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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.

 Western Digital Red 4TB SATA3Samsung 860 Pro 2TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 Pro 1TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 Pro 512GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 Pro 4TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 EVO 1TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 EVO 500GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 EVO 2TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 EVO 4TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 970 Pro 1TB M.2 SSDSamsung 970 Pro 512GB M.2 SSDSamsung 983 DCT 1TB M.2 SSDSamsung 983 DCT 2TB M.2 SSDSamsung 983 DCT 1TB U.2 SSDSamsung 983 DCT 2TB U.2 SSDWestern Digital Ultrastar 4TB SATA3Western Digital Ultrastar 8TB SATA3Western Digital Ultrastar 12TB SATA3Western Digital Red 8TB SATA3Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB M.2 SSDSamsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB M.2 SSDSamsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB M.2 SSDWestern Digital Ultrastar 14TB SATA3Western Digital Red 14TB SATA3Western Digital Red 12TB SATA3
Capacity4000 GB2000 GB1000 GB512 GB4000 GB1000 GB500 GB2000 GB4000 GB1,000 GB512 GB960 GB1,920 GB960 GB1,920 GB4000 GB8000 GB12,000 GB8000 GB500 GB1,000 GB2,000 GB14,000 GB42,000 GB12,000 GB
Rotation Speed5400 rpm7200 rpm7200 rpm7200 rpm5400 rpm7200 rpm5400 rpm5400 rpm
InterfaceSATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 U.2 U.2 SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s
Cache Size64 MB256 MB256 MB256 MB256 MB512 MB512 MB256 MB
Form Factor3.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch M.2 2280 M.2 2280 M.2 22110 M.2 22110 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch M.2 2280 M.2 2280 M.2 2280 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch
Idle Noise25 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB29 dB29 dB20 dB27 dB20 dB20 dB20 dB
Seek Noise28 dB36 dB36 dB36 dB29 dB36 dB29 dB29 dB
Command QueueingNCQ NCQ NCQ NCQ NCQ NCQ NCQ NCQ
Peak Power Draw4.5 Watts4.5 Watts4.5 Watts4.0 Watts4.5 Watts4.0 Watts4.0 Watts4.0 Watts4.0 Watts8.5 Watts8.5 Watts8.0 Watts8.0 Watts10.6 Watts10.6 Watts7.0 Watts8.8 Watts6.9 Watts6.5 Watts9 Watts9 Watts9 Watts6.0 Watts6.5 Watts6.3 Watts
Large Drive MountingNo No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Endurance (TBW)2,400 TBW1,200 TBW600 TBW4,800 TBW600 TBW300 TBW1,200 TBW2,400 TBW1,200 TBW1,200 TBW1,400 TBW2,800 TBW1,400 TBW2,800 TBW300 TBW600 TBW1,200 TBW
Average Seek Time8.0 ms8.0 ms8.0 ms7.5 ms
Performance
Sequential Read150 MB/s560 MB/s560 MB/s560 MB/s560 MB/s550 MB/s550 MB/s550 MB/s550 MB/s3,500 MB/s3,500 MB/s3,000 MB/s3,000 MB/s3,000 MB/s3,000 MB/s243 MB/s243 MB/s243 MB/s210 MB/s3,500 MB/s3,500 MB/s3,500 MB/s255 MB/s210 MB/s196 MB/s
Sequential Write150 MB/s530 MB/s530 MB/s530 MB/s530 MB/s520 MB/s520 MB/s520 MB/s520 MB/s2,700 MB/s2,300 MB/s1,100 MB/s1,400 MB/s1,050 MB/s1,900 MB/s255 MB/s255 MB/s255 MB/s210 MB/s3,200 MB/s3,300 MB/s3,300 MB/s267 MB/s210 MB/s196 MB/s
Random 4KB Read100,000 IOPS100,000 IOPS100,000 IOPS100,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS500,000 IOPS370,000 IOPS400,000 IOPS480,000 IOPS400,000 IOPS540,000 IOPS480,000 IOPS600,000 IOPS600,000 IOPS
Random 4KB Write90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS500,000 IOPS500,000 IOPS38,000 IOPS42,000 IOPS40,000 IOPS50,000 IOPS550,000 IOPS550,000 IOPS550,000 IOPS