With two 64-Bit Windows 7 installs on my test rig, I measured the time from selection in the Windows bootloader to a functional desktop. Using the SSD, this resulted in a boot 33 seconds faster - a 69 per cent reduction in boot time! Not only did boot time reduce, but shutdowns became near instantaneous with a 73 per cent time reduction.
The drive comes with all the accessories you need
As expected, the whole system feels snappier, and heavy duty applications load considerably faster.
As it would naturally be assumed, file transfers within the SSD are also blazingly fast. Those who repeatedly move large numbers of small files in the 2-10MB range should be expecting a time reduction in the region of 83 per cent.
HDD vs SSD
Windows Operation Time Results
Time in Seconds (s)
Shorter bars are better
Next page: CrystalDiskMark 3.0 Results
All they have to do now
... is make it £1000 cheaper.
Are these real GB (gigabytes) or GiB (gibibytes)?
Not that it really matters. I can't afford one anyway.
Not only boot time
Did you not read the rest of the article?
WikiPedia Links in Articles?
While I get the purpose doesn't it fly in the face of El Reg's stance on the "Quality" of Wikipedia?
Citing it as a source reference points to a change of heart, lazy rporting or (horror!) falling standards in El Reg's reporting. In all three cases, say ain't so Joe!
On topic to the review, over there in the USA once again it's £/$ pricing. Forshame...
Time for a Tips article
Now that SSDs are becoming more readily available, and a wee bit less mouthwateringly expensive (the Kingston 512GB drive notwithstanding), how about an article (or series) on how best to optimise your PC or notebook to make the most out of an SSD, and what *not* to do with 'em too.