Working on a system with the newest technology can be incredible. I remember a time where waiting five minutes for a system to boot up was not unheard of. At that time, I had to edit special files and boot off of a floppy disk to have enough memory to even run the games I wanted to play. Now it would seem as if we have near limitless memory and that technology is increasing in speed at an exponential rate. As technology increases in speed, the development cycle also becomes faster since calculations can be run more efficiently.
Going from a mechanical hard drive to an SSD for my boot device was certainly one of those experiences where the change in speed was very satisfying. The first experience with an SSD was one of those wow moments when the machine booted up in seconds instead of minutes. Of course, there are other factors in boot time than the storage device, but it was clear that the change from a mechanical drive to the SSD made the most difference. At the same time, I have upgraded older systems with SSDs to breathe new life into them and have experienced the same drastic change in how responsive the system was.
The Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSD is one of the newest storage devices in the Samsung lineup. With this revision, Samsung has included their triple-core MDX controller into the 840 line. The three cores allow the 840 and 840 Pro drives to execute multiple instructions at a time, improving performance under heavy use. Using an SATA 3.0 6GB/sec interface, the Samsung 840 Pro is rated for 540MB/sec sequential read, 450MB/sec sequential write speeds, 100,000 IOPS in random read, and 90,000 IOPS in random write speed, all while using a minimal amount of power at an average of only .068 watts during active use and .042 watts in idle power. Samsung also includes their Samsung Smart Data Migration Software in the package to assist in the transition and Samsung Magician 4.x to assist with monitoring and maintaining the health of the drive, along with a 5 year warranty.