A view inside of a computer's inner workings, where you see a Samsung 970 EVO SSD being installed.

Solid State Drive Upgrade

What is a solid state drive upgrade?

A solid-state drive (SSD) is a data storage device that uses integrated circuit assemblies to store persistent data. Data on an SSD can be accessed quickly and throughout the computer without needing access times like those needed for traditional hard drives. For this reason, often times they are referred to as "Flash Drives" or "Flash Memory", though the latter is more accurate.

The average hard drive these days, depending on its speed and cache, can read/write at around 150MB/s, operate at 4200-5400 RPM's (Rotations Per Minute), and contain around 1-2TB of space. And while this technology is constantly updated, the best SSD's on market now can read/write at 550MB/s, operate at 5400RPM, and contain up to 256GB of space. That means that an SSD can manage roughly 10x the speed of a traditional hard drive!

That's not all either: Solid State Drives also consume less power than traditional hard drives, generate less heat (since the lack of moving parts means it has to expend less energy), and contain no click-in components such as "read heads", which allows them to operate completely silent. Also, SSD's make less noise and vibrations than traditional hard drives, which is a huge plus for anyone who does video editing or other work that requires the system to be that quiet.

Finally, Solid State Drives can add life to that old computer of yours; when it comes time to buy a new laptop or desktop PC you'll be glad you did.

The benefits of upgrading to an SSD are mostly for gamers, video/photo editors, programmers, etc. but everyone can see benefits from having any sort of performance upgrade on their computer. The main benefit is the speed increase over traditional hard drives—a game will load significantly faster than it would if installed on a regular hard drive. Another benefit is noise reduction—you'll no longer have the incessant whirring of a computer's fan or spinning hard drive to distract you when watching a movie, coding, etc.

There are many other benefits, which will vary depending on what exactly someone does with their computer and how much they'd like to spend. But in general, upgrading to an SSD is a major upgrade that will benefit anyone, whether they're a gamer or not.