December 5th, 2008 • Comments Off on My first SSD drive
After ordering my first Solid State Drive on Tuesday, it arrived on Thursday and today was the day I first tried it. It’s a patriot 64GB Warp v2 drive. And I got it for a reasonable price. Here is a nice picture of the drive. It’s quite light and looks nice, but that is my opinion.
About speed: You can feel the performance increase, and if you look at the numbers the increase is quite impressive. The systems boots twice as fast as before, applications launch faster. Although I must admit that the Intel disc might be faster. Here is the output of hdparm:
Timing cached reads: 1768 MB in 2.00 seconds = 884.39 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 121 MB in 3.00 seconds = 40.66 MB/sec
Timing cached reads: 1660 MB in 2.00 seconds = 830.30 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 278 MB in 3.02 seconds = 92.07 MB/sec
The noice reduction is also very good – if the fan is off, you hear nothing, and by nothing I mean nothing. You here only your own typing 🙂
Also the power consumption seems to be much better – in normal mode I can use my notebook 45 minuter longer.
Only negative points are the size of the disc and sometimes the performance is rapidly down for some reason, I have to investigate that further. But for now it was a real good deal!