If someone thinks of upgrading their computer or buying a new one, one of the first things to look for is solid-state drives or SSDs (for its acronym in English). They are no longer elements that only experts know, but they are essential both for those who work with large files or who want to have their documents protected in some way that are safe and that can be accessed easily and quickly.
The SSD came to take the place of traditional rigid disks (HDD) as the place to store the files, which have more advantages. But, as not all that glitters is gold, they are also more expensive.
Physically, they do not have mobile mechanical parts such as HDDs, which gives them greater stability and durability when storing data. In addition, they are smaller and can be used (depending on the model) on virtually any computer.
In fact, they are an ideal element to save money when updating a computer with a few years, because instead of changing several components, just replace the disk. The SSD units accelerate the start-up of the operating system that is being used, consume less resources, are silent, do not generate too much heat and, above all, access the information much faster, because they have a much faster data transfer rate. greater than HDD. In other words, the computer will boot faster, the applications will open almost immediately and the files can be saved with the certainty that they will not be lost; They can make a half-old PC feel like new, and extend its useful life.
To consider before buying
Before running to buy one, you have to keep in mind:
- If used for a computer or for a laptop. The size and type of connection available comes into play here.
- Storage capacity The current models start at 128 GB, more than enough for those who use the computer to surf the Internet, listen to music and watch streaming movies. But to save many photos and videos it is better to go thinking about 256 or 512 GB. Those who work with larger files have the option of 1 TB (1024 GB) or more. They can also be combined with conventional rigid on a PC, or external on a notebook (eventually you can replace a DVD player with a bay that allows you to use that space for another hard disk).
In terms of size, 2.5-inch units with Serial ATA or SATA connection are the most common and are easily achieved, but have a lower speed than others. Obviously, they are the best option as far as the cost-benefit relationship is concerned. They plug into the same connector that uses a conventional hard disk.
The M.2, meanwhile, have the appearance of small RAM memories and are identified according to their size: thus, for example, those 22 mm wide by 80 mm long are called M.2 2280. The larger their length, they can accommodate more chips and therefore have more capacity. The connections can be SATA, PCIe or NVMe, new and even faster, but not very widespread yet.
In turn, U.2 SSDs resemble traditional 2.5-inch HDD discs, although they are smaller and faster. SSD Add-in Card or AIC are faster; they use the PCI Express or PCIe connection interface, so they are limited to desktop PCs that have the necessary connection.
You have to take into account the storage capacity, which is currently between 128 GB and 4 TB. For storage issues, you should think of 500 GB and up. But you have to keep in mind that the faster an SSD is in terms of read / write, the higher its price. Depending on the model, in addition, vary the speed (measured in GB per second), but the user does not notice a difference between one or another model in a conventional use.
The most common is that they are Serial ATA or M.2, but first you have to verify what is the computer to which we want to change the disk and find a compatible model.
Prices in Argentina
In Argentina you get the following models:
MX500 SSD: $ 3200. Capacity: 250 GB 2.5 "size, 6 GB SATA interface. Read / write speed: 560/510 MB per second.
M2 P1: $ 6200. Capacity: 500 GB M.2 2280 format, NVMe / PCIe Gen3 x4 interface. 500 GB models. Read / write speed: 1900/950 MB per second.
S700 SSD: 120 GB ($ 1800), 250 GB ($ 2500), 500 GB ($ 4500). SATA 6.0 Gb / s connection. 2.5 "in size. Speed up to 560MB / s read and 515MB / s write.
A400: 240 GB ($ 2600) and 480 GB ($ 3700). Format 2.5 "and M.2 2280. Read / write speed: 500/450 MB per second.
HyperX SSD: 240 GB ($ 6800) and 480 GB ($ 9500) 2.5 "size, SATA Rev 6 GB interface. Read / write speed: 500 MB per second.
BarraCuda SSD: $ 2700. Format 2.5 ", SATA interface 6 GBs. It comes in 500 GB models. It has a performance (data reading) of up to 560 MB per second.
FireCuda SSD: $ 5400. Fomato M.2 2280 NVMe. 1 TB size Read / write speed: 3200/3450 MB per second.
Vi550 SATA III: 128 GB ($ 2300) and 256 GB ($ 3400). 2.5 "size. Speed up to 560 MB / s read and up to 535 MB / s write.
Blue M2: $ 6000. Capacity: 500 GB Connection M.2 2280. Speed up to 560 MB / s read and up to 530 MB / s write.
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