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PCI Express 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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Customer Review of Samsung SM951 SSD MZHPV256HDGL-00000 256GB M.2 PCI-E 3.0X4 80mm OEM Drive

frederic_c7
11/08/15
Experience: 2 Months
 Verified Owner
Summary
I'm getting real close performance to what is annonce by Samsung on my Linux systems: - Reads = 2'000mbps (2'150 in specs) - Writes = 1'100mbps (1'200 in specs) I already had a PCIe adapter for this M.2 drive so it was ea... » Read More About Samsung SM951 SSD MZHPV256HDGL-00000 256GB

Customer Review of OCZ RevoDrive 3 240GB PCIe SandForce SF-2281 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive

a1gouche
12/11/12
Experience: 1 Years
Summary
If your using it as the primary drive you(Must) disconnect other drive to install windows on. Afterwards shut down and reconnect your other drives. It that simple. It make the boot time to windows in approx. 2 seconds. Compared to my old Hard drive which t... » Read More About OCZ RevoDrive 3 240GB PCIe

Customer Review of OCZ RevoDrive 110GB PCIe X4 Sandforce SF-1200 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive

ken_f
05/12/12
Experience: 10 Months
Summary
Very fast drive Need help installing or putting an existing windows image onto this drive, http://www.youtube.com/user/gereral1?feature=mhee This video might help. Ignore the image stuff and follow the info on how to install drivers so windows sees this dr... » Read More About OCZ RevoDrive 110GB PCIe X4

Customer Review of OCZ RevoDrive 230GB PCIe X4 Sandforce SF-1200 SSD Solid State Disk Flash Drive

Theo_K
02/13/12
Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
Summary
Runs quite well as a system drive on my Crosshair III-based system. » Read More About OCZ RevoDrive 230GB PCIe X4

Customer Review of OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB PCIe SandForce SF-2281 Solid State Disk Flash Drive

Jimmy_L
10/31/11
Experience: 1 Days
 Verified Owner
Summary
This SSD is the beast. Monstrous performance and super easy to install (step one : insert  in PCIe slot, step 2 : install driver, step 3 : enjoy XD). Every gaming rig should have this one. It seems stable, but I didn't had lot of time with that marvel... » Read More About OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB


 
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