A Solid State Drive (SSD) is a storage device that uses integrated circuit as a memory for the persistence storage of data. The technology in Solid State Drives uses an electronic interface compatible with a hard disk drive, which allows essential replacement in a standard application. Similarly, new input and output interface, for example, SATA and M2 have been introduced to address various requirements in SSD technologies. To learn more, check That VideoGame Blog’s article here.
There is no need for an enterprise level IOPS focused Solid State Drive in a gaming gadget. Unless the computer is also used as a high traffic web server for the extensive database. Therefore, even an entry-level SSD is good enough and an upgrade over any mechanical drive. To get the most out of your SSD, you need to choose a device that can read considerably large chunks of data (more than 500MBs every second) and have the ability to access random data within one millisecond. Below are some tips on how to choose the best SSD.
What To Look For in an SSD
The Storage Capacity (250GB or Larger)
If possible, go for a solid state drive that is 250GB or larger. This is to ensure that you have enough room for games, Windows and several other programs without the need of having to micromanage the stored data consistently. If your budget for an SSD is less than 100 dollars, you can go for a 120GB solid state drive. However, a larger drive is always better.
If you intend to construct a new rig or want to add the SSD to a new machine, an SSD with 6Gb/s SATA support is required. Six gigabits per second has double the theoretical throughput in maximum over the last SATA spec, which was three gigabits per second. Running an SSD with a 6Gb/s SATA on a port with 3Gb/s will give you a bottleneck result and, your reading and writing speeds will total to a maximum of 250MB per second. However, if you run an SSD with 6Gb/s SATA on a port with 6Gb/s, you will enjoy the maximum potential of your SSD. If the motherboard in which you intend to put the SSD does not have a 6Gb/s SATA ports, you have a choice of two options. You can decide to go for an SSD with 3Gb/s SATA or go for the 6Gb/s SATA all the same but also, get PCIE 6Gb/s card. If you intend to upgrade the motherboard, the best choice to go for is the 6Gb/s SATA because you can always use it for the new make.
TRIM/ Garbage Collection
There is no need to defragment an SSD, unlike the cases in all other mechanical drives. But if overloaded with data, they tend to run much slower that they did when they were new. Therefore go for a modern SSD that uses garbage collection logarithms in cleaning up the drive when idle.