Originally Posted by Chronoptimist
Define "everything" please.
Definition of “everything”
every, thing or particular of an aggregate or total; all.
something extremely important: This news means everything to us.
something that is extremely or most important: Money is his everything.
1350–1400; Middle English; see every, thing1
What I meant specifically was that there is not one single aspect of performance where a HDD is as good as an SSD. That being "everything" as in SSD is superior to HDD at everything. Basically when it comes to being a hard disk drive an SSD is superior to a HDD, specifically in matters important to an OS; (reliability, power consumption, speed, random IOPS, etc… )
SSDs only make a difference to disk I/O. On a HTPC that is used for media purposes, it's highly unlikely that all your media (music/video) is being stored on an SSD even if you have one, and audio/video are streamed so disk access speed doesn't really affect them anyway.
I would think your wrong here. I don’t even have HDD in my HTPC. Only SSD. This allows it to be quieter and consume less energy, generate less heat, and perform much better. I store all my media on my 30TB media server (on HDD’s) but the Windows server OS is installed on SSD for my server too.
No one use SSD to store media. Your example makes no sense in relation to how people actually use SSD’s (for OS, not data storage). For an OS it’s very clear SSD holds a significant advantage over HDD. That does not mean you can’t use a HDD, it just means a HDD is generally much worse performance.
Aside from booting the system and loading your media application of choice, the boot disk shouldn't be getting accessed anyway - that should all be in RAM.
Nice theory but clearly wrong. Your wrong and it’s a common myth that SSD benefits are only in boot times. But reality is SSD benefits extend far beyond simple boot times. Installing a program, Openining a program, Opening a folder, all are noticeably improved with SSD. As is a HTPC client like mediabrowser. Using Mediabrowser on SSD your cover art and the program in general are much snappier and quicker. I’d take an SSD with 2GB or 4GB of DDR3 versus a HDD only with 16GB of the fastest ram available everytime. I know the SSD machine with 1/8th the ram would outperform it easily. Sure RAM helps… but not as much as SSD IMO.
I'm not saying an SSD isn't better, but I question the necessity of it in a HTPC that's just being used for media playback.
I am. I don’t want to own or operarate personally a HTPC with a HDD for the OS. It’s not a good experience and because I am used to the SSD performance of mine now (120GB SSD + 3570k CPU on Z77+ 8GB DDR3 2133mhz) I could never be happy with it. The performance difference is extreme. I have a lot going on my HTPC, and over 30TB of Media on my server. I notice the improvement SSD makes on nearly everything I do with it daily. It’s very black and white to me.
I accept my performance compass might be calibrated to a higher spec than most, and so I notice a drop in performance more than your average person- but anyone who makes the leap from SSD to HDD should clearly notice a performance drop off that extend far beyond just longer boot times.
Special oppolgies if my posting comes off a certain negative way. Not my intention at all. Just trying to be clear, as I am very passionate on the SSD benefits issue.