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William George (Puget Labs Technician)

SSD vs HDD - Responsiveness Comparison

Written on April 4, 2017 by William George

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:


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