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    Posted: 01 Mar 2009 at 9:19am
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I have been watching solid state drives for some time now.  They should be the answer to the weakest and slowest part of a computer. 
 
Here is a review of the new Patiot Warp ssd.  It is 128G for about $ 299 (about $ 250 street).  //www.guru3d.com/article/patriot-warp-v2-series-128gb-ssd-review/
 
 
It seems that the ssd's out there have a significant Vista and other issues.  Considering that the 300G WD Velociraptor comes in from $ 50 to $ 100 less (and is a hell of a buy for around $ 200) the choice is really a no brainer.  //www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136322  It is a great hd and incredibly well reviewed.
 
SSD technology and cost has made leaps in the last six months but still falls short.  I will sit and lurk and wait and see what happens over the next year.  I would truly love to have the day come when ssd drives are affordable and I can move my OS and games over.  There was one comment in guru3d that hit it.  It was to the effect that we spend so much money on cpus and gpus for marginal gains and ssds can provide a huge performance boost at a fraction of the cost.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2009 at 5:20pm
I do not even know what entails in the solid state drives, what makes them so great if you do not mind me asking.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Mar 2009 at 7:26pm
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Here is a good wikipedia write up.  //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive
 
Simply, they have no moving parts, low heat, smaller than regular drives, pretty much shock resistant,  and are super super fast
 
They are almost here, but need more work and a drop in price.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2009 at 10:55am
Originally posted by Salan Salan wrote:

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Here is a good wikipedia write up.  //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive
 
Simply, they have no moving parts, low heat, smaller than regular drives, pretty much shock resistant,  and are super super fast
 
They are almost here, but need more work and a drop in price.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2009 at 5:46pm
In my opinion, the SSD's are still a work in progress.  They are not fully supported by Vista.  Vista can't tell them apart from regular drives.  The defrag process actually damages SSD's. 
 
I have been told that Windows 7 is suppose to fully support SSD's and deliver on "near instantaneous" data access.  Hopefully both Windows and SSD's will deliver on all the hype.
 
I'm much more curious about some of the technology that nVidia is currently working on.  The mobile Tegra platform and the Ion both look incredible. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2009 at 6:14pm
I like SSD's, just waiting for them to become much less expensive.

But I like the idea of being able to boot up windows super fast and cutting down load times drastically.

I'm using a 500gb samsung 7200rpm. It's good and works fine for now. At least its not a 5400rpm.

But when they become more the norm, I will pick one up. And when I do, they'll have something even faster...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Mar 2009 at 7:39pm
Originally posted by wesadams wesadams wrote:

In my opinion, the SSD's are still a work in progress.  They are not fully supported by Vista.  Vista can't tell them apart from regular drives.  The defrag process actually damages SSD's.


Interesting points.  Can you provide any up-to-date references for your statements?  I'm always looking to learn.  Thank you.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Mar 2009 at 11:14am
Personally SSD's are the reason why I didn't order my new computer with RAID 0. I plan to upgrade the main hard drive to an SSD in 6 months... hopefully for ~$100
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2009 at 11:20am
Basically a RAM drive because no moving parts and in the inside it has RAM chips.

I was checking the prices on newegg 80 gig drives go for 400 dollars that is crazy. I can buy a really good RAPTOR drive for half that and have some change left over.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2009 at 4:40pm
Originally posted by skyrim skyrim wrote:

Personally SSD's are the reason why I didn't order my new computer with RAID 0. I plan to upgrade the main hard drive to an SSD in 6 months... hopefully for ~$100


The time-line you're considering (6 mos) is not quite in line with the price you expect ($100'ish).  But I'm with you in spirit; I believe I will replace my 4 drive array in about 5 years and at that time the capacity and consumer price of SSD will be in line with today's HD pricing.  Just an educated guess though, no telling when the pricing will come in line.
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