- Jul 23, 2011
- 1,581 (0.51/day)
- Kaunas, Lithuania
|System Name||my box|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 7 2700X|
|Motherboard||ASRock Taichi x470 Ultimate|
|Cooling||NZXT Kraken x72|
|Memory||2×16GiB @ 3200MHz, some Corsair RGB led meme crap|
|Video Card(s)||AMD [ASUS ROG STRIX] Radeon RX Vega64 [OC Edition]|
|Storage||Samsung 970 Pro && 2× Seagate IronWolf Pro 4TB in Raid 1|
|Display(s)||Asus VG278H + Asus VH226H|
|Case||Fractal Design Define R6 Black TG|
|Audio Device(s)||Using optical S/PDIF output lol|
|Power Supply||Corsair AX1200i|
|Mouse||Razer Naga Epic|
|Keyboard||Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate|
|Benchmark Scores||118405.21 BogoMIPS|
Actually, it's great for long term use. If you use it properly.Sorry to burst your bubble, but I have tried that before for crunching. It killed my usb 2.0 flashdrive. The usb 3.0 flashdrive I tried survived but overtime the system became corrupt. For short term use it is great though, just not long term.
The thing is, a flash drive is essence the same technology as SSDs. But unlike an regular SSD, flash drives:
· are build with unplug-ability in-mind (read: with people who just jack them out in mind) and while an SSD withholds flushing (i.e. actually writing) the data as much as possible, a flash drive tends to write it ASAP
· have pretty much no scratch space available, along with basically no overprovisioning
· generally have NO support for things like trimming
all that along with the fact people tend to install that stuff using a filesystem highly unsuitable for flash media, rapidly accelerates wear on the drive.
For tasks like crunching, it's absolutely essential to use a ramdisk. (which is so easy to [automatically] set up on Linux, it's basically a crime to not do it in such cases).
Other than that, having a long-term Linux installation on a flash drive is a very viable thing. I personally got a fully functional linux installation (not some "liveCD"-like crap) on a flash drive and use it for years – insta-desktop fulfilling any of my normal needs in a pocket.