Daily Photo #44 - OCZ Vertex 3 120GB SSD
Wednesday, December 21, 2011


It arrived 2 days early. (from the estimated time) I was spring cleaning today, and I'll take it as my reward. Okay, people have been asking,

What is a SSD?


A solid-state drive (SSD), sometimes called a solid-state disk or electronic disk, is a data storage device that uses solid-state memory to store persistent data with the intention of providing access in the same manner of a traditional block i/o hard disk drive. SSDs are distinguished from traditional magnetic disks such as hard disk drives (HDDs) or floppy disk, which are electromechanical devices containing spinning disks and movable read/write heads. In contrast, SSDs use microchips that retain data in non-volatile memory chips and contain no moving parts.Compared to electromechanical HDDs, SSDs are typically less susceptible to physical shock, are silent, have lower access time and latency, but are more expensive per gigabyte (GB). SSDs use the same interface as hard disk drives, thus easily replacing them in most applications.

Okok I put it in layman's terms for you.

It's way faster than traditional hard drives because it isn't mechanical, electricity is faster than a spinning disk yes? 

But of course, it's expen$ive.

To the point where it's $2.20 per GB. Where else a traditional hard drive, is roughly $0.09 per GB. That's how big the difference is. (this SSD cost $265)

Now, what would justify this ridiculous cost?

Well, your hard drive, could probably do a maximum of 130MB/s in burst rate (starting), then slowing down to roughly 60~80MB/s sequential (after the starting) for desktops. Laptops are considerably slower of course. What can this drive achieve?

550MB/s burst rate.
220+ MB/s sequential.

Now, let me do a nice little image unboxing

Orgasmic moment

Took the star out

Close up

Well, the rest are just.. screws and paper so it's not interesting. But yeah! I didn't bother taking pictures of the installation because it's just changing hard drives, nothing fanciful. But! When I was done, I did a quick windows benchmark.

For the first time in my life, the score is actually bounded by the RAM. What the heck. The maximum score is 7.9 btw. Also, this is a laptop.

Look at your score, now back at mine, now back at yours, now back at mine. Is your Disk data transfer rate as awesome as mine? No. But can it be as awesome as mine? Yes. Only if you change to an SSD, the hard drive that geeks use.
(parody of Old Spice body wash, youtube it)

The real world benefits are tremendous. Booting up in roughly 20s, opening office documents takes roughly 1 second. Everything is just really snappy. Snap snap snap!

Okay on the serious side, even though this is a great upgrade, and if you're dying to get one, please, check your motherboard. If it's the intel 5 series motherboard, you might wanna think twice because you need to do a considerable amount of tweaks to get it running at full capacity. Also, it will increase your system temperature by a few degrees.

I know that because I have the same problem. I googled all the problems before getting one, and after all the tweaks, all's well and fine. So here's a geek advice.

Do your research before making any huge investment.

And as usual,
Farewell my minions! 

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lol my score is constrained by the disk transfer rate score of 5.9 LOL

By Anonymous timo, at December 22, 2011 at 12:27 AM  

yeah I was constrained by my previous HDD also. Actually most people would be!

By Blogger Lelouch, at December 22, 2011 at 12:48 AM  

oOOOO!! that is SOO AWESOME! id love to get a ssd!

By Anonymous Jess, at December 22, 2011 at 2:51 PM  

hehe you should if you have the spare cash! it's really well worth it as long as you don't have too much data to store

By Blogger Lelouch, at December 22, 2011 at 9:03 PM  

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