Yes, you should. If nothing else, at least for your boot drive. The prices have come down enough to make it a viable option for most businesses and consumers. When you factor in the productivity gained from switching to Solid State technology, it truly becomes a bargain.

I built a system about a month ago. It included the following components:

  • AMD FX-8120 Processor
  • ASUS Sabertooth 990FX Motherboard
  • 16GB of Corsair XMS3 Memory
  • ATI Radeon HD 5750 (I had it laying around)
  • 1TB Western Digital Green Boot HDD (I had it laying around)
  • 2TB Western Digital Green Data HDD (I had it laying around)
  • Windows Professional 64-Bit

After building the system, I was dismayed by its speed. I read a lot of reviews about the AMD FX processors. Most of them bashed AMD for not making a better processor. This eight core processor could barely hold its own against Intel's four core products. I bought the components for this system based on cost and the number of cores. The WEI was only 5.9, although most of that was due the the HDD. I was starting to wonder if I made a mistake.

I started reading about Solid State Drives (SSD). From everything I read, the two best brands of SSD's are Intel and Samsung. Intel was out of stock at the local MicroCenter, so I opted for the Samsung 830 128GB ($199). Most of Apple's SSD drives come from Samsung. I figured that was good enough for me.

There are plenty of speed comparisons on the Internet righ now, so I won't rehash most of them. The points I'll make is that Windows 7 boot time went from 111 seconds to 35 seconds. Opening Photoshop CS5 went from 10 seconds to 1 second. Shuting down Windows now takes 1 second, verses 15. The WEI has jumped to 7.3. The main bottleneck is the older video card. It would have been higher with a newer card.

Because it's only a 128GB drive, I couldn't put all of my data on it. I replaced the 1TB Western Digital Green Boot HDD with it. After installing Windows 7 64-bit (and updates), Microsoft Office 2010, Adobe CS5 Master Collection, iClone 5, Quickbooks 2010 and Quicken 2010, I still have 91GB free. I employed some tricks to only use 27GB. I'll cover that in my next blog post.

The system is so fast. I can't believe I didn't do this sooner. There was a point I had to plug in the old 1TB Western Digital Green Boot HDD to deactivate Adobe Master Collection CS5. The system became slower than a week in jail! I got CS5 deactivated as fast as I could and went back to my Samsung 830 128GB SSD.

Do yourself a favor and go get one today!

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