Hybrid Drives - SSD for lessObviously the intermediate future. | Posted by Brent on Jun 03rd 11 07:28 PM
If you're about to build a a gaming PC, the OCZ revodrive hybrid is a must-have. By setting up SSD controllers in raid 0 (striping) and linking them directly into a PCI express slot, sustained read speeds of 500MB/s have been achieved. SSD sound expensive? Not with hybrid technology. After attaching a 500GB 5400rpm drive to this card you get the speed benefit of SSD and the storage size benefits of platter technology. The cards are so effective you don't even need a 7200rpm drive attached for these speeds.
At $350, you are roughly paying 14x as much for blazing fast disk performance, but if you are building a new PC you can make cuts elsewhere and still reap better performance. For me it would be well worth the cost to have photoshop boot in less than 3 seconds and windows boot in less than 10.
SSDs are roughly $1-$2 per GB while regular drives are less than 10 cents a gigabyte. The performance in GBps and greatly reduced seek time (measured in nanoseconds) makes up for the additional cost here.
The question is where does the revodrive 3 hybrid? 70 cents/GB. Not quite the discount I would have expected for hybrid vs SSD. At that price you can get a full SSD drive for a few hundred more. You can also get a 500GB seagate with 4GB of SSD onboard for caching for only $100, that's 20 cents a GB.
I'm not really looking for bleeding edge ever, so if you can find a Hybrid hard drive from a good name in performance for around 50 cents a GB which would mean about a 500GB drive and a 30GB SSD onboard. EMAIL ME. My email address is admin @ this site's domain.comhttp://techreport.com/discussions.x/21030
The sad part is today with your new PC having minimum 6GB and up to 12GB of ram it's the game developers fault if they are missing the cache and loading from the hard drive at all.