287w ago - GameSpot has conducted a benchmark test of the differences of various times when a Solid State Drive is used on the PS3.
From the results of their tests, the use of a SSD seems to be of little appeal, while the load times improved, installation times increased largely.
To quote: At a cost of $400, it's hard to justify purchasing a solid state drive, especially when you consider that the money could buy you a whole new console. The argument becomes even more difficult to push when the benefits of said drive aren't universal.
Load times improved, but installation times increased tremendously. More expensive SSDs have faster write speeds, but at almost four times the cost. There certainly are benefits to upgrading to a solid state drive, but we wouldn't recommend doing so until the prices and speed are more in line with performance expectations.
Fortunately, solid state drive prices seem to halve every year, and performance is improving. We shouldn't have to wait much longer for SSDs with larger capacities, better performance, and lower prices.
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I certainly agree, for me the biggest appeal of ssd over hdd is the reduction of power consumption. I am content with the speed of my hdd's in my desktop and my ps3.. however there are ssds in my laptop and ipod.
I think in a year or two the SSD capacities will increases 10x and the price will decrease - making it more feasible to use in everyday operations.. definitely best for a laptop at the moment - power saving since no mechanical parts etc... :-)
I don't see why anyone would really consider a SSD in a device that is going to be stationary. Right now it seems that the cost does not outweigh the loss in space.
They seem to perform just as well, just more durable and a lot more expensive. I can see buying one for a laptop, since there aren't moving parts in a SSD but the PS3 stays still so it just seems like a waste of money.