It seems we have come a long way in a few short years with the development of ssd's and so now with the latest generation starting to be released by a few of the manufacturers and with these having warranties of up to 10 years, it occurred to me that some of you guys might like to tell us what it is you seek from an ssd.
I find myself looking at a few areas that have seen development in leaps and bounds since I bought my first drive (a 120GB Intel 520)
Let us consider what you use your ssd for..... It is the OS drive first and foremost I guess, then it probably has a number of programs/games on it too, and because you never have a big enough drive this means that chances are it is 3/4 full of "stuff". As a result of this I am always looking for reviews that test drives that are at least half full when they are benchmarked and just now THE benchmark that I give most credence to for being a pretty good summary of performance across the board both under load and in a "recovered" state is the PC Mark 8 extended consistency test.
So, what are ssd's all about? .....SPEED !! The transfer rate of both reading and writing for all different sizes of file with both large and small queues of files waiting to be transferred.
I am interested in the transfer speed when the rig is essentially idle and there is very little being read from or written to the disk and I am interested in the speed when the disk is under a large load from gaming or maybe rendering etc. and remember I need these figures to be on a used disk that is "full" of data.
The other thing I have been paying attention to is the warranty period and within the warranty terms how much data can be written to the disk. The difference between Makers/drives can be huge. I know of drives that currently range from 22 to 520 TBW total Terabytes written within the warranty period. Whilst this is not a figure written in stone meaning that as soon as your drive reaches that figure it will die it must surely be a good guide to knowing if your drive is up to the task you have set for it.
I titled this a discussion so I would love to hear your thoughts on anything to do with SSD's. Meanwhile I shall prepare a chart of what are in my view some of the better SSD's out there just now and the speeds of transfer they are capable of according to the reviews I have read. I am however crap at making good charts with good labels so pretty basic is what you will get