SSD stands for solid state drives, and these drives are quickly putting old HDDs (hard drives) to shame. If you think that a hard drive is a hard drive, then you haven’t seen a SSD put up against a HDD. SSD technology compares to good old computer hard drives, like e-mail compares to the United States Postal Service. Windows & Mac startup speeds are tripled.
Up until now, PC consumers had next to no choices when it came to file storage. Every laptop, Ultrabook, tablet, and desktop included a standard hard disk drive. It was a system standard and nobody questioned it… until SSD technology came into the picture.
The Benefits of SSD Drives.
Solid state drives provide unprecedented and unparalleled benefits in comparison to traditional hard drives. Regardless of whether your preferred PC is a portable laptop or stand still desktop, SSDs are the ultimate means of supercharging your everyday computer performance.
- SSDs are more durable. Solid state drives leverage NAND flash memory mounted on the circuit boards. This non-mechanical design makes them inherently more durable, not to mention shock resistant by up to 1500g/0.5ms. In comparison, HDDs are made of numerous moving parts, thus making them vulnerable to shock and vibration damage.
- SSDs are miles faster. According to the latest tests, SSDs offer approximately 100 times the performance in comparison to traditional HDDs. If that isn’t enough to turn some heads, consider that SSDs sport almost instant data access, faster boot uptimes, quicker file transfers, and snappier overall computing. How is this possible? SSDs can access all information at once. However, hard drive technology’s limited. Thus, the closer data is to the read & write heads, the faster its read. If the data is far from these heads, it takes time to reach and then read.
- SSDs take less power. Technology is all about efficiency these days, and SSDs don’t disappoint. These drives use notably less power at peak load times when compared to traditional hard drives. In fact, they use less than 2-watts versus 6-watts for HDDs. As a result, laptop battery life’s boosted. Thus, the computer system experiences less power strain, and the system runs at cooler temperatures.
- SSDs are lighter. Flash-based solid state drives are considerably lighter than traditional hard drives—77g versus 752.5g. Thus, this technology is ideal for mobile computers.
- SSD drives, cost-effective. SSDs cost more per gigabyte than traditional hard drives. Thus, noteworthy savings present themselves in the long run for businesses. Lower energy usage and higher productivity with faster input and output speeds make these little powerhouses a very good investment. A single solid state drive delivers the performance of approximately 100 hard drives.
- SSDs run cooler and quieter. If cost-effectiveness isn’t enough to justify a switch from HDD to SDD, how about adding an energy-efficient storage upgrade plus near silent operation perk? Solid state drives require little operational power, which translates into less energy usage and a significantly smaller output of heat by your computer system. And since these drives are not made of moving mechanical parts, they operate in complete silence. You can operate these drives without disturbing your game or movie experience, and they’re perfect for the office when background noise needs to be cut down.
SSD Gaming Vs HDD Gaming.
Are you building a new gaming PC? Is SSD gaming faster than HDD gaming? Modern PC games storage requirements increase with new games, plus add-ons and updates. SSDs win over the gaming industry, because of its speedy operating system boot times. Computers with an SSD often boots in a fraction of the time compared to an HDD. The PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S include SSD storage. Likely, because of the growth of AAA title sizes. Next-gen games will likely exceed 150GB, and some already have. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare file size takes up 200GB. Although Windows 10 requires 20GB of space, smaller drives like an 256GB SSD would almost become full after installing just one AAA game. If you plan to install multiple new releases at once, you’ll want to grab a 1TB SSD.
Time To Upgrade to Solid State Disks.
There’s no time like the present to upgrade your laptop or desktop system. SSDs are a viable means of increasing speed, saving money, and improving both overall performance and speed. Who wouldn’t want to get a chunk of this action and power boost their system into the future?