Yet another SSD vs HD question...

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by Eric618, Apr 4, 2009.

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  1. Eric618

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    Hey all, I have a Gateway P-7811fx running XP Pro. The OS and apps are on a partitioned Seagate Momentus 200GB 7200rpm drive. I'm craving a SSD. What kind of improvements could I really expect with an OCZ Vertex drive? Would it be worth the cost of the drive?

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
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    Depending on what you do on your laptop, you might not notice the difference. E.G. if you're surfing the web and typing documents in microsoft word, the difference will be minimum.
     
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    Lot of surfing, some light gaming, moderate PS work, etc.
     
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    SSD will have pretty much no effect on web surfing and light gaming. But photoshop will load a lot quicker and more responsive if you use a SSD.

    Adding more ram, setting up a ram drive, point one of photoshop's scratch disk to the ram drive, will speed it up even more.
     
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    ...on the contrary, it will make all the difference for a user who does a lot of word, surfing, multitasking with programs, etc. Every program will load instantly, and that's a very noticable upgrade.
     
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    Even against that 7200rpm drive?
     
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    One thing that you will definitely notice is the difference in noise and vibration. The SSD is silent, which is the last thing a 7200 rpm HHD is.
     
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    I went from a 7200 RPM drive on my desktop to a Vertex and it's extremely noticeable.
     
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    And there is no spin up time on a SSD.
     
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    I should add that I'm not making any statement about whether the drive is worth it, just that the performance boost is very large. No other upgrade will give you as tangible a boost in system speed and snappyness.

    The prices are still very high though so it may not be worth it for everyone.
     
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