i have had the nightmare of hard disk failure this weekend and have had to reformat and start again. as a result i have little faith that my system hard drive (intel 250gb SSD) is going to last. i am looking to get another system drive (i do also have a 1TB WD storage drive installed none SSD) and wonder whether SSD is of any benefit to me.
when i bought my pc i did play games but have gradually grown out of this. nowadays i only use my pc for surfing the net and playing my music.
am i correct in thinking that when playing tracks from foobar (or any player) they are loaded from the hard disk and actually played from system RAM (basically speaking)? if this is so, then what is the benefit of SSD , for my needs?
The only reason for using SSD is speed, if you've read it improves SQ well... it doesn't. As you point out all media players buffer music files in RAM and that is where they play from. If you configure Foobar to do so it'll load the entire track thus reducing the number of disk accesses.
SSDs are great and I've extended the life of a few old laptops just by replacing the mechanical HDD with a new SSD. They went to being unusable to performing even better than a new low-mid range laptop however it is extremely important to optimize the whole system for them if one wants them to last and keep performing. As each cell can only be written a number of timmes minimzing disk writes is very important, for example using a minimum of 8GB of RAM and disabling the pagin file, hibernating, etc. There are many guides out there on how to it. They are suited for heavy writting scenarios unless you get one of the Enterprise "high endurance" types (quite expensive) which can stand up to 10 DWPD for 5 years.
At work I'm also replacing old HDDs with SSDs and all new PCs I buy I order them with SSD, including our servers. At home I would if I could afford it but I need lots of storage and going solid state is way out of my budget.
If eventually you consider getting a new one to replace your Intel drive I strongly recommend Samsung's EVO 850 line. They are very reliable and perform great.
thanks Javier, i may well be pm'ing you soon. still running the dodgy intel drive at the moment(still have issues as it asks me to enter bios,by pressing f1, on every cold boot to correct a setting!! gives no clue as to what setting though.) but i have just found a diagnostic tool on their website. will give that a try and see what it says. at the moment i am edging towards ditching ssd and buying a WD gold 1TB standard drive. this would be plenty big enough for me and reliability is said to be top.
the dodgy drive is still working, so sticking with it for now. i do plan to get another to add in and stick operating system on that too, so researching what is best.
on a side note, i have noticed that any bios changes i make, initially save but are back at default the next day! i have noticed there is a battery on my motherboard, would changing this possibly cure this?
I had MoBo batteries lasting for well over 7 years so unless you have a very, very old one it is not likely though at the cost not a big loss anyway.
As to the drive, if money is no prob go for the Samsung SM863a series or Intel's S3610, if on a tighter budget the best all around drive, without a shadow of a doubt, is Samsung's EVO 850 series. That is, if you plan on going SATA.. if your board has an M.2 socket that takes NVMe boards you may read some reviews about the EVO 960 which is insanely fast.
lobalwarming: Meanwhile... stick some cotton rolls under the pad roll to fluff 'em out a bit. Or just admit you like the free bass boost from worn pads. It's what I do. Except the admitting part
Oct 5, 2021 22:51:55 GMT
Mr Trev: "few days". It's said that for at least a couple weeks. I though about Brainwavz since they make adapters for Senn. Reviews say they're 3d printed garbage tho
Oct 6, 2021 0:52:14 GMT
Mr Trev: Maybe I should say "to heck with it" and just buy a ATH-R70x. Folks claim they're like 650s, but with proper bass
Oct 6, 2021 0:53:47 GMT
lobalwarming: Or... buy from Jeff... $10 more vs many $100s more for the R70x. Not sure they have 'proper' bass - more similar to the 650s than not. And not nearly as smooth up top.
Oct 6, 2021 4:49:46 GMT
Mr Trev: IIRC when I was on Headphone Bar's site they had Dekoni pads on sale for the same price as stock Senns. I'd probably go that route before being gouged an extra $10 (honestly, how can foam and velour be worth $60 in the 1st place)
Oct 6, 2021 15:06:53 GMT
Mr Trev: I just don't know how well the sound change would go down for me
Oct 6, 2021 15:07:15 GMT
lobalwarming: With the supply chain issues... $62 for a little foam and fabric is cheap. BTW - my official Senn pads cost $64 in 2019. And well worth it. ;-)
Oct 6, 2021 22:43:08 GMT
lobalwarming: I have the Dekoni Elite Velours for the 650. Gives them a big 'proper' bass boost, so you might like them - didn't at the time, but was my anorexic tonal period. Mood and whims change - pad rolling is almost as much fun as tube rolling. For only more $$$
Oct 6, 2021 22:46:20 GMT
Mr Trev: My X2 fulfills my "bassy" needs, so I don't need to go there. I'm surprised the X2s don't get more love. They seem to straddle the "fun" and "audiophile" lines pretty well IMO
Oct 7, 2021 17:21:29 GMT
Mr Trev: One of the guys I chat with on HF strongly prefers the Dekonis over the stock pads. He seems to be the exception though, most impressions I've read aren't too positive. Except for comfort, Dekoni apparent wins that hands down.
Oct 7, 2021 17:24:10 GMT
Mr Trev: Happy Turkey Day Lobey - and any other Canadians looking in
Oct 11, 2021 15:28:22 GMT