According to Computer Weekly, PCIe SSD technology is just the most recent incarnation of the solid state drive (SSD) revolution. The SSD revolution is epic because it is steering us away from traditional hard drive devices in favor of a faster, cooler, and more energy-efficient replacements.
The SSD Revolution, Faster, Lighter and Energy Efficient
When put side by side, the traditional hard drive does not, and cannot, hold a candle to solid state drives. Traditional hard drives are comprised of moving, mechanical parts. They’re loud, run hot, put a sizeable amount of strain on a computer system, and only access some data fast.
In stark contrast, SSDs have no moving parts. They leverage NAND technology. Unlike hard drive devices, SSDs run nearly silent and cool, alleviating a computer system of unneeded strain to improve and boost overall performance, and access all data at the same time.
SSD is the solution for every computer user seeking to gain the most productivity and optimal performance and save on electricity. Solid state drives can be installed in both laptops and desktops.
PCIe SSD – The Outperformer
Unlike other drives, PCIe type NAND technology plugs directly into a computer motherboard. It outperforms even the fastest drives by increasing performance through the number of channels a user is able to run data through. For example, one of the fastest SATA-based SSDs is produced by Intel. It uses a 10-channel controller. PCIe SSDs leverage 25 internal channels. As a result, this outperformer is well suited for buffering and caching applications at lightening speeds.
Just how fast is this solid state disk cutting edge technology? According to Computer Weekly, PCIe SSDs have approximately 100 times greater throughput and instantaneous access times in comparison to traditional hard drive devices. One of the best comparisons to illustrate is the Internet. Do you remember how slow and unresponsive dial-up Internet was? High-speed cable, and now fiber optic based Internet, is hundreds of times faster. So too is the speed difference between traditional hard drive devices and PCIe, NAND based solid state drives! Aside from markedly faster performance, this technology offers several value packed benefits:
- Greater durability: The non-mechanical nature of NAND flash, mounted directly on the motherboard, creates a shock resistant environment of up to 1500g.
- Energy efficient: Unlike hard drives that suck a significant amount of energy, SSD technology uses less wattage. Laptop battery life is extended, and desktop systems are less strained. As a result, a cooler computing environment takes over.
- Cost effective: A single PCIe SSD can equal the performance of around 100 or more hard drive devices. Therefore, this technology offers greater cost effectiveness for IOPS per dollar.
- Silence operation: Not only does the lack of moving parts speed up access to data, but it also creates a technology that runs virtually silent! Regardless of whether you install this technology in your laptop, notebook, or desktop, it will eliminate distracting noises during your game and/or entertainment time.
Traditional Hard Drives Are Going The Way Of Snail Mail
Do you remember when e-mail was the greatest thing since sliced bread? When we started sending mail electronically, it was like magic. It seemed as though the moment we clicked “send,” our message arrived in the addressee’s inbox. All of a sudden, sending mail through the United States Postal Service seemed insanely slow. Today, postal mail is called “snail mail” because it moves at the pace of a snail in comparison to e-mail.