Having used the SSD for a week, I can certainly say it is fast; not only are boot-up times heavily decreased, but opening files and loading games / applications are quicker, and the overall Vista experience simply feels smoother. In fact, PCMark Vantage shows that it is 2x faster than most desktop hard drives and 3-4x faster than notebook hard drives. This, combined with its lightweight body, silent operation, and low power consumption makes it the ideal choice for notebook use. Most importantly, the reliability of SSD drives is unmatched as they have a much longer life-span than that of traditional hard drives.
All that aside, however, there are still significant issues with the SSD. In one instance, during heavy multitasking (transferring files, extracting a large archive, listening to music, and opening multiple browser windows), there were quite a few hang-ups and freezing within Vista. Whether this is an issue of Vista’s poor support for SSDs remains to be seen, but noticeable stalling is present and could possibly be due to the less than average write performance of the SSD. Perhaps turning off some Vista services such as indexing could help in alleviating the issue, but it is still disappointing. In addition, it is a very costly option. If sheer speed is desired, a RAID configuration of hard drives would suffice and not only give you substantially more storage space, but cost significantly less. Even standalone hard drives like the WD VelociRaptor give similar performance at nearly the same cost as this SSD, but much more storage capacity.
Because this is priced well below the average for SSDs, I would still recommend it, especially for notebook users who would benefit most from a drive like this. While 64GB is very limited, the advantages are certainly worth it. Desktop users frankly do not need SSDs and should continue to use hard drives since many options are available for similar performance. In the future, SSDs will definitely become widespread, but they cannot replace the very low per GB price and storage space that today’s hard drives provide.Previous Next