Nothing and I mean literally nothing, has done more for general computing performance in the past 3 â€“ 5 years, than the SSD or Solid State Drive. Faster processors, more memory, and even faster graphics cards donâ€™t offer the kind of instantaneous and observable boost in system responsiveness, compared to a system based on traditional hard drive spinning media. Sure, faster graphics cards can deliver higher frame rates in gaming and better image quality. Regardless, in terms of overall system performance, nothing delivers snappy, responsive throughput for desktops, notebooks and virtually any other device like an SSD can.
Itâ€™s simple math. Hard drives have access times that are measured in milliseconds, about 10 milliseconds or a little less on average. Hard drives can also sustain IO transfer rates at around 100MB per second or a little more, on average. In short, the lower the access time (latency) and the higher the IO transfer rate (bandwidth) the better system responsiveness youâ€™ll feel as an end user. Currently, the average SATA-based Solid State Drive is capable of access times at sub-millisecond speeds and sustained transfer rates of about 500MB/sec (much higher for PCIe-based SSDs). As a result, when a notebook, desktop or other device is driven by an SSD, you experience dramatically faster boot times, faster app load times, overall better system responsiveness and faster workload complete times within applications. The move to solid state storage is an upgrade you can feel and appreciate immediately.