I recently obtainined a new laptop with a Solid State Drive and, holy smokes, it's seems at least twice as fast as another laptop with comparable specs like RAM and processor. I used a stopwatch. It was incredible.
Things like opening the program, opening drawings and re-loading Xref's are all way way way faster than without the SSD.
To those of you who have added SSD, are you seeing the same boost? This appears to be an easy way for Civil 3D users to increase speed tremendously, without purchasing a whole new system.
I concur, Tim. Although I have just a 128gb SSD so I use it for the OS and Programs only. All data, including my Users and Temp folders, is on a 7200RPM SATA2 drive. It's still far faster than my desktop which has similar specs, but no SSD.
I put a SSD into my 2007 model workstation and bumped the memory to 12 gb (from 4) and it breathed new life into it. Highly recommend SSD in new machines and as an upgrade.
IOPS - In-out Operations Per Second. It looks like the equivalent of Write Speed for a hard disk. I found 2 1TB SSDs on my favorite hardware site. One sold for $320 and had an IOPS of 28,000. The second one sold for $2,200± and had an IOPS of 120,000. So, judging by price, I guess it matters.
To those of you who have added SSD, are you seeing the same boost?
I really don't see a noticeable boost. I think it _is_ faster, but not to the point where if you gave me an identical machine except with the old SATA drives, that I would notice a difference.
I can say this because we do have several machines here identically configured except that some have SATA drives and others have an SSD primary drive. (Mine is one of the latter)
The problem we have --- is that we adopted this pretty early and only got 75GB primary SSD's. So after the O/S, MS Office, and a couple of versions of C3D, the HHD is about full. We had to reduce the swap size on the SSD drive and create a larger one on the 2nd drive (300GB SATA). I know this defeats the purpose of having all the swap space on the SSD, but it is what it is right now.
I have a 256GB SSD as my primary drive. It has Win7-64bit and all my programs. I have a 2nd 600gb 10k rpm HDD that has all my drawings. My machine is smoking fast compared to my home rig. C3D starts up in about 5 seconds for me and whole machine boots up in around 20 seconds.
Having a SSD as your primary drive where C3D is installed is a huge boost in performance for a small price. Oh, and make sure you get SATA3 as long as your motherboard supports it.
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