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Hi all. This is my first real post here on overclock.net so go gentle on me lol.

I recently decided to get an SSD to run my OS on and i was curious to see the difference between my old HD and new SSD. Since i had a few other HD's around i thought id test from old to new to see the comparison between old style HD's and newer technology.

Unfortunately my budget was extremely limited and i went with an OCZ Vertex 32Gb as it was the best i could get with the funds i had. But despite this i actually quite like the Vertex and it performs much much better than i had expected, and as the drive is only for the OS i don't really need the worlds fastest SSD.

Once the drive was fitted, installation of Windows 7 64bit took just 15minutes 48 seconds, from power on to usable desktop. I thought the installation was quick but after testing boot times i was surprised further

Booting into Windows takes just 19 seconds from power on !!!!

After much faffing about i got all the other test drives installed and let the system settle for a week. The drives i tested are as follows >>>

OCZ Vertex 32Gb (1st edition fw1.6 )
WD Velociraptor 80Gb ( Brand new )
Seagate Barracuda 500Gb 7200rpm
Seagate 160Gb IDE bog standard drive

I used a mix of HDTune , CrystalDiskMark, and ATTO. These tests are just a general reflection on the different drives performance an so are not by any means a thorough test. The differences i thought were quite amazing, especially in the small random read/writes. But they say a picture speaks a thousand words so here you go...from quickest to slowest...

Vertex SSD

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WD Velociraptor

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Seagate 500Gb 7200rpm

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Seagate IDE 160Gb

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As you can see the results for the small random read/writes are quite different from drive to drive explaining why ssd's are so quick ! Results from HDTune >>

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So there we go ! The differences you can see for yourselves. The small read/writes are certainly an awesome improvement over mechanical drives as well as the lightening access times that ssd's offer. Part of the reason i posted this is because when i tried to research the Vertex's performance in real world terms i could not find anything so i hope this might help someone decide whether or not they will upgrade to SSD.

If you are considering moving to SSD i would say go for it ! The improvements over Mechanical HD's is vast, not only read/write speeds but access times too which is what helps the ssd to be so damn quick. There are tweeks needed to get the best out of them and they do have their downsides but if you want a quick responsive system then they are the best route to go imo.

* NOTE * My Motherboard does not suppport AHCI so the SSD is running in IDE mode ( ? ) so i could have got even better performance from the ssd had my mobo supported AHCI mode But it's still all good
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Welcome to overclock.net!

Nice benchmarks! Nicely laid out.

Sounds like you got some real-world benefits from that SSD. 19 second boots!
     
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hitachi 2TB - HDS723020BLA64 Crucial M500 960GB - CT960M500SSD1 WD 4TB Black - WD4001FAEX WD 4TB Black - WD4001FAEX 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Seagate 2TB - ST2000DM001 WD 640GB Black - WD6401AALS Seagate 6TB - ST6000DM001 Micron M500 - MTFDDAK480MAV 
Optical DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
Pioneer DVR-115DBK Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE LG GH22NS90 Lite-On EBAU108 External DVD 
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Noctua NH-D15 Fractal Design 140mm Fan - FD-FAN-140 Fractal Design 120mm Fan - FD-FAN-120 Windows 7 
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Samsung 2343BWX 23" (2048x1152) BenQ GW2765HT 27" IPS LCD Monitor (2560x1440) Genius Keyboard KB-G235 PA 
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Seasonic Platinum 1000w PSU - SS-1000XP Fractal Design Define R5 Steelseries Rival 6500 dcpi Mousepad + Desk 
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Onboard Realtek® ALC 892 Cyber Acoustics CA-2992 2.0 Speakers Razer Krait 1600 DPI nGear G-C1601 Card Reader 
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Thanks Kramy !! And yes the real world benefits are nice indeed

I knew SSD's would be quick but until you experience it for yourself you just don't realise how quick

ps i like your avatar
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