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Real-World SSD Performance Considerations (Introduction)

Last updated 2010-04-26 - Send Feedback
Related: Storage, SSD

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.

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