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Bazza
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:16 pm    Post subject: Hybrid HDD... Reply with quote

Hi folks...

This is interesting...

http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/09/seagate-momentus-xt-hybrid-hard-drive-review/
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember reading about that and thinking at the time, that I could just add a 32GB SSD as a boot and system drive to my existing system to get a similar or even better performance boost for about 50-60.
Still, I suppose for someone building a system from scratch or wanting to upgrade to a larger drive on an existing system, it isn't a bad idea.
I'm still inclined to look forward to the price of SSDs continuing to come down and sizes go up.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That wouldn't work on a laptop though, would it, and these are 2.5" devices.

The limitation with most SSDs is that they use a SATA interface, which can be the bottleneck. The ones that work over PCI-e are real screamers apparently, not that I can afford to find out for myself.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nelz wrote:
That wouldn't work on a laptop though, would it, and these are 2.5" devices.



<looking for where I said it would>

In any event, all the pure SSDs I've seen have been 2.5", though some come with adaptor brackets. Of course, the benefit of adding a proper SSD to a laptop isn't only speed, but also robustness.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

<Looking for where I said you said it would>

Indeed, I mourn the passing of the small, SSD-equipped netbook.

I'd still like to try four of those PCI-e SSDs in a RAID6 array Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nelz wrote:

Indeed, I mourn the passing of the small, SSD-equipped netbook.



I've put an SSD in my MSI U90 Wind, it's not one of the fastest, but it was reasonably priced and at least now it doesn't hum or give a weird gyro feeling when you move it around. Indeed, although it isn't one of the fastest SSDs available, it's still faster than the drive than was previously installed.
I don't know what it is about the U90, but I find it a very friendly machine.
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