I upgraded from a Western Digital VelociRaptor (which is a 10,000 RPM SATA hard drive) to a lowly little G.SKILL Falcon which has a read/write spec of 230/135 thanks to the Indilinx controller, but I immediately noticed a speed increase for everything. The first thing I noticed was a faster restart time (or "bootup time" for those of you who don't leave your system on 24/7). The 2nd thing I noticed was that literally everything takes much less time to open. Everything felt like it was already loaded into memory (well ok, except for Firefox, but I always keep like 15-20 tabs open too).
Originally Posted by Maelthras
I don't know why people think solid state drives are so awesome, that one only has a write rate of 75 mb/s, I just did a test of my samsung and got a write of 125MB/s. So what if it can read at crazy speeds, writing wise it's still slow compared to mechnical drives.
So overall, my system immediately felt much snappier. I could instantly tell a difference, and it made my almighty VelociRaptor actually feel slow and sluggish for the first time. When I bought the VelociRaptor, I was upgrading from a 250GB 7200.10 (which of course is a Seagate Barracuda). So back then, I thought that the VelociRaptor was very quick and snappy! I loved it!! But once I upgraded to the Falcon, I could no longer stand using the VelociRaptor.
It is all about the access/seek time. Even though it's only a difference of roughly 7-8 milliseconds on paper between the Falcon and the VelociRaptor, it adds up VERY quickly when anything is opened or accessed (or when Windows is starting up). I mean, when something is opened, it's not just a single access and then the program is opened. Instead, it's many, many, many accesses all combined in order to open what you want to open. So having an access time of almost 0ms (HD Tune 2.55 says 0.1ms) makes for a huge difference that is felt quite easily because all of those combined seeks/accesses add up.
Oh, and 1,000ms is 1 whole second.
Originally Posted by Maelthras
Blowing your wads of cash for faster reads, so fast you can't even tell the diffrence between a ssd and a spin point. You idiots can't even tell the physical diffrence between .1ms and 4.8 ms because the human mind is incapable of even seeing the diffrence of those 2 times. But if you want to spend 2$ per gig, where as I got a 1tb drive for 70 dollars that writes faster, go ahead.
This is why I stated the fact above that it's not just one single access when you open a program or something. It is MANY
. How many? I don't know yet, but that's because I don't care yet. But regardless of that, this means they (all of the individual accesses or seeks) all add up very quickly thereby making the difference between a hard drive and a solid state drive quite large and very easy to notice. I know this is true because I am speaking from experience!
Oh, and by the way: your write speed might LOOK faster on paper, but it's still much slower due to the seek/access time. After all, when you write data, it's not just one single access to write what you told the drive to write. Instead, it is many which all add up in a hurry thereby making it feel slow and sluggish in comparison to a solid state drive. Does this sound familiar? It should!
Also, what is your deal here? You're calling everyone "idiots", but yet you aren't even able to speak from experience. So who's the idiot here? Until you know from personal experience, you can't say anything
. It's much better to be thought
a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. After all, if you don't say anything, then they have no evidence.
So for the last time: you are wrong, and you can't prove us otherwise because you do not have any experience with SSDs to back you up.Edited by TwoCables - 12/23/10 at 3:36pm