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Would a SSD help a netbook with a slow ATOM 1.6ghz CPU?

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its a netbook with a slow CPU, i was thinking of adding SSD to it to help increase speed. But would that just bottleneck my system?


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SSD would increase read speed of your storage, in turn making it boot fast and programs that pull large amounts of information from storage will have decreased latency. Only thing I could think that possibly might speed up is with the fast read speed the pull from the page file might be faster (page file acts like RAM but not as good). Overall your gonna be limited to a small storage device and the gains will be minimal if not at all.
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I'd be weary of that, the CPU may get in the way a little.
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Once you load a program into RAM, SSD doesn't help much in terms of performance for "basic use" (if you're using programs that do a lot of I/O, then of course they're exceptions). I have a Samsung 830 64GB and 8GB of RAM in my laptop, and it starts to get a little sluggish with 2-3 Youtube videos running and switching between tabs when it's on Eco mode. Eco mode limits the CPU speed to 800mhz MAX. I can guarantee my i3 at 800mhz is faster than a 1.6ghz Atom dual-core. Tweaking the OS with 7Lite is a good start. Even better would be installing a lightweight Linux distro, either alongside the Windows or instead of Windows. Linux should give you a noticable "Wow" factor in terms of speed.
 
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I put an ssd in a similar netbook and saw no noticeable gains other than initial startup. Took it out within a week.

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Basically if you already have the maxed amount of RAM then your CPU will be the bottleneck.
Overall with a SSD I had a huge performance increase in general.
Loading Office was instant compared to like 10 seconds so the difference in productivity is night and day.
Especially in comparison to a 5400RPM drive it's worth it.
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