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Outlook: Is now the right time to invest in an SSD?

By Julio Franco · 22 replies
Sep 2, 2011
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  1. You might think fitting your laptop with a solid state drive (SSD) is a luxury, but the truth is — it's not. According to dealnews data, prices on 64GB SSD…

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  2. fraggleki

    fraggleki TS Rookie Posts: 17

    I have a older Intel x25m ssd and it's not the newest thing on the market but it sure is fast. When Windows 7 boots, The welcome screen is so fast, if you blink you'll miss it. So if you have the money you should get one but it's not a must have.
  3. jetkami

    jetkami TS Booster Posts: 100

    I KNOW they have the technology to produce 700 mb SSD drives available now. When they offer those for under $100, I will buy one. Thats how far off my plans on buying a SSD is. My friend has one of the faster SSD drives on the market and "in" a game he has no advantage.
  4. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,217   +398

    Thats because the storage medium isn't the bottleneck in most games, other than level loading, SSD's don't do anything for games. Waiting for a 700GB SSD for under $100 you just sound cheap IMHO.
  5. i'll also get one of those! it'll run perfectly with Win95 booting on it.
  6. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 985   +229

    Of course there's no advantage in game. In game, all files necessary to play (aside from changing levels perhaps) has already been loaded into RAM, so there should be an even playing field, assuming you two have the same specs with regard to RAM/graphics card/processor =P

    I would personally love to get an SSD, but I will probably wait until $1 buys you 1GB.
  7. I can only speak for myself, but... yeah! I think it's time to get on the bus now. SSDs are cheaper than ever, at least where I'm from. I bought a Intel 320 Series 120GB SSD a few months back, and I just ordered myself a Kingston HyperX 120GB after reading some reviews about it.

    With all the awesome hardware going around these days, a mechanical hard drive isn't good for anything but storage for your tears.

    SSD is teh lightnin'!!!
  8. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    It's simply not enough storage, even for a laptop
  9. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I think they would be good in a laptop, providing that it is not your primary computer, otherwise they are too small to store everything. But if you just use your laptop for traveling, work, entertainment and very light gaming, an SSD would probably be a good investment.

    On a desktop, I've seen improvements in boot time, especially when all the startup items in the system tray load up, almost instant compared to a HD. But, as I've said before, if you put your computer in sleep mode as a means of shutting it off, the improvements in boot time you'll see are very negligible. I noticed that games boot a bit faster with a SSD (with the game not even being on the SSD drive), but it was maybe two seconds on Civ V.

    I would suggest that people buy a pretty cheap SSD, 60-90 GB, and play around with it. It can probably be had for under a hundred bucks, and a person can see how much improvement they see in their system. If they are in love with it, and their usage patterns indicate that an SSD would actually increase performance in what they do, then maybe pull the trigger on a higher capacity and more expensive drive in the near future.
  10. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,513   +900

    I wanna get one I, but I don't want to reinstall everything...
  11. " Is now the right time to invest in an SSD? "

    Jajaja Jajaja :) ... Of course no !!!
  12. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

    I'd love to either get an extra SSD, or a new one for laptop.

    But I live in Australia. Prices are $100+ for 60GB models.. Not the lovely $50 price point in article. And what makes it more ridiculous, is the exchange rate.
  13. YA that was a one time deal..I don't see any 60GB for under $100. Who cares if a SSD doesn't effect game performance..It isn't suppose to..But while your waiting for your computer to boot up and start gaming I've already fragged 5 people ;)
  14. when 1gb = $1 then i will buy one.
  15. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    the article made no attempt to address the reliability of current SSD market. true, through the past couple years, reliability has been a steady improvement every year; however, a large majority of the SSD products are stil seeing a high failure rate compare to traditional magnetic drives. i am seeing a large portion of SSD's fail after 1~6 months of usage. the reliability, in my situation, is the only thing that's keeping me away from SSD at this point. sure the price is still expensive, but if the reliability were better, i'd bite the bullet.

    supposedly, the second half of 2012 is when the SSD market will be mature enough for a mass adaptation. (now go buy some stocks :D)
  16. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,162   +548

    When the price of SSD's falls in line with the mechanical ones, I'll get one, but not before. I have a 500gig on my laptop, and a mirrored on in my laptop bag. For the price of those two drives, I couldn't begin to buy an SSD of similar size.
  17. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 833   +411

    If I was going to put an ssd in a laptop it would need to accommodate two hdd's. I think one of dell's XPS laptops would be the way to go with a nice and fast 64gb ssd for windows and programs. Then another drive for just regular storage stuff.
  18. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,446   +349

    I might buy one for turning my old mini computer into a net appliance, run server type software, torrent (maybe), and act as a live print server... but I'm talking about like a 32GB, which are not as prohibitively expensive as the larger capacity drives.

    As for one of my bigger systems, I'm more or less waiting. I hope manufacturers will realize sooner than later that we don't necessarily need more speed as consumers at the moment. We ~want~ lower prices and we ~need~ better overall reliability. Get those two right, go straight to the bank after mainstreaming to a larger segment of the market, and then redevelop for the enthusiast crowd (or make them by enterprise disks for better performance lol)
  19. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    The least expensive 64GB ssd I can buy(from where I am) is 130$, so no, it's not the right time.
  20. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    The Corsair Force 3 120GB SSD is about US$ 276 ( based on current exchange rates ) where I live. The cheaper SSDs available are mostly older model 40 and 80 gig Intel SSDs. As much as I like Corsair products, I just can't fit a SSD into my current PC upgrade budget.
  21. I have had my first 120GB Intel320 for about a month now and in my opinion it is certainly worth the extra $$. I will not have another w/o an SSD. I have a Maingear VYBE and just noticed on their website that none of the VYME models are offered with optional SSD. You have to go for the F-131. Too bad, I imagine that the flack the get will resolve in the reinlistment for SSD on VYBES.
    (Hello Chris Morley)!!

    Sanibel, FL
  22. Correction "flack that they get from fans"!!

  23. Maybe the next question should be: "How many viewersthat now have SSD hard drive would opt out on their next buy"?

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