What is an SSD & what does it do?
An SSD (solid state drive) is a type of mass storage device that is used by your PC to hold information. Unlike traditional mechanical hard drives, an SSD uses flash-based memory which allows it to read and write data much quicker & SSD’s are less vulnerable to damage as they have no moving parts.
Why is an SSD Drive important in gaming?
Solid state drives are incredibly important when it comes to loading times, they can quite literally boost the loading time of your PC by several times. Whilst the main benefit of SSDs (in terms of gaming) is faster load times for games and maps, it can also have a slight improvement on FPS in certain titles too.
External SSDs & Internal SSDs
Internal SSDs run faster than external SSDs however, with the continuous advancements in technology the performance gap between the two has never been closer. From a gaming perspective external hard drives are a good choice as they are fast & portable & they’re more robust, so there’s no worry about losing any of your gaming data.
How to choose the right SSD for your CPU
When it comes to buying the right SSD for your Gaming PC, there are only two real factors that you need to consider. The first, is capacity, how much do you actually need? Deciding how many files you want to store on your SSD could save you a lot of cash in the long run. Whilst SSDs do come in 2TB+ sizings, they aren’t the cheapest hardwares to purchase (the second factor to consider – price). An SSD that is over 1TB can set you back in the hundreds of dollars. So, keep that in mind when you decide how much you plan to install.
For those that have large libraries, you can always buy a small 250GB SSD for your operating system and games and use a larger HDD for your backup storage. We’ve also created a handy guide regarding comparing HDDs vs SDDs.
How do I find out which SSD Drive I have?
Finding out what SSD you have in your computer is fairly simple. You can either download a piece of software which tells you the breakdown of your storage and what brand it is, or simply open the side of your PC and look for the SSD. It’s usually housed in a fairly obvious position (either front, back, or hard drive cage) and will have the brand and model labelled on its side.
What is a Hard Drive
A hard drive is the piece of hardware inside your PC that stores all your files, applications, and operating systems. Traditional hard drives are mechanical in design, using a physical disk that rotates in order to read and write the data it holds. Hard drives aren’t as fast as their solid state drive cousins, neither are they as durable. That being said, they are much more affordable when it comes to larger capacities.
Why is a hard drive important in gaming
Let’s be honest, hard drives aren’t the most important hardware component in your PC builds. Having said that, they do play a major role in that, without them, you couldn’t game at all. All your game files and data are stored on your hard drive, so, having one that can accommodate multiple games is going to be beneficial in the long run.
How do I find out what hard drive I have
The easiest way to check what hard drive you have is to simply type “Device Manager” into the Windows search function and press enter. Once you’re inside the device manager, you’ll be able to click on the “Disk Drives” drop down menu to see exactly what hard drive your PC has.
How to choose the right hard drive for your Gaming PC
Choosing the right hard drive for your gaming PC really comes down to a couple of simple factors, first of which is capacity. When choosing a hard drive, you must first evaluate how much data you have to store. If you plan on having a large library of games or back up a bunch of office files, you might want to re-consider opting for that 250GB hard drive you’re looking at. Generally speaking, a 2-4TB hard drive is more than enough for most people’s needs, and with today’s pricing, isn’t that expensive either.
HDD vs SSD
Thanks to the arrival of the SSD, HDDs have now dropped in price quite a bit. Having said that, they can still add a sizable chunk to the overall price of your PC. Finding the right middle ground between price and capacity is the best way to go. We have put together a list of the pros & cons of SSDs Vs HDDs to help you decide which is best for your needs.