— PC Invasion: Despite being in love with computers since an early age, I never owned one with an SSD. Now that I have one, I can never go back.
Got my first one in 2009, 128gb.. Was pretty pricey back then, like 250 quid, but it cut boot times and game load times down a lot, i was usually first in MP loading by at least 5-10 seconds over others. I have a Samsung 512GB 840 Pro still going strong now too, i might pick up a new Adata SX8200 Pro M2 SSD when they launch soon.
If your board supports M.2 drives, check out the new Corsair MP510s that just launched. 960GB, 3480MB read, 3000MB write, $269. https://www.newegg.com/Prod...
It really is a night-and-day difference when the OS goes from hard drive to a solid-state drive. The sweet spot in price/performance right now is a smallish system SSD and a large data HDD. But even that is changing as I write this. Prices on SSDs have been dropping for a while. 500GB models have become quite tempting. However, there's a proliferation of cheap off-brand SSDs now that needs to be avoided. These usually come without a DRAM cache, which is essential for the kinds of speeds SSDs are known for. They also tend to die a lot quicker. TLC NAND is making the scene now too, which means both cheaper per GB and shorter lifespan. Buyer beware. Read the specs carefully before buying. Read/watch proper tech reviews.
I wonder if we'll ever see them in consoles... too pricey for the default main storage drive yet it feels kinda overdue.
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