Intel have just published a video showing the differences between hard drives and (Intel) solid state drives. It’s actually an advert for the latest Intel SSDs and there’s a bit of humor in here, a lot of tight editing and a possible shot in the foot for Ultrabook hybrid hard drives which, under most of these test scenarios, would be just as slow as the standard hard drives.
“The speed you need at the price you want.” says the advert.
The reason I ‘m highlighting this video though is because I know a lot of it is true. I’ve done exactly the same tests myself with the same software used in the video and there’s a huge difference. Joking aside, Intel didn’t need to dramatize and editize (!) this video. I could show you exactly the same effect between the Acer S3 and the Toshiba Z830 and the Toshiba is not even carrying a class-leading SSD. Watch the video below though because it’s an easy one to forward to your friends as an explanation.
Another reason I want to highlight this video is that I believe that the only way forward is SSD. Spinning hard drives have no future in mobile computers and Intel need to push, maybe even subsidize, the growth of the SSD market. A lot of government money is, no doubt, invested in magnetic hard drives but it’s now time to make the switch. The benefits are clear. Lower noise, lower power, greater ruggedness, lower heat and faster speed. Growth in numbers will improve the economics and the Ultrabook is the perfect springboard.
How do you readers feel about the differences between HDD, the variations of ‘hybrid’ HDD+SSD and the pure SSD.?