16 February 2009
A few days ago I mentioned that I’ve been using an SSD drive in my desktop workstation at home, with pretty great success. The Intel X25-M is where it is at – give it another half year for the prices to become reasonable and I bet you’ll see more folks adopting it.
Eric Hexter was wondering if I could figure out any build time differences, and so what I did was download the Silverlight Toolkit source code from http://www.codeplex.com/Silverlight/ and build on a few different systems.
This isn’t scientific, but the machines were all similar enough (Core 2 Duo or Quad Core; building on a single core only, not a parallelized build) that I feel OK at least sharing the numbers I received in a single build attempt.
|7200rpm||10000rpm Raptor||Intel X25-M SSD|
|Clean Toolkit build||3:23.11||2:41.22||1:44.97|
Not conclusively awesome; a lot of the build time is actually spent performing code analysis, and so your own build might be more or less disk read dependent.
Jeff Wilcox is a Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft in the Open Source Programs Office, helping Microsoft scale to 15,000+ engineers using, contributing to and releasing open source.