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Hey everyone, once my new setup gets here, I can return the video card I have in my computer (I didn't want to be w/o one for 5 days ) and I'll have about 180$ extra. I was looking at this SSD on newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148357 but I do have some questions regarding the SSD's.

First off, I do have a motherboard that has SATA 6 on it, which this SSD claims to be the first SSD that actually utilizes that. (My motherboard is an Asus M4A87TD EVO). How much of an upgrade would something like this be for my operating system? What are the standard read/write speeds from a 7200 RPM HDD? How much faster would my OS boot in comparison?

I just don't want to spend $134.99 on something that wouldn't be an upgrade. What do you guys think? Is this a good price?
    
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Yup, that would be a great SSD for your OS, it will be a big improvement over a 7200 RPM HDD. You can get it for $110 from SuperBiiz with promo code, "HIBERNATE10".
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Yup, that would be a great SSD for your OS, it will be a big improvement over a 7200 RPM HDD. You can get it for $110 from SuperBiiz with promo code, "HIBERNATE10".
Yah, this is a better deal!
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First off, I do have a motherboard that has SATA 6 on it, which this SSD claims to be the first SSD that actually utilizes that. (My motherboard is an Asus M4A87TD EVO).
This drive wouldn't saturate the bandwidth of SATA II (except for in sequential read, which seldom occurs on an OS drive), so even though SATA II is supported, it is in no means necessary.

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How much of an upgrade would something like this be for my operating system? What are the standard read/write speeds from a 7200 RPM HDD? How much faster would my OS boot in comparison?
It would be a gigantic upgrade. This SSD would have pretty much the same sequential write as a generic 7200 RPM HDD, but the sequential read/random read/random write/access time are vastly superior.

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I just don't want to spend $134.99 on something that wouldn't be an upgrade. What do you guys think? Is this a good price?
Find a deal. $134.99 is an okay price, but you can find better.
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I'd go with the SuperBiiz deal as well.
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Can someone direct me how to understand SSD works? I really wanna buy one so i can "let games load faster" to get in EVGA promo motto running in my head. I'd just like to see a fast performance read and write data
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Think of a large flash drive with a dedicated controller.
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Can someone direct me how to understand SSD works? I really wanna buy one so i can "let games load faster" to get in EVGA promo motto running in my head. I'd just like to see a fast performance read and write data
You know how a hard drive works im assuming. Head reads/writes data while platters spin, the faster the platters spin (assuming the head can keep up) the faster your data acess, but the problem is if the head is at currently at 12 o clock and the data is at 6 o clock on the platter, the platters must spin 180 degrees, this takes time.

An SSD has no moving parts, just flash memory. Thus the sequential read/write may be similar, its benefits are the ability to acess data from any "location" much quicker.

The benefits with the 4k sector i cannot expain :/
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