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Is this a good SSD?

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I've heard about SSD drives running out of writes? How long should this one last? Is this a good SSD? What type of speed jumps would I see coming from a 7200rpm drive?
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Its a good solid 2nd generation SSD - you should see speeds of nearly triple of what a typical 7200rpm desktop drive is theoretically capable of - biggest thing is access time which is close to 0ms vs a desktop which is 14ms+ and small writes.

MTBF is usually stated at 1,000,000 hours, so your data is pretty safe from failure. You can do things to minimize writes to the drive, the biggest thing is to not fill the drive to give it as much room for wear leveling, though the drive automatically portions several GB for wear leveling.
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Here is a link to newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...air-_-20233188

Your average 7200 rpm drive will run between 60mbs - 100mbs.
That ssd will do the following
Max Sequential Read:Up to 270MB/s
Max Sequential Write:Up to 240MB/s
MTBF:2,000,000 hours
Very nice jump in performance.

I hope this helps!
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It's not just about the boost in read and write speeds, that's only a part of the complete picture.

It's also about the fact that SSDs have no "spin-up" time, as there are no moving parts; your traditional hard drive has a spindle and platter etc, a similar concept to one of those old, wind-up music players, where it reads data from a disc.

This results in 0.1ms latency time, which means there is no seek or response time when reading or writing data, compared to the 10-12ms of traditional hard drives. This is a huge factor, since that means data is read and written instantly, due to the presence of memory chips and a fast SSD controller that handles all this workload.

So the bottom line is that a SSD not only has much faster read and write speeds (up to 100-200MB faster in your situation), but it also means the drive has next to 0 delay/latency time when dealing with data, and that means it's blazingly fast.
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