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For those of you that moan about solid state discs being expensive well check this out! This is a VERY good drive at a VERY good price. There should be a 64GB and 32GB version on Aria as well for those who moan about spending pennies. Personally I want the best for my PC :0). This can be used in a laptop or desktop with SATA interface.
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#1
This is a VERY good price for a 128GB solid state! Unbelievabley quick and silent :)

Now if the price could go come down sub £100, I would think about it :)
banned#2
what's the difference between solid state hd's and regular hard drives like, SATA, IDE,ATA etc.
#3
Solid state = memory based, as fast as you can get, no moving parts, quiet
Normal = mechanical, prone to failure, slow (by comparison), moving parts, heat, noise
banned#4
can you get solid state's in external?
#5
no moving parts, heads or platters..

they are basically like a huge SD/MMC card..
banned#6
oh, well i don't think i can afford this at the moment, but seeing as it's new technology and with a quick google shopping search it is probably the cheapest 128gb hd, i voted it HOT.
#7
You can get Express card solid state drives that go straight in your laptop or buy a big pendrive!

On the benches i've seen SSD's are faster than regular drives for access but they can't match the transfers of 10K RPM+ drives.
#8
You could get a normal hard drive SATA external enclosure.
#10
When 320gb 2.5" drives are so cheap they are kinda pointless atm unless you work in an environment where normal drives might get damaged.. like maybe in your ipod when your a jackhammer operator.
#11
could you use this as a primary boot drive?

would it make your pc run considerably faster if it was your primary drive?
#12
Yes and yes
#13
flux
When 320gb 2.5" drives are so cheap they are kinda pointless atm unless you work in an environment where normal drives might get damaged.. like maybe in your ipod when your a jackhammer operator.


Battery Life, these things will extend the running time on most laptop PCs by a fair margin, couple that with a good performance boost again on most laptops due to the small seek times when accessing swap files and they are anything but pointless.

Hot for me, good find.
#14
Quietly watches whilst the early adopters test their longevity/reliability and, crucially, help drive down the cost of entry :thumbsup:
#15
http://www.aria.co.uk/dynres/Z2FsbGVyeV9pbWFnZS53aWR0aD00MDA=/bWFpbmltYWdlcy9wcm9kdWN0X2ltYWdlcy9vcmlnaW5hbC9IRFItU1NELU9DWlNTRDItMUMxMi4xLmpwZw==.jpg
#16
Out of stock and judgng by the price it was a misprice. Wouldn't be surprised if they appeared under a slightly different name in about a week.

Those that ordered, don't hold your breath (It's unhealthy)
#17
#19
noob question but........what sort of heat output do these things have?
#21
Abbadon
Battery Life, these things will extend the running time on most laptop PCs by a fair margin, couple that with a good performance boost again on most laptops due to the small seek times when accessing swap files and they are anything but pointless.

Hot for me, good find.


You'd think that wouldn't you.

Might I suggest you read the following: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/ssd-hdd-battery,review-31019.html

Titled "The SSD Power Consumption Hoax : Flash SSDs Don’t Improve Your Notebook Battery Runtime – they Reduce It"
#22
Abbadon
Battery Life, these things will extend the running time on most laptop PCs by a fair margin, couple that with a good performance boost again on most laptops due to the small seek times when accessing swap files and they are anything but pointless.

Hot for me, good find.


Wrong!
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-hdd-battery,1955.html
#23


That was a badly performed test. Read the comments a lot of people think that Tom's
hardware bungled it.

It's a complicated issue. You don't actually want a low power drive, you want a low energy
drive which is not quite the same thing. Remember Power is Work divided by Time. You
could make a very low power SSD by simply taking a very long time to transfer the data.
If you transfer no data at all the power figures will be spectacular.
;-)
#24
I'd have to kill 8 or 9 standard drives for it to pay for itself lol, Think i'll wait for the price fall:)
#25


Interesting article, I hadn't read that and don't doubt their findings.

Strange thing is though that the laptop manufacturers are reporting extended battery life for models with SSD rather than conventional HDD and I also don't doubt their findings. Seems the only reason battery life improves on some laptops is that the system has to work less hard to keep itself cool.

Anyway now I stand corrected, power usage on some SSDs is lower than some HDDs but in some "or with high capacity SSDs in many cases" it is about the same or slightly higher.
#26
THX1138
That was a badly performed test. Read the comments a lot of people think that Tom's
hardware bungled it.

It's a complicated issue. You don't actually want a low power drive, you want a low energy
drive which is not quite the same thing. Remember Power is Work divided by Time. You
could make a very low power SSD by simply taking a very long time to transfer the data.
If you transfer no data at all the power figures will be spectacular.
;-)


Yes it was a very flawed test, however from one perspective it is possibly correct. If the drive allows you to do more in a given period of time, more productivity could = more read writes / data transfers which in turn could = more power consumption.

But hey, they are shiny so I wan't one. :)
#27
Solid State drives are not what they are jumped are to be.

Company purchased 10 laptops from DELL, 2 to be used for demo's had faster processors and SSD's , remainder had 200mhz slower cpu T7500 and fujitsu 7200 RPM SATA II 2.5" HD.

The HD models wins hands down . In i/o intensive tests takes half the time.

Plenty of explanations why on register, inquirer,cnet and endgadget.
Also power consumption may not be better. Something on register or inquirer today.
#28
no noise for an extra £200 - uh, bargain!
#29
Only 1 yr warranty too!
#30
I wouldn't trust any review from Tom's Hardware without independent backup. Ars Technica, on the other hand, is thorough. If it had posited that SSDs were battery leeches, that would have been enough for me.

From what I can gather, this is at the budget end of SSDs and does not have the transfer speed of the pricier drives, such as in the Macbook Air.
#31
askfareed
can you get solid state's in external?

Of course, an example of an external solid state drive is a USB pen. :thumbsup:
#32
vaiopup;2440211
noob question but........what sort of heat output do these things have?
No idea, but the heat output of a 7200.11 is around 10w so the SSD would be a hell of a lot less than that.
#33
It's a good price for an SSD drive, but a 300Gb velociraptor drive would still be cheaper and faster.
1 Like #34
Sorry to be a naysayer - but pointless IMO at the moment(and not just for the price, but full stop).

All those saying it will improve seek times/data transfer etc - there are enough real world tests of these things to know that that simply isnt the case.

Power consumption is actually more than a standard HDD in some cases, and certainly is never a lot less.

The only potential bonus is longevity/reliability - which isnt fully tested yet anyway due to the relatively low age of these things. But also, look at the price - as it is roughly 10 times the price of a standard HDD the same capacity, I would rather buy one of them and use a cheap reliable backup solution.

Good price for what it is, but what it is is pointless for anyone without a very very specific reason for these at the moment. Therefore voted cold.
#35
Hmm solely concerning boot-up time, how fast would this be Vs a 7200rpm HDD? If say a regular system takes 1min to boot up with a core2duo, would this be like 20/30secs? :?

I'm wanting to make a PC with ultra fast boot-up to be as "instant-on" as possible. I'm not concerned with capacity, power usage, etc. Thnx!
#36
Have used these in my work for the defence industry. Why people buy these for their pc's and laptops is beyond me.

The first answer will be "they're fast" .... well ok there's no spin up delay but deleting files can be far slower than a regular SATA. Besides, how often do you boot your pc? Once, twice a day? And are the odd few milliseconds really that much of a drag in your day?

The second answer is likely to be "they're more reliable" ..... only if you're prone to taking your pc and throwing it around the place. As for using them in laptops, solid states consume more power than a regular drive. When these die, they don't often exhibit problems that'll lead you to backup most of your data first .... they just die. No warning. And they have a limited shelf life.

Until they increase the capacity and write-cycles and decrease the price and power consumption these drives really only come into their own in specialised environments. I can the argument for having them as an external drive in a caddy maybe, at least that way you're exploiting some of their advantages but for inside your pc/laptop, don't get drawn into the geeky hype.
#37
Promising technology but too expensive at the moment only real benefit over current drives is less noise, at the expense of capacity (for same price you can get 2TB of storage) as for access times we are talking milli-seconds most won't even notice the difference. wait until price comes down

For those that must have it wait couple of weeks should drop in price a little
http://www.custompc.co.uk/news/602883/ocz-announces-128gb-ssd-for-under-250.html

Forgot about limited write cycles (technology can only write to each individual part of the drive 10,000 times and then that part of drive becomes unusable)

It is the best price at moment though even if technology is flawed so hot! :thumbsup:
#38
trd
Hmm solely concerning boot-up time, how fast would this be Vs a 7200rpm HDD? If say a regular system takes 1min to boot up with a core2duo, would this be like 20/30secs? :?

I'm wanting to make a PC with ultra fast boot-up to be as "instant-on" as possible. I'm not concerned with capacity, power usage, etc. Thnx!


Nope - the difference will not be noticeable.

As allclowns said - I think it should be very strongly said that the only advantage of these drives currently(although in theory a very exciting technology) is if you are using your PC in specialist environments, specifically if the PC is on an environment that is none standard environmentally(for example, dusty etc etc). If thats the case, the SSD would be the least of my concerns!!
#39
A lot of people are missing the vital point about these drives and that is no seek time, all data is found and therefore smaller stuff is transferred much quicker.
Granted efficient caching and faster interfaces on most modern hdds make sustained thru put higher.
But if you really want to see impressive throughput from these that will blastaway any hdd, stop being tight and put 4 in a raid 0 config lol
#40
it comes out on monday i think and the price is about right £319 is rrp.

if the read write times are correct they should make a big difference.reading at 143 mb/sec compared to hhd average of 60 or less,even raptors are'nt much more than 70 or so.

still to expensive yet tho unless your a hardcore gamer.

great seek times no noise no heat and no defgramenting i want one.

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