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got a ER1401 on order is it worth fitting an SSD drive? - bertybassett - 2011-07-26 15:57
Got an one of these being delivered tomorrow (fingers crossed).
AMD Athlon Dual Core K325
250GB HDD 2.5 sata
NVIDIA GeForce 9200
Linpus 9.5 Linux
Now my question is do you think it is worth putting an SSD HD in? If so is this one fastest enough? Local storage isn't a problem as i use a NAS.
Sequential read throughput — 230 MB/s read
Sequential write throughput —75 MB/s write
Do you think I will see much improvement on the whole system? i.e faster boot up, faster menu scrolling? Or do I need a much faster SSD drive?
- bertybassett - 2011-07-27 19:50
Guess nobody knows the answer so I'll just have to buy the ssd and try it.
- voochi - 2011-07-28 12:53
Bootup will be quick anyway, especially with something stripped-down (like OpenElec) and you can leave it in standby most of the time for instant startup.
Personally I wouldn't.
- bertybassett - 2011-07-28 12:57
thanks for the reply.
You just saved me £40
How about an additional 2Gb of memory, do you think that will be worth it? I'm guessing not.
- T800 - 2011-07-28 13:45
I say try what you get. If you want more, then upgrade.
- bertybassett - 2011-07-28 14:25
thanks for the reply yes I should be testing today depending on whether Parcel Force deliveries or not.
Just out of interest am I correct in thinking that the SSD that is linked too above would be about twice as fast at booting when compared to the standard 2.5 sata HD in the eMachine.
- voochi - 2011-07-28 16:00
bertybassett Wrote:thanks for the reply.
No, 2GB is plenty.
If you find the menus a little bit sluggish, try the GPU-accelerated fanart (dds format). On my revo I found that fanart was a little slow to load, but then as soon as I enabled dds it was instant.
That said, the K325 is faster than the Atom330 in my Revo so maybe fanart will be plenty quick anyway.
- bertybassett - 2011-07-28 16:32
its been delivered (yeah). At work at present so will test tonight. So far I have create 3 usb pens to test out tonight.
1) 10.1 live (will try as stable then update to nightly). Will also update nvidia drivers to help with high bit rate 1080p video.
2) openelec generic
3) openelec generic nightly
Most likely I'll go with 10.1 live because I can update to nightly builds without having to re-install the OS each time but we'll see tonight.
Any know if that SSD is faster booting that the normal HD?
- bertybassett - 2011-07-28 16:36
how about booting from a fast 2Gb SD card? Would that be faster than the standard HD?
- luna_s - 2011-07-28 17:13
SSD has other benefits, no noise or heat, my build boots in less than 20 seconds with one (about 27 seconds for a reboot from main xbmc screen). tbh there's no need for speed with me as the projector takes twice as long to warm up heh