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Buying my first SSD drive ...
show user profile  advance-software
Hi all,

So I'm fed up of slow compiles, so think it's time for a drive upgrade.

I'm no expert on SSDs, but I've had a look around & came up with this :

60GB is enough for my needs for the time being. I'm poor atm so have to go for a cheap one.

SATA interface required. 2.5" laptop drive.

Found this site full of info, specs & comparisons :

So - basically, does anyone know of a better cheap 60GB SSD drive ?

You can check specs on ssdreview to compare performance between models.
Haven't checked all of them yet so maybe I've missed the best one.

Cheerz for any input.
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11/21/2011 11:16:36 AM (last edit: 11/21/2011 11:20:57 AM)
show user profile  Garp
Very interesting subject.
Once you have it running, can you post the kind of gain you get?
And how large are your builds approximately (in lines of code)?

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11/21/2011 11:20:58 AM (last edit: 11/21/2011 11:20:58 AM)
show user profile  TiMoN
I bought the 120GB Vertex 3. and it is quite awesome.
(you know that the bigger the faster right?, since it runs a sort of Internal Raid0..)

Afraid its the only one I have had, so I have little to compare with.

And just to do a little more PR work for Toms, here is a link to some SSD charts..,129.html

Terribly boring signature.
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11/21/2011 11:21:16 AM (last edit: 11/21/2011 11:21:16 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
> And how large are your builds approximately (in lines of code)?

My stuff isn't huge. It's the mozilla tree which takes feking forever. No idea how many lines of code it is but the source is available.

cheers timon. will have to go for the 60GB version as I'm poor. no raid for the time being.
(which reminds me - should do a backup later today - ta)

good to hear you're happy with the v3.
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11/21/2011 11:28:02 AM (last edit: 11/21/2011 11:28:39 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
the Crucial m4 looks to be the other contender. slightly faster than the v3 in some write tests.

I need read/write performance for compilation. hmmmm.

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11/21/2011 11:47:35 AM (last edit: 11/21/2011 11:52:04 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I'm just about to build a new PC (if these darned 6-core Intel chips ever become available). It will only have an SSD, so I'll be watching this thread for your experienced.

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11/21/2011 11:52:30 AM (last edit: 11/21/2011 11:52:30 AM)
show user profile  spoon
Is it just me or ...

We all know any SSD blow a disk out of the water, but when you are comparing performance between SSD's, are you talking about differences that are actually noticable in any other way than running a benchmark?

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11/21/2011 12:27:38 PM (last edit: 11/21/2011 12:27:38 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Load times and startup times are drastically reduced. If you are using an app that is using the HDD a lot, it will make quite a difference, I'm told.

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11/21/2011 12:31:36 PM (last edit: 11/21/2011 12:31:36 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
probably not a lot to choose between them when it comes down to it but may as well go for the best one for the price. not going to buy till next week anyway.

there are different memory technologies though haven't gone into this in detail yet.

edit: nik - spoon meant between the different ssd drives, not ssd vs. spinning metal plates.

another consideration: lifespan - ssd's have limited read/write life if I recall though don't know anything about this yet.
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11/21/2011 12:34:15 PM (last edit: 11/21/2011 12:36:19 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
My wks runs on an Intel 160gb ssd and it rocks.
I think any ssd will improve your situation, just look at their read/write speeds and look up some benches.

to have an idea, my photoshop cs5 starts in less than 4 seconds, max in under 8 something

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11/21/2011 12:36:09 PM (last edit: 11/21/2011 12:36:09 PM)
show user profile  reeves1984
Don't really care about start up times if thats the main noticeable difference in the 3d apps :)

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11/21/2011 12:39:40 PM (last edit: 11/21/2011 12:39:40 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
it won't affect your render times
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11/21/2011 1:02:39 PM (last edit: 11/21/2011 1:03:13 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
i imagine it could improve the sluggishness of max2012's UI since they insist on not using ram to prefetch for whatever reason but thats about it

SSD is sort of like ht - the only gains are where the coders have been lazy (or inadequate)

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11/21/2011 1:07:36 PM (last edit: 11/21/2011 1:08:57 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
SSD provides increased read/write drive performance whether or not the software is optimal.

prefetching plugins slows down startup - not generally what you want but perhaps there are times this is worthwhile. maybe monitor frequently used plugins & load them at startup. but not a max dev so go hassle them :P our plugins load on demand. it's staying that way for now.

max's performance issues are due to enabling run-time type information (rtti) in release builds which causes an unnecessary performance overhead. this is cpu bound not drive bound.
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11/21/2011 1:27:39 PM (last edit: 11/21/2011 1:35:33 PM)
show user profile  Garp
I've turned the prefetch on for my max and it takes maybe 3 seconds more to launch. Which I absolutely don't care about as I don't spend my time restarting it. Now at least all the plugins are immediately accessible.
And memory wise, I think it takes something like an extra 15MB.
This new policy of not prefetching has next to zero advantage, imho.

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11/21/2011 4:00:09 PM (last edit: 11/21/2011 4:00:09 PM)
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