reads, which is what matters for a boot drive
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post #6 of 57
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Theyre slower (r/w) speeds than normal drives AND they cost more, so why do people get them?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820167047

This is a perfect example, 90mb/s write, my HDD has better speeds than that. And its 175$ for 80gb. not to mention 25nm NAND.
That's a 320, not X25-M.

120GB 320 vs 600GB Velociraptor: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/370?vs=182


Your HDD does 90MB/s sequential writes which make up less than 5% of disk usage. It does less than 2MB/s random writes while this SSD can do 55MB/s. In the most important disk metric, HDDs do less than 2MB/s random reads while this SSDs can hit 60MB/s.


Basically, SSDs are 30-100 times faster in random performance and 1-6 times faster in sequential performance. Considering that 90%+ of disk access is random... the benefit is clear.
Edited by DuckieHo - 7/19/11 at 10:14am
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post #7 of 57
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Write times are too slow IMO. I write faster on my mai9n set of drives.
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post #8 of 57
Do you even understand the benefits of SSD'S?

Who in the world gets a SSD for its writing capability.....
    
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Trust me, your hard drive does NOT have better speeds than the Intel SSD.

Just launch any old hard drive benching app and look at random writes, the thing most likely to bog down your machine. Compare your hdd's random write speed with the Intel SSD. Yeah, thats whats up.

Remember also that even if an SSD has lower read and write speeds it will still feel faster than a mechanical drive due to insanely low latency.
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Just run pcmark7 on both and you will be able to see the difference. Enough said
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