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Hardly worth the price? They're like $10 more expensive than a regular hard drive. You can't say they're not worth something because you've never used one.

I have used one and I wasn't impressed by it. A lot had to do with the way I used it. SSHDs are probably a good, inexpensive choice for smaller laptops, notebooks, and netbooks that room for only one drive as long as the user has fairly consistent usage patterns. I don't have consistent usage patterns which is probably why the SSHD I had was a disappointment.
     
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You didn't use it right.
I very specifically said that one has to have a very consistent usage pattern when using an SSHD to get good results and that I didn't which was probably the reason I didn't get good results.

An SSHD has a small NAND, typically 8GB, used to cache a much larger spinner. The SSHD will put the most frequently accessed files in that cache. As long as the most frequently used files do not exceed the capacity of that cache, the results will be much faster access to the cached files. However, if one frequently accesses more files than the cache can hold or randomly accesses many different files, then the SSHD will be not faster than a regular HDD and may even be slower. My problem was I infrequently booted the computer I had the SSHD in (a Lenovo G570) but was accessing a large amount of random data far more often while the computer was running than I was using the boot files. Someone who reboots frequently on a single drive laptop with an SSHD and only surfs a few sites on the internet and, maybe, listens to some music will most likely benefit from an SSHD over a regular spinner. However, if one is using an SSHD just for data storage, unless a small number of the same files are repeatedly accessed, it is highly unlikely it will be of any benefit. Since SSHDs are 5400rpm drives, in that scenario, they would be slower than a good 7200rpm spinner.
     
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I have only once found SSHD to be noticeably better than HDD, and that was with 4x Momentus XT750 in RAID0. Otherwise, for a desktop, I have not once seen SSHD make a difference compared to the faster, cheaper, and likely much more reliable WD10EZEX.

Best case scenario you see maybe a 20-25 percent improvement over a regular room of the mill hard drive.

A real SSD with a few HDD's is orders of magnitude better.
   
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Hardly worth the price? They're like $10 more expensive than a regular hard drive. You can't say they're not worth something because you've never used one.

I just check price in amazon. 2tb sshd is around $120, 2tb seagate hdd is around $90. That is 33.3% or $30 more expensive.
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I have only once found SSHD to be noticeably better than HDD, and that was with 4x Momentus XT750 in RAID0. Otherwise, for a desktop, I have not once seen SSHD make a difference compared to the faster, cheaper, and likely much more reliable WD10EZEX.

Best case scenario you see maybe a 20-25 percent improvement over a regular room of the mill hard drive.

A real SSD with a few HDD's is orders of magnitude better.

I use sshd 3"5 1tb as os drive. It boot my old desktop with windows 7 within ten seconds which blue should not be able to do. I play lol and starcraft 2 both load faster than any other players with hdd. But if a player uses ssd then it beats sshd everytime.
post #16 of 17
3"5 sshd is 7200rpm. For someone like me regularly playing the same games like lol and starceaft 2, sshd is helpful.
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I very specifically said that one has to have a very consistent usage pattern when using an SSHD to get good results and that I didn't which was probably the reason I didn't get good results.

An SSHD has a small NAND, typically 8GB, used to cache a much larger spinner. The SSHD will put the most frequently accessed files in that cache. As long as the most frequently used files do not exceed the capacity of that cache, the results will be much faster access to the cached files. However, if one frequently accesses more files than the cache can hold or randomly accesses many different files, then the SSHD will be not faster than a regular HDD and may even be slower. My problem was I infrequently booted the computer I had the SSHD in (a Lenovo G570) but was accessing a large amount of random data far more often while the computer was running than I was using the boot files. Someone who reboots frequently on a single drive laptop with an SSHD and only surfs a few sites on the internet and, maybe, listens to some music will most likely benefit from an SSHD over a regular spinner. However, if one is using an SSHD just for data storage, unless a small number of the same files are repeatedly accessed, it is highly unlikely it will be of any benefit. Since SSHDs are 5400rpm drives, in that scenario, they would be slower than a good 7200rpm spinner.
post #17 of 17
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I think its better to buy a standalone SSD.

Hybrid HDD's are hardly worth the price.

If you're only looking for HDD's, get two BLUE EZEX's and RAID them or get an SSD and HDD.

For what they cost (minimally more than a HDD) they provide a substantial performance improvement for data that is accessed regularly. The key point is 'regularly' - the drive builds a table of most-accessed sectors and caches that data. Of course it's not going to be as fast as a dedicated SSD, but it costs a heck of a lot less $/GB than SSD.

Greg
Edited by hammong - 3/1/14 at 10:29pm
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