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    Wondering what the differences were and the benefits of getting a laptop with a built in SSD over one with a SATA HDD.

    I know the physical difference, there is no spinning in a SDD like the is in a SATA, but realistically, what is the difference and which is better?

    Does the SDD improve speeds, as I am finding it's only included in the really high end models? Also, it tends to offer much smaller sizes in comparison to the SATA equivalent when spending say £800. You would get 750GB SATA or 128GB SSD, what's the deal there?

    Thanks if anyone can offer any advice.
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    Usually faster, lighter and operates with lower noise frequency.

    Unfortunately it comes at a price.
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    (Original post by Erich Hartmann)
    Usually faster, lighter and operates with lower noise frequency.

    Unfortunately it comes at a price.
    Can you quantify how much faster? Is it a huge amount or something completely irrelevant to the average user?
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    (Original post by Geosmi)
    Can you quantify how much faster? Is it a huge amount or something completely irrelevant to the average user?
    Huge amount
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    Far quicker read/write (And therefore faster booting and loading) times, far quieter, And more durable because of the lack of moving parts. However as you've said, the technology is still very expensive at the moment, with drives over the size of 512GB being quite extortionate. It's quite literally a case of quality over quantity =P
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    (Original post by Geosmi)
    Can you quantify how much faster? Is it a huge amount or something completely irrelevant to the average user?
    Absurdly faster in some cases. If I can remember correctly access times in conventional HDDs range from 5-7ms, compared to the average of 0.1ms that SSDs can reach.
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    (Original post by Geosmi)
    Can you quantify how much faster? Is it a huge amount or something completely irrelevant to the average user?
    As has been said, much much faster. You often find that people will buy a small one, like 50GB and install the OS and some frequently used programs on there then have a HDD for storage and less important programs.
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    (Original post by dknt)
    As has been said, much much faster. You often find that people will buy a small one, like 50GB and install the OS and some frequently used programs on there then have a HDD for storage and less important programs.
    That's how I'd do it too.

    Also, if your SSD gets messed up - and yes they do too, though are more reliable than your HDD - data recovery is terribly expensive, if it is even recoverable.
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    (Original post by Dumachi)
    Huge amount
    This pretty much says it.

    The single biggest boost to PC usage speed you can do is installed at least your OS to an SSD.
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    SSDs are SATA.
 
 
 
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