Background on Solid State Drives
Solid-state drives (SSDs) store data electrically, rather than on magnetic disks like traditional hard drives (HDDs). This means there is virtually no delay when seeking a specific bit of data, and there is no physical limitation to how fast reading and writing of data can happen. Instead, the limits come down to the controller inside the drive, the speed at which the individual flash memory chips can transfer information, and the connection between the drive and the rest of the computer.
These drives are available in many physical forms: 2.5-inch (similar in size to laptop HDDs), PCI-Express (which slot into a system like a graphics card), and M.2 "sticks". The more traditionally shaped drives usually connect to motherboards via SATA, just like hard drives do, and that connection itself tends to be the limiting factor in their performance. M.2 drives can use either SATA or the much faster PCI-Express connection, depending on the drive itself and the motherboard it is installed in. There are also U.2 drives, which are close in size to the 2.5-inch models but use a much faster data connection; they are found more often in servers and datacenters than in desktop workstations.
I love the SSDs. Prices are getting better, the performance is excellent, and they're incredibly reliable! One of the common worries I get from folks is that they'll wear out quickly. We've been carrying them for about seven years and our failure rates on these have been well below that of our platter drives. On top of that, the theoretical lifespan of these drives is something along the lines of 15-20 years (or more) with typical use. It's just not something I worry about with SSDs anymore.
|Interface||SATA 6 Gb/s|
|Form Factor||2.5 Inch|
|Idle Noise||0 dB|
|Endurance (TBW)||2,400 TBW|
|Peak Power Draw||4.5 Watts|
|Sequential Read||560 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||530 MB/s|
|Random 4KB Read||100,000 IOPS|
|Random 4KB Write||90,000 IOPS|
5 years or 2,400 TBW
Configure a gaming PC with the Samsung 860 Pro 2TB SATA3 2.5inch SSD.