Earlier this week, I couldn’t resist the gadget-upgrade gods and picked up a to drive .
Now to be clear, I’ve actually been waiting for this to happen for awhile now – since I push live HD over my network via an , and run tons of H.264 encoded movies through , having hardware decoding of H.264 was essential. Quick summary: levitra online
Anyways – this post is about what’s running behind the scene, the ‘central nervous system’ of my setup, levitra online. As I’ve mentioned before, with 4 drives with a RAID array, and switched over to a small Intel-based Mac mini. Since I’m using very little storage on the box – 20gb or so (all my media is on 2TB of external storage), I wondered what impact switching to a solid-state disk would have on boot time (for those occasional software upgrades), heat, speed, energy consumption usage, etc.
Here’s some information on the machine: It’s a standard configuration (as of 2006) 1.83 ghz Intel Core Duo, 1GB of Ram, 80gb 5400 RPM drive.
Based on some simple research (searching google), I decided going with a . I figured, for $139 and reported high write speeds, why not. I also liked the fact that the drive also had , making the clone from the internal disk simply a matter of plugging the drive in, using to clone, then replace the old drive.
levitra online. The hardest part, as you can imagine, was getting the Mac mini apart and installing the drive.
And here’s what I found:
Basically, it cut the boot time in half.
Using a , I tested the power consumption of the Mac mini. When idle, I noticed a small power usage difference (18w on SSD vs 20w on HD), but otherwise, nothing terribly notable here. I should compare it to the new Mac mini, .
Using the , I saw the most dramatic differences.
Was it worth it?
Sure – basically got a faster boot time, less heat, and about double the performance. The SSD drive didn’t come close to the performance of my Macbook SSD ( vs memory), but it was an interesting enough experiment to call it worthwhile.
Now, what levitra online is a 2.5″ 1TB drive, so I could get rid of those enclosures….