Latest SSDs News, Guides & Reviews
In this section we will be reviewing several SSDs aswell as writing several informational posts, to keep you on top of your game in terms of knowledge, after all it’s exciting to set up a PC for gaming – after all, you have to choose the best motherboard, video card, processor, and RAM for the most comprehensive gaming experience. However, choosing among the myriad of options available for each of those components will leave you asking a lot of questions. Fortunately for hard disks, there’s only one:
HDD or SSD?
The choice isn’t as simple as picking the latest in technology. Like the restof your PC components, you have to consider what you want to get out ofyour new toy to avoid over-designing. Here are the points you need toweigh:
An HDD operates by physically scanning the disk for every read/write. This gives it a minor overhead time that is basically non-existent even in a low-end SSD. Generally, SSDs perform read/writes about 80% fasterthan HDDs. The speed difference can be hard to tell during gaming when most of the game assets have already loaded, but it is noticeable during start-up.The use of an SSD also removes annoying hitching in games, especiallyin open-world ones, when the game pulls assets and the hard drive justcan’t keep up. As for frame rates and quality, they are still the responsibilities of your RAM and video card. You can blame any hiccups inthose areas on the hard disk.
An HDD may seem to be the less durable one because of its spinning disk and other small, mechanical parts, but the physical components of SSDswill fail over time, too. You can’t, of course, disregard the fact that SSDs can survive impacts and extreme temperatures. Also, SSDs run quietly —perfect for games where the mood is set by background music and sound effects.
In the end, the most important question of all is price. SSDs cost way more than HDDs, and you’ve got nothing to show for it except for a faster loading time. Well, yes, you can also get a smoother gaming experience,but only microscopically so. For the same storage capacity, you will be paying more than twice per gigabyte for SSDs. However, if you can afford it and you just can’t stand any delays then it is for you.
The most recommended setup is one that includes these two hard disk types: a large-capacity SSD to install your choice of OS and games on,and an even larger HDD for media and documents storage. With such a setup, you’ll get a mean beast of a machine that can load your games almost instantly and let you play without hiccups. If you’re set on using a single one, though, then an SSD is your best bet for its silent operation and better performance.
That is if you can afford the price per gigabyte. The other option isn’t bad at all. Getting an HDD may seem like an old-fashioned choice, but HDDs have a great track record for the affordable price. In terms of gaming, there isn’t much difference in performance anyway.