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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.


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Intel 750 Series 1.2TB NVMe Full Height PCIe 3.0 Solid State Drive (SSD)
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Intel 540S Series SSD SSDSCKKW240H6X1 240GB M.2 80mm SATA 16NM Tlc Retail Pack
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INTEL® OPTANE™ Memory 16GB PCIe M.2 80mm Retail Box
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Intel 750 Series 1.2TB NVMe 2.5INCH PCIe 3.0 Solid State Drive (SSD)
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Intel 750 Series 1.2TB SSD 2.5in U.2 NVMe PCIe With M.2 Cable
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Intel 335 Series 180GB 2.5in SATA MLC 9.5MM Solid State Drive SSD Intel 335 Series 180GB 2.5in SATA MLC 9.5MM Solid State Drive SSD (SSDSC2CT180A4K5) Back Order *** $203.98 BUY 
Intel 400GB SSD DC P3600 Series 2.5in PCIe 3.0 20NM Single Pack Intel 400GB SSD DC P3600 Series 2.5in PCIe 3.0 20NM Single Pack (SSDPE2ME400G401) In Stock $750.90 BUY 
Intel 520 Series 120GB 2.5in SSD SATA3 25nm Solid State Disk Flash Drive OEM Box Intel 520 Series 120GB 2.5in SSD SATA3 25nm Solid State Disk Flash Drive OEM Box (SSDSC2CW120A301) Back Order *** $205.98 BUY 
Intel 540S Series SSD SSDSC2KW010X6X1 1.0TB 2.5in 7MM SATA 16NM Tlc Retail Pack Intel 540S Series SSD SSDSC2KW010X6X1 1.0TB 2.5in 7MM SATA 16NM Tlc Retail Pack (SSDSC2KW010X6X1) In Stock $510.98 BUY 
Intel 540S Series SSD SSDSCKKW240H6X1 240GB M.2 80mm SATA 16NM Tlc Retail Pack Intel 540S Series SSD SSDSCKKW240H6X1 240GB M.2 80mm SATA 16NM Tlc Retail Pack (SSDSCKKW240H6X1)
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Intel 750 Series 1.2TB NVMe 2.5INCH PCIe 3.0 Solid State Drive (SSD) Intel 750 Series 1.2TB NVMe 2.5INCH PCIe 3.0 Solid State Drive (SSD) (SSDPE2MW012T4X1)
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Intel 750 Series 1.2TB NVMe Full Height PCIe 3.0 Solid State Drive (SSD) Intel 750 Series 1.2TB NVMe Full Height PCIe 3.0 Solid State Drive (SSD) (SSDPEDMW012T4X1) In Stock $1,389.98 BUY 
Intel 750 Series 1.2TB SSD 2.5in U.2 NVMe PCIe With M.2 Cable Intel 750 Series 1.2TB SSD 2.5in U.2 NVMe PCIe With M.2 Cable (SSDPE2MW012T4M2)
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Intel 750 Series 400GB NVMe Half Height PCIe 3.0 Solid State Drive (SSD) Retail Intel 750 Series 400GB NVMe Half Height PCIe 3.0 Solid State Drive (SSD) Retail (SSDPEDMW400G4X1)
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Intel DC P3700 Series SSD 2TB PCIe 3.0 Half Height 20NM MLC Single Pack Intel DC P3700 Series SSD 2TB PCIe 3.0 Half Height 20NM MLC Single Pack (SSDPEDMD020T401) Back Order *** $4,895.52 BUY 
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Customer Review of Samsung 960 EVO 250GB PCIe M.2 Internal SSD MZ-V6E250BW

David_J15
06/25/17
Experience: 3 Months
 Verified Owner
Summary
Overall, this is a decent drive, certainly faster than any SATA based SSD where it matters. I am however a bit disappointed that the 250 GB version of this drive performs noticeably worse than the larger ones. "Coincidentally", there are very few reviews of t... » Read More About Samsung 960 EVO 250GB PCIe

Customer Review of ADATA SP920 256GB SATA3 SSD Marvel Based Controller 560MB/S Read 360MB/S Write

Jean_G16
06/24/17
Experience: 1 Months
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J'achète ces lecteurs SSD pour procéder à la mise à jour de certains poste de travail au bureau qui sont lent et je dois dire que jusqu'à présent je suis tout à fait satisfait. Sur une période de 3 ans j'ai du en acheter au moins une quinzaine. Je recomman... » Read More About ADATA SP920 256GB SATA3 SSD

Customer Review of ADATA Ultimate SU800 256GB 3D Nand 2.5in SATA III SSD

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Customer Review of CRUCIAL® MX300 275GB SATA3 2.5” 7MM (With 9.5MM Adapter) Solid State Drive (SSD)

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06/22/17
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Customer Review of CRUCIAL® MX300 275GB M.2 Type 2280SS Solid State Drive (SSD)

Saberon
06/19/17
Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
Summary
For a new build with an M.2 slot, this saves me space and cables which is really nice. Comes with a 3 year warranty and the read and write speeds are as expected for a SATA based drive. » Read More About CRUCIAL® MX300 275GB M.2 Type


 
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