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#31 Torolol

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:09

on modern usages, you'll need atleast 512 GiB SSD, otherwise it not worth it.
no matter how fast, dont use anything less than 256 GiB, you'll regret it.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:16

on modern usages, you'll need atleast 512 GiB SSD, otherwise it not worth it.
no matter how fast, dont use anything less than 256 GiB, you'll regret it.


Nonsense.

I've got a 120GB SSD which I'm using to dual boot OSX and Windows 7, and I even install the massive Battlefield 3 to the Windows partition - and I have plenty of room. However all my music, video, and other games are all located on a different disk.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:21

Nonsense.

I've got a 120GB SSD which I'm using to dual boot OSX and Windows 7, and I even install the massive Battlefield 3 to the Windows partition - and I have plenty of room. However all my music, video, and other games are all located on a different disk.


+1 I have a 60gb OCZ drive, and 4x 500gb drives for storage.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:36

Getting a Fusion Drive (128 Flash Storage + 1 TB HDD) in my new 2012 iMac is the biggest boost in performance I got on a day-to-day basis. So yeah, I'd say it's totally worth it.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:46

Meh... they are just the same, it surely increases loading speed of the OS (by a lot, I won't deny it but once you are on the OS everything feels almost the same as with an HDD) (Win8 SDD and Win7 HDD here in the same laptop)

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:47

on modern usages, you'll need atleast 512 GiB SSD, otherwise it not worth it.
no matter how fast, dont use anything less than 256 GiB, you'll regret it.


Don't know why you would think that, I have a 60GB for OS and programs and 3 normal HDD for storage/game installs. Works fine for me and I have 15GB free on it too.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:08

SSD for storage? no. SSD for a boot drive and for running programs? yes.
I have a 120GB SSD and its been running for over two years and it is still as fast the day i got it.

120GB doesn't sound much but for a boot drive it is more than enough. I work most of the time from my computer and i haven't once worried about space.

I have an external and internal terabyte drives for games, videos, music, storage and backups. I clone my SSD every month or so.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:08

I press power button from completely off, by the time I move my hands from the power button to keyboard it's on the password screen waiting patiently... ;)

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:30

This thread just made me order one - this one http://www.misco.co....tate-Hard-Drive

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:34

on modern usages, you'll need atleast 512 GiB SSD, otherwise it not worth it.
no matter how fast, dont use anything less than 256 GiB, you'll regret it.


Untrue. I have a 60 gig drive to boot my OS from, and I store my data on mechanical drives. Still well worth it. And to the OP the OCZ vector is a great choice, pretty much the fastest drive on the market at the moment.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:43

I use my machine as a dev environment and gaming machine (because I can >.>).

I had a 120GB disk. It worked well and I rarely bumped up against the limit with a couple of games installed, but I had to keep an eye on it.

Now I have a 240GB disk and I don't even look at my storage space anymore.

Only thing I would suggest is install rarely used stuff on the HDD rather than the SSD. Then, learn how to use the mklink /j command.

I have a folder called "cache" that I copy my steam games into from the HDD and mklink /j them, steam is none the wiser and I get insane load speeds.

Ironically, the thing most people don't mention when talking about SSDs is the enormous speed with which updates/installs and uninstalls run. All of the little writes all over the registry happen nigh on instantly with an SSD whilst taking a substantial amount of time with a HDD.

Either way, you have your answer :)

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 13:41

Yes, they are amazing. I have put in an SSD in every computer I build for myself or buy/build for my friends/family for a few years now. I have purchased many SSD's for myself - 8 since 2009, and only one has died (it was my very first one - an OCZ Vertex 60 GB). I have since then avoided OCZ, and gone exclusively with Samsung, Intel, or Crucial SSD's.

Meh... they are just the same, it surely increases loading speed of the OS (by a lot, I won't deny it but once you are on the OS everything feels almost the same as with an HDD) (Win8 SDD and Win7 HDD here in the same laptop)

It actually does help in every day situation. The desktop I'm using I first started using it with a 500 GB WD Black, but once I switched to SSD's, everything (not just OS boots) became more responsive. Just remember, the slowest part in your computer is usually the spinning mechanical HDD ;)

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 14:04

Yes, they are amazing. I have put in an SSD in every computer I build for myself or buy/build for my friends/family for a few years now. I have purchased many SSD's for myself - 8 since 2009, and only one has died (it was my very first one - an OCZ Vertex 60 GB). I have since then avoided OCZ, and gone exclusively with Samsung, Intel, or Crucial SSD's.

It actually does help in every day situation. The desktop I'm using I first started using it with a 500 GB WD Black, but once I switched to SSD's, everything (not just OS boots) became more responsive. Just remember, the slowest part in your computer is usually the spinning mechanical HDD ;)


Agreed. I have a very fast computer, but I had a very slow HDD so it took around 2 minutes to boot into windows. When I got my SSD, it now takes about 10 seconds :p

Guys, you are not supposed to get TBs and TBs of storage with SSDs. There is nothing wrong with getting a small SSD, and getting another large HDD for storage. If you can only have one drive, you can also get large external HDDs

#44 AsherGZ

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 15:23

Correct me if I'm wrong but if both mechanical drives and SSDs offered today are SATA-III 6GB/s, how is one faster than the other?

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 15:25

Because a mechanical HDD normally (unless it's a very high end drive) won't get close to saturating a SATA2 connection simply because it's not that quick - whereas an SSD can easily saturate a SATA2 connection, and needs SATA3 to run to its full potential.



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