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SSD – why bother?

ssdvshddDon’t get me wrong, SSD has its place in the storage world, but does it make economic sense for SMBs with when it comes time to buy new notebooks?

Lucas Mearian wrote a piece for Computerworld that puts SSD up against a Seagate Momentus 7200RPM 500GB notebook hard drive. In the tests, Lucas measures battery life, read/write speed, boot-up and restart, and CPU utilization. Then there are the other tangibles – capacity and price.

  • Momentus beats out SSD in capacity >4x more than the 120GB SSD.
  • Momentus beats out SSD in price, nearly 3x lower.
  • SSD boots Windows twice as fast.
  • SSD read/write is >2x faster.
  • Momentus CPU utilization is 3% better.
  • Momentus and SSD performed virtually the same on a 1GB folder/file transfer.
  • SSD offered only 5 minutes additional battery life.

So, when it comes time to fork over the dough for a new notebook, do you spend the extra money for faster boot times and read/write speeds?  Weigh the pros and cons and take time to understand the specifications too. Sometimes, when comparing SSD to HDD spec to spec, it’s apples and oranges, so be careful. What matters most is that you make an investment in technology that will provide long term benefits, and best meets your specific needs as a user.

SSD or HDD – it’s your choice, just make sure it’s a wise one.

Buy a new notebook lately?  What route did you go?

2 Comments

  • Great post Mark. This jives with the commentary I’ve seen in the past year on flash in notebooks. Techie bragging rights is the only valid reason I’ve seen to pay for SSD today.

  • SSDs are probably the best system upgrade for performance most desktop users can experience today.

    The random read/write speeds are typically orders of magnitude faster than rotational disks, and their sequential read/write speeds are typically “only” 2-6X that of regular disk drives.
    eg http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=3531&p=25

    I think they are more than just techie bragging rights. A $200 SSD will give a user a better OS experience with a $1000 PC than a user with a rotational HDD in a $2000 PC.

    The CPU usage with a decent CPU will always be higher in SSDs as the IOPS are significantly higher, requiring somewhat more juice.

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