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SSD Harddrive

Post by goose » December 11th, 2011, 3:51 am

Just got my first SSD. Let me tell you, if you haven't got one yet, it is so great. My boot up time used to be a minute or so now, after it goes through bios its up in literally 5 seconds. Best of all, While playing BF3 I went from having map changes take almost he whole setup time , (30-40 Seconds) to just under 5 seconds for most maps.

I must say this has been a huge improvement to my gaming already.

If you don't own one, I highly recommend one. The size is small (60gigs) but it is well worth it for loads times on games you play or just windows in general. Still need to tweak the drive with the tips Stephen has floating on these forums.
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Re: SSD Harddrive

Post by madmattd » December 11th, 2011, 11:45 am

Larger drives are way faster than the 60GB ones too if you can swing the cost.

SSD's are great indeed. And the price/GB is slowly dropping.

Which one did you get Goose?
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Re: SSD Harddrive

Post by SanVich » December 11th, 2011, 12:02 pm

Hey goose, did you put BF3 on the SSD?
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Re: SSD Harddrive

Post by Marcus » December 11th, 2011, 12:04 pm

I still dream for the day that I will finally run a computer with a SSD :cry:

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Re: SSD Harddrive

Post by goose » December 11th, 2011, 5:22 pm

Got an OCZ Agility 3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6820227725

Yes Sandvich, I put BF3 on the SSD.
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Re: SSD Harddrive

Post by Tahko » December 11th, 2011, 9:16 pm

Does the program have to be stored on the SSD to get the better load time? For example if you had BF3 on a SATA Drive and your OS on the SSD, would the load time still be the same?

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Re: SSD Harddrive

Post by madmattd » December 11th, 2011, 9:26 pm

The OS should ALWAYS be on the SSD. Otherwise everything in the background won't be running faster...and yes the program has to be on the SSD to benefit, as that is where the files are stored/written to.
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Re: SSD Harddrive

Post by Marcus » March 31st, 2012, 12:48 am

I finally invested in a SSD drive for my laptop, got an Intel 520 Series 120GB for 160$.

Boot used to take 1-2 minutes (newly reformated HDD about 4 months ago), now it's down to 30 seconds flat with steam loaded and logged on.

I will never go back to HDD for booting or frequently used programs.

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Re: SSD Harddrive

Post by madmattd » March 31st, 2012, 10:05 am

Marcus wrote:I finally invested in a SSD drive for my laptop, got an Intel 520 Series 120GB for 160$.

Boot used to take 1-2 minutes (newly reformated HDD about 4 months ago), now it's down to 30 seconds flat with steam loaded and logged on.

I will never go back to HDD for booting or frequently used programs.
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Re: SSD Harddrive

Post by Murbuto » April 2nd, 2012, 3:55 am

Got an OCZ agility 3 120 gig for my new compy. It was pricy, but it was probably one of the most useful pieces of technology I've bought. Besides, with the whole HDD price raise, the difference between hard drives and SSDs aren't that much if you're in the market.
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Re: SSD Harddrive

Post by VAUXHALL » April 2nd, 2012, 8:58 pm

I'm building a new comp soon. Is it a safe investment to get a small SSD for the OS and frequently used programs/games and then a large SATA for everything else? The main reason I ask is that I'm concerned about the life of the SSD's. I know they generally don't last as long and I don't want to buy a new one every year or two, especially at their current prices.
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Re: SSD Harddrive

Post by madmattd » April 2nd, 2012, 9:06 pm

VAUXHALL wrote:I'm building a new comp soon. Is it a safe investment to get a small SSD for the OS and frequently used programs/games and then a large SATA for everything else? The main reason I ask is that I'm concerned about the life of the SSD's. I know they generally don't last as long and I don't want to buy a new one every year or two, especially at their current prices.
This is a myth to an extent. Most users will find 10 years of usage (or more) on an SSD. People on tech forums have been running tests and are finding they will take hundreds and hundreds of terrabytes of writes without a problem. And really, the use issue would become more exaggerated with a smaller drive. The problem is that flash memory can only be written to a certain number of times. If you have a larger drive with more free space, the wear will be spread out. I'd suggest a drive around 2x the size of the amount you plan to put on it right now. This allows for growth while spreading wear out. But again, the wear is less of an issue than some make it out to be, AS LONG AS YOU TURN OFF DEFRAG!!!

Linky: http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/sho ... nm-Vs-34nm

Let's put this in perspective: say you write 20GB of data a day to an SSD (which is a massive amount that most people don't approach aside from the initial OS installs and occaisonal large program install days). In one year that is 51.1 TB. Most SSDs will go 5 years at this rate before the MWI (media wear out indicator) reaches 0. They continue to run beyond this point mind you. How much further varies. But honestly, how many of us can HONESTLY say we write on average 20TB/day to our OS drives? I sure don't.
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Re: SSD Harddrive

Post by SanVich » April 2nd, 2012, 10:23 pm

I love my ssd, although it doesn't quite reach the read/write rates it should :\, so I'm still messing around with it. Anyone know if running your computer AHCI mode will greatly improve read/write speeds?
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Re: SSD Harddrive

Post by Molimo » April 2nd, 2012, 11:19 pm

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Like Matt said, Most SSDs nowadays will last you more than 5 years. It's only the Write sequence that's limited (Cells or Blocks can only be rewritten a certain amount of time).

And if you look at your PC, 90%+ is Reading the data. Loading OS, Loading Games. Most of it is reading and transferring to Ram. Speaking of Ram, it's is the same way, it's limited on how many times you can write to a cell. And no one ever considered this to be a problem. And ram cells are rewritten way more frequently then HDDs.

I find it a waste if you only plan to use the OS on it. Is the 1-2 minute Boot time really worth it? I mean you only boot what 1-2 times a day at the most.
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Re: SSD Harddrive

Post by Stephen » April 3rd, 2012, 8:14 am

Sandwich u should be running in ahci ide mode is old and slow

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