Originally Posted by EricN
When scrolling through hi-res movie/album art, you will, assuming your collection is large enough.
That is true...^
But- Your not allowed to have a "high performance" HTPC. This is AVS...
Every single HTPC must be an i3 like CPU with a 400 watt Seasonic PSU... and a basic SSD.
If you use a high performance SSD, a CPU more than dual core, or a PSU that is not a 400 watt seasonic your doing HTPC wrong.
In all seriousness- This SSD is for my workstation. It's much more gaming and workstation duties than HTPC. It's not even hooked up to a TV.
I want the speed because I like it. I absolutely hammer my PC in a way that would bring most normal HTPC's to it's knees. I hate waiting and I appreciate the high performance enough to spend my cash on it.
I chuckle when many question you can not "feel" a difference. I always think : "really?... Because you spend many thousand dollars on a machine and ran that back to back with yours ???"
The entire argument is old and tired IMO.
I have built 20 PC's in last year. I own and operate daily various 1155 socket machines from a G620 up to an i7 on various levels and purposed builds.
While I am quick to admit in my personal HPTC the upgrade from a G630 to a 3570k was not huge (it's a pure HPTC only) I've found the total opposite to be true on my desktop. I tried using a G630 for a short time when I was swapping out my workstation case and it was way slower for what I do. The SSD, the half the DDR3 and the slower CPU were all readily noticable. I would not want to live daily with that machine as my workstation daily driver. It's not up to the task.
I just have a small issue with people who make statements about there is no difference with something they have not actually tested or tried themselves.
How you use your machine have great effect on the perception. As does your relative personal performance compass and how accurately it's calibrated.
For me- Using an overclocked i7, 16GB DDR3 and a fast SSD- with a $80 gaming mouse pad, $110 gaming mouse, $140 keyboard... on dual 27" monitors +23" ---> the amount of speed and control I have makes using other machines very noticeable. Most people can't even use my mouse it's so sensitive, yet I've been playing real time strategy games and using it for so long my accuracy is beyond pro. I don't want to move the mouse all the way across my mouse pad to move all the way across my 1920x1200 screen. That can be done with very little movement of the hand IMO.
I can tell the difference and downgrade with a 2500k machine in my office with relative drop in speed. (2500k machine is still an animal) The difference between a pentium or even i3 is noticable. As is a SSD.
the biggest thing I can stress about my experience is 3 things:
#1: The machine must be balanced to notice a difference
. Example: High performance SSD should be matched to a quad core i5 or higher, and the rest of the system should match the level of performance. A PC only works or feels as fast as it's bottleneck part. If that part isn't the SSD then your not going to notice a difference so save your $$$
#2: Unless your going back to back from one machine to another a normal person is never going to notice the difference
. Sure there is a difference between a fast SSD and a normal SSD, and also a difference with i7 versus say an i3. But if your not accustomed to the higher level of performance as your "normal" your never going to know the difference or notice it personally. Most times people upgrade their PC, not downgrade. So everything feels fast. If you had an older dual core and you bought a newer more powerful one of coarse the new machine will feel faster. Same if you never had SSD or had a slow one.. a new one will feel faster. You'll never realize that a higher performance model would be even faster since you never experienced it. Your normal or slow purchase won't feel normal or slow. For this reason- I think many people without a very high performance PC like to regurgitate "there is no real world difference" when talking about high end parts because honestly they are just plain ignorant to it all. It's a combo of wanting to believe that, reading that, and having never experienced or tested themselves.
#3. How you use the machine.
If your using it to play movies then I'll stand up and agree that a high performance SSD or a high end 4 core CPU is major overkill. You won't appreciate the full potential of those parts so in many ways it's a waste of $$. But if you use your PC as a workstation, and do many tasts at once your going to notice a huge difference. Often times I run Mediamaster on one monitor, Have downloads running on another, and have a web browser running on a third. I open multiple folders and drag and drop. have 3 or more simultaneous copy paste functions running from one destination to another... and surf AVS in between organizing media, even gaming. I'll encode while gaming... lol. I like watching TV like an NFL game while doing something on the other monitor. I like browsing the web on a space monitor while staging for a 3v3 strategy game.. I just do some "normal" stuff that's much harder on a PC than most users. I don't mean to sound arrogant or brag or what not- but I honestly question if the average person brain thinks fast enough to even try to use a PC the way I do. It's probably my ADD and too much coffee but I try to do tons of things at once on my workstation- and I absolutely hate waiting for tasks to complete. I won't sit and wait for something to finish. I'll open up something else and begin another task while waiting... I just totally kill my PC. I'm in the minority for sure. I don't see the majority of people spending $80 on a mouse pad for that extra level of control and speed and accuracy. But if I do because I notice and appreciate the difference then who the hell can sit there and tell me I am wrong ??? As a Gamer- there is a huge difference in your mouse and pad. So- As a power user there is also a difference in your SSD. Like only a gamer would appreciate the difference in the gaming mouse, only a power user will appreciate the difference a high end SSD is going to make.