What difference does an SSD make to OS boot times? Check out the video below to see. We used the configuration from our gaming build video to demonstrate the difference.
Both sides are shown real-time and share identical configurations except for the hard drive.
|CPU||Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler|
|Motherboard||ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory|
|Video Card||Asus GeForce GTX 680 2GB Video Card|
|Case||Cooler Master Storm Scout ATX Mid Tower Case|
|Power Supply||Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply|
Both drives have been imaged with the same base windows installation (Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit). The HDD disk has also been defragmented prior to running to ensure it boots as fast as possible.
As you can see from the video, the SSD solidly trounces the HDD in boot performance (~22 seconds vs ~42 seconds, of which almost 9 seconds is waiting for the BIOS screen to show). The tradeoff is limited storage space (64GB vs 1TB) and a higher price per gigabyte. To get the best of both worlds, use an SSD as the main boot drive and add a traditional hard drive for extra storage space.