At some point writes will be done on the HDD.. the question is, are these hybrid drives just marketing hype or do they optimize the SSD/HDD mix via sw?
They're only for reads. No writes.
In other words, the drive is a "smart" drive and frequently accessed files will be shot over to the SSD. After I installed it and put Win 7 on it, I had to reboot a few times before I noticed a better reboot speed. But they do work. Chrome and Office apps launched much faster than they did before.
256 vs 512gb? is the added price worth doubling the data
You tell me. Do you need the extra space? If not, then it's probably not worth it. Remember, you're not going to be wanting to store your general data on these drives (pictures/documents/music, etc). These drives are for programs that you want to launch quickly: the OS, games, photoshop, and so on.
what's the difference when loading up the OS, games, etc? I just recently went from a 5400rpm to 7200rpm HDD and the difference is negligible for the OS but pretty big for games
You'll see a bit of a difference in boot times for games. Not quite 1/2 the time, usually, but a pretty decent difference.
OS boot times go from around 45s-1m with an HDD to 15s-20s with the SSD.
Im sorry, but the title is "SSD Black Friday Deals" and yet there is not one BF deal posted. This is the deals section, afterall. Just sayin, that maybe all the tech questions would be better served in another category, or at least wait until a deal pops up for tech questions about a product in a deal in this thread. . .but no deals, so should be no thread.
3 pages of people wanting to talk about something... hmmm... I got it! Let's start a thread! Then we could have a place to talk about a shared topic!
Also, you could have stopped on page 1 after seeing nothing in the wiki and just kept your thoughts to yourself.
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Question: I only need 120/128 GB for my system drive. Will a 256 GB drive be faster, even though I don't need the extra space, given that there's so much more room for wear-leveling?
Other than benchmarking, I am not sure you would notice much of a difference in regular use between the different size drives. Least ways, I haven't yet noticed a perf difference between my 256GB and 128GB Samsung 830 SSDs. (Although haven't done a strict side by side comparison.) But if you are going to get close to the 128GB mark, then I think you might want the 256GB drive, for the wear-leveling you mention and for future capacity.
That said, my recent install of Win 7 (after I turned off the restore points and cleaned up some other stuff) only took up 12GB of space on my SSD. So I think for persons who don't have lots of apps and data, a 128GB drive can be fine. On the other hand, I recently installed a 256GB drive in my main PC, because it has some large apps such as Adobe CS5 and MS Visual Studio. Although all the apps at present could still fit on a 128GB drive, it would be getting close to the limit, and from what I have read, that is not so good. Plus that leaves space for future growth.
Really though, I think 128GB is the sweet spot now in terms of value. At $70 for my 128GB 830, can't complain about that, and saving a few dollars on BF is not a big deal since price is already so low. The folks who kind of got screwed in terms of SSD prices, are mostly those who bought high capacity drives near the start of this year, before the significant price drops.
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