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 Gold 1TB SATA3Western Digital Red 2TB SATA3Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDWestern Digital Gold 2TB SATA3Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 x4 SSDSamsung 850 Pro 256GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 850 EVO 500GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 850 Pro 512GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 960 EVO 500GB M.2 x4 SSDSamsung 960 Pro 512GB M.2 x4 SSDSamsung 850 EVO 1TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 850 Pro 1TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 960 EVO 1TB M.2 x4 SSDSamsung 960 Pro 1TB M.2 x4 SSDSamsung 850 EVO 2TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 850 Pro 2TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 960 Pro 2TB M.2 x4 SSD
Capacity1000 GB2000 GB250 GB2000 GB250 GB256 GB500 GB512 GB500 GB512 GB1000 GB1000 GB1000 GB1024 GB2000 GB2000 GB2048 GB
Rotation Speed7200 rpm5400 rpm-7200 rpm-------------
InterfaceSATA 6 Gb/s SATA 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 PCIe 3.0 x4 SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s PCIe 3.0 x4
Cache Size128 MB64 MB-128 MB-----512 MB---1024 MB--2048 MB
Form Factor3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 3.5 Inch M.2 2280 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch M.2 2280 M.2 2280 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch M.2 2280 M.2 2280 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch M.2 2280
Idle Noise25 dB23 dB0 dB25 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB
Seek Noise28 dB24 dB0 dB28 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB
Command QueueingNCQ NCQ NCQ NCQ -NCQ NCQ NCQ --NCQ NCQ --NCQ NCQ -
Peak Power Draw8.1 Watts4.1 Watts2.4W Watts8.1 Watts5.13 Watts3.0W Watts5.4 Watts5.1 Watts4.0W Watts5.7 Watts5.3 Watts5.8 Watts
Endurance (TBW)-75 TB100 TB150 TB150 TB300 TB200 TB400 TB150 TB300 TB400 TB800 TB150 TB300 TB1200 TB
Performance
Sequential Read190 MB/s147 MB/sUp to 540 MB/s200 MB/sUp to 3,200 MB/sUp to 550 MB/sUp to 540 MB/sUp to 550 MB/sUp to 3,200 MB/sUp to 3,500 MB/sUp to 540 MB/sUp to 550 MB/sUp to 3,200 MB/sUp to 3,500 MB/sUp to 540 MB/sUp to 550 MB/sUp to 3,500 MB/s
Sequential Write205 MB/s147 MB/sUp to 520 MB/s215 MB/sUp to 1,500 MB/sUp to 520 MB/sUp to 520 MB/sUp to 520 MB/sUp to 1,800 MB/sUp to 2,100 MB/sUp to 520 MB/sUp to 520 MB/sUp to 1,900 MB/sUp to 2,100 MB/sUp to 520 MB/sUp to 520 MB/sUp to 2,100 MB/s
Random 4KB Read-Up to 97,000 IOPSUp to 330,000 IOPSUp to 100,000 IOPSUp to 98,000 IOPSUp to 100,000 IOPSUp to 330,000 IOPS330,000 IOPSUp to 98,000 IOPSUp to 100,000 IOPS380,000 IOPS440,000 IOPSUp to 98,000 IOPSUp to 100,000 IOPS440,000 IOPS
Random 4KB Write-Up to 88,000 IOPSUp to 300,000 IOPSUp to 90,000 IOPSUp to 90,000 IOPSUp to 90,000 IOPSUp to 330,000 IOPS330,000 IOPSUp to 90,000 IOPSUp to 90,000 IOPS360,000 IOPS360,000 IOPSUp to 90,000 IOPSUp to 90,000 IOPS360,000 IOPS