That would have been the correct description. They both (in this case) have a SATA interface.
The advantage of a SSD is fast random access. That's used when starting the PC or starting a program.
Other things (like speed of browsing, gaming or video conversion) aren't noticeably better, because accessing the disk isn't the factor that determines speed (that's the CPU, the amount of RAM, the video card and speed of the Internet connection). Those are the same. Using an SSD to store pictures or movies or music is an overkill. No need for speed in using those.
Buffering of disk data in RAM is quite effective in Windows.
The advantage of an SSD is a laptop is that it uses less power, so the battery lasts longer, but I assume we're talking about a desktop here.
I think this is mostly a case of wrong expectations.
A friend just built his first computer.
He put in a i5-2500 processor, 8 gig of ram, nice video card and and a 120 Gig SSD drive.
Other than it starting up faster, I don't see any speed advantage to the SSD drive or am I missing something?
He said he wasn't all that impressed with it either and bought it because of the hype about the SSD.
I am sure somewhere it must have it's advantages, but I didn't see any on his computer.
He said the price was about 3 times higher than a regular hardrive.
Has anyone here had any experience with a SSD drive?