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Tom's Hardware: "SSDs give worse battery life than standard drives"
TinBane 
3/7/08 8:28:27 AM
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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-hdd-battery,1955.html

Now maybe it's just me, but it seems counter-intuitive that SSDs, which give a big measurable increase to ipod battery life for instance, can reduce the life of laptop batteries. Or, in other words, be less efficient.

Does anyone know anything about these 'real life' benchmarks used?

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MisterK 
3/7/08 10:03:11 PM
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Apparently this article has already been debunked

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ShiroKage 
3/7/08 10:08:49 PM
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well reading some of the comments from people on that site seem to suggest it's safe to write the article off as inconclusive.

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iamthemaxx 
9/7/08 12:11:11 PM
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Update;
http://www.engadget.com/2008/07/03/ssd-maker-responds-to-nasty-report-says-itll-do-better-next-ti

Looks like it is a case of first gen issues.

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iamthemaxx 
18/7/08 11:35:09 AM
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http://www.engadget.com/2008/07/15/toms-hardware-rescinds-ssd-power-test-finds-them-more-efficien

Woops....

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F117_Nighthawk 
20/7/08 12:07:18 AM
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Precisely the reason why I dont bother reading TomsHardware these days :)

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stadl 
25/7/08 6:03:21 PM
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I guess the risk is in identifying which models have the modern efficient controllers and which models don't for those people buying them as retail parts.

I'm considering replacing the drive in my 2133 with an OCZ Core Series SSD but no reports yet on what controller features they posess, although the data sheets would seem to indicate 0.48W power consumption when idle which is nice.

I'd prefer an SLC based model (I'm assuming price/capacity indicated the core series is MLC) but for the price It's looking like it'd be cheaper to go with an MLC drive now and upgrade in a few years before it approaches failure than spend double the $s on an SLC model.

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