Interesting Article Mike:) But as I am going for the really low power option, I can't help but being mostly excited about the SSD drive you received in the Intel-package
This is obviously off-topic
. I actually had one in my main system for about 4-6 weeks and was planning to write about it. But it's hard to suggest that it's better than the WD Velociraptor, which has 4 times the capacity and is 1/4 the cost.
OK, I have a suspended VR as a 2nd drive for data in an Antec P150. The SSD was cloned from the previous OS drive, another VR. Did the noise level improve? Maybe. I sometimes heard seek before, w/ the SSD, hardly ever, with only the data VR. Did it get faster? Maybe, maybe not. Boot time didn't really seem to improve -- I have lots of programs, and w/ either the SSD or the VR, it takes over 1 min. for Win XP to become fully operational. In general, the system is very speedy, w/ 4gb of ddr3, Intel E8500 (3.16ghz) and ATI3850 on an Asus P5E3 Premium mb, and virtually silent.
This i7 review package came with only one SSD, so the one in my system was pulled, its contents cloned to a VR again, so that the i7 and C2D system each had its own SSD.
Back to the 2 VRs in my system now, for a week... do I notice any difference? No. Considering that you can buy 4 VRs for the price of one Intel SSD, I can't really recommend it. I might try it in a laptop tho and see what it does for noise/battery run time, but for general use, the price of the Intel SSD is still way too high.
One thing -- the SSD drops power by maybe 5W.