The benefits seems to vary from game to game. In either case, the SSD seems to crush the SSHD in install times. Not to mention that SSHD have practically no benefits if you are switching between games often (limited cache.) http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Stor...ads-Cache-
I imagine anything is an upgrade over the stock drive. I'm still on the fence personally. You can get a decent 1TB SSHD for around $80-150. Falling SSD prices (like this one) make it hard to decide. I'd choose ~500GB SSD over a 1TB SSHD, at <$100 difference, any day of the week.
True, by its nature a hybrid should have little effect at all on installs since those are mainly writes and the flash cache in a hybrid can only help for deferred writes. But installs are relatively rare compared to booting from cold or warm. Likewise, since it is cache rather than the drive itself, the hybrid is going to be fastest with sectors that are accessed the most frequently, which will be the OS. A game may not see much improvement until it has been loaded several times, depending on how the cache scheme is weighted.
The question I'd be asking is what is my primary upgrade need? Performance or capacity? The hybrid would be somewhat of a compromise in favoring capacity with some performance improvement. Due to the hard drive connection being SATA-II bridged to USB 3.0 (no, I've never seen that explained by the designers but I'd guess it cut the cost on the APU) the performance of any modern drive is going to be constrained, especially an SSD, which will spend a lot of time waiting for the system to be ready to accept the next chunk of a read.
I'd be pretty torn if I were making the choice but I don't expect to be in the market for a new console for at least another year.
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