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Sunday, February 19, 2012

What Is The Best Bang For The Buck Upgrade

Posted by Richard Chao in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:47 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5883376/what-...only-afford-one

"What Hardware Upgrade Will Best Speed Up My PC (If I Can Only Afford One)?"

What hardware upgrade is your best bang for the buck if you can only choose one? Of course there is no definitive answer as PCs vary in configuration and it also assumes you are able to make upgrades to begin with. Many people are moving from desktops to laptops at home so this question will depend on your equipment.

If you are running a laptop, your hardware upgrade options are typically limited to RAM or storage. If you have a desktop, your options are wider and range from video cards, processors, RAM and storage. So, the first step is to examine your system. If your PC has 512MB to 2GB of RAM, an upgrade to 4GB will be the cheapest way to get a performance boost. However, if your PC already has 4GB, another few extra gigs won't give you the same boost and therefore your money will be better spent elsewhere. If you have a laptop, your other option is converting from a HDD to a SSD. If you can swing the money on a good SSD, you will not only see performance gains but noticeable gains in run time as SSDs use much less energy.

If you have a desktop, you have a few additional options. If you game, you may want to take a look at your video card. If you run multiple intensive process at once, you may want to take a look at upgrading to a multi-core processor.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Can SSDs Compete With HDDs High Capacity and Falling Prices?

Posted by Danny Simmons in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20041259-64.html

"Two-figure pricing like that for laptop hard drives makes solid-state drives look like a luxury purchase by comparison. "HDD and NAND (flash memory) cost per gigabyte are destined to remain an order of magnitude apart for the foreseeable future. SSDs will remain from 10 to 20 times as expensive as HDDs of the same capacity," said Jim Handy, principal analyst at Objective Analysis, a firm that does semiconductor-related market research."

Solid state drives can give you great performance, if that is a high priority for you. But it won't come cheap, and you won't enjoy the larger capacity that hard drives can give you. Hard drive prices are expected to continue to drop. Let's hope that solid state drives can follow this trend as well. But for now, which is most important to you, the speed of solid state drives or the capacity and affordability of hard drives?


Thursday, August 19, 2010

When it Comes to Storage, SSD or HDD?

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 09:00 AM

http://lifehacker.com/5616023/

"Solid-state drives (SSDs) make for a pretty great upgrade, but they aren't without their downsides (most notably, their high cost and low amounts of space). While the answer to "are they worth it?" is fairly subjective, there are a number of factors that can influence the usefulness of a solid-state drive."

While solid-state drives definitely appear to be the future, traditional hard drives will probably be here for many, many years to come. Their huge storage capacities and fair transfer speeds have kept them in the running and the standard choice for most consumers but SSDs are increasing in popularity, especially in notebooks. While I am tempted to jump onto the SSD bandwagon, my storage needs outstrip my speed needs, and external storage devices are just too much of a hassle. Still, I am waiting for the day when a 500GB SSD can be had for under $100. Okay, you can stop laughing now.


Thursday, March 19, 2009

Less Storage Options on Future Eee's

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 01:00 AM

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-278757.html

"Asus plans to offer fewer storage options for users of its Eee PC netbook range, a company representative said on Monday. The manufacturer's spokesperson told ZDNet UK that, while Eee PC models are currently available in each country with a choice of hard-disk drive (HDD) or solid-state drive (SSD), the company will from August offer only one version per model in any given country."

I don't think this is a big surprise given the level to which the netbook market has gone mainstream. I know a number of netbook owners who had no idea whether they had a HDD or SSD. I enlightened them after they commented how they liked their netbook except for the really small disk drive (which was SSD of course). My first netbook had an SSD but our two current ones both have HDD, and frankly I prefer more space (surprise, surprise). Given the costs differences, this is the exact reason I see a move to HDD's for netbooks targeted at mainstream users.


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