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 980 Pro 500GB Gen4 M.2 SSDSabrent 1TB Rocket 4 Plus Gen4 PCIe M.2 SSDSeagate Firecuda 530 1TB Gen4 M.2 SSDSabrent 2TB Rocket 4 Plus Gen4 PCIe M.2 SSDSeagate Firecuda 530 2TB Gen4 M.2 SSDKingston Fury Renegade 4TB Gen4 M.2 SSDSeagate Firecuda 530 4TB Gen4 M.2 SSDSabrent 4TB Rocket 4 Plus Gen4 PCIe M.2 SSDSabrent 8TB Rocket 4 Plus Gen4 PCIe M.2 SSDSamsung 870 EVO 1TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 870 EVO 2TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 870 EVO 4TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSamsung 870 QVO 8TB SATA3 2.5inch SSDSeagate IronWolf Pro 8TB SATA3Seagate IronWolf Pro 18TB SATA3Seagate Ironwolf 12TB SATA3Seagate Firecuda 530 500GB Gen4 M.2 SSD
Capacity500 GB1000 GB1,000 GB2000 GB2,000 GB4000 GB4,000 GB4000 GB8000 GB1,000 GB2,000 GB4,000 GB8,000 GB8,000 GB18,000 GB12,000 GB500 GB
Rotation Speed             7200 RPM7200 RPM7200 RPM 
InterfacePCIe 4.0 x4PCIe 4.0 x4PCIe 4.0 x4PCIe 4.0 x4PCIe 4.0 x4PCIe 4.0 x4PCIe 4.0 x4PCIe 4.0 x4PCIe 4.0 x4SATA 6 Gb/sSATA 6 Gb/sSATA 6 Gb/sSATA 6 Gb/sSATA 6 Gb/sSATA 6 Gb/sSATA 6 Gb/sPCIe 4.0 x4
Cache Size512 MB        1024 MB2048 MB4096 MB8192 MB256 MB256 MB256 MB 
Form FactorM.2 2280M.2 2280M.2 2280M.2 2280M.2 2280M.2 2280M.2 2280M.2 2280M.2 22802.5 Inch2.5 Inch2.5 Inch2.5 Inch3.5 Inch3.5 Inch3.5 InchM.2 2280
Idle Noise             18 dB28 dB18 dB 
Seek Noise             28 dB32 dB28 dB 
Endurance (TBW)300 TBW700TB TBW1,275 TBW1400TB TBW2,550 TBW4000 TBW5,100 TBW3000TB TBW5,600TB TBW600 TBW1,200 TBW2,400 TBW2,880 TBW   640 TBW
Peak Power Draw5.9 Watts10 Watts6.5 Watts10 Watts8.0 Watts10.2 Watts8.0 Watts10 Watts10 Watts   3.3 Watts11 Watts9 Watts8 Watts5.8 Watts
Chip LayoutSingle SidedSingle SidedSingle SidedSingle SidedDual SidedDual SidedDual SidedDual SidedDual Sided       Single Sided
Large Drive Mounting             NoYesYes 
Net Weight0.009 kg.06 kg0.008 kg.06 kg0.010 kg0.0097 kg0.010 kg.06 kg.06 kg0.047 kg0.047 kg0.047 kg0.047 kg0.722 kg0.670 kg0.690 kg0.008 kg
Sequential Read6,900 MB/s7000 MB/s7300 MB/s7000 MB/s7300 MB/s7300 MB/s7300 MB/s7000 MB/s7000 MB/s560 MB/s560 MB/s560 MB/s560 MB/s240 MB/s260 MB/s210 MB/s7000 MB/s
Sequential Write5,000 MB/s5800 MB/s6,000 MB/s6850 MB/s6,900 MB/s7000 MB/s6,900 MB/s6850 MB/s6000 MB/s530 MB/s530 MB/s530 MB/s530 MB/s240 MB/s260 MB/s210 MB/s3000 MB/s
Random 4KB Read1,000,000 IOPS700000 IOPS800,000 IOPS700000 IOPS1,000,000 IOPS1000000 IOPS1,000,000 IOPS700000 IOPS700000 IOPS98,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS98,000 IOPS   400,000 IOPS
Random 4KB Write1,000,000 IOPS1000000 IOPS1,000,000 IOPS1000000 IOPS1,000,000 IOPS1000000 IOPS1,000,000 IOPS1000000 IOPS1000000 IOPS88,000 IOPS88,000 IOPS88,000 IOPS88,000 IOPS   700,000 IOPS