From day one there has been a lot of hype surrounding Solid State Drives. Now that pricing on these drives have dropped tremendously, they’re becoming a worthwhile upgrade to us average consumers. There are two main advantages to consider with SSDs 1. Durability. They can take drops and hits better than a traditional hard drive, so you’re data is more likely to survive. 2. Performance. SSD drives have read speeds that are a lot faster than regular old Hard drives, and the latest generation of SanDisk SSDs also boast faster writing speeds.
Until yesterday we had not gotten a chance to see just what kind of an impact SSD drives can have on everyday performance. We got to see a demo of two identical laptops, one running with a traditional 7200RPM drive and another running on SanDisk’s SSD drive. The laptop with the SSD Drive booted more than 2x as fast. Applications also notably loaded much faster on the laptop with the SSD drive. Acrobat PDF documents launched almost instantly while they took a moment to pop up on the laptop with the traditional hard drive. So we were finally starting to see why SSDs might be the light at the end of the upgrade-your-computer-tunnel. If you’re looking to significantly improve your old computer’s performance, aside from adding more RAM, it looks like SSD drives can be a great way to give a laptop more pep. Other benefits of having an SSD can include a bit of a battery life increase.
SSD drives can also offset the performance slowdown that happens after running Windows for several months. With Windows, the longer your run Windows, the more your system tends to slow down because of registry clutter and other issues. Which is why so many power users often format their hard drives. However because SSD drives’ read performance are so much faster than traditional hard drives, their speeds help off set some of that traditional Windows performance slow down.
SanDisk’s new G3 SSD is $149 for the 60GB version, $249 for the 120GB and $499 for the 240GB, which is of-course the most desirable of the three. However, the 120GB is probably going to be the biggest hit of the three because 60GB is not enough space for most folks, while the price point for the 120GB is reasonable for the performance and capacity. Keep a look out for our full review, we’re going to go ahead and give one of SanDisk’s new G3 SSDs a try for ourselves sometime in the near future.