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What these SSD drives are all about
 
Monkey007  posted on May 07, 2012 5:04:42 PM - Report post

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I'm really looking forward to seeing SSD drives drop in price...

I think HDD read/write speed is the bottleneck in my PC, is there any way of finding out?

To clarify, I know my drive's speed but is there a way of finding out whether or not it's slowing my PC down?

[Edited by Monkey007, 5/7/2012 4:11:35 PM]

Sorry Monkey, I have the point this out... SSD is Solid State Drive, so SSD DRive is Solid State Drive Drive . No offense intended, it's just a pet peeve of mine. Like people saying USB Bus - Universal Serial Bus Bus - and PIN Number - Personal Identification Number Number.

Commonly referred to as RAS Syndrome - Redundant Acronym Syndrome Syndrome.

I agree though. I'm looking to get a Solid State Drive to either install games on or to use as my Windows drive. Just when they're more affordable...

I could do with an app to check out my disk read/write speed and activity too. I have a relatively new drive (in terms of recently bought and a recent model/manufacture) and I get ridiculously slow loading times in games and when transferring files.

Okay, okay.

I'll change it, but uh... *snickers and looks at topic title* *nudge nudge* *hint hint* *cannot unsee*.

 
Skyheart  posted on May 07, 2012 5:59:36 PM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by Monkey007

quote:
originally posted by Skyheart

quote:
originally posted by Monkey007

I'm really looking forward to seeing SSD drives drop in price...

I think HDD read/write speed is the bottleneck in my PC, is there any way of finding out?

To clarify, I know my drive's speed but is there a way of finding out whether or not it's slowing my PC down?

[Edited by Monkey007, 5/7/2012 4:11:35 PM]

Sorry Monkey, I have the point this out... SSD is Solid State Drive, so SSD DRive is Solid State Drive Drive . No offense intended, it's just a pet peeve of mine. Like people saying USB Bus - Universal Serial Bus Bus - and PIN Number - Personal Identification Number Number.

Commonly referred to as RAS Syndrome - Redundant Acronym Syndrome Syndrome.

I agree though. I'm looking to get a Solid State Drive to either install games on or to use as my Windows drive. Just when they're more affordable...

I could do with an app to check out my disk read/write speed and activity too. I have a relatively new drive (in terms of recently bought and a recent model/manufacture) and I get ridiculously slow loading times in games and when transferring files.

Okay, okay.

I'll change it, but uh... *snickers and looks at topic title* *nudge nudge* *hint hint* *cannot unsee*.

I know, I noticed that after I posed... I figured I'd let it slide. I'll go cut off his fingers in his sleep one day though.

 
DABhand  posted on May 08, 2012 4:12:37 AM - Report post

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I think the SSD's that are being used in MAC's are Hybrids, half SSD and half SATA, i.e. waste of cash :P

Best out there in terms of SSD isn't even a hard disk per say, its a PCI-e 1x Card that can handle 1.5GB/s both Read and Write... thats worth a fair bit of cash, and they can come in sizes of 1TB etc.

But they are DDR memory with a good battery backup, and has a huge lifetime on them.

Any downside to the PCI-e 2.0 cards?

None at all, some people forget that they have a battery backup system if DDR memory being used, if NAND memory then the backup system is a bit more robust.

Either have their pros and cons but, they are a lot quicker due to the bandwith from the PCI-e 1.0 slots, they are 3x quicker than SATA SSD, for now, wouldn't surprise me when 3GB/s cards appear this year.

For now though they are the rich mans hardware, I find it bad though that their prices are reflective upon the HDD prices, since essentially a pure SSD is chips, and manufacturers aren't in a problem area like Thailand was with the earthquake etc.

But prices will come down when they become more and more readily available and the choice to have.

As for the other question you can put the PCI-e cards into raid 1 or raid 0, you can't get raid 10, unless you have 4 PCI-e 1.0 slots, but for SATA they are good in raids, a raid 10 is doubling the speed and doubling the file security so 4 drives = double.. or you could go the dodgey route of 4 drives = 4 times the speed on just raid 0 but if one drive fails they will all fail.

 
stromboli01  posted on May 22, 2012 9:44:47 PM - Report post

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Thanks again for all you info on these. Just put my new system together with 2 Samsung 830's. a 64Gb for the OS and a 128Gb for some games. Mass effect 3 is a given, but I'm wondering if I should put Diablo 3 on there considering it's almost a MMO...
 
DABhand  posted on May 23, 2012 4:16:57 AM - Report post

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If Diablo 3 gets updated it has to do inject data into large archive files, which means the files will be copied to another drive and then amended before being copied back.
 
CHT  posted on May 30, 2012 8:48:05 PM - Report post

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After seeing this, I'll probably stay away from the SSDs. Sure they are good, but also more expensive and have less capacity. Another reason to stay away is cause most of the retail games I'm playing are bought on Steam. Wouldn't want to kill the space like that.
 
DABhand  posted on May 31, 2012 4:08:22 AM - Report post

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Prices are starting to fall, seen a 256GB drive around the £100 mark.
 
sirservbot  posted on Jun 02, 2012 9:30:36 AM - Report post

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I'm pretty satisfied with my 128GB SSD OCZ Vertex 4. Using a 2 TB HDD to store all of my other stuff. Other than that, loading a crap ton faster on Battlefield 3 than everyone else is so worth it. :P
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