Corsair Accelerator 30GB & 60GB Reviewccokeman - July 8, 2012
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In the world of computing, everyone likes a computer that can start up and shut down quickly. The ability to boot into your system as fast as possible allows you to start the tasks you set out to do that much more quickly. Not to mention the older you get, the greater the chance is that you'll forget what you wanted to use the computer for in the first place! The sweet spot is about 30 seconds or less. It is possible with conventional hard drives, though very difficult to attain this "golden" 30-second time. This time should be easier to attain with the speed of an SSD, but the only way to tell is to test it. To run these tests, I used a stopwatch to calculate the number of seconds it took from pressing the power button on the case, to having a fully-functioning desktop. For the shut down test, I began timing from the click of the shut down button in the start menu, and stopped when the system power was off completely.
Adding a caching drive to the system offers the benefit of a faster startup and shutdown sequence to improve the end user experience. In this case, both Accelerator drives offer improvements in both the startup and shutdown tests. The end user would feel the system boot up more quickly and offer improved performance.