Using SSDs instead of traditional hard drives is a great performance upgrade as they provide lower access time and latency when reading/writing the data. This results faster load times and the write speed can also benefit of this. To read more about SSDs see: the SSD article on Wikipedia.
In this brief test we compared three computers – laptops.
- Computer 1: a Dell Latitude laptop with a 5400 rpm hard drive
- Computer 2: a mid 2009 MacBook Pro with a 7200 rpm hard drive
- Computer 3: a mid 2009 MacBook Pro with a Solid-state drive (SSD)
|5400 rpm||7200 rpm||Solid-state Drive|
|Open ArchiCAD after boot (built in template):||0:45||0:43||0:27|
|Open mid size commercial project:||0:55||0:48||0:34|
|Update 167 drawings:||2:00||2:17||2:03|
|Publish 33 layouts to PDF:||1:32||0:56||0:59|
|Open a huge commercial project:||6:32||5:37||2:44|
The results are in minutes:seconds format.
The test shows that all processes that are mostly reading data from the drive speed up extremely – opening ArchiCAD, loading projects, loading libraries. Other processes may speed up slightly but the result is not that extreme.
If you need even more speed:
- different makes/models of SSDs provide different speed, consult the manufacturer’s websites for performance tests (the faster drives are usually more expensive)
- use SSD drives in RAID arrays: RAID article on Wikipedia