The cheapest way to speed up your computer or laptop is to increase the RAM. Period. The next cheapest way to increase the speed even more is to use a SSD (Solid State Drive) instead of a standard hard drive (that stores the data on platters).
A standard hard drive is not slow, by any means. You’ll get up to 150 MB/s read-write speed. But with a SSD the read-write speed is 500 MB/s and more, with the cutting-edge SSDs delivering read-write speeds up to 2GB/s.
WD Green 240GB SSD: 540MB/s read, 405MB/s write speed – only R1359.00
SSDs have a number of other advantages over HDDs. Firstly, the price used to be the deciding factor when choosing between a SSD and HDD but lately SSD prices have fallen sharply. HDDs are still cheaper – the Western Digital Blue 1TB sells for only R899, available in Internal SATA category – but when performance becomes the ultimate decider, SSDs delivers where it matters most.
SSD vs HDD
1. SSD is 5 to 10 times faster than HDD.
2. SSD boot a computer or laptop up in 10 seconds, HDD boot-up time is 30 – 40 seconds.
3. SSD opens up files 30% faster than HDD.
4. SSD uses less power.
5. SSD generates much less heat.
6. SSD has no moving parts, thus no noise.
7. SSD has no moving parts, thus no vibration.
8. SSD mean time failure rate is 2 million hours, HDD is 1.5 million hours.
9. Magnetism can destroy data: SSD is safe from the effects of magnetism.
Browse the Essential IT Solutions Internal SSD category.
The read-write speeds quoted by manufacturers or reviewers normally reflect maximum speeds. When you dig a bit deeper, the difference between SSD and HDD performance becomes clearer.
The major performance factor of any storage device is the IOPS (Input/Output Operations per Second) –
- On small file operations – 20MB – SSDs are approximately 3 times faster than HDDs.
- On 4K operations – such as gaming or video editing – SSDs are 105 times faster.
SSDs thus will be faster also for database processing which, together with the power saving, is an important consideration for any business.
Read more at The SSD Review.
SSD SATA or PCi-e
SATA SSDs plug into standard SATA ports. There is no need for adapters or converters. You can even plug a SSD into your existing external HDD 2.5″ bay. Yes, these are small drives, meaning you can plug any SSD SATA into your laptop as well.
If you need lots of storage and your HDD bays in your case are fully stacked – or require ultimate speed for your 3D or video editing projects – consider the ultra-fast SSD PCi-e drives. The deliver stunning performance.
Intel Optane 900P series PCi-e SSD: 2.5GB/s read, 2GB/s write, 550000 IOPS
Ready to speed up your computer or laptop? Head over the Internal SSD category.