This page is meant to answer various Frequently Asked Questions that you may have about SSDs (Solid State Drives).
For SSD recommendations, click here to visit the Best SSDs (Solid State Drives) For Your Money article.
Who are SSDs for?
SSDs are for you if you want:
- Much faster OS (Windows) boot, Shutdown, Sleep and Hibernation
- Much faster program and game loading, meaning that you don’t have to wait as long for your program or your game (including levels) to load.
- A system that feels more responsive.
A quick recap on what a SSD is:
You know those flash chips that are used in USB sticks and SD cards? A SSD is basically several of those chips working in parallel with a controller to bring you higher performance and higher reliability.
Benefits of a SSD:
There are many advantages to a SSD compared to a traditional spinning mechanical hard drive, such as:
- No noise because of no moving parts.
- Lower heat emission compared to hard drives.
- Lower power consumption and as a result: Longer battery life for laptops
- Much more resistant to shock and vibration, making them less likely to fail from that.
- Much lower latency (~0.07ms compared to 7-9ms).
- Much higher transfer rates for reading and writing files in all type of scenarios.
If you’re coming from a computer with a hard drive, any SSD will offer performance that will be much better. However, saying that all SSDs are the same would be a lie.
While peak transfer rates for most SSDs is limited by the SATA III interface, higher-end models will offer much higher sustained performance, meaning that they offer higher performance when under a heavy workload.
The average gamer will be best served by an entry-level SSD. If you use your PC for work and/or you can use or want every bit of performance, aim for a higher-end SSD.
Interested by a SSD but wondering what size you need?
Check out our article on ‘What storage capacity (GB) should I get for my SSD?’
SSDs recommended by Hardware Revolution and SSDs failure rates
Read our article on the Best SSDs (Solid State Drives) For Your Money to learn about the best SSDs and the SSD failure rates per brand.
PC upgrade: You may need a 2.5″ to 3.5″ drive bay adapter
Some older PC case don’t support 2.5″ drives (SSDs are 2.5″ drives) out of the box. You need to get a 2.5″ to 3.5″ drive bay adapter. Most SSDs don’t include one.