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Usually you put a quote or image up from the article; so people can look at it or read it without viewing the article and make incorrect presumptions.

Do want. Except the power consumption is a bit high for my laptop :/
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The only problem with this is that it doesn't last as long as 32nm solid state drives. Being only 25nm compared to the C300 which is a 32nm solid state drive, it only has 3000 read/write cycles while the C300 has 5000 read/write cycles. It's pretty disappointing. However, you have much more storage now which is nice.
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The only problem with this is that it doesn't last as long as 32nm solid state drives. Being only 25nm compared to the C300 which is a 32nm solid state drive, it only has 3000 read/write cycles while the C300 has 5000 read/write cycles. It's pretty disappointing. However, you have much more storage now which is nice.
3000 P/E cycles means the drive will usable for around 300 years with daily use.

The spare area will run out in 5-10 years and will be begin to utilize main space after.

...so you see, it is not a major concern.
Edited by DuckieHo - 3/31/11 at 11:53am
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3000 P/E cycles means the drive will usable for around 300 years with daily use.

The spare area will run out in 5-10 years and will be begin to utilize main space after.

...so you see, it is not a major concern.
What about in strenuous scenarios? For instance, if someone uses a SSD as their sole drive in their laptop and repeatedly transfers files or installs programs. Are they noticeably affected by the change?
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What about in strenuous scenarios? For instance, if someone uses a SSD as their sole drive in their laptop and repeatedly transfers files or installs programs. Are they noticeably affected by the change?
Transfer files or installing programs isn't that strenuous since people do not do this continously. Home use is not strenuous. i.e. Do you transfer 5GB+ to the SSD daily? Do you reinstall games daily?


Strenuous workloads would be something like a database server getting hit with continous/large volumes of insert/update/deletes.
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Transfer files or installing programs isn't that strenuous since people do not do this continously. Home use is not strenuous. i.e. Do you transfer 5GB+ to the SSD daily? Do you reinstall games daily?
Yeah, I do. My gigapixel/timelapse photography is known to fill a 64GB card in no time and where do I dump? The fastest drive I have, that's where.
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Micron said they increased the over provisioning on the 25nm drives to make them last as long as the 32nm version. So it should be fine.

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Back to Micron though, for the 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities the endurance specification of the C400 is 72 terabytes TBW (same as the C300). Over the expected 5 year life of an SSD, that means a user could write 40GB of data to the drive every day, which unless you like to re-download your games from Steam every time you play them, is a number unlikely to be attained by any but the most extremely active users. The value-oriented C400v 64GB posts an endurance spec of 36 terabytes TBW, which covers users for 20GB of writes every day for 5 years.
http://www.storagereview.com/micron_...5nm_ssd_update
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Transfer files or installing programs isn't that strenuous since people do not do this continously. Home use is not strenuous. i.e. Do you transfer 5GB+ to the SSD daily? Do you reinstall games daily?


Strenuous workloads would be something like a database server getting hit with continous/large volumes of insert/update/deletes.
When I originally wrote my post I had professional situations in mind, but I changed it to a laptop because I thought you would point out that enterprise SSDs exist for a reason.

But let's say one does transfer 5GB+ daily (I do with mechanical drives). How are they affected?
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Yeah, I do. My gigapixel/timelapse photography is known to fill a 64GB card in no time and where do I dump? The fastest drive I have, that's where.
Your 64GB card is slower than your HDD...

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When I originally wrote my post I had professional situations in mind, but I changed it to a laptop because I thought you would point out that enterprise SSDs exist for a reason.

But let's say one does transfer 5GB+ daily (I do with mechanical drives). How are they affected?
Your SSD would still last at least 5 years. If you are worried.... transfer directly to an external HDD.
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