As a PC enthusiast I have been upgrading and reviewing any hardware component that would make a difference (substantial or not) to everyday performance.
In the past I have sold my 8800GTS 640Mb (G80) to get an 8800GTX (G80) which then I replaced for an 8800GTS 512Mb (G92); went from an X6800, to a QX6700, down to a Q6600, then to a QX9650, to be followed by an E8500 and then back to another QX9650.
This review is about storage and more specifically solid state disks. It's a long review with a lot of text, but the purpose is to give a better understanding of what the benefits or the risks are in such an upgrade.
I started my adventure in solid state storage back in May 2007 with a Gigabyte I-ram, for which I paid approximately €300 (including 4Gb of DDR400). Revolutionary little gem, which was unfortunately doomed by the low capacity (4Gb max), its inconvenient interface (PCI) and its tendency to lose all data each time I unplugged my pc to e.g. install watercooling or swap processors.
Next up was a pair of Transcend solid state disks, one 16Gb and one 32Gb. The 32Gb one is probably the cheapest solid state disk you can buy today (approx €100+VAT) - but that is for a reason: its ridiculously low specs (25Mb/sec read, 12Mb/sec write speed) made it practically unusable as an OS drive. Windows XP installation on that drive took a bit less than 4 hours. I remember restarting the installation several times in the beginning, thinking that the system was hung...
Then a tried a Sandisk SSD 16Gb (previously FFD); to cut the long story short, based on the other offerings in the market by Mtron and Memoright, it was an overpriced waste of time. I was lucky to have this given to me for review by a friend, and so I was not crying over a wasted £350 purchase...
For the same amount of money as the equal sized Sandisk SSD, I purchased a Memoright SSD 16Gb. A nice SSD drive, which just happened to fail (wouldn't be detected at all) very early. By "early" I mean ~2 months.
And then I got my first Mtron MOBI 32Gb SATA SSD, back in January 2008. Not cheap by any standard (€450 through a group order) but definitely the best SSD I have used so far. I was so sure I found the best SSD in the market, that I paired it with my 2nd identical drive last week
This review is mainly to share my findings with you, seeing as I get limited results every time I search for actual real life benchmarks for this technology. That and because everytime I see Toms Hardware or some other "paid" review website, I tend to take it with a pinch of salt.
So why not give you a first hand review, from a person who is not connected with a manufacturer and pays for his own tests and upgrades?
Before I pass on the numbers and nice benchmark results, I feel like telling you some things about what you should be expecting with such an upgrade/switch.