Dell Mini 9 Discussion Discussion on the Dell Inspiron Mini 9.
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Join Date: Mar 2009
05-15-2009, 01:48 PM
The SSD has a much lower access latency, which makes random reads and writes much faster than on a traditional hard drive. However, the SSD's in the mini 9 are no where near as fast as the fastest SSD's are, which can get up to around 250 MB/s sequential read and 220 MB/s sequential write. The fastest mini 9 ssds can get around only 70 MB/s sequential read and 40 MB/s sequential write.
I'd say that the 320 GB drive might have faster sequential reads and writes, but the access time latency will make the mini 9's ssd "feel" much faster for most light tasks, such as booting up. My brother has a desktop with a 320 GB SATA drive, and it is much faster for seq. writes and reads, such as app launches, but my mini is faster for bootup.
I'd go with the SSD if you can afford it and only need that much space. And keep in mind that the SATA SSD's that are much more common offer way better performance than the PCIE PATA SSD's the mini uses, so don't spend too much money on a relatively slow drive. I would recommend the Super Talents (get the 32 GB for $85 at Newegg), because they offer a good balance of speed and value. The Runcores are way too overpriced, but are the only 64 GB SSDs available, along with the Dell STEC models.
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05-16-2009, 05:07 AM
This thread should help. Runcore beats SuperTalent on the benchmarks, but the real question comes in daily use. Some say that the SuperTalents feel more than fast enough and are much better value for money than the overpriced Runcores. Others say that the Runcores are the best in the benchmarks, and are therefore best in daily use and worth the extra money.
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