A solid-state drive (SSD) is a data storage device that uses solid-state memory to store persistent data. An SSD emulates a hard disk drive interface, thus easily replacing it in most applications. An SSD using SRAM or DRAM (instead of flash memory) is often called a RAM-drive, not to be confused with a RAM disk.
Solid state drive I am considering: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167005
They have been successfully placed in PS3 at this point and successfully perform all functions the stock HDD. Side by side comparisons of a PS3 with the stock HDD and a PS3 with a replacement SSD have been conducted. Here are some links to the comparison tests.
What these comparisons discover is that download times when reading from the blu ray disk are not improved by the SSD. However downloads from a digital source like the PSN are significantly faster. Also load times in the middle of games when loading from the SSD are significantly faster. This last piece of info is what I think will be most useful for us future FFXIV players. With a read rate of 250MB/s and average seek time an order of magnitude lower than HDDs the result should be in very crowded areas everything should load faster and frame rates and lag should stay more stable. The conclusion to all these tests however is that the upgrade is not worth it because the gaming experience is not improved in any way. However this is because the game data is stored on a blu ray disk not an HDD. So only when data is stored on the SSD (FFXIV) would we see any read/write improvements.
One of the tests done found that downloading data from the blu ray disk was slower than with a conventional HDD. However this was done on a SSD that had read speeds of 120MB/s and write speeds of 40MB/s. Write speeds these days have increased dramatically. Also all SSDs are not created equal so you can pay more for a better write speed if you like.
A decent SSD by the time FFXIV is out should be very affordable.
Anyhow what does everyone think about this, an SSD replacement for the stock HDD in your PS3 for improved system performance when running FFXIV.
Edited, Aug 27th 2009 10:04am by ffximanaburn