Certain people don't seem to understand that an SSD makes your system feel more responsive since the OS files are now on their own dedicated drive AND they can be accessed in a fraction of the time it takes a regular HDD to get them. The feel of the system is the change, while load/save times are a close 2nd. Your system feels like it's worth about 5 times its cost when you add in an SSD as the OS drive.
You'll find that games feel better because your computer is no longer getting OS files from the same Hard Drive as your games are on. It makes a HUGE difference, even if the game is not on the SSD.
An SSD is the single best long term upgrade you can make. Period.
Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm
I have a SSD...an OCZ Vertex 2 and it is the most pointless piece of hardware I own. It means fast boot times...but that is it. As far as this "snappiness" goes that people mention...that is just another way to say there is no measureable performance gain and that it just feels quicker. If it can't be timed or measured then the feeling is just imagined.
Wrong. My wife has a decent gamer system without an SSD, and I can tell you that whenever I launch a program on her computer, no matter what it may be, her system chokes a little before launching the program. It's latency caused by the access times of the HDD.
My system with a Vertex 2 (like yours) experiences no such "choke point" The computer opens the program and moves on, like nothing happened. Some people that have SSD's eventually forget how incredible an SSD is for everyday computer usage. Go back to a regular Hard Drive as your OS drive, and tell me how it feels. The difference between a computer with its OS on a Mechanical Drive and a computer with its OS on an SSD is night and day.
If your system does not feel noticeably snappier with an SSD, something is wrong. Either the SSD is defective, or you didn't set up your system correctly. Or perhaps you just think it was wasted money. I think my Vertex 2 was the best upgrade I've ever made. It felt like going from 2GB RAM to 64GB RAM (yea, that's an exaggeration, but I've never had a system feel this responsive before.)Edited by Mad Pistol - 10/7/11 at 10:51am