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Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by CAPTAINBUMFLUFF, 12 Apr 2010.



    Joined: 8 Jan 2010

    Posts: 930

    Location: London

    Hi just wondering how much difference I would notice If i bought the ssd and used it as boot drive, is it really worth the hype, 40gb seems quite small though
  2. bifday2k


    Joined: 3 Jul 2009

    Posts: 2,601

    Iv just gone from a samsung F1, to the intel 40gb, my boot up time has halfed, applications load alot quicker, virus scan times have reduced aswell.

    Generally the comp feels and works alot smoother.

    My sammys sequential write comfortably beats the SSD, but where things matter in the 4k stuff, the SSD whoops any mechanical drives speed.

    So to me id say yes they are deffinatly worth it as a boot drive.
  3. PapaLazaru


    Joined: 23 Dec 2009

    Posts: 17,901

    Location: RG8

    Get both. One for boot drive and other for games / storage.

    I have a 30gb Kingston SSD and I can fully boot from cold in about 15 seconds. Power down in 4. :)
  4. Minstadave


    Joined: 8 Jan 2004

    Posts: 28,424

    Location: Rutland

    40gb is pretty limiting, I went for a 80GB x25-m and with win 7 and 2 games on it I only have 30gb left.


    Joined: 8 Jan 2010

    Posts: 930

    Location: London

    40GB would just be enough for the o.s and a few apps only gonna increase boot sppeed
  6. Cycrow


    Joined: 11 Nov 2003

    Posts: 2,961

    Location: London

    40gb is plenty if u have another drive to put the rest of stuff on

    i have the 40gb intel which i have the os and used used programs like visual studio and theres plenty of room.

    then i just put my games on a velicoraptor.

    boot times are very quick, and windows in general is just that much quicker
  7. AbsenceJam


    Joined: 2 Nov 2007

    Posts: 4,304

    Game load times really aren't that big a deal IMO and often the difference is really small between HDD and SSD. The real advantage to SSD's is on the small operations using the OS and applications that are sped up a lot and your OS and apps should fit in 40GB. A few seconds difference to an already long map load isn't that much of an issue.
  8. dave_beast


    Joined: 21 Sep 2009

    Posts: 5,250

    Location: London

    Blimey, i've got Win 7 on a 30GB Kingston SSD, pagefile and hibernate can be disabled to keep the install less than 10gb. Then there's room for a few choice progs etc.
  9. Razor Time


    Joined: 1 Apr 2010

    Posts: 3,025

    Once you go SSD you wont want to go back. Everything is instant and it does make a nice change to how the pc feels. Minimum size I would go for is 60gb and just use it for your main OS and apps.
  10. booyaka


    Joined: 19 Jan 2006

    Posts: 13,744

    same here - 30gb kingston with W7, office, photoshop, various other programs and still have 10gb left.

    Everything else is on my games/storage drive - simply the best upgrade I've made in years to my pc.
  11. Pug


    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,186

    Location: Over there...

    i too would think twice before buying 32/40GB. Plus dont the 40GB intel drives lack TRIM?

    I opted for an 80GB Intel X25-M, and have NEVER looked back (especially after i switched it to AHCI)
  12. sonteq


    Joined: 19 Sep 2009

    Posts: 17

    I have an 40gb intel x25-v SSD and it does support TRIM
  13. reflux


    Joined: 15 Nov 2007

    Posts: 12,846

    Location: Enfield

    I haz a Vertex 64gb for Windows and apps and the Sammie F3 for games and documents. Works great.

    With the huge size of Windows these days 64gb is the smallest I would go for a boot drive so there's some elbow room there.
  14. Zarf


    Joined: 11 Jul 2007

    Posts: 2,527

    I've got a kingston 40GB in my HTPC, plenty of room to spare and now it's almost completely silent (only fan is the 120mm in the PSU), as well as being many times faster dealing with my XBMC media database.

    At some point i'll flash it to the Intel firmware for TRIM, but it's not particularly pressing.

    Actually, on my 80GB X25-M, all my game load times better than halved compared to having them on my Samsung F1. That's a saving of 30-40 seconds in some cases.

    Certainly, there are applications that benefit more, but I wouldn't say the difference is "really small"
    Last edited: 13 Apr 2010