Solid State drives have existed for more than a decade, but very high cost, small volume and subpar reliability have hindered the early adopters of this technology. Manufacturers have made significant progress in solving these problems, and to date Solid State Drives have become vastly superior to their mechanical counterparts. Here are a couple of reasons why you should upgrade your storage medium.
- High speed data transfer
The most obvious reason for a SSD is the high speed of reading and writing data. One of the biggest bottlenecks in a modern computer is the mechanical hard drive, which you can expect a reading speed of about 120 MB / s, which is not close to the bandwidth of the SATA3 interface that most modern computers have. SSD drives squeeze SATA3 interfaces to their maximum capacity, the speed of reading and writing in models can reach 560 MB / s. Last year, ultra-high-speed compact SSDs in the M.2 format with the upgraded NVMe interface reached up to 3,500 and 2,100 MB / s, respectively. These drives have blown past the SATA interface, but are currently hindered by price. Surprisingly in the Windows environment, the extra speed is starts to have diminishing returns and the trade-off for a larger SATA3 interface based SSD drive is worth more than the speed of NVMe drives for most people.
- Physical advantages over HDD
The SSD drive is smaller, thinner and lighter than hard drives. The sizes are comparable only to standard 2.5-inch SSDs with a HDD of similar form factor. At the same time, SSD is lighter and usually thinner. These characteristics are important when used in laptops. Due to the lack of moving parts in the SSD, it is more reliable than a HDD drive in terms of endurance to bumps and bruises. The probability that it will break when dropped to the floor is much lower than that of standard mechanical hard drives.
- Low power consumption, heat dissipation and no noise
Due to the lack of moving parts, SSDs work noiselessly, and power consumption is lower than mechanical hard drives. This is especially important when used in laptops: the lower the power consumption – the longer the laptop runs on battery power. Plus SSD’s generate less heat, allowing your laptop to cool a lot more effectively.
- Faster OS and software speed
While the speeds all look good from the benchmarks, how does it affect the user in actual practical use? Well, you would first notice your computer turning on faster. A lot faster. For example, a PC with a mechanical hard disk booted to Windows in about 1 minute 20 seconds, our SSD boot took less than 30 seconds. Those minutes of your life really do add up! Afterwards, any application that processes large volumes of data is affected positively. Any graphic, photo, video, audio editors work much faster, including processing large 4K-videos. Programs such as Photoshop, Lightshot, Adobe Premiere, AfterEffects, Final Cut, Cubase, Ableton, and Pro Tools will all run faster and smoother. Virtually anything you do off your hard drive will perform much better. It is a must have for professionals.
- Higher performance in games on PC and game consoles
When you are finished with your professional work, you may want to spend time and relax with some good video games. Since we know SSD drives thrive when moving large amounts of data, video games are a huge benefactor. Loading screens are consistently halved, sometimes more. If you prefer to game on consoles, adding an SSD to your Playstation 4 can greatly improve loading times. Please note, this will have a more positive effect on the Playstation 4 Pro because they are using the SATA 3 interface for drives, the first itineration of the PS4 only has a SATA2 interface, which limits the speeds a little bit.
- SSDs are now reliable
As soon as solid-state drives appeared on the market, one of the significant disadvantages was their expected service life. Being new technology means a few bugs for the early adopters, and solid states had developed a reputation for issues with lifespan and reliability. As the technology matured, solid states have become more reliable. Currently, technology has improved so much that new drives have amazing lifespans. Companies use the Total Bytes Written metric, or TBW. The endurance of these devices are truly impressive. For example, Samsung claims it’s 860 Pro series SSD drives have up to 1200 terabytes of life span. The SSD won’t die immedatily afterwards, its just for warranty purposes. A good rule of thumb when buying electronics is to look at the warranty offered from the company. Usually if the warranty is higher, the company is more confident in its product. Samsung offers a 5 year warranty for their 860 Pro devices.
- SSD’s are becoming very common and affordable
While SSD drives are still costlier than their mechanical counterparts, they are becoming more and more affordable. 250GB SSDs are the most common and seem to suit the needs of most people. This little drives are the best bang for your buck performance wise, and can be had for under one hundred and fifty dollars. Compared to upgrading the RAM or a processor, this is the best bang for your buck.
Whether you are looking for a new computer or simply want to upgrade a slower one, solid state drives should be in the mix. The benefits are numerous; and with each passing Windows or OSX update, older mechanical drives are becoming obsolete for operating system environments.