Originally Posted by Karyk
I would tend to agree, but unfortunately I don't have the budget to experiment. For my main computer I'm using a rather old computer with an SSD and it will load Chrome, Windows Mail and Outlook with a rather large PST file extremely fast, even while the other startup programs are still loading. If I were doing that on a moderately high end computer built in the past year it would be even faster doing those tasks, probably under 1 second.
Right. As the speed of the overall system increases- and the demands of the end user increase it's much more of an issue.
The Vector being at the performance level it's at is appropriate for a high end build. It's more expensive than a cheapo SSD drive so it's not appropriate for a budget build.
In the context of this forum and average $500 HTPC's -it's probable overkill and under appreciated.
In the context of say an i7 based performance desktop, gaming rig, or workstation- I think it's highly appropriate and it's advantages are more appreciated.
Originally Posted by lockdown571
I really don't understand why SSD speeds matter at all for general use including HTPC use. The chance of noticing any difference from one SSD to another is very low. Hard drives used to be the major bottleneck in your system, so speed was actually important. With SSDs you're likely to encounter bottlenecks elsewhere.
I remember when I upgraded from an Intel X25-M to a Crucial M4 there was absolutely no noticeable difference, even though the M4 was considered a speed demon at the time. IMO, just buy the least expensive SSD that doesn't have any known reliability problems.
It seems like the Vector is approaching on the limitations of the SATA interface. That's impressive. I am wondering if there with be a SATA4 coming out soon ????
I agree that on a budget build- or a basic use PC it's not a big deal. However- There is plenty of people with very high end PC's and even high end HTPC's that might want it's performance benefits.
It's sometimes hard to judge these things from and outside perspective because I think everyone puts their own personal situation into the mix and individuals are all different.
If I was very wealthy- I wouldn't think twice about spending a little extra on one of these bad boys just to make sure I have a very high level of performance. Flip side- If I was budget constrained I'd quickly and easily look for a lower performance and cheaper alternative.
It's interesting to me to see the negative reaction of many folks here towards this new drive- seemingly because it's "too good" or viewed as "overkill" and "not needed"- as well as the idea of it not being significantly noticeable real world in a basic HTPC environment. To me- I think if anything drives like this are great because it's going to push the bar higher on general SSD performance and it's going to make cheaper the less SSD's and limit the price premium commanded at retail. I think the greatest side effect of this drive, and the SamsungPro- are that they are going to be pushing down the prices of lesser SSD's- which are more applicable in a basic HTPC budget build.
I'll sign up all day to be able to purchase 128GB SSD's that now cost $100 for $59 in a couple months. Your going to see drives like Vertex4, CrucialM4, Samsung840, dropping further in price I think. Why would you buy one if you can get a 128GB Vector for near the price and a longer 5 year warranty ??? Only logical answer would be a personal distrust of OCZ or a preference for another brand. That might make sense on individual levels. Other than that- There isn't one. So it's almost obvious to me the positive benefits of SSDs like the new Samsung840Pro and the Vector are two fold. First- They will increase the general performance level of SSD's and force other MFG to improve their products to keep up AND/OR secondly cause the other MFG's to decrease prices of their lesser drives to provide a reasonable value proposition for the consumer and maintain sales.
Love it or hate it-- I think it's good news for SSD's in general. The negative reaction surprises me as there is clear benefits in it's existence beyond simply owning one personally.
For my desktop I am looking at this one possibly next year and also possibly the Samsung840Pro. There has been a few threads about the Samsung840's dieing or failing at overclockers and Anandtech- so I'll keep an eye out on that. Also keep an eye out on how the reliability of this new Vector turns out. Assuming no other new entries into the market- it's going to be the decision between these two I will make next year when I upgrade I think.Edited by Mfusick - 11/28/12 at 9:31am