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Does your main Mac have an SSD?
Authored by: fyngyrz on May 15, '12 11:21:31AM

SSD's mainly gain you boot performance -- it's all about how fast a file can be read into ram cache.

But i rarely (I mean like months apart) reboot.

So, no, no SSD here, no particular need for one.

When they cost similarly to mag drives, I'll start buying them, and yeah, no doubt I'll like it. But until then... no.

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Does your main Mac have an SSD?
Authored by: squarefrog on May 15, '12 12:09:56PM

It's not just boot performance. Apps open a lot quicker and are much more responsive. Photoshop and Xcode (my two slowest opening apps) open in less than 3 seconds.



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Does your main Mac have an SSD?
Authored by: meikokun on May 15, '12 12:24:09PM

"SSD's mainly gain you boot performance"

Nonsense. Got mightily cheesed off with beachballs on my 2011 17"mbp. Dumped the dvd drive, replaced that with the internal hdd, and stuck a ssd in the boot bay.

World of difference. I don't recall having seen a beachball since. At all. As in ever. ALL apps load a lot faster. mines a crucial m4 128gb which just has the os and apps on it - it wasn't the absolute fastest in tests, but gave the best bang for the buck. Best hundred quid I spent on a computer.

Oh, the fast boot times are a bonus. From power-button press to desktop in 8 seconds is nice, but as you say, not quite a necessity.



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Does your main Mac have an SSD?
Authored by: kirkmc on May 16, '12 12:30:00AM

Actually, fast boot time can be nice, especially if you test software that requires reboots, and need to test many times. Not that I do it a lot, but I do it occasionally, and it's always refreshing to see the reboot so quick.

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