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I originally started my current build with a 500gb WD AAKS drive, which is a decent drive but not a high performance drive by any means. I was very accustomed to how they ran and how everything felt. I had some extra money around so I picked up an Intel G2 80gb SSD and threw it in my rig as the boot drive. WOW is to say the least. My Core i7 system really felt as fast as I knew it was. It was by far the most noticeable upgrade I've ever done. It was absolutely amazing how fast everything felt. From hitting the on button to watching an HD movie was in less than 30 seconds including 14 seconds sitting on the post window. Then, a little financial situation caused me to have to sell my SSD. So I went back to my same WD 500gb drive with the same system. Everything seems sluggish and like something is going wrong. At first I thought maybe the drive was dying, so I ran performance tests and drive integrity tests to prove it was dying; it isn't. Playing around on a few friend's computers showed me the truth: the SSD was really just that fast. Having an SSD skewed my view of how fast computers can be. If that doesn't sell you on an SSD, then I don't know what will. I'm almost having "withdrawls" from my SSD and have already vowed to buy another.


Update [27 March 10]: I went to microcenter on thursday and could not stop myself from buying a new Intel G2 80gb since they could price match Newegg. Even as I was installing windows, I could feel the snappiness come back. I'm spoiled again.

If you guys want, post up your testimonials (both good and bad) so that others can see why we have our SSD craze.
Edited by ChickenInferno - 3/27/10 at 7:41am
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Funny this is the reason why i put an SSD in all my computers.
1. My Bloodrage has 2 30gig vertex raid 0
2. My spare computer evga e758 3way sli has a Supertalent ultradrive gx 64gig
3. Gateway fx7811 laptop also has the supertalent ultradrive 64gig
4. Just installed 3 weeks ago in my wife laptop asus ulv50a with a agility 64gig.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ritchwell View Post
Funny this is the reason why i put an SSD in all my computers.
1. My Bloodrage has 2 30gig vertex raid 0
2. My spare computer evga e758 3way sli has a Supertalent ultradrive gx 64gig
3. Gateway fx7811 laptop also has the supertalent ultradrive 64gig
4. Just installed 3 weeks ago in my wife laptop asus ulv50a with a agility 64gig.
I have a 64gb Agility and it doesn't seem to be as fast as everyone elses SSD's : / WoW and MW2 load times seem not to effected in the least bit (Yes they are on the drive)
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I have the Intel x25-v 40GB. I havent seen such a noticeable increase in performance as well, my boot time is around 15 seconds (after some tweaking ) and the system itself is just so amazingly responsive, I had crysis running windowed while installing AoC and watching a movie&chatting on my other screen, and it was as if I was just sitting at an empty desktop with my computer waiting for me to tell it to do something xD though this isnt ONLY because of my SSD...the rest of my system helped achieve that as well..but needless to say, most noticeable upgrade I have ever done, aside from alll those years ago when I upgraded from a 24MHZ 486 to a 500MHZ AMD K6-2, and was finally able to run starcraft..lol
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I have a 64gb Agility and it doesn't seem to be as fast as everyone elses SSD's : / WoW and MW2 load times seem not to effected in the least bit (Yes they are on the drive)
The 60GB Agility performs close enough (or better) than the OCZ Vertex.

Post some benchmarks to see if anything is wrong.
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I have a 64gb Agility and it doesn't seem to be as fast as everyone elses SSD's : / WoW and MW2 load times seem not to effected in the least bit (Yes they are on the drive)
How are your load times for windows and moving between folders? I noticed a huge improvement in everything.

Also, did you do any of the tweaks Here?
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Get HD tune Pro 3.5 and test your read / write speeds.

Me I've got 2 Corsair 128Gb SSD's in Raid 0 and they are screaming fast:
Transfer minimum: 316.6Mb/s
Maximum: 509.0Mb/s
Average: 393.8Mb/s
Access time: 0.1ms Burst rate: 182.5Mb/s
8Mb file size reads: 355Mb/s Writes: 445Mb/s
On startup, once the system gets through the Bios the longon is almost instanteous and to fully load Win7 Pro, takes about 3 seconds including connecting to the internet.
I'm totally spoiled now and would never do without an SSD as my C drive.
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I love SSD's as well. Have owned Vertex 60gb, 2x in raid, intel 80gb G2, and now another 60gb in my laptop.

Makes my crappy HP spare laptop seem as fast as my desktop accept when i get to the games, its G105M sucks the big one.

After tweaking etc, best 350 total i have ever spent on computer parts . Even my friend with RAID0 caviars is jealous
    
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The 60GB Agility performs close enough (or better) than the OCZ Vertex.

Post some benchmarks to see if anything is wrong.
Is that normal?
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Go to the file benchmarks tab, on the right select 8MB and let it run through then post, but yeah, so far it looks fine.
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