SSD: The Final Performance Bottleneck

solidstatedrive400.jpgThe technology industry has made giant strides in the field of business efficiency and performance. Better, higher-end hardware is getting cheaper, while today's laptops and desktops are exponentially faster than they were just a few years ago. We are at the point where just one piece of standard technology is now the bottleneck for many new devices; the standard hard drive. This is where Solid State Drives (SSD) comes into play.

Without getting too technical, your computer relies on your hard drive to load files, programs, and save data. Since your computer does this quite often, having a faster hard drive will make your computer feel faster. Of course, other hardware comes into play as well; you need enough RAM to handle everything you do at once, and your CPU determines how much data can be processed. Often on modern PCs and laptops, these two components are in pretty good shape, leaving the hard drive as the bottleneck.

Standard hard drives depend on physical motion to read and write data. Most hard drives run between 54,000 rotations per minute and 72,000 rpm; although, there are faster models available. While your hard drive is spinning, it takes a small amount of time for the data to be collected. An SSD doesn't have any moving parts; your data is stored electronically and can be retrieved much quicker.

How does an SSD improve PC performance?
While overall performance depends on several different factors like the hardware specs, the operating system, and other factors, SSD can provide faster boot up times and application load times. For instance, a PC that takes a couple minutes to boot into Windows 7 on a standard hard drive, might see boot times of 15-20 seconds after moving to SSD.

Why Aren't We All Using SSD?
A lot of laptop and ultrabook manufacturers use SSDs because of its small form factor, lower heat output, speed, and resistance to damage (they are a bit more durable since they don't have moving parts like traditional drives). That's a lot of benefits, but here come the big con: solid state drives are more expensive than traditional drives.

High-capacity SSDs are a fairly new technology, and early on they suffered from short lifespans. Prices have now gone down a little, and modern SSDs are being built to last, but don't expect to get the same price per gigabyte. A $100 traditional hard drive could have storage capacities of 1 terabyte (1024 gigs); while a good $100 SSD will only store 128 gigs. If you don't need the storage space, and you are willing to pay a little extra for SSD, then you'll benefit from a pretty significant speed boost.

If you are thinking about upgrading your PC, or getting a new one, our helpful technicians can assist you in deciding what computer technology will be the best to help to save you money, time, and future hassle. Reach out to us at PHONENUMBER, we are here to help!

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