By Brian BlauThe news of the SSD’s demise has been very slow to break through into the mainstream consumer consciousness.
It has been an interesting ride in that regard, with SSDs seeing widespread adoption on both PC and mobile devices, as well as powering several popular consumer electronics products like smartphones, tablets, and even electric vehicles.
With all the hype, the question that needs to be asked is: are SSDs worth investing in?
We’ve been working to answer this question over the past year and a half.
And while SSDs have always been an important part of our computing landscape, we’ve never really considered the question of whether they’re worth it in the long term.
SSDs are still being used as storage devices today, and the cost of their storage is low compared to the cost and performance of a traditional hard drive.
In fact, they’re already being used in a number of high-profile products, like the MacBook Pro.
The fact that SSDs can be purchased for a fraction of what they cost today is a good thing, but what’s it going to do to our SSDs’ performance?
What SSDs doWe’ve seen a lot of SSDs in the past few years, but there have been few that we’ve considered in the future.
For a long time, SSDs were only used in enterprise data centers, where they were used to store massive amounts of data.
As SSDs become more popular in consumer and business environments, however, SSD performance is getting better and better.
For example, the Intel SSD 530 is a 1TB SSD that offers performance that rival SSDs like the Samsung 960 and the WD Red drive, but costs just a few dollars less.
The same goes for the Samsung 850 Pro.
These days, we see a lot more consumer SSDs being used on laptops, smartphones, and tablets.
These devices typically use a combination of SATA and SATA 6.0 lanes, with the SATA 6Gb/s port in the front.
The most common SATA 6GB/s SSDs that we see are the Samsung SSD 850 Pro and the Samsung 950 Pro.
SATA 6Gbps is also being used for a wide range of consumer SSD products, including the Samsung 840 EVO and the Toshiba SSD 960.
While SATA 6 is a very high-speed protocol, it can only support up to 4Gb/.
So while SATA 6 might be more affordable for some consumer SSD designs, it won’t be very good for consumer SSD production and performance.
The SSD 530, Samsung 850, and Toshiba 960 all use a SATA 6×2.5 controller.
These SSDs all have four SATA 6 ports, two of which are directly connected to the PCIe slots.
This arrangement allows for the SSDs to provide significantly better performance over traditional SATA 3×3 interfaces, since it allows for much higher performance and lower latency.
The Samsung 850 uses a SATA 3.0 controller and the 960 uses a standard SATA 3 controller.
SATA 3 is also very common, and it’s one of the two main controllers used by modern consumer SSD chips.
So, what about performance?
The SSDs we’ve seen so far all have been able to achieve a respectable average sequential read speed of 30MB/s, with a sequential write speed of 16MB/g.
We’re still not seeing a huge improvement in performance, but the Samsung 800 Pro has an improved 8MB/m.
We haven’t seen any improvement in random read performance either, but SSDs with higher capacities can still achieve higher speeds.
In addition to SATA 6, SSD SSDs also have SATA 3 and PCIe 3.1 interfaces.
SATA 2 and 3 are used for general data storage, while PCIe 2 is reserved for high-performance data centers.
SATA3 is the protocol used in mobile devices and desktop computers, while SATA 2 is the standard used in laptops and servers.
The best SSDs on the market today are also the most expensive.
The 850 Pro costs $1,299, while the Samsung 980 Pro is a little more expensive at $1 the same price.
However, the Samsung 550 Pro costs just $400, while its much more expensive sibling the 850 Pro is nearly $800.
In many cases, SSD pricing is dictated by how fast the SSD can deliver, and how much the SSD will cost you.
A high-capacity SSD will often cost more than an equivalent SATA 3 SSD, and SSDs will usually have a higher price tag.
So, we’re not seeing the typical consumer SSD getting a price bump when it comes to performance.
SSD prices are still high, but at least they’re not as expensive as they used to be.
The Bottom LineThe best place to buy a consumer SSD today is for laptops and other high-end PC devices that will be used in the enterprise, but that are not likely to be used as everyday computing devices.
If you want to build a laptop that will last for years, consider the Intel Optane SSD 530.