SSD (Solid State Drive) VS HDD (Hard Disc Drive)
I picked up some cheap Kingston V Series 64GB SSD from NewEgg the other day because they seem to be all the rage lately. Not just that, but I am performing system wide upgrades, started with the chair, but my final setup is coming close now.
Anyway, I’m not going to show you a bunch of benchmarks because I’m sure you already know SSDs are fast, depending on which one you get they may be blazing fast. What you may not know is how they change the feel of the overall system. Boot time is cut in half, roughly, but I didn’t really care about that because I don’t even turn off my PC all that often.
What does surprise me is that applications overall feel more responsive! Any application you put on the SSD for general use pops open faster and feels better in the interface. Not sure why they feel better while already opened, but I have separate windows + apps on the HDD and SSD and I compared how they functioned, the SSD wins hands down. Probably because the program still accesses the hard drive on and off while in use.
Storage: if this is an issue for you (like it is for me) install windows + apps on a 64GB drive and move everything else to a 2TB 72K drive or something. I have about 2.2TB of usable storage other than the 64GB SSD and it works out great.
One thing though.. If you’re sort of a power user and have lots of applications 32GB is definitely not going to cut it. 64GB+ will work. In fact, I cannot install all my games on the 64GB drive, so I’ll have to install/uninstall if I want the loading speed of the SSD. So in my case, I think I’d be better suited to a 128GB+ drive if I wanted to fit everything that needed speed on it.
With the storage issue, not being able to fit all games etc, is it still a worthy upgrade? You bet. Hard drive are obviously the bottleneck in most newer PC configurations, and with an SSD they really pop alive as far as general use