Speed gives SSDs the edge

The Morning Bulletin - - BYTE ME - BRUCE KERR Fu­ture Byte Me top­ics can be emailed to byte­mearti­cles@gmail.com and Bruce is con­tactable at Kerr So­lu­tions, 205 Mus­grave Street or on 49 222 400.

AS MY reg­u­lar read­ers are aware, the re­cent dras­tic drop in the price of Solid State Drives (SSDs), has en­abled their wide­spread de­ploy­ment in both desk­top com­put­ers and laptops. SSDs are a ‘rel­a­tively’ new tech­nol­ogy for data stor­age and as such they are rapidly re­plac­ing the 40-year-old tech­nol­ogy of hard disk drives (HDDs).

SSDs are lit­er­ally 10 times quicker at both sup­ply­ing and record­ing com­puter in­for­ma­tion and they are 10 times more re­li­able than HDDs which had heaps of mov­ing me­chan­i­cal parts. SSDs have no mov­ing parts and are com­pletely silent, they don’t pro­duce any heat, they can with­stand greater vi­bra­tion and shocks plus they use less than a tenth of the power of HDDs.

As you can see, every ad­van­tage is tilted in favour of SSDs – ex­cept price! They were two times, three times or even four times more ex­pen­sive than their HDD coun­ter­parts. Very re­cently this has all changed and due to mass pro­duc­tion, they have dropped to a point that should nearly rule out the pur­chase of an ‘old school’ HDD. But I have al­ready writ­ten about the above many times in the last few months – so what else is new?

Be­cause of their ex­treme speed, SSDs can breathe new life into a pre­vi­ously slow com­puter. We have had dozens of cus­tomers com­ing in with one to eight-year-old PCs look­ing for SSD up­grades – and they work! Boot up times can fall from three min­utes down to 20 sec­onds. Open­ing an In­ter­net browser like Google Chrome can re­duce in time from 25 sec­onds to one or two sec­onds!

So, we have thought fur­ther out­side of the box and are now us­ing the lat­est SSD tech­nol­ogy to bring fur­ther value and ecofriendly com­put­ing to the av­er­age home user. We have brought in over 100 fac­tory re­fur­bished PCs which pre­vi­ously would have ended up in landfill and are tur­bocharg­ing them with new life by fit­ting SSDs and fresh in­stal­la­tions of Win­dows 10.

I have par­tic­u­larly tar­geted ex-cor­po­rate mod­els with third and fourth Gen In­tel i5 CPUs which have a per­for­mance bench­mark of around the 6000 mark. When these com­put­ers are fit­ted with SSDs they have more than enough per­for­mance to sat­isfy any stan­dard Win­dows user.

In fact I am very sur­prise at how good a so­lu­tion they pro­vide.

For around half of the cost of one of our new per­for­mance PCs we can pro­vide a com­puter which has the same power and per­for­mance as an $800 to $1200 com­puter from the chain stores.

If you need a PC for in­ter­net brows­ing, emails, stor­ing pho­tos and typ­ing up a doc­u­ment then these PCs will not be even one sec­ond be­hind an ex­pen­sive new PC.

What can’t one of these SSD wield­ing fac­tory re­fur­bished PCs do? They can’t play fast paced shoot-’em-up games. They would be on the slow side if you are a pro­fes­sional photo ed­i­tor, a graphic artist or a CAD/ren­der­ing ex­pert. For ev­ery­one else, we are fast putting these de­vices on dis­play and peo­ple are grab­bing them just as quickly.

Thanks to the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in com­puter tech­nol­ogy we now have a range of worth­while op­tions that are not only way more af­ford­able than buy­ing new, but they also help to lessen our global foot­print. If you would like an af­ford­able eco so­lu­tion to your com­put­ing needs, come in and talk to us about SSD pow­ered op­tions.

Photo: oneinch­punch

NEW TECH­NOL­OGY: Be­cause of their ex­treme speed, Solid State Drives can breathe new life into a pre­vi­ously slow com­puter.

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