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Real-World SSD Performance Considerations (Introduction)

Last updated April 26, 2010 - Send Feedback

Solid state drives (SSDs) are gaining widespread attention for their many positive qualities: high speed, no moving parts, reliability, etc. For more on SSDs, see the these pages, especially the SSD overview page.

Real world performance

Real-world performance of a solid state drive means two main things:

  1. Speed compared to alternatives such as a hard drive;
  2. Speed over time as the drive gets used (1/3/6/9 months later).

This special feature concentrates on item #2 above.

What they don’t want you to know.

Feels good at first, then degrades. Read this special report to understand the issues before you buy.

Rules of thumb for buying an SSD

Don’t be suckered.


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