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SSD (Solid State Disk) could improve trading speed?

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40 or 80GB SSD

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just read this report these days - infos about failure-rates for new hardisks

not working or not long working SSDs are nearly as often as broken harddisks, only Intels SSDs ( 0,6 % ) had much better failure-numbers here.

this means when having new SSDs its still a "normal" risk to get a bad one ( 2-3 % ) , like standard HDs also.

also the report say there are much more bad HDs if they have more than 1 TB.
the smaller the better they are it seems.

Intel ist den Zahlen von zufolge der einzige SSD-Hersteller, der besser dasteht als Festplattenhersteller. 0,6 Prozent beträgt die Ausfallrate. Die vier anderen SSD-Spezialisten (Kingston, Crucial, Corsair, OCZ) befinden sich im Bereich zwischen 2 und 3 Prozent und damit im Mittelfeld der Festplattenhersteller.

German info :
Garantiefälle: Riskante 2-TByte-Festplatten und SSD-Rückläufer -

French original article :
Les taux de pannes des composants (page 1: Introduction) -


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SSD Opening Multiple Work Spaces?

I'm considering a SSD in an effort to manage multiple workspaces (w/ up to 6 chart each). It would be nice to open 4-6 of these workspaces (into the cache?) and toggle them from the NT7 file menu or MA. Am I expecting too much out of a SSD here w NT7 in 32 bit mode on a 64 bit system (see below)?

System Config: WIndows 7 Pro, 64 bit, Dual Quad Core 2.27GHz, 16 Gig Ram

Looking fwd to NT7.0.1000.4 as it is said to run in full 64 bit mode on Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 and I can use all my RAM and Processor potential!!!

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SSD is becoming cheaper now..
I have bought a 64G SSD at around US$90.
I have 4G RAM, AMD x4, installed with win7+NT7+TS9.

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SSD will reduce load time, but not "toggle" time as most likely this is in-memory at that point and is cpu dependant.

AnAnd just did a good review of the Vertex 3, best SSD to date:

OCZ Vertex 3 Preview: Faster and Cheaper than the Vertex 3 Pro - AnandTech :: Your Source for Hardware Analysis and News

Drives will hit shelves soon. They are expensive, but this is what I am looking at personally to replace my aging 4x750gb raid 10 3ware setup.


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Another option is the RevoDrives. These are SSD on a PCIe card. I just ordered one of these for a new system I am building. I went this route because there are no cables, so I can build a sys with a mobo, a graphics card, and an SSD. Done.

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REVOs are 740MB/s transfer .... 8-O

I am still contemplating for REVO since I primarily run a Linux box. Only 2.26.35 kernel onwards support TRIM.

How would REVOs go under Linux is a big question?

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Not sure on Linux support, but I am very happy with the Revo drive I got.

One caution though, make sure your video cards and the revo all fit in the slots you have if you have more than one video card. I used Nvidia NVS 295 cards, which are passive and only use a single slot, so no issues. My old video cards would not have worked because the passive heat sync actually took up a second slot.

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For anyone interested...there are some big time Black Friday deals going on for another 2 days at Newegg on a number of SSDs...

I am probably going to be springing for one.

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In some cases, I believe a SSD would, in fact, increase your actual platform's speed. Or at least increase the amount of data that it can handle at the same speed.

Case in point: Sierra Charts.

Information is written to the disk first, then read off of it to draw the charts/post data wherever you want it to be shown. (this is spelled out in their documentation, and is done on-purpose, so that multiple simultaneous representations of a market can be run off of a single data file).

My style is not that data-intense, so this is never a problem at all for me. And I notice no lag when I sometimes use a different platform right next to it (if anything, Sierra seems to be the faster of the two).

But if you needed say 6-10 different markets, each with volume and Depth of Market, your HDD would be crying for mercy & overheating alot as it wrote all of that data in real-time (I tried it just for fun, & my HDD is still mad at me).

Intuitively, it would seem that a SSD would speed up this process if you were stuffing large amounts of data into it in real time. Anyone with real expertise, feel free to chime in here & correct me if this notion is way off-base.

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