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  1. The benchmarks of SSDs like the Intel 750 suggest speeds approaching those of RAM-Disks. The problem of course is, does this have that much value for consumers, who mostly do read-heavy applications (probably the most important benchmark then would be the Read @ 4k, probably at queue depths of 1 and 2. The big advantage I see is mostly in the field of sequential benchmarks, where we have seen huge leaps in terms of performance. Boot speed and "application smoothness" don't seem to be improving that much. It's mostly storage intensive stuff that sees the benefit, although I suppose if it's super write intensive, then an SLC SSD or perhaps a RAM Disk is still needed.
  2. Out of curiosity, are Enterprise Hard Drives more reliable than a consumer hard drive? For the money you get, RAID support (possible on consumer drives though as well), TLER, better ability to handle power outages, and a few other areas. I have heard that enterprise drives are built with better magnets and actuators. Pseudo-enterprise drives like the WD Black and the Hitachi Deskstar probably have comparable reliability, although their firmware doesn't have the features. In theory, would an enterprise drive be more reliable as they are built to handle higher workloads? The Backblaze data says no, but the size of their sample is not enough for me to say 100% that they are not. Edit: This is what I have been able to find on the matter: