They are smaller in size, have no moving parts, are much more durable, they cut boot-up/shutdown times in half, launch programs much faster and generally give your PC one of the biggest bumps in performance in recent memory.
But are SSD (or Solid State) drives worth forking out your hard-earned cash for that extra performance boost just yet?
My recent article on building your own gaming PC sparked a fury of debate on a number of websites precisely because I omitted an SSD from my build.
I’ve since done a little research and have compiled a list of 4 high-end SSDs and 4 more affordable models that won’t break the bank.
What mainly interested me when choosing these 8 drives was cost, hard drive capacity and read/write speeds.
Top of the range SSDs
The Intel X25E Extreme offers a low 64 GB of storage for a hefty $743.99.
Next let’s take a look at the OCZ 1 TB Colossus Series. This thing is a monster, especially the price.
The Corsair 240 GB Force series comes in at a more affordable $644.78 and a decent 240GB capacity.
The Kingston SSDNow V+Series offers half a terabyte of storage but at a steep price.
Lower priced models
The Intel X25M Mainstream is low on storage (80GB) but is at a price point within the reach of most gamers I think.
OCZ’s lower end model offers a nice 120GB storage for an affordable $266.
Kingston’s SSDnow Vseries offers 128GB at $226, offering better value than OCZ’s lower end model above.
Corsair’s Performance Series offers 128 Gb for $299.99, the most expensive-per gigabyte of the lower end models we’ve spotlighted.
The best value lower end model is the Kingston by at least $40, although the Intel Performance series model is the cheapest, but only offers 80GB of storage.
All in all, SSDs have come a long way in the past 3 years. We’ve seen the price come down considerably but for many gamers the amount of gigabytes you get for your buck still isn’t worth their hard-earned Dollar. What do you think of SSDs? Do you own one yourself? How have you found the performance gains? Any regrets in buying one? Maybe you’ve bought 2 for a RAID-0 setup?
Let us know your experience with SSDs or your intentions (if any) to invest in these drives for a future or current games machine.
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