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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 2TB SATA3Samsung 860 Pro 2TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 Pro 1TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 Pro 512GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 Pro 256GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 EVO 1TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 EVO 250GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 EVO 500GB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 860 EVO 2TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDIntel 900P 280GB PCIe SSDIntel 900P 480GB PCIe SSDIntel Optane 905P 1.5TB PCIe SSDIntel Optane 905P 960GB PCIe SSDSamsung 970 Pro 1TB M.2 SSDSamsung 970 Pro 512GB M.2 SSDSamsung 970 EVO 2TB 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 SSDIntel 660p 2TB M.2 SSDIntel 660p 1TB M.2 SSDIntel 660p 512GB M.2 SSDWestern Digital Ultrastar 1TB SATA3Western Digital Ultrastar 2TB SATA3Samsung 970 EVO Plus 250GB M.2 SSDSamsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB M.2 SSDSamsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB M.2 SSD
Capacity2000 GB2000 GB1000 GB512 GB256 GB1000 GB250 GB500 GB2000 GB280 GB480 GB1500 GB960 GB1,000 GB512 GB2,000 GB960 GB1,920 GB960 GB1,920 GB2048 GB1024 GB512 GB1000 GB2000 GB250 GB500 GB1,000 GB
Rotation Speed5400 rpm7200 rpm7200 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 PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 U.2 U.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 SATA 6 Gb/s SATA 6 Gb/s PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4
Cache Size64 MB128 MB128 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 1/2 Height PCIe 1/2 Height PCIe 1/2 Height PCIe 1/2 Height PCIe M.2 2280 M.2 2280 M.2 2280 M.2 22110 M.2 22110 2.5 Inch 2.5 Inch M.2 2280 M.2 2280 M.2 2280 3.5 Inch 3.5 Inch M.2 2280 M.2 2280 M.2 2280
Idle Noise23 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB25 dB25 dB
Seek Noise24 dB0 dB0 dB0 dB28 dB28 dB
Command QueueingNCQ NCQ NCQ
Peak Power Draw4.1 Watts4.5 Watts4.5 Watts4.0 Watts3.3 Watts4.0 Watts4.0 Watts4.0 Watts4.0 Watts14 Watts14 Watts18.6 Watts16.4 Watts8.5 Watts8.5 Watts10 Watts8.0 Watts8.0 Watts10.6 Watts10.6 Watts.1 Watts.1 Watts.1 Watts8.1 Watts8.1 Watts8 Watts9 Watts9 Watts
Large Drive MountingNo No No
Endurance (TBW)2,400 TB1,200 TB600 TB300 TB600 TB150 TB300 TB1,200 TB5110 TB8760 TB27375 TB17520 TB1,200 TB1,200 TB1,200 TB1,400 TB2,800 TB1,400 TB2,800 TB400 TB200 TB100 TB150 TB300 TB600 TB
Average Seek Time7.7 ms7.7 ms
Performance
Sequential Read147 MB/s560 MB/s560 MB/s560 MB/s560 MB/s550 MB/s550 MB/s550 MB/s550 MB/s2500 MB/s2500 MB/s2600 MB/s2600 MB/s3,500 MB/s3,500 MB/s3,500 MB/s3,000 MB/s3,000 MB/s3,000 MB/s3,000 MB/s1800 MB/s1800 MB/s1500 MB/s190 MB/s190 MB/s3,500 MB/s3,500 MB/s3,500 MB/s
Sequential Write147 MB/s530 MB/s530 MB/s530 MB/s530 MB/s520 MB/s520 MB/s520 MB/s520 MB/s2000 MB/s2000 MB/s2200 MB/s2200 MB/s2,700 MB/s2,300 MB/s2,500 MB/s1,100 MB/s1,400 MB/s1,050 MB/s1,900 MB/s1800 MB/s1800 MB/s1000 MB/s205 MB/s205 MB/s2,300 MB/s3,200 MB/s3,300 MB/s
Random 4KB Read100,000 IOPS100,000 IOPS100,000 IOPS100,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS550000 IOPS550000 IOPS575000 IOPS575000 IOPS500,000 IOPS370,000 IOPS500,000 IOPS400,000 IOPS480,000 IOPS400,000 IOPS540,000 IOPS220,000 IOPS150,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS250,000 IOPS480,000 IOPS600,000 IOPS
Random 4KB Write90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS90,000 IOPS500000 IOPS500000 IOPS550000 IOPS550000 IOPS500,000 IOPS500,000 IOPS480,000 IOPS38,000 IOPS42,000 IOPS40,000 IOPS50,000 IOPS220,000 IOPS220,000 IOPS220,000 IOPS550,000 IOPS550,000 IOPS550,000 IOPS