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For Reference, SSD Versus HDD: Power And Performance

Best SSDs For The Money: April 2012

Do you transcode video, copy large amounts of data, or run your own Web server? If you consistently perform I/O-intensive tasks, SSDs are a great way to improve speed. But even if you only browse the Internet, SSDs still offer tangible benefits in performance and power. Take a look at the CPU utilization and power consumption results from one of our recent reviews:

A disk-based drive will always consume more power absolutely. At the system level, an SSD increases power consumption because CPU and memory utilization rises in response to increased I/O activity (they're not sitting there, waiting on a hard drive to send data). But remember that an SSD-based configuration will always finish those operations faster. You see that reflected in the charts above. At the end of the day, an SSD lowers power consumption. This is why performance and power go hand-in-hand.

PCMark Vantage (x64)
HDD Suite
Power Rating (W)
Power Used (mW)
CPU utilization (%)
Completion Time (mm:ss)
Kingston SSDNow 100 V+
OCZ Agility 2
Intel X25-M
OCZ Vertex 3 Pro
OCZ Vertex 2
Seagate Momentus 5400.6
OCZ Vertex 3
G.Skill SATA II FM-25S2S-64GB
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    tracker45 , 26 April 2012 23:46
    still too expensive by any standard.

    Stick with HDD,
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    Anonymous , 30 April 2012 12:11
    r u mad blud
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    LHL2500 , 30 April 2012 22:33
    Why didn't Intel 520 make the cut?
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    Anonymous , 12 May 2012 04:56
    If I start to think about it a SSD would come in handy. I have managed with a 250GB HDD and about 60% of it is music, bigger downloads and movies. But on the other hand I doubt an ASUS Eee PC 1201PN is worth the upgrade.