Hard Drive Information

The selection of a primary storage drive in important because it is where your operating system and applications will be housed - so you need to make sure there is enough space for what you need now as well as room to grow for the future. How quickly your operating system and programs load is also largely affected by the speed of this drive, so if you demand fast overall performance from your computer you don't want to skimp here.

Traditional hard drives operate by storing data on a spinning metal disk, called a platter. The more platters there are in a drive, and the more data that can be crammed onto each platter, is what determines the overall storage capacity of a given hard drive. Having more platters also tends to mean louder drives, though rotational speed affects that as well. Rotational speed also impacts the drive's performance: if it spins faster it can read or write more information per second.

Another storage option is solid-state drives, which don't have any moving parts. Instead they store data in a flash-like memory - similarly to how memory cards for cameras and other devices operate. This makes them completely silent, but they tend to cost a lot more for the same amount of storage when compared to normal hard drives. They can also perform faster or slower than hard drives, depending on the way they are manufactured; here at Puget Systems we've chosen to carry only the highest quality solid-state drives, so if you choose to invest in one you will get excellent performance.
 Samsung 860 EVO 250GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDWestern Digital Gold 1TB SATA3Western Digital Red 2TB SATA3Samsung 970 EVO 250GB M.2 SSDSamsung 860 Pro 256GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDWestern Digital Gold 2TB SATA3Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 970 EVO 500GB M.2 SSDSamsung 860 Pro 512GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 EVO 1TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 970 Pro 512GB M.2 SSDIntel 900P 280GB PCIe SSDSamsung 970 EVO 1TB M.2 SSDSamsung 860 Pro 1TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDIntel 900P 480GB PCIe SSDSamsung 860 EVO 2TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 970 Pro 1TB M.2 SSDSamsung 970 EVO 2TB M.2 SSDSamsung 860 Pro 2TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDIntel 905P 960GB PCIe SSD
Capacity250 GB1000 GB2000 GB250 GB256 GB2000 GB500 GB500 GB512 GB1000 GB512 GB280 GB1,000 GB1000 GB480 GB2000 GB1,000 GB2,000 GB2000 GB960 GB
InterfaceSATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s PCIe 3.0 x4 SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s PCIe 3.0 x4 SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 SATA 6 Gb/s PCIe 3.0 x4 SATA 6 Gb/s PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 SATA 6 Gb/s PCIe 3.0 x4
Form Factor2.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch M.2 2280 2.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 2.5 Inch M.2 2280 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch M.2 2280 1/2 Height PCIe M.2 2280 2.5 Inch 1/2 Height PCIe 2.5 Inch M.2 2280 M.2 2280 2.5 Inch 1/2 Height PCIe
Idle Noise0 dB25 dB23 dB-0 dB25 dB0 dB-0 dB0 dB-0 dB-0 dB0 dB0 dB--0 dB-
Endurance (TBW)150 TB-1,200 TB300 TB300 TB1,200 TB600 TB600 TB1,200 TB5110 TB1,200 TB1,200 TB8760 TB1,200 TB1,200 TB1,200 TB2,400 TB17520 TB
Peak Power Draw4.0 Watts8.1 Watts4.1 Watts10 Watts3.3 Watts8.1 Watts4.0 Watts10 Watts4.0 Watts4.0 Watts8.5 Watts14 Watts10 Watts4.5 Watts14 Watts4.0 Watts8.5 Watts10 Watts4.5 Watts16.4 Watts
Rotation Speed-7200 rpm5400 rpm--7200 rpm--------------
Cache Size-128 MB64 MB--128 MB--------------
Seek Noise-28 dB24 dB--28 dB--------------
Command Queueing-NCQ NCQ --NCQ --------------
Performance
Sequential Read550 MB/s190 MB/s147 MB/s3,400 MB/s560 MB/s200 MB/s550 MB/s3,400 MB/s560 MB/s550 MB/s3,500 MB/s2500 MB/s3,400 MB/s560 MB/s2500 MB/s550 MB/s3,500 MB/s3,500 MB/s560 MB/s2600 MB/s
Sequential Write520 MB/s205 MB/s147 MB/s1,500 MB/s530 MB/s215 MB/s520 MB/s2,300 MB/s530 MB/s520 MB/s2,300 MB/s2000 MB/s2,500 MB/s530 MB/s2000 MB/s520 MB/s2,700 MB/s2,500 MB/s530 MB/s2200 MB/s
Random 4KB Read98,000 IOPS-200,000 IOPS100,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS370,000 IOPS100,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS370,000 IOPS550000 IOPS500,000 IOPS100,000 IOPS550000 IOPS98,000 IOPS500,000 IOPS500,000 IOPS100,000 IOPS575000 IOPS
Random 4KB Write90,000 IOPS-350,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS450,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS500,000 IOPS500000 IOPS450,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS500000 IOPS90,000 IOPS500,000 IOPS480,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS550000 IOPS