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Real-World SSD Performance Considerations (Introduction)
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:
- Speed compared to alternatives such as a hard drive;
- 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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Rules of thumb for buying an SSD
Don’t be suckered.