Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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WereCatf
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And second, SSDs definitely have the theoretical edge over hard drives when it comes to the speed of reading files that are laid out non-contiguously on the drive. But... at the same time, in all my time running Linux (exclusively for about 6 years), I have not had any major slowdowns due to fragmentation.


Don't try to turn this into an anti-Windows argument. You know perfectly well that both Windows and any average Linux-distro consists of thousands of small files. It doesn't matter whether those files are fragmented or not, they're still not laid out on the disk in such an order that the drive can read every single one of them in sequential order and that is exactly why low seek times matter.

Also, as I said these days SSDs trump HDDs even in sequential speeds. Check out e.g. http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/adata-xpg-sx300-256gb-msata-ssd... : the SSD can write ~200MB/s incompressible data in sequential order, something that no consumer-oriented HDD can do.

Reading both https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive#Comparison_of_SSD_wi... and http://thessdreview.com/ would do you a lot of good.

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