Samsung 990 Pro SSD with Question Marks Overlay

Update on Samsung SSD Reliability

We have been very public about how reliable Samsung SSDs have been in the past, so we wanted to explain why we are now moving part of our line to Sabrent.

Samsung SSD Speed Comparison

Our systems have moved to almost entirely to solid-state drives (SSDs) for primary storage, making our old video looking at hard drive vs SSD boot times rather outdated. But are all of the SSDs we use equal, or are there benefits to one over another for typical computer usage? We compared four of the Samsung models we carry to see how they compare in boot up, file copy, and application launch times.

SSD vs HDD – Responsiveness Comparison

Everyone knows that solid state drives are much faster than magnetic hard drives, but just how much of a difference does it make when using typical applications in Windows? We made a video to demonstrate!

Boot Time Comparison

How quickly a computer boots up doesn’t always correspond to how much processing power the system has, or how fast the system drive is. This blog talks a little about what contributes to both faster and slower boot times, with a video comparison.

What I Wish I Had Known

As part of my job at Puget Systems, I speak with many of our customers at various stages of ownership that range from about a week to a couple of years. These customers often share feedback that we use to improve our products and services.

Occasionally customers share what they wish they had done differently when they were configuring their computers. I share this information with our sales team, and figured it might be helpful to those of you considering a new computer today.

So in the vein of “If I could do it all over again…” here are a number of items our customers would change if they could turn back time:

The Continual Rise of the SSD

Just over a year ago I wrote how Solid State Drives (SSD) were soaring in popularity. At that time we offered a number of SSD models from Intel. But due to production constraints, we were on the verge of adding a few Samsung SSDs to the mix. Around this same time we began fielding a number of requests for Samsung SSDs.

Once considered a luxury item, SSDs have moved into the mainstream within the past two years. Our customers tend to be tech savvy and performance demanding to the core. So I wasn’t surprised to find widescale adoption of SSDs as I dove into the sales data.

Puget Picks: Intel X25 SSD

This is the first edition in a series of (hopefully) weekly blog posts titled “Puget Picks”. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on some hardware that we’ve been recently impressed with.

There’s a lot more to any particular piece of hardware than it’s polygon-crunching output, so I want to stay away from a bunch of bean-counting benchmarks (there’s plenty of great sites out there that do a terrific job at that). Instead, I’d like to focus on the hardware from the various perspectives of our departments, and what sort of experiences they’ve had.