[quotemsg=13580840,0,111219]For example, an SSD is really just a luxury item that doesn't actually change the performance of applications or games all that much once they are loaded, ...[/quotemsg]
I don't agree with that at all; for many the loading times with mechanicals are painful. I upgraded my
brother's P55 system with a Samsung 840 250GB; compared to his old 1TB SATA (Samsung F3),
the loading time for the game he loves to play the most was cut from 3 minutes down to barely 20
seconds, and the in-game level loading times, stutters and other issues were virtually eliminated.
He was delighted (system is an Asrock P55 Deluxe, i7 870 @ 4.0, 16GB @ 1866, GTX 460 SLI 800MHz).
For those still using SATA2-based systems, and SSD helps a lot more than one might expect.
For me, it made a major difference to the loading speed and in-game smoothness of games like
Crysis, Stalker, Oblivion, FC2, etc. (128GB Vertex4 C-drive, 256GB Vertex4 for game data).
I do a lot of benchmarking and now have about 50 SSDs. Recently I obtained a particular
AMD CPU which meant I had to use one of the few boards I'd not yet changed from a rust-
spinner; waiting for Windows to boot, updates to install, apps to start, watching the
stuttering in benchmarks & suchlike really was painful
. Moving the setup onto a 60GB
Vertex2E is now on my to-do list. :}
Looking back, I don't know how I put up with the slowness and poor latency of mechanical drives.
I don't regard SSDs as a luxury at all. The only thing that's annoying about them is the way prices
for smaller capacities are much higher than one might expect based on the cost of (say) a 256GB
version, eg. 256GB Sandisk Ultra Plus = 107 UKP, 128GB = 55 (just about sensible), but the 64GB
is 44 which is nuts. The Crucial MX100 is another typical example: 256GB = 75, 128GB = 55 (too
high). If 128GB SSDs dropped to 35 to 40 and stayed there, their rate of adoption would skyrocket.
I guess people are just willing to pay amounts high enough to sustain the pricing as it is, an effect
which used sales on eBay seem to support, I've seen normal bidding for used midrange 240GB/256GB
SSDs go over 100 which is bizarre.
Annyway, to summarise: SSDs a luxury? No.