Dragon Age III: Inquisition Discussion
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Yup, I'm sorry I wasn't clear enough in my post - I certainly do not believe that this (or most other) DRM(s) pose any threat to any PC hardware, per se.
I was merely comparing it to the "classic" StarForce, that had strong success in preventing pirate releases of products that used various iterations of it. But there was controversy surrounding it, how it affected hardware, and even stories about ruined PCs (true or not, there was a lot of negativity surrounding it - for what reason, truly... well that, can be debated), and the commercial breakthrough simply wasn't there. (For the negative publicity, or other reasons? It's not as black and white as some make it out to be, there are other factors important in a corporate, competitive, environment.)
DRMs will continue to evolve, as will methods of bypassing them (and not just for pirating reasons, even if that is the main reason), which means I doubt this DRM system is the be-all, end-all that some make it out to be.
So thank you all for your informed responses. I feel a bit better now. I had no concerns before the original post, went through a bit of a letdown when I read it, and came out the other side more informed and confident, so it wasn't just an exercise in futility. I'm glad I joined here years back and have always relied on the owners and members for good advice.
[Edited by JustSomeGuy, 12/13/2014 4:38:18 AM]
Samsung has made gigantic strides in the last 18 months with the 830-850 lines. Excellent longevity, great read/write speeds (after a firmware fix), and awesome power efficiency.
If they offered the same amount of hardware failsafes against data loss that Crucial's non-enterprise lines do I'd jump to an 850 Pro in a heartbeat.
To throw my two bits into the pot, I would like to point out that an SSD could theoretically be fully worn through in about a month, however regular use does not allow for this kind of wear. You would have to write to the whole drive approximately 10 thousand times in order to wear out most MTBF estimates for a single block. Otherwise, the lifespan of the disk is often in the range of 4+ years with adequate wear leveling.
Simply put, I don't think that an SSD is any less reliable than a conventional hard disk for gaming. But for long term storage, such as videos, music, pictures, and documents should be kept on a HDD. SSD can lose block integrity from long term storage without continued refresh.
It's still a tad premature but in another 5-10 years we'll have better track records and more accurate history of how well these drives have performed under strain.
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