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 1TB SATA3 2.5inch SSD||Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SATA3 2.5inch SSD||Samsung 860 EVO 2TB SATA3 2.5inch SSD||Samsung 860 EVO 4TB SATA3 2.5inch SSD||Western Digital Ultrastar 4TB SATA3||Western Digital Ultrastar 8TB SATA3||Western Digital Ultrastar 12TB SATA3||Western Digital Red 8TB SATA3||Western Digital Red 14TB SATA3||Western Digital Red 12TB SATA3||Western Digital Red 4TB SATA3||Western Digital Ultrastar 18TB SATA3||Samsung 980 Pro 1TB Gen4 M.2 SSD||Samsung 980 Pro 500GB Gen4 M.2 SSD||Samsung 980 Pro 2TB Gen4 M.2 SSD|
|Capacity||1000 GB||500 GB||2000 GB||4000 GB||4000 GB||8000 GB||12,000 GB||8000 GB||42,000 GB||12,000 GB||4000 GB||18,000 GB||1,000 GB||500 GB||2,000 GB|
|Interface||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||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s||SATA 6 Gb/s||PCIe 4.0 x4||PCIe 4.0 x4||PCIe 4.0 x4|
|Form Factor||2.5 Inch||2.5 Inch||2.5 Inch||2.5 Inch||3.5 Inch||3.5 Inch||3.5 Inch||3.5 Inch||3.5 Inch||3.5 Inch||3.5 Inch||3.5 Inch||M.2 2280||M.2 2280||M.2 2280|
|Idle Noise||0 dB||0 dB||0 dB||0 dB||29 dB||29 dB||20 dB||27 dB||20 dB||20 dB||23 dB||20 dB|
|Endurance (TBW)||600 TBW||300 TBW||1,200 TBW||2,400 TBW||600 TBW||300 TBW||1,200 TBW|
|Peak Power Draw||4.0 Watts||4.0 Watts||4.0 Watts||4.0 Watts||7.0 Watts||8.8 Watts||6.9 Watts||6.5 Watts||6.5 Watts||6.3 Watts||4.8 Watts||6.5 Watts||6.2 Watts||5.9 Watts||6.2 Watts|
|Rotation Speed||7200 rpm||7200 rpm||7200 rpm||5400 rpm||5400 rpm||5400 rpm||5400 rpm||7200 rpm|
|Cache Size||256 MB||256 MB||256 MB||256 MB||512 MB||256 MB||256 MB||512 MB||1024 MB||512 MB||2048 MB|
|Average Seek Time||8.0 ms||8.0 ms||8.0 ms||4.16 ms|
|Seek Noise||36 dB||36 dB||36 dB||29 dB||29 dB||29 dB||26 dB||36 dB|
|Large Drive Mounting||No||No||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Sequential Read||550 MB/s||550 MB/s||550 MB/s||550 MB/s||243 MB/s||243 MB/s||243 MB/s||210 MB/s||210 MB/s||196 MB/s||180 MB/s||269 MB/s||7,000 MB/s||6,900 MB/s||7,000 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||520 MB/s||520 MB/s||520 MB/s||520 MB/s||255 MB/s||255 MB/s||255 MB/s||210 MB/s||210 MB/s||196 MB/s||180 MB/s||257 MB/s||5,000 MB/s||5,000 MB/s||5,100 MB/s|
|Random 4KB Read||98,000 IOPS||98,000 IOPS||98,000 IOPS||98,000 IOPS||1,000,000 IOPS||1,000,000 IOPS||1,000,000 IOPS|
|Random 4KB Write||90,000 IOPS||90,000 IOPS||90,000 IOPS||90,000 IOPS||1,000,000 IOPS||1,000,000 IOPS||1,000,000 IOPS|