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I can say that the SSD has increased has responsive the system, and also how fast it "feels", it's the only change I've really noticed in a while for day to day use.
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As a boot drive, yes. As anything else? I'd pass.
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post #33 of 41
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Originally Posted by soldierblue;12221592 
As a boot drive, yes. As anything else? I'd pass.

It is also great for games where you are doing lots of reads like MMO's. I have found my load times in WoW to be cut dramatically.
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Can anyone shed some light on the failure rate of SSDs? I've heard random reports over the years since they were introduced that they occasionally fail completely.

Just keep in mind from the comments that I would only use the SSD for my OS/programs/games and not for storage.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by NITRO1250;12223292 
Can anyone shed some light on the failure rate of SSDs? I've heard random reports over the years since they were introduced that they occasionally fail completely.

Just keep in mind from the comments that I would only use the SSD for my OS/programs/games and not for storage.

They do degrade over time, because you can only write to each sector a certain number of times before the sector is damaged. However, this is a pretty high number of writes per sector (100k or so I believe) and TRIM and smart usage can randomize the writes to even out the load.

Edit: if used properly, an SSD will last about as long as a platter drive. I would do some research into how to use an SSD effectively before purchasing, but I wouldn't let the "limited" write capability affect my buying decision.
 
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post #36 of 41
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr. Mojo;12223402 
They do degrade over time, because you can only write to each sector a certain number of times before the sector is damaged. However, this is a pretty high number of writes per sector (100k or so I believe) and TRIM and smart usage can randomize the writes to even out the load.

Edit: if used properly, an SSD will last about as long as a platter drive. I would do some research into how to use an SSD effectively before purchasing, but I wouldn't let the "limited" write capability affect my buying decision.

Interesting! I have had a couple of my drives in my machine being used as an OS drive for some time now, around 5 years or so. I would assume that based on this knowledge, I should get roughly that with an SSD?
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post #37 of 41
I think 5 years would be possible, as long as it isn't being written to all the time. Also, they don't just die all at once. If a sector passes its maximum number of writes and burns out, it's just the 1 sector that can't be used anymore.
 
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And a sector is like, 4KB or 64KB? I'm a little rusty...
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post #39 of 41
Installing an SSD is the best single upgrade I have ever done. The speed increase is more significant than going from a single core to a very fast dual core back in the day, and better even than when I went to a quad.

My boot time with a good amount of startups = 14.2 seconds. Before my SSD, I had no practically startups at all because it slowed me down too much. Now I can afford to run a lot more things without worry, so the increased usability of my system has certainly made it worth it.
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yes a ssd is well worth every penny
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