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post #1 of 11
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How important are the sequential read/write speeds of SSD's if it's only being used for an operating system and programs? Aren't those numbers mainly important for large file transfers? Would an average user really see much of a difference between a 150 max speed versus a 260 for just loading Windows and programs?
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post #2 of 11
Sequential speeds are not so important for an os drive.
Most probrams (windows included) are comprised of 10s, 100s, or even thousands of small files. So loading those small files quicker is what is important in an os drive. SSD's tend to have much quicked read speeds when it comes to these smaller file sizes. So programs, and windows itself load faster making for a smoother crisper experience. Of course most people don't NEED those speeds, but they sure are nice to have.
    
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post #3 of 11
your thinking sequential. Random is where they exceed, where your hard drive is like "wheres the file?" ssd is like HERE.
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Loading wise no, transfer wise yes. I say stick with your drive!
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post #5 of 11
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How important are the sequential read/write speeds of SSD's if it's only being used for an operating system and programs? Aren't those numbers mainly important for large file transfers? Would an average user really see much of a difference between a 150 max speed versus a 260 for just loading Windows and programs?
Not really.... The vast majority of OS disk access are random and small files.


Sequential performance helps with file transfers and game texture/audio loads.
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post #6 of 11
Most of the time its not whether you "NEED" to have the speed, or the best hardware but much more of a "WANT".. IMHO anyways..
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post #7 of 11
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Well I'm looking to get a 60+ GB SSD for a build for a family member for as cheap as possible, but I don't have any experience with them and wanted to make sure that my frugalness wasn't sacrificing too much performance.
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post #8 of 11
I wouldn't use a ssd for a budget drive at all. I would go for a 7200rpm western digital or seagate drive. Something with 32mb cache. The caviar blacks are really sweet, 5 years warranty too! and the barracuda's are fast.
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post #9 of 11
You don't "need" one but I noticed an immediate difference when I got my SSD and made it my boot drive. Totally worth the money IMO.
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post #10 of 11
SSDs are definitely better and obviously faster. As everyone already mentioned, there's a noticeable difference with accessing small files.

But if it comes down to needing it. I think we would have a hard time defining what exactly constitutes to the "need."
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