I came across this website after getting my hands on a OCZ – SSD 2,5” Hard Drive – 128 MB Cache – Summit 60GB.
I can say I’m very impressed with its performance so please read the quote below and follow link for the results.
Well I finally got my hands on an X25-M SSD drive from Intel (Thanks Alistair!) and have put it through its paces on my home built PC. The main thing to say here is that you don’t need the latest SSD to get an improvement when using Windows 7 as the operating system is an improvement in itself in terms of performance tweaks and such like.
Whenever I write a new review based on an operating system, I always like to see how the disk performance is; one of the main problems in Windows Vista was that the operating system was nearly always thrashing away at the system hard drive. There were a number of reasons for this such as indexing, caching etc but when you first boot up, it could be some time before you could actually get into folders, files or generally do anything you wanted.
Loads of users inundated Microsoft forums and newsgroups with complaints about slow disk performance, so much so that Microsoft eventually (nearly a year later) released an update to their disk caching algorithms within Windows Vista Service Pack 1. This was quite a major improvement over the original which improved both performance and the general feel of using the operating system. Again the problem was that it wasn’t enough for most users and a lot of people avoided bothering to upgrade to Windows Vista for this reason, it was viewed as a slower operating system than Windows XP – something it shouldn’t have been.
Now with Windows 7, no matter what type of hard drive you use, you will notice that there is an improvement right away with disk performance, for normal hard drive users things are not at lightening speed, but the hard drive does settle down much faster than it did in Windows Vista, it also spends less time rattling away when you first boot up.