One thing I haven't been able to find online, or in any other magazines is the impact that a full disk encryption has on an SSD. I suspect such an action would impact performance but by how much? How badly (if at all) does it reduce the lifetime of an SSD?
I think knowing the answer to these questions, with some sexy Maximum PC benchmarks would help some folks. I mean SSD use in laptops and portable devices is only going to grow. For laptops and business users encrypting the drive is becoming more and more common.
Anyways just thought I'd share.
I could see performance dropping off, but honestly I doubt more than 10%. That is assuming that you have the encryption key. In my exact experience, performance degradation, if any is completely unnoticeable with my vertex 2. Further, I don't know many people that encrypt an entire drive, unless
*They have a lot of illegal content (i.e. music, movies, and other pirated downloads.)
*They're a spook working for the government.
*or extremely paranoid. (i.e. The old man off of family guy. capiche?)
I typically just make a partition of sufficient size and use it to store my personal info (i.e. bank statements etc.)
That being said I hope you find what you are looking for and I hope this helps you out a bit.