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I figured I'd post a little hardware upgrade tip to everyone, it's quite obvious, but here are the results that I got from just upgrading my system disk to an SSD drive:
SSD Drive vs. SATA2 drive
Shut-down/Boot up time:
To get this 100% accurate, I decided to use the restart function to gauge boot times. Basically this also shows how much time the computer uses to shut down and then restart.
Standard harddrive: 1 minute 26.6 seconds
SSD harddrive: 26.7 seconds
Application start-up time:
I also did a test of how much different the application startup time was between the two harddrive types.
All running Snow Leopard, no plugins installed.
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Harddrive: 22.6 seconds
SSD: 4.4 seconds
Adobe Illustrator CS5
Harddrive: 21 seconds
SSD: 5 seconds
Adobe After Effects CS5
Harddrive: 35 seconds
SSD: 29.9 seconds
Autodesk Maya 2011 64 bits (1 plugin)
Harddrive: 30 seconds
SSD: 8.3 seconds
It's really quite the incredible upgrade, my Mac is so much faster due to the SSD drive. I would really suggest upgrade to SSD to everyone doing hardware intensive work.
Edited by Bard, 20 July 2010 - 11:07 AM.