[tpm] OT: Are SSDs really worth purchasing to speed up our computing experience?

James E Keenan jkeen at verizon.net
Wed May 30 15:46:42 PDT 2012

On 5/30/12 6:40 PM, Mike Stok wrote:
> Solid State Drive.

Thanks, Mike.

> On 2012-05-30, at 6:38 PM, James E Keenan wrote:
>> On 5/30/12 9:48 AM, Stuart Watt wrote:
>>> As a MacBook Air user, I can say yes. It's a surprisingly speedy little system, considering its relatively weak CPU, and I'd put most of this down to its SSD. I also have a Mac Mini, which has about an equivalent CPU but traditional hard disk, and the responsiveness is hugely better with the MacBook Air. It's very fast at application startup. An informal poll of a few people on Twitter a while back rated the MacBook Air as more responsive than the MacBook Pro, which had a much faster, and quad core, CPU. You are probably right that it is code bloat, but the code has to get off the disk somehow, and if its bloated, that will take longer than if it isn't. If disk latency is an issue, SSD is a good plan.
>>> For video editing, there will be no point - that's almost entirely CPU bound.

How about for compiling Perl 5, Parrot or Perl 6 from source code? 
That's my heaviest-duty processing need.


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