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Hard Drive Vs SSD – The space inbetween



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There has been a rather large emphasis on SSD’s as of late. The big manufacturers like Intel, OCZ and Crucial have all been working hard releasing their new series of drives. Theses drives offer blistering performance using the relatively new SATA 6GB/s interface, but they also burn a heck of a whole in the end user’s wallet! Part of the reason for this high price tag could be down to the controller they use, or the fact that they expect the enthusiasts to pay ‘top dollar’ for the best performance.

With there being a rather large price difference between the high speed enthusiast SSD’s and the mid-range or low end SSD’s, we wanted to find out if there is any real benefit between the different SSD variants on the market. We are also trying to discover if there is a meaningful difference in speed between SSD’s from different generations. So in other words, we are asking the questions, how much money do we really need to spend on an SSD and is it worth upgrading to a newer one? To answer these questions, we will be using a mid-range SSD from Kingston, a previous generation ‘value’ SSD from Intel and a high end HDD from Samsung.

So how much of an SSD do we really need? Continue reading to find out!

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  • Eternalchaos

    nice review lucas, good to see how biest PCMark is with hard drives 😉

  • Leo Bien Durana

    I totally love this article! Thank you!

  • Casecutter

    Great information I like that you did it using an average build. I took notice when you said “one of the fastest HDD’s on the market”. I’ve been looking at going with either that F3 1Tb Samsung, or what I consider the old stalwart… W-D Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM. The extra storage isn’t the big issue, but of these two which would you believe is faster and still quite? I’ve always heard the W-D is faster, but the F3 are right on it’s tail and more often smooth and quieter. The Samsung is a 3 year warranty the W-D a 5 year but that’s not that weighted, while price also isn’t a huge concern the F3 is $5 more.

  • Si KeVin

    I bought 2 Kingston V100 64gb ssd for my rig and laptop and it only takes less than 10 secs to boot up. My laptop was like brand new again just by upgrading to ssd.

  • lucas4

    thanks for all the kind words guys :)! glad you liked the review :cool:!

    Casecutter;19911 wrote: Great information I like that you did it using an average build. I took notice when you said “one of the fastest HDD’s on the market”. I’ve been looking at going with either that F3 1Tb Samsung, or what I consider the old stalwart… W-D Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM. The extra storage isn’t the big issue, but of these two which would you believe is faster and still quite? I’ve always heard the W-D is faster, but the F3 are right on it’s tail and more often smooth and quieter. The Samsung is a 3 year warranty the W-D a 5 year but that’s not that weighted, while price also isn’t a huge concern the F3 is $5 more.

    i must say that i am very happy with the speed of my F3. i cant say how it compares to the caviar black, but it definitely is a close battle from what i have heard. speed wise, you really cannot go wrong with either drive!in my opinion though, the F3 is by no means silent! it is definitely audible when it spins up and seeks for data. this level of noise will obviously depend on the quality of your case though.i am a big fan of the F3, but in all honesty, if storage capacity isn't what you are concerned about, i would recommend getting a cheaper HDD, maybe 500GB, like a seagate barracuda 7200.12 and then putting the money saved towards a cheap SSD for the OS :)!as the results proved in the review, even a cheap 'value' SSD smashes the fastest HDD's :D!

  • jazzfrench

    impressive review, very informative and helpful!Thanks!;)