Originally Posted by Aristotle
1) Start up speed was 30 seconds instead of 90 s with a 5200 rpm hd.
Thing is that desktop drives are 7200 RPM. Even most laptops these days use 7200 RPM from what I've seen instead of the old 5200 RPM. The source on that didn't really do their homework (or are specifically targeting a laptop user audience.)
Now for playing games, what would be the best setup? One 32 gig ssd for windows + one 10k rpm hd for the game? ... May the computer geniuses of this forum come forth and opinionate!
Option A: $300 + $200 at ~180 gig of space, so $500 total for 180 gig of space...
Option B: $75 for 250 gig of space + second 8800 GT + spending $175 more on the CPU.
Option A will likely load maybe 25% faster on the average, so instead of looking at that loading screen for say 15 seconds, you'll be looking at it for 10.5 seconds, while Option B will display the game at around 25-50% faster framerates, meaning the time you actually spend playing will run much faster, and you'd see say 67.5 FPS vs. 45 FPS.
Me, I'd go with Option B.
Of course, option C would be to simply not spend the extra money on that gain and you'll notice that by comparing to option B said not spent money pays for an 8800 GT and higher-end C2D like the E6550/E6750.
When solid state is truly mainstream in cost and as fast, or faster, than a regular drive in all applications, then it would be worth it. Right now, particularly since you are just looking at a difference of load time, not actual game performance while you are playing, it just isn't worth the cost.
Give it a few years. Then we will probably be good to go on solid state.