Question about SSD's

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ihatenvidia
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I do not know much about them other than the articles/reviews I read on the internet. i just want to ask people who have real experience owning it.

1. Is it worth it?
2. Is it durable, will it last for 4-5 years?
3. Is there a huge difference between its performance vs a velociraptor?
4. If I buy a 128gig SSD do I get 128 gig or some shit like 120gig or 110gig?

noir2525
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1. The price per gig is still rather high so its not worth it yet.
2. Well its very durable, SSD that have a 5yr warranty will last 5yrs if it doesn't then u can get a free replacement from the manufacture.
3. Yes the performance gained from a ssd is huge with sandforce ssd.
4. Yes there is some amount of space lost when formating for windows.

I own the gskill Phoenix Pro ssd 120gb. SSD are more of a luxury with there high price per gb, but if u got the money by all means buy one. You will see a better load times for games, and start is much faster. OCZ tends to be the more popular brand.

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massau
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i thinkt he prices are gooign dawn the OCZ vertex 3 is only 2.24€/gig and it is the newest like and it's bottle neck is sata 3 instead of the controller itself so its 500mb/s write and 550mb/s read. maybe it is better to set a price like €/Gb*Speed*factor instead of €/gb, because if you set it in €/speed than the ssd will be cheaper than an hdd.

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well price/speed is not very good way to compare things because 2 ssds with the same controller would have the same price/speed. When ever speed is taken into consideration price/gb is always done first. Then speed is determined by the premium ur willing to pay, next would be brand(based on warranty and service).

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This is the technology to watch, because microelectronics are always getting smaller, where hard drive manufacturers are finding it harder and harder to make magnetic dots smaller.

Benefits of SSD:

1) no motor, no moving parts, therefore far less heat
2) no moving parts means no track seek time, therefore it always is pushing at burst rate (normal drives only burst when feeding unfragmented data)
3) no moving parts, so no head solenoid frying on you and banging the heads against the case
4) no moving parts means is very resistant to vibration; military vehicles are equipping these in their systems because an off-roading tank or HumVee will scramble a normal drive

Remember, this is a DRIVE made of memory, not just memory, so there will always be another layer across it, be it NTFS, FAT32, UFS, EXT2, or multiple others. File systems will always take up some space during the formatting process. It's a fact of life.

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The way I see it.
1. No
2. Possibly. But SSDs have a problem with information degredation, meaning you will lose small amounts of data over time. Certainly can't beat the age of my 30 year old 5¼" HDD (Still works)
3. Yes, they are quite faster in just about all aspects.
4. Yes, this is solid state memory, so what is says is what it is.

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dustyschaffner wrote:But SSDs have a problem with information degredation, meaning you will lose small amounts of data over time.
Watch and learn. Newer SSDs have "idle time refresh" where they will pick through unused data, read it, and re-write it to prevent this from happening. Same deal in secure USB thumb drives, now.

Holy crap, I just saw your name. I hate nVidia. I love it! NVidia and I have been having a very very long argument for a very long time, and it just keeps getting worse. I now have purchased three devices that they just suddenly decided that they were going to just flat out drop support for.

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[quote=eire1274
Remember, this is a DRIVE made of memory, not just memory

Oooh! I see what you did there!

More on to the reason of the thread: If you gotta throw away one thing to get an SSD; no, it is not worth it. However, if you do have the money to add it to, it is a really nice add to the PC because, as mentioned before, the load times on these drives are ridiculously overpowered. If you look at the 200gb ones, they are WAY overpriced. But the 120-150 GB ones are reasonably priced, and as such, don't go too high, but remember you get what you pay for. (meaning higher the cost, higher the quality).

ihatenvidia
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Thanks for all the input guys, if ever I buy one, is Kingston a good brand of ssd? I have used a lot of their products like memories and flash drives and so far they were very reliable. OCZ and other brands are way overpriced for now where I'm from.