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 11/15/2012 03:05 PM
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I Have a HP Pavilion dv7-1245dx laptop with a AMD Turion X2 that never seem to do anything quickly until I installed a Kingston Hyper X SATA 3 SSD. After installing the SSD and loading with Windows 8 Pro the laptop is up and running in under 25 seconds. Program start up times, downloads and windows updates also go considerably quicker. 



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 11/15/2012 05:41 PM
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Ya think? SSDs have been speeding up laptops for 5 years now

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 11/15/2012 05:54 PM
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Yeah, the difference is most noticable in laptops since a lot of those still have 5400 RPM drives.  I've thought about hacking my laptop with one, but these days I don't use it enough to make the upgrade worthwhile.



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 11/15/2012 07:35 PM
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With the way prices are dropping I don't think it'll be to much longer before we see laptops with a 60GB SSD and a high capacity traditional HDD (since high capacity SSDs are still to expensive for a stock prefab PC laptop). I picked up a 60GB OCZ Vertex Plus R2 (not the fastest by any stretch of the imagination, only 180MB/s read and 80MB/s write, but still way faster than a 5400RPM 2.5" HDD is, but I put my TMP/TEMP folder, page file, and temporary internet files, as well as important file backups on it) for $29.99 ($49.99 - $20 mail in rebate). Even a modern "slow" SSD like the Vertex Plus R2 trumps a laptop drive, and the OEM's could get them much cheaper than we can.

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 11/16/2012 09:57 AM
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I Picked up the Kingston Hyper X 120 GB SATA 3 with a transfer rate of 555MB for around 90 bucks. I know in my old laptop, that is SATA 2, that the transfer rate is not running full speed but why buy a SATA 2 when the SATA 3 SSD will back down to run on SATA 2 systems. If one buys the SATA 3 drives, instead of SATA 2 drives, then when they upgrade their equipment they will already have the SATA 3 drive. My laptop has A Place for a second hard drive so I will use the 5400 RPM for additional storage when I get a second hard drive mounting bracket ($25.00).



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 11/16/2012 02:49 PM
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SATA II has a transfer rate of 3Gbps, or about 375MByte/s, which is only exceeded by using multiple SSD's in RAID. But an SSD's strength comes from it's random read and write capabilities (as well as sub 1w power consumption), which is what really boosts Windows and Office (among other multi file heavy programs).

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 11/16/2012 03:53 PM
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So it would seem that if an individual is looking to buy a SSD, with the information that we have spelled out, that it would be more beneficial to buy a SATA 3 so they would be in a position to save themselves money on future equipment upgrades. 



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 11/16/2012 05:14 PM
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No, as I've said before, a single SSD does not saturate the SATA II bandwidth, dual SSDs in RAID0 don't saturate it, and with the way SSDs work, a single higher capacity drive is faster than two lesser capacity drives without having the headaches or drawbacks of RAID.

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 11/16/2012 05:42 PM
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I would have to differ, On a ASUS P5N32-E SLI PLUS it took 3 Intel 40 Gig SATA 2 hard drives in a raid 0 configuration before saturation was reached. I am sad to say that that MOBO has since died of heat exhaustion.



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