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Old 04-30-09, 08:46 PM   #1
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Default Are SSD drives fast enough to use as a boot drive ?

I noticed the x-25 has some impressive speeds. Is it still too soon to go ssd for your boot drive ? If they have improved enough to be a bootable device is there a marked increase in boot times ?
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Old 04-30-09, 10:55 PM   #2
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What do you mean is it too soon to go to ssd's for your boot drive? If they read/write faster than regular hd's you'd be dumb not to use it as a boot drive. And the x25-m with the latest firmware makes a perfect boot drive, its random 4k write speeds cant be matched by anything.
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I'm probably gonna go with an OCZ 30GB Vertex for a boot drive. Don't think the intel is worth the $$ premium.
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Go with 120gb then , 30gb version is crippled IMHO, if you can't put all your applications and some games the advantage of SSD is lost.
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Old 05-01-09, 01:46 AM   #5
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Go with 120gb then , 30gb version is crippled IMHO, if you can't put all your applications and some games the advantage of SSD is lost.
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Yep, definitely fast enough
I'm curious. How much has that SSD sped up overall system response having the OS on such a fast drive?
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Can't say much about the boot up time because I have too many peripherals connected and disc controllers enabled. My system is not really a fast booter and the SSD hasn't changed much there, maybe a few seconds.

Things get really interesting after the login screen. The SSD outperforms the Velociraptor in every way. Desktop/Taskbar loads up much faster and the system is still responsive. I can launch apps while finishing loading up the desktop and they open nearly instantly.

An SSD is a huge improvement in system response and overall snappiness.
I totally agree.
I have a Vertex 120GB I use for Vista and Boot , I have a second Vertex 120GB I use for games, I do not use my WD Velociraptor anymore, to slow
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Thanks for the replies folks. I have not had the time to keep up with hardware lately.
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I totally agree.
I have a Vertex 120GB I use for Vista and Boot , I have a second Vertex 120GB I use for games, I do not use my WD Velociraptor anymore, to slow
Good lord... you must have spent almost $800 for 240Gb of storage.
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Go with 120gb then , 30gb version is crippled IMHO, if you can't put all your applications and some games the advantage of SSD is lost.
i might get an 80gb for my windows partition, probably not intel. Intel SSD cost twice as much as some other comparable SSDs.
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