Finally I decided to move from HDD to SSD. I'm waiting for the third generation of Intel SSDs G3 to become available to purchase one.
In the meantime I'm reading articles, user reviews etc and I see that the general recommendation is to align partitions to match drive's erase block size right after I format the drive. This will supposedly increase the performance and lower drive wearing.
My question is: is it really required to align partitions on a modern (like Intel G3) SSD?
If there are no physical heads/sectors in the drive why can't SSD firmware handle the alignment issues itself? I know that Windows7 does SSD alignment automatically, but I'm on Gentoo and not interested in automatic stuff.