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William George (Puget Labs Technician)

SSD vs HDD - Responsiveness Comparison

Written on April 4, 2017 by William George
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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:

 

Tags: SSD, responsiveness, snappiness, comparison, test, Windows 10, Samsung, 960 Pro, 850 Pro, Western Digital, RE, Red, 7200rpm, 5400rpm, HDD, solid state drive, hard drive, performance, speed
Dean

SSD definitely the way to go. HDD will eventually go the way as the floppy drives. As new and faster technology arises, out with the old, in with the new. William, great job on the comparison and thanks for doing that!

Posted on 2017-04-06 13:06:51