Scored a pair of 30GB OCZ Vertex solid state drives today.
Installed Win 7 x64 in RAID 0.
Using the OCZ forum recommended tweaks for SSD performance (very straightforward), here are the initial test results-
As expected, the disk score in the Windows Experience was pretty high...
Both the CPU and Memory scores will go higher as well, the performance was declocked in BIOS to facilitate a stable install of the OS and has yet to be sped up again.
Here's HD Tach...
And finally, PC Pitstop (just for grins)...
All that is well and good but the real question is, can I feel a difference.
The answer is "Hell, yeah!".
Shit happens fast.
I'll spend some more time tweaking things (and installing the rest of my apps) but it's safe to say that these drives are the best bang for your buck performance upgrade you can get (assuming you already have a semi-decent CPU/RAM/vid card).
BTW, the Windows 7 install- from newly installed drives to desktop- took 21 minutes.
It was internet capable out of the box, I installed the sound,video, Intel Matrix Storage drivers manually from a folder I'd created before the process began.
I used a "corporate" version of Ultimate that I'd "acquired" yesterday and it was automatically activated and displays the Genuine Advantage logo on the Performance page.
Updates were painless.