Upgrading to a Solid State Drive (SSD)
Intel Philippines lent me an SSD last week after pulling out that gaming rig. So I thought I’d upgrade my laptop’s hard drive with the SSD.
The sample SSD was just the 40GB Intel X25-V SATA SSD and though the capacity was low, I was more curious how it compares to traditional hard disk drives.
The drive is almost the same size as the regular 2.5″ disk drives for notebooks but the SSD is significantly lighter.
My laptop’s current drive is a 250GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue and the drive compartment was readily accessible at the back side with just a couple of screws away.
Switching the drive was quick and easy and I got me installing Window 7 Ultimate to the new drive in 15 minutes. Took several tests and benchmarks for the Intel SSD and compared it with the HDD.
The results above are based on PassMark Performance Test to determine the seek speed, read and write speeds (in MB per second). The SSD scored very high on random seek and sequential read.
I also took the rating from Windows Experience Index with the SSD scored a 7.7 while the HDD got 5.6. Using PassMark again, here are the Disk Mark ratings for both the SSD and the HDD.
The laptop definitely got some nice performance boost based on the results above (wasn’t able to compare boot time though).
SSDs are still very expensive compared to regular SATA disk drives. I don’t have the price for the 40GB Intel SSD but the 160GB is selling for around Php23,000 in TipidPC and CDR King used to sell a 64GB SSD for about Php5,800.