Recently, SSD has become an unstoppable trend for professional gamers. Now even those who have computers for word processing and business usage have increasing demand for it, not to mention gaming computers and computers for illustration. Users who have high standard for speed definitely will equip their computers with it.

Why SSD becomes trendy?

  • faster speed: SSD's loading speed is above 400m/s while HDD's is about 100m/s
  • reasonable price: within 2000$ (128GB)

SSD capacity selection

If you are an avid gamer, we suggest you have SSD with at least 480G. This can help you have enough capacity for game installation. But if you only have needs for system & application software(e.g. office and illustration software), it is enough to have a 120G SSD.

Where should we install games, SSD(C drive) or HDD(D drive)?

Speed is always the top priority. Basically, when a game is being installed in a computer with SSD, its installing speed is faster. But in fact, the time of running games makes no difference. The SSD weakness is that it has storage limitation of chips. This could negatively affect game running which usually needs abundant processing, which results in drive shutdown. So generally games are recommended to be stored in HDD. My suggestion is that of course you can store game software in SSD(C drive), but it will definitely increase its defect rate. If you hope to extend its lifespan, I recommend you store games in HDD(D drive).

Brand selection

When most users choose SSD, they usually choose the cheapest one or the fastest-speed one with reasonable price. (I think drive's marked loading speed is only for reference, but in fact it is not promised.) I usually prefer the following SSD brands: SanDisk, Samsung, Western Digital, Kingston, Transcend, and Adata. (Recommend to choose the spec with 5-year warranty)

What software should be installed in SSD?

SSD is usually C drive(system drive). Besides installing operating system into it, you can also install generic application software, such as games, antivirus software, Microsoft Office, graphics editor.

Personal files are usually put in HDD(D drive). Some people equip computers with only one SSD without any HDD. Of course you can do so, but this case is only suitable for those users who do not have many personal files. Most users will still install a 1 TB HDD(D drive) for personal files. All in all, SSD is stored with system and application software; HDD is mainly used for personal data.

Interface - PCI-E / SATA / M.2

PCI-E vs. SATA

So far SSDs can be classified into two specifications:
  • NVMe/PCI-E
  • SATA
The former SSD's read speed is fast because its interface specification is designed for high-speed SSD and even breaks speed limitation of SATA. However, the first SSDs have high temperature, high price, and are not compatible with every computer. Thus this kind of SSD is not suitable for those who have limited budget. The latter is the typical SSD connecting with computer SSD bus interface. Usually I recommend users to buy SATA SSD.

SATA vs. M.2

  • speed: M.2>SATA
  • price: M.2>SATA
  • stability: SATA>M.2
In this comparison, I still recommend to use SATA interface because it is more stable and has less problems. Beside this, its 500MB/s speed is fast enough, so theoretically compared with 1000MB/s, I don't feel a huge difference between these.

SSD is unforgettable

Nothing can be compared with its speed. However, in most people's impression HDD has higher stability and higher durability.