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Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 4:16:36 PM | Revit and solid state hard drives



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Has anyone done any testing with Revit and solid state hard drives vs regular hard drives?  Or have you noticed an increase in performance of Revit while using a solid state hard drive?  Were looking at purchasing some new laptops for training purposes, and are wondering if getting SSDs in them is worth it and if it will make a difference.  Any input on the use of Revit with solid state hard drives would be appreciated.

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Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 4:23:05 PM | Revit and solid state hard drives



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this is what autodesk said, it should hold true for ss hard drives also.

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Workstation hard drive speed affects Revit platform performance during model load, local model save, and hard disk swapping managed by the Microsoft Windows operating system.

If higher performance is desired during these operations, a faster hard drive may provide some benefit; however the Revit platform team considers this workstation improvement of lower priority when compared with performance enhancements related to CPU speed and available RAM.


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Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 7:45:49 PM | Revit and solid state hard drives



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Asside from load times and seek times, the hard drive won't affect much.  Ram quantity and Processor speed will be the greatest contributers to performance.  On that note however, Windows uses alot of Virtual Memory and having a faster hard drive will allow the Virtual Memory to run more smoothly.  You might also consider 10,000 or 15,000 rpm har drives as the solid state drives have a limitted number of write cycles.

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Quoting mrmoo from 2009-01-28 13:45:49

" the solid state drives have a limitted number of write cycles."

This is misleading information and completely irrelevant with modern SSDs. Most solid state hard drives have enough write cycles to last longer than any piece of hardware on your computer. Not to mention the improvements made in wear leveling technology extend their life even further.I won't argue against the fact that they're expensive and probably not worth it for Revit applications. I've compared my 7200rpm drives to some of the high speed drives. In the end, the time improvements were insignificant compared to what I could have spent my money on.

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