Originally Posted by Shatterist
To be there's a pretty significant difference between the usage of a fast HDD drive (velociraptors previously, Samsung F3 Spinpoints for games/storage today) vs. SSD's. Things like graphics cards and processors are plenty important, but when comparing say, a MBP with mechanical drives vs. a MBA with SSD, or even loading programs installed to my HDD drives vs. my SSD drive, the difference is there, it is notable, and I won't even mention the utter frustration of opening outlook on my work laptop vs. my colleague who convinced IT to give him one with an SSD.
So no, in the day to day of things, put together between two laptops that are identical save a SSD, I could stopwatch the difference, but you don't need a stopwatch to notice the difference in time between IE browser windows/tabs opening. Is it going to make benchmarks faster, make a difference in game FPS benchmarks? No. But for the day to day, just opening browser windows and dealing with programs at start up, opening and closing programs on a regular basis, it's noticable and a shame not to have at the very least as a system drive.
Perhaps it doesn't work in your particular situation akromatic, but you're underplaying the benefit a SSD has. Honestly re-reading this, I'm probably overstating the difference...but still...
...I wish I had a SSD in my work computer...
i just value capacity on a normal rig more then minimal speed advantage
where SSD can show its merit is in an environment that requires high IOPS like a SAN/NAS which is why im moving them into storage arrays rather then wasting it with little benefit inside a typical computer which is better served with a hybrid
the only other place i would place a SSD in is in a mobile computer aka laptop because SSDs are less vulnerable to shock but that is provided it has enough storage in the first place else its better off with a platter
Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros
Not to mention many HDDs typically die within just a few years as well. I don't get it. People are so skeptical about the lifespan of SSDs when HDDs have always been notorious for dying prematurely. The case in point is: you must ALWAYS have a reliable backup solution for your important data, whether you have an HDD or SSD. That being said, once you have such a reliable backup in place, you have even less reason to not get an SSD. This day and age when I'm building a PC for someone and they say they don't want an SSD I'm like "Why are you spending $1,000 on a sick build and keeping the biggest bottleneck that's plagued PCs for decades? (A hard drive)."
actually if you take care of the drives they last ages, throughout my life so far (touchwood) i have not had a single platter drive die on me. i keep them running 24/7 and well ventilated. however i have MANY SSDs die sudden deaths in many possible ways including a fried NAND that overloaded the controller and fried everything else
SSD have a finite life span depending on useage while HDD generally made to last alot longer if well taken care of.
as for why not an SSD? well its just not necessary but sure if you can afford one then why not. as for bottle neck perhaps but really dependent on work load and it certainly wont magically give you extra frames during games or even make the game run faster. nor would a SSD magically make you use your computer any faster so the biggest bottle neck that's plagued the PC us the user.
SSDs are great just not as magically and god like you believe it is, if i dont value SSDs i wouldnt have purchased that many but i value them in a different contextEdited by akromatic - 7/19/13 at 8:15am