Coalition: a system of government that adds one intellect to another and gets a half-wit as a result
I want finger extensions ... then I can play this darned guitar properly!
It's kinda funny that someone like me who used to be quite obsessed with HD performance (I was very specific about having a top of the end 10k RPM SCSI on my first desktop), care so little nowadays. Then again, I do spend a lot less on PC bits than I used to. For a start, I am mainly on laptop, and on a limited budget I'd prioritise GFX card over HD. I do not game as much, but when I *do* game, I'd rather being able to run native resolution (1080p) with reasonable details, than shaving off loading time.
When SSD started picking up some momentum, I was interested enough to track the cost (Tracking SSD costs).
But the price didn't drop fast enough on my watch and I just lost interest. Now I have no idea what brand/controller is in the entry/mid/high end (is it still about SandForce vs Intel?), how they compare to the drives from 2 years ago. It does look like prices have finally broken past that £1/GB psychological barrier. I can see how the "average enthusiasts" are happy to buy them now .. but I guess that my enthusiasm nowadays is below average. There are other things I'd rather spend my money on I suppose.
But still, even for a 60GB (-ish) drive, we're looking at of the order of £70, or a bit more/less depending on the drive.
So what do I get for my £70?
Boot times? Don't care, for reasons given earlier.
Faster app-loading? Well, the apps I use regularly (like Office, etc) load automatically on boot, due to being in the startup group, so .... don't care.
Game level loading? Don't play that many games, and certainly not on my "fast" machine. And even that only has a Radeon 3870 which, while fine for my needs, isn't exactly a speed demon by modern standards.
Which pretty much leaves a "general feel" of snappiness. £70 for that? I don't think so.
At £25, maybe, At £70 ... well, there's a list of things I'd rather spend it on.
And that, ultimately, is the problem. It's a combination of cost-benefit analysis and opportunity cost, and combined, they don't bode well for me getting an SSD any time soon .... unless the unexpected happens.
Noli nothis permittere te terere.
I have a 80GB Kingston SSD. I use it as my C: drive for installing games, programs.
I also have a 1TB Samsung F3 HDD split into two paritions - D: for Documents / Pics/ Videos/ Music of everyone who use my PC and a E: drive for storage of Setup packages.
Windows does load very fast with a SSD and games do feel fast.
I've added RAM, faster CPUs etc in the past, and not really noticed much difference,
SSD is apparent on daily use, I can tell as soon as I start using a PC if there's on in it.
They really should be on every PC
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