I so want this thing!
I upgraded my now 3 year old Dell XPS 1730 to SSD a few months ago and I must say the results blew me out of the water. I went from sometimes minutes-long loading screens when changing zones in WoW to only a few seconds. From the time I turn my laptop on now until I'm at the Windows desktop is literally 25 seconds or less when it used to take several minutes of "churning away" to load files into memory. I would say the benefits of SSD might be even more striking on older equipment!
Waiting until these things get cheaper.. it's an awesome concept and all, but I'm not going to pay over a thousand dollars for an SSD that is equivalent in space to the hard drive I have currently. I can bare load times until then.
I don't want it, just cuz it says Intel D:
My machine is well over a year old at this point, but a login in dalaran with addons only takes about 20-25 seconds. Not sure what everyone else is doing wrong. I am certainly going to go with a SSD + a 10k RPM drive for my next rig, I just didn't have the finances when I made this one. Hopefully by next year a 256 will be down to $0.75-$1 per Gig
Keep in mind though that SSDs other than the ones based on DRAM have a limited number of writes, and certain activities like defragmenting can reduce that number. So if you are about to use a SSD drive, make sure you get a DRAM one, or, if using Windows earlier than 7, disable features like defragmenting and pagefile, which can shorten the life of the drive.
no need to "replace" your current HD, just set it as a secondary drive (d:) and have the SSD be the boot/windows/apps drive.
So, I'm building a new rig soon and I was thinking of putting 2 velociraptors in a raid 0 setup. Should I go for that or this new ssd drive? Anyone have any info on which might be faster?
There are also serious issues with life expectancy and DOAs. If you get one that lasts, they are amazing. However, do some reading on average life expectancy before you drop the cash. To be fair though, most have excellent warranty and will happily replace defective drives. Though the loss of data is a caveat.
Nice article. I am very technical and have been aware of these for quite a while. Cost and reliability are keeping me from trying these yet. I'll wait until they've been "road tested" and the price drops significantly.One factor that is not mentioned in either the article or the video is the HD controller.I can presume that Miyari's PC with the recent CPU has SATA III (6GB/s), but TheOnyx's probably has SATA I (1.5GB/s). No telling what Lore's PC is, but by his load time originally, I'm guessing his PC is about the same generation as mine so likely SATA II (3.0GB/s).What were the other item load time differences for TheOnyx's PC? By the WoW load it appears his experienced a more dramatic improvement.
Okay guys may I make a suggestion for the next free handouts contest you guys at wowhead are doing? Give a computer with a pair of these equipped.