Originally Posted by ocpokey
I don't really care about boot time (except when I have to restart over and over OCing, but even then it's not that big a deal for me), but I will say that access time is the biggest advantage in my opinion.
When you run your OS you typically think of it as some static operation, when it's really constantly reading / writing tons of little files as you go about your business, calling up drivers or system tools or what have you. This is all purely a mechanic of the OS as well, so combining it with any app or program you choose to put on the SSD as well makes for remarkable snappy feeling.
People underestimate the power of low access times, HDDs have been fightin to reduce them, from 20ms to 18ms to 15ms to 13ms and so on for years. People short stroke their huge TB HDDs down to 100GB in an effort to get down to 8ms or so. SSD gives you ~.1ms access times. Instead of an increase of 15-20% you're looking at > 5000%. There are no other computer components that you can currently get such huge gains from other than SSD vs HD.
As I like to say, I'm no longer waitin for my computer, it's waiting for me, and that's the way it should be.
Speaking of those access times, there's something that is commonly misunderstood: even though an access time of 10-20ms sounds fast, it adds up in a hurry! So it's never just one access per time, per file, per program, etc. It's several which is why it adds up in a hurry. I don't know how many accesses we're talking about when opening a file or something, but I know that it's more than 1.
I'll pretend that I know what I'm talking about and say that opening Microsoft Outlook results in 50 accesses or seeks: well, 50 multiplied by an access/seek time of 20ms is 1000ms, which is 1 whole second. But when talking about the access times of a good solid state drive (like 1ms), that's 50ms. 50 milliseconds is 5% of 1 whole second.
Even for a drive with 10ms access/seek time, Outlook would still take 500ms, and 50ms is still 10% of that time.Edited by TwoCables - 3/12/11 at 2:56pm