Benchmarks, Benchmarks, Benchmarks, I HATE BENCHMARKS! Now that I have gotten that out of the way, I will say that benchmarks have thier place, but they are not absolute truth and are based on non-realworld use. They are used to test performance....I'll give you an example of what I am trying to say. Let's say I buy a Ferrari, but it hasn't been tuned for years and has not been taken care of.....Now I buy a brand new Camero.....Now the Ferrari has better benchmark results but does that mean the Ferrari will always beat the Camero in the race? It would all depend on road conditions, tuning, etc. Like the last post mentioned no matter how fast your SSD
goes you will be limited by the system which I stated earlier....Also benchmarks rely heavily on what system you actually ran them on....Running benchmarks on these two drives on a desktop may yeild different results than running them on a 10v......Hence, Benchmarks are only a reference and not absolute truth.
Bottom line is this, will it be faster? Yes, why? Access time is faster because the plate doesn't have to spin and no matter how fast an HD is you will never see that access time on an HD....Now if you take a benchmark maybe the drives perform the same because the plates are already spinning and a variety of other factors......Basically, I don't rely on benchmarks, I rely on what I see with my own eyes.....I have the kingston in my 10v and it boots the OS faster than any scorpio drive will and yes I have tried both.....Loading programs it is also faster...Now copying larger files I would say about the same.....
Also, I know that the scorpio is a low power consumption drive but fact still remains when you have to spin platters you waste power no matter how power efficient a drive is...Bottom line is if you are running an application that has a lot of disk access, battery life on a Scorpio vs SSD
is no comparison....Many people say well I don't run disk intensive applications....Just look at your HD access light on other machines some day and notice it is always blinking most of the time.....The OS by nature access your drive alot....I have seen people on here report up to an hour extra on a 3 cell battery running an SSD
...I use the 3 cell because it is more compact so putting the SSD
paid off for me in battery life alone.....
Now don't get me wrong...I think the scorpio drives are nice and a lot less expensive but not all the time am I looking for storage and I have the few extra bucks to spend on speed.....Putting an SSD
in your 10v is a matter of personal choice....Like I mentioned earlier, remember you are putting the SSD
in a $250.00 netbook.....Mine including taxes cost as much as the netbook, so if saving money is a factor go for a cheaper alternative HD or stick with the stock drive.....If you want to put your iTunes library on it then go with a 500gb scorpio, because it is definately the best bang for your buck....Now if you want speed, performance and better battery life or just love souping up computers and have the money buy an SSD
At the same time realize that buying a $600 SSD
isn't always going to get you better performance than a $300.00 one because of the system limitations.....That was my point in going with the Kingston vs Vertex.....Also there are many advantages to going SSD
such as power consumption and heat displacement....Also, an SSD
drive is shock resistant per se as it doesn't have moving parts.....With that being said you pay a premium......