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Meh
Authored by: excarnate on May 15, '12 08:40:08AM

There is an SSD in my MBA, iMac, and my wife's MBP. I don't really see that big of a difference, but it is supposed to be faster. Maybe we don't see much difference because the drives aren't big enough and we have to store files in other places. And they are all in new computers, replacing old ones that were years old, so we can't tell what difference an SSD makes.

Edited on May 15, '12 08:40:33AM by excarnate



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Does your main Mac have an SSD?
Authored by: taran on May 15, '12 09:43:29AM

I manually installed an SSD (from Other World Computing) in my iMac (27" mid-2010, 2.93 Ghz i7). At first, I ran everything of the HDD and used the SSD for development databases. A month or so ago, I finally upgraded to Lion, which I installed on the SSD along with all but my largest sets of files (videos and virtual machine images) and I immediately noticed that a number of normal everyday tasks were incredibly fast compared to the HDD + Snow Leopard.



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One?
Authored by: Umac_de on May 15, '12 10:05:38AM

2 SSDs Raid 0 in MacPro...



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Does your main Mac have an SSD?
Authored by: ShadowBottle on May 15, '12 10:18:47AM

Still waiting for the $/Gb scale to shift to where I don't mind replacing my entire HDD (size) with an SSD.



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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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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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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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Authored by: poenn on May 16, '12 12:16:38PM

I did upgrade my 2010 MBP to a 500 GB OWC SSD nearly 1 year ago. Speed is awesome, but I canít use any computer still having a HD for prolonged use times. It just sucks in comparison. :-)

Using many VMs for testing purposes the speed increase really boosts productivity.

Edited on May 16, '12 12:17:39PM by poenn



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Does your main Mac have an SSD?
Authored by: Edgecrusherr on May 17, '12 05:08:13PM

I really want an SSD, but at best the price is currently $1 per Gigabyte, and I'd need at least a 400GB drive for all the stuff I do (There's certain things I want to keep on my boot drive, like my extensive iTunes library. I have 3 1TB+ drives for everything else).

It's not worth it to me yet. I check the sales ads almost daily. I'm waiting for a 400-500GB or so to come in under $200 before I'll make the move. My 450GB VelociRaptor in my desktop and the 500GB Seagate Hybrid in my laptop should hold me over until then.

Great poll!

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