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Solid State Drive - SSD


Why choose an SSD?

A solid state drive, or SSD, is a flash based storage drive that is many times faster than a traditional hard drive. A traditional hard drive relies on an actuator arm to read data off of a spinning platter, which causes very high seek times. Data can also be spread out on different parts of the platter, or even on different platters altogether. An SSD gets around all this by storing data on memory modules, similar to the RAM in your computer. While the fastest hard drives can offer read speeds of around 70mb/s on average, an SSD is easily able to offer read speeds of up to 2500mb/s.

What should I use an SSD for?

SSD’s are the perfect choice for your operating system, games, and frequently used applications. Because of their smaller capacity and higher speeds compared to traditional hard drives, it’s important to prioritize your applications. For most people, this includes Windows, Microsoft Office, Chrome/Firefox, Games, and software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere. If you have the space, moving your scratch disk onto an SSD is an excellent way to speed up programs as well.

How reliable are SSDs?

Hard drives, just like any other piece of technology, have a chance of failing over time. While a traditional hard drive has a failure rate of less than 10% and a mean time between failure (MTBF) of 750,000 hours, a solid state drive (SSD) has an average a failure rate of less than 1% and an MTBF of over 1,500,000 hours.

How fast are SSDs?

Imagine starting up your computer in less than 6 seconds. That is what the average Solid State Drive is capable of. SSDs are much faster at both reading and writing compared to traditional hard drives through the use of solid state flash memory. Similar to the technology used in your RAM, this form of storage allows much faster transfer speeds with zero moving parts. With the advent of higher bandwidth PCI-Express lanes and Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) chipsets, these SSDs are capable of read and write speeds of up to 2,500mb/s, or 2.5GB/s. Even the average SATA SSD has an average read speed of 500mb/s, much higher than that of a traditional hard drive.

What kind of SSD do I need?

Solid State Drives come in three main formats: SATA, M.2, and PCIe. A 2.5IN SATA drive is the most similar to a traditional hard drive. With a thickness of either 7.5mm or 9mm, both are compatible with most computer cases and laptops. M.2 drives are even smaller, and look very similar to a stick of memory. These come in different lengths, but most motherboards and laptops are compatible with multiple lengths. Finally, the PCIe form factor will require a compatible PCI-Express lane on your motherboard and a compatible chipset in order to boot into an operating system.


Top 10 most popular Solid State Drive - SSD

  Description Avail Price
INTEL® OPTANE™ Memory 16GB PCIe M.2 80mm Retail Box
Intel
In Stock $69.98
INTEL® OPTANE™ Memory 32GB PCIe M.2 80mm Retail Box
Intel
In Stock $119.98
INTEL® OPTANE™ SSD 900P 280 GB Add-in Card SSD Half-height Half-length Single Slot x4 connector
Intel
Back Order
*** $599.99
INTEL® OPTANE™ SSD 900P 480 GB Add-in Card SSD Half-height Half-length Single Slot x4 connector
Intel
Back Order
*** $899.99
Intel P3700 Series 2TB 2.5" PCIe Solid State Drive (SSD)
Intel
Back Order
*** $4,728.90
INTEL® OPTANE™ SSD 900P 280 GB 2.5-inch U.2 SSD 15mm Z-height
Intel
Back Order
*** $599.99
INTEL® SSD 600P Series 1TB M.2 80mm PCIe 3.0 X4 3D1 Tlc Retail Pack
Intel
*** $529.99
Intel 540S Series SSD SSDSC2KW120H6X1 120GB 2.5in 7MM SATA 16NM Tlc Retail Pack
Intel
*** $99.99
Intel 750 Series 1.2TB NVMe Full Height PCIe 3.0 Solid State Drive (SSD)
Intel
*** $1,389.98
Intel 750 Series 400GB NVMe Half Height PCIe 3.0 Solid State Drive (SSD) Retail
Intel
*** $599.99

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Top 5 most recent reviews on Solid State Drive - SSD

Customer Review of Samsung 960 EVO 250GB NVMe M.2 Solid State Drive (SSD)

marfree
11/17/17
Experience: 4 Months
 Verified Owner
Summary
UEFI mode locked out keyboard F10 to bios function. I had to use a ssd drive in the SATA slot to repost. So be careful. » Read More About Samsung 960 EVO 250GB NVMe

Customer Review of WD Blue 500GB M.2 SATA3 Solid State Drive (SSD)

alfred_l5
11/16/17
Experience: 10 Days
Summary
I replaced the 120GB SSD in my Dell laptop at work with one of these. Now I can do software development work and have multiple virtual machines images stored on my local harddrive without having to use my external usb harddrive. » Read More About WD Blue 500GB M.2 SATA3

Customer Review of Intel 535 Series 240GB 2.5” SATA 3 (7MM Height) Solid State Drive (SSD) Retail Pack

bobnewhart3
11/08/17
Experience: 2 Years
Summary
I've never had problems with Intel SSDs, and this one is no different. » Read More About Intel 535 Series 240GB 2.5”

Customer Review of Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5in SATA3 Solid State Drive (SSD)

bborange
05/08/17
Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Summary
As per all SSD the capacity is low but this drive is definitely worth the price if you aren't installing too many games or programs. » Read More About Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5in

Customer Review of CRUCIAL® BX100 250GB SATA 2.5” 7MM (With 9.5MM Adapter) SSD

3hirty6ix
11/02/17
Experience: 2 Years
Summary
Installed this SSD in an outdated machine, and what a difference does it make. Moved the OS onto this disk and bootup is amazingly fast. No issues found after 2 years. » Read More About CRUCIAL® BX100 250GB SATA 2.5”


 
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