A vast majority of the systems we build these days have a solid-state drive (SSD) for the primary / boot drive, and for good reason: they are much faster than traditional, magnetic hard drives (HDDs). We sometimes get asked about how big that difference really is, though, when working inside Windows. Last year we did a comparison looking specifically at boot times, but now we are going a little more in-depth with a video showing not only boot-up speed but also how quick and responsive a computer is when running off various types of SSDs and HDDs.
The test system had an Asus Prime Z270-A motherboard, Intel Core i7 7700K processor, 64GB of Crucial DDR4-2400 memory, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 video card. We wanted to make sure that nothing else in the system would be causing a bottleneck for this testing. The four drives we looked at are as follows:
- Samsung 960 Pro M.2 SSD
- Samsung 850 Pro SATA SSD
- Western Digital RE 7200rpm HDD
- Western Digital Red 5400rpm HDD
All drives are 1TB in capacity except the WD Red which is 2TB. Without further ado, here is the video: