Poll 3: Do you have an SSD or plan to get one?

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Do you have an SSD or plan to get one?

Poll ended at Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:04 am

Yes. I have an SSD in my PC
No. But I plan to buy one in the next 3 months
No. But I plan to buy one in the next 6 months
No. But I plan to buy one in the next year
No. But I plan to buy one > 1yr.
No. Don't see a benefit.
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Poll 3: Do you have an SSD or plan to get one?

Post by CA_Steve » Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:04 am

Rounding out the capacity/disk use polls with a snapshot look at SSDs.

This poll will run for a week.
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Post by kater » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:10 am

Picked the last one. I guess 2 RAIDed VRs* should be fast enough for some more time ;) Also, I'm running Vista and will probably not benefit from the fabled Trim function, so an SSD is not an attractive option to me now. Let's wait at least 1 y and see what $ 150-200 can buy. Until then, SSDs remain fancy gadgets to me :)

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Post by faugusztin » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:26 pm

I think i'm one of the ones who has too many of them. One Patriot Torqx 128GB in PC, one X25-M G2 80GB in laptop, one X25-M G2 and one X25-M G1 in the Lan party/Media center PC :) (i simply cannot sell the G1, bought it for loads of money and now it is not worth much because of no TRIM).

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Post by ilovejedd » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:30 pm

Waiting for a price drop which should hopefully happen when the Intel G3's get released. Aiming to get an 80~100GB SSD for $150. A 60GB SSD just feels tiny given I want it to house OS, programs and games along with my Dropbox folder (basically important photos and documents).

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Post by Znorkus » Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:40 pm

I plan to get one within the next 6 months. Right now the 80GB ones are kind of available @ my budget, but I would like to see at least double that capacity for that price (around 210 dollars -rough estimate): 160GB is what I'd call a fancy 'main' disk to install all my programs (including games). I hear rumours about sharp price drops within a few months. But as I am building a new pc right now, I might get one within the next month :D That will probably be a 80 or 120 gb version, and it will be coupled with a 1TB seagate f1 drive for mass storage of photo's/movies/etc.

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Post by cordis » Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:25 pm

These polls are interesting, but a little simplistic. In my pc? I have about 5 in use reasonably often, each with different basic tasks. Most of them now have ssd boot drives, although I recently popped the top off my htpc to stick one in there too. They do seem to boot a lot faster from SSDs, so that's nice.

As far as the polls about general storage, I think about half the machines have dual 2 TB drives, the rest have around 2 TB in various configurations. Then there's the 4.5 TB NAS. I recently stuck a bunch of drives in my new linux box (see the big brass box in the general gallery), so I'm planning to set that up as a backup for the NAS, but I haven't gotten around to getting the software going on that. Why so curious?

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Post by JL5 » Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:00 pm

I picked the second to last "plan to buy in > 1y". But I do not really plan on getting one. They still seem prohibitively expensive and with XP OS I doubt it would be of much benefit.

Main priority concerning SSDs is price. From what I gathered it is the controller in them which is the expensive bit.
This makes the larger drives more affordable, but I only use about 50GB.

If the SSD makers put a cheap controller in a drive with reasonable lifespan I would be interested. Silence is more important than speed.

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Post by AuraAllan » Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:39 am

"Yes. I have an SSD in my PC"
I'd rather go synchronize swimming with Angela Lansbury

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Post by sub » Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:32 am


No ssd for now, was too expensive and old computer inside.

but i'll buy one in Q4 when Intel goes to 25nm, bigger and cheaper :P

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Re: simplistic

Post by CA_Steve » Wed Aug 25, 2010 7:04 am

cordis wrote:These polls are interesting, but a little simplistic.
Why so curious?
Last question first: Mostly, just a wild hair. SPCR readers are a diverse crowd. After reading about people buying multiple TB's of storage, I thought I'd get a snapshot on storage capability and use. Plus, it's interesting to know what percentage of the SPCR crowd has taken (or plan to take) the leap to SSDs.

The poll module in this bb is simplistic, which leads to just top tier questions. When the results are tabulated, perhaps more detailed questions can be asked. I could have used a branching poll and drilled down to separate capacity by use, etc. But, I think the response rate would be lower/too low to pull out any conclusions. YMMV.
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Post by fumino » Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:04 pm

30gb vertex. got it on sale, so the price v performance curves swung into the buy zone.

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Post by rpsgc » Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:55 pm

AuraAllan wrote:"Yes. I have an SSD in my PC"
My name is rpsgc, and I support this message.
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Post by bonestonne » Wed Aug 25, 2010 4:33 pm

Prices need to be much more competitive with standard hard disks for me to make the jump.

Although I would like to see it in my computer as soon as it's monetarily possible.
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Post by who1zep » Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:51 pm

The only noise I heard from my stock Mac mini was a little tick of the hard drive, and now even that's gone!
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Post by kuzzia » Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:36 am

Their sturdiness is definitely appealing for laptop use (and silencing the desktop of course).

When I run out of space (180 GB free out of 500), which will probably take several years, I'll buy a SSD. Never again, regular HDD for system use.

The same for my laptop, when it eventually breaks.

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Post by Zargon » Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:52 pm

a 30gb vertex in my server, and about to put a 60gb in my wifes pc when I ditch its POS g31 flaky mobo fora new gigabyte engergy saver g41 board

when I rebuild my gaming rig next year once the new chips start to launch, I'll get one for it too

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Post by Cerb » Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:41 pm

I've been sold on the technology since using a CF card that could only write at 7MB/s. I can't come near affording larger ones, now, though, and there's no way I could fit multiple OSes on a 30GB. Voted >1 yr.

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Post by Modo » Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:19 am

I'm including an SSD in a new rig planned for late this year. It looks like the 80 GB Intel one, unless some revolution happens. My current PC had enough upgrades in its lifetime. ;)
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Post by Freeco » Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:34 am

I have an Intel Postville 80GB since a couple of months. Very pleased with it.
Last week I've ordered a Crucual RealSSD C300 64GB to be installed in my new HTPC.

So this week I'll even have 2 :)
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Post by chienpourri » Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:21 am

I have 4 ssd's in 2 machines (not counting the crappy stock SSD in my Acer Aspire One), one has 2x30 Vertex in RAID 0 and 1x60 GB Agility. The other has 1x60 GB Agility. I do have however a NAS with 2x1.5 TB in RAID-1 for all my pictures, music, steam, and VM's.

I agree that currently the higher capacity drives are still overpriced... but I see the prices dropping in a few months.

My next upgrade will be when they have SATA-3 drives as currently the newest generation saturate the SATA-2 max speed at around 280 MB/s.

And to anyone waiting to buy one for ANY reason, don't! Just buy a 30 GB to put your OS on it (enough to put Windows 7 X64, Office and your main apps) and keep your regular HDD for all your other files. A friend even bought one for his older Celeron 2.4 GHz with SATA-1 and he noticed a big difference!

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Post by Buddabing » Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:01 am

I bought one of the new, inexpensive Samsung 40 GB drives for system use only. In my experience it has made quite a difference in boot time and in general system use. I'm very pleased with it. I think the cost was $120 or so.

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Post by Kaleid » Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:51 am

I'll wait at least one more year since the prices are absurd.
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Post by swivelguy2 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:42 am

Agility 120 GB and it's [falsetto]awwwwweeeeesome[/falsetto]. Only have to spin up my 1.5TB F2EG to run backups and to watch movies.

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Post by colin2 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:07 am

Just to pile on: you can get a 32 or 40 GB SSD for around $100 now. In terms of dollars against difference in performance (using it as an OS and app drive) it's one of the cheapest upgrades I've ever made.

And for perspective, SSD $s per GB are now about where mechanical disks were 8 years ago. http://ns1758.ca/winch/winchest.html

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Post by aztec » Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:53 pm

getting an SSD and setting up a WHS box for storage and file serving has made a world of difference for me.

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Post by ekerazha » Wed Sep 01, 2010 3:47 am

I've an Intel X-25M G2 80 GB from November 2009, it's great.

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