It is not difficult to find that the price of the high efficiency computer device, SSD is higher than traditional hard drive. But, with the advantages of less power usage and high data transfer, it is hard to deny that buying an SSD to upgrade your computer is a good idea. So, according to the experiences from my friends and myself, I’m here to provide some simple advices as tips. Let’s make the money worth spending!
First thing you should notice on the SSD, or solid state drive, is the capacity. Normally, the overall capacity of the solid state drive is less then the traditional one but averagely ranges between 32 and 300GB. Different capacity controls different performances of the solid state drive. The capacity is linked to the number of NAND chips on the drive, in this way; a 240GB solid state drive will probably have double number of NAND chips as a 120GB. Obviously, it allows the drive to spread out the read and writes of the data between the chips and then increase the performance effectively.
The second key that impacts the solid state drive is the controller and the firmware. Some of the manufacturers produce the multiple controllers that available for use with solid state drives. The reason why controller matters is because it also determines the overall capacity for the drive based on the number of channels for NAND chips. With the technical factor, you should find yourself a company who is familiar with these or maybe ask for some advice from the clerks. It usually helps a lot.
Then, the write and read speeds is also as important as the other two. Since the SSD drive provides faster speed over hard drives, the speed of writing and reading should undoubtedly be one of the major keys to pay attention to. There are two types of read and write operations, which are sequential read and write speeds as well as random data access. The speed is usually a basic measure for comparing SSD drive because it partly has something to do with the data, which can also be influenced by other sources.
Others elements for choosing a solid state drive like the interface, write cycle and TRIM / Cleanup should be considered as well. The interface on the solid state drive is called serial ATA, and now there are three types of the interface, that is, SATA 1, SATA 2 and SATA 3. Older SATA interfaces will offers strong performance especially when compared to hard drives. In words, do lots of homework before you buy one is the top priority, and also the best way to make your money worth spending on this latest technology product.