When it comes to storage on your PC, it’s important that you make the right choice that suits your needs. Previously it was the norm that the boot drive would be a HDD (hard disk drive). However, in recent years a more common setup would be to use an SSD to install Windows and use a hard drive for additional storage needs (such as games, documents etc).
Thankfully, with the progression of the technology in SSDs, it is now cheaper than ever to get larger capacity SSDs at a fraction of the price that they were years ago.
In terms of mounting them in your PC, there are three main options, based on your setup needs. The most common is over SATA, and is the cheapest although it offers excellent read and write speeds. Then there is M.2. This form factor is able to use SATA, as well as PCIe. These are much smaller SSDs and are ideally in small form factor builds. Rather than using the SATA bandwidth, it uses the PCIe bandwidth on the PC instead. These SSDs are directly mounted onto the motherboard and utilise NVMe technology to get the fastest possible read and write speeds possible.
The SATA Option
It may be that you have an older laptop or PC and therefore you simply want to spruce it up by installing a 2.5” SATA drive. This will really improve the speeds already seen over a mechanical drive. It may also be that you’re needing to increase the storage space and therefore you need to upgrade your device.
Regardless, when it comes to 2.5” drives, one of the very best options on the market comes from SanDisk. Their 1TB drive comes under the Ultra range, and is backed by the high quality that SanDisk is known for. It has built upon previous technologies and utilites nCache 2.0. This allows the drive to perform at speeds as fast as possible, meaning that your experience is always super quick. As part of the Ultra range, it comes with 3D NAND technology. What this means is that the chips on the device have been built to last as well as ensuring that they consume as little power as possible. This is extremely beneficial in every build, but especially in a laptop.
The maximum read and write speeds on this is 560MB/s and 530MB/s so you’re guaranteed blazing performance. There is also included software with the drive. This allows you to monitor the health of it, as well as cloning it should you need to.
With regards to after sales support, the drive comes with a 3 year warranty. With the device being of the 1TB it is a great way to get a highly reliable and huge boot drive for Windows. If however you would prefer to spend a bit less, you can get it as a 500GB option instead.
- Ultra-fast: sequential read speeds of up to 560MB/s; sequential write speeds of up to 530MB/s
- Faster boot-up and shutdown
- Faster app load and response times
The NVMe Option
If your motherboard supports it, using an NVMe drive is a sure fire way to dramatically increase your PCs read and write speeds.
When it comes to these faster drives, one name stands above the rest; Samsung. There are currently two variants on the market from Samsung. These are the 960 Evo and 960 Pro. Both of these offer fantastic read speeds. The Evo has read and write speeds of up to 3,200MB/s & 1,900MB/s respectively. The Pro has read and write speeds up to 3,500MB/s and 2,100MB/s respectively. However, between the two there is a bit of an increase in price. You would need to weigh up whether or not the increase in price is worth the bump up in access speed. The other price difference is in terms of warranty, with the Evo giving you 3 years and the Pro giving you 5 years. Ideally you’ll never need to use this, though. Part of the technology in both devices is Dynamic Thermal Guard. This stops the chips from overheating which could otherwise result in loss of data and helps to prolong the lifespan of the SSD. These certainly aren’t the kind of items you’d want to buy every day, so it’s good to know your investment is protected.
For added ease if you’re moving from one drive to another, there is a migration and cloning tool available with both the Evo and Pro variants. From the reviews that are available on Amazon, the customers are extremely impressed with it. One such example is someone that went from the SATA Evo to the NVMe Evo. The increase in performance was just shy of 600%. This is phenomenal and is an ideal way to make your PC life a breeze. Of course, these would also be a perfect secondary drive for games. One such review on Amazon makes note of how beforehand he would be able to get a drink whilst waiting for Witcher 3 to load. Now, it does it instantly.
- NVMe (NVM Express) Interface, PCIe 3.0 x4, NVM 1.2
- Next-generation M.2 SSD with Samsung V-Nand Technology and Samsung Polaris controller
- M.2 2280 form factor (80mm length)
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