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Comment Re:The key conclusion, if you won't RTFA (Score 3, Interesting) 159

The caveat to sticking with the Socket 775 platform is DDR2 memory, which is usually going for twice as much as comparable DDR3. What with 2GB being the maximum practical size for a DDR2 DIMM, many boards are limited to a 4 - 8GB maximum.

Some might entertain the notion of going with an AMD AM3+ board. Going from a low end dual-core Intel solution, to a AMD quad-core solution with 8GB of RAM for around $150 - $175 is a nice performance boost. You could put that money towards a Q6600 and some more RAM, but then you have effectively maxed out your system, and the next time you upgrade you will have to rip everything out anyways. If you wanted to jump to Intel's new lineup, then you will be spending $150 - $175 on the CPU alone to see a performance increase.

Comment Re:Is this a surprise? (Score 3, Funny) 123

This is a great quote from the wiki:

"Fulton first used instrumented dummies as he prepared for a live pickup. He next used a pig, as pigs have nervous systems close to humans. Lifted off the ground, the pig began to spin as it flew through the air at 125 mph (200 km/h). It arrived on board uninjured but in a disoriented state. Once it recovered, it attacked the crew."

Comment Re:Unfortunately for Seagate? (Score 2) 256

Not all disks in the Google study were highly utilized 24/7. Arguably it might be better to turn a hard drive on and leave it on then to park & re-initialize the heads every day. A controlled data center environment is more likely to be beneficial to a hard drive than sitting on or under someone's desk getting knocked or collecting dust.

I am not doubting that SSDs are still experimental and have failures but the concept that HDD are way more reliable is overblown. Seagate has released many crap firmware updates or drives with bad firmware that tank the performance or brick the drive. Hitachi(previously IBM) was known for the "DeathStar" drive. Some manufacturers try to tell you to only run your drive 6 - 8 hours a day. Warranties are also shrinking.

Jeff Atwoods awesome for creating Stack Overflow, but I am not taking him as the end all be all SSD guru. Again, I could look through NewEgg reviews and give you 40 anecdotal cases of DOA disks or drives that just died. You could probably do the same for SSDs. A blog post has a terrible sample size.

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