Debunked Hype: Solid State Drives vs. The Usual Spinners

Debunked Hype: Solid State Drives vs. The Usual Spinners

Anthony Nguyen
Jul 3, 2008

After reading into Tom's Hardware's extensive tests looking into proposed power savings of these new flash-based drives of the future, they made a shocking discovery. Despite the overall performance gains (as expected from flash memory), they found SSD's actually used up significantly more power than normal hard drives found in most laptops. So, what does that mean for the portability market?

"We still believe that flash-based drives will be the future for the performance segment, but they must not become a key component for energy-efficient notebooks and ultra-portables — where performance is secondary — as long as their average power consumption is higher than that of conventional 2.5" notebook hard drives. In fact, even a high-performance 7,200 RPM 2.5" drive provided better overall battery runtime than most of the flash SSDs we put through the Mobilemark test."

And I was all giddy about the SSD featured in the Macbook Air. Looks like I'll be saving a bunch this coming Christmas...

[via Tom's Hardware]

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