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Just what the title says.
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There is only 1 con to SSD's and that is capacity.

Use your current HDD's as storage and get your self an SSD for all your mostly used programs and windows.

Follow this guide, and welcome to the greatest PC upgrade you'll ever make hands down.

However, if you want some pro's here we go; No heat generated, stupidly fast, power efficient, small factor and becoming cheaper almost every day.

Quick edit; Another over looked benefit to SSD's, especially in portable devices (ultrabooks/notebooks) is they are much more resistant to shock. Obviously, as there is no moving parts to knock out of alignment. No wear from constant spinning, too. Forgot that as well.
Edited by Nicnivian - 1/31/13 at 12:22am
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Cons.. outside of price for larger capacities I am not aware of any

Pros... biggest one is access time to the drive. It is almost instantaneous. You get nice big bench numbers but access time is where it's at. No heat or sound to speak of either, very small form factor.
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Pros: Probably the best upgrade when it comes to speeding up real world performance of your machine (boot is very fast, programs load faster, games load faster, etc). Takes up very little power compared to a HDD (great for laptops). Last a very long time (about 1,000,000 MTBF) and are not as delicate as a normal HDD

Con: Like all have said already it is the price/GB (but it has gotten much lower since i bought my first SSD).


All and All the pros you get make the high price worth every penny (I have 4 SSDs and will not use a HDD in my main system again)
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Originally Posted by Nicnivian View Post

There is only 1 con to SSD's and that is capacity.

Use your current HDD's as storage and get your self an SSD for all your mostly used programs and windows.

Follow this guide, and welcome to the greatest PC upgrade you'll ever make hands down.

However, if you want some pro's here we go; No heat generated, stupidly fast, power efficient, small factor and becoming cheaper almost every day.

Quick edit; Another over looked benefit to SSD's, especially in portable devices (ultrabooks/notebooks) is they are much more resistant to shock. Obviously, as there is no moving parts to knock out of alignment. No wear from constant spinning, too. Forgot that as well.


Actualy under normal usage, SSD's aren't as power efficient as HDD's as they don't go idle due to trim/garbage collection, But yes other then that, SSD's have no real cons imo
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