SATA Solid State vs. Solid State?

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  1. haddad
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    haddad GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    What is the difference between these 2 (excluding the disk size)? Are they not both solid state?


    500GB Solid State Drive SATA hard drive (7200RPM)

    256GB Solid State hard drive
     
  2. Ritsuki

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    I would say nothing, since SATA is a connector and I think (not sure) that all SSD are connected through SATA. The price can vary because a lot of things like others characteristics (I saw some 256 GB SSD for something like 700-800$)

    But again, I'm not totally sure, so you might want to wait somebody else's answer :)
     
  3. moose3

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    If it says 7200 RPM then it's not a true solid state drive since that is a reference to the spindle speed of the HDD platters. It might be one of the hybrid drives which has a small SSD chunk it uses for faster caching of commonly accessed data I just looked it up, I'm guessing you are looking at a seagate momentus XT as that 500GB drive? It has 4 GB of SSD and 500GB of HDD, where as that other one is a full 256 GB of solid state goodness.

    But look at the other SSD topic, unless you have the cash to burn, most people go with 60-120GB SSD for windows and a few programs for the extra speed and performance, then a regular HDD for storage.
     
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