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View Poll Results: Are you planning an SSD Upgrade any time soon?
Within a couple of months 22 26.19%
Will wait for a few months 20 23.81%
Already own one or more 9 10.71%
When prices match the HDD counterparts 32 38.10%
Never.. not me thanks! 1 1.19%
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Newbie SSD Buyer's Guide
Newbie SSD Buyer's Guide
An introduction to buying a SSD, and what to look out for, before taking the plunge.
Date: 14-09-10
Topic: Tutorials and Guides
Author: Yashas Sridhara Babu

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Newbie SSD Buyer's Guide

Introduction

Everyone wants to have the sleekest hardware money can buy. Well almost everyone. As always money buys speed, and that works out exponentially in favor of spending tones to get that edge over mainstream performance. Now there is a way where investing on your slowest component in your computer can work wonders. You will be amazed at how well your computer responds to your every click.

This magical piece of hardware is the Solid State Drive. Mass storage being one of the slowest component as Hard Disk Drives continue to use mechanical parts which in turn make storing and retrieving data a comparatively slow process when other, much faster components such as RAM and the CPU, have to wait for the HDD to complete its work. This is because the data is stored on disks (or platters) which have to rotate on a spindle with the help of a motor, and a head/multiple heads move over these platters retrieves the relevant data. Very complicated, don’t you think?

But now “Solid State Drives are IN DA HOUSE”. Not exactly a magical new device. It has been available from the past 8-10 years. But recently, from the past 1-2 years a revolution has occurred in terms of how fast these things work when compared to a regular HDD. Seek times are about a 100 times faster and the read and write speeds are 2 to 3 times faster than traditional HDD’s. SSD’s use NAND Flash Memory chips. You will find multiple NAND chips (usually multiples of 8/16GB) on a SSD.

Enough of that nonsense. Now let’s get down to what matters: what to look for, when it comes to buying a spanking new SSD.


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By KiD0M4N 21-09-10
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Excellent article there
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By Xeo 21-09-10
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Source for this please:
It costs around 4k for 32Gb
Not your exact words but somewhere around there.
Superb review!
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By vijayninel 21-09-10
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Nice info there Chavez. Useful to people planning on buying SSD's
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By wingzero 21-09-10
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good read definitely informative
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By Marun 21-09-10
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Awesome. Expecting more from you.
Well explained!!!!
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By Chavez Ding 21-09-10
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Thanks for reading guys. Im on the verge of buying one. I was doing lots of reading up on what to look out for, and I thought that this was more concise and would help people make a better choice while choosing a SSD.
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By Xeo 21-09-10
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No source yet of the Rs. 4k 32gb SSD?
Please do give link.
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By Chavez Ding 22-09-10
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By ManISinJpr 22-09-10
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Nice and short article there, Chavez. It will be a good startup reading for peeps wanting to know more and or wanting to buy a ssd.
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By monisjaved 08-02-11
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nice article dude
short and informative
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  #11  
By redemption143 07-05-11
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I really needed this well written and researched.
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By Chavez Ding 07-05-11
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Originally Posted by redemption143 View Post
I really needed this well written and researched.
Keep an eye out for new memory controllers with better performance.
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By M@J!NBuu~ 07-05-11
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Nice one Ding Now i got some info needed about SDD .
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By crashnburn 10-08-11
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SSD TRIM Not supported by Mac OSX?
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