With the passing time, SSDs are getting more and more popular. As they give much higher speed than traditional HDDs so nowadays users with high-end PCs prefer having SSD. But people often think that after installing an SSD, they get a huge increase in performance. Is it really true? Let’s discuss in this post:
Does SSD Really Improve Performance? SSD can increase the reading and writing speed from 10 to 20 times than an HDD. That’s why SSD can significantly reduce the loading time taken during games, software and can reduce stuttering & boot time. But SSDs can’t boost the actual performance (FPS) of games or softwares, it just loads everything faster.
So, if you are expecting that after using an SSD instead of HDD you are going to get better frame per second (FPS) & speed in games, video editing/other software, SSDs can’t do that.
You can only cut/reduce loading screen times, reading and writing speed, speed when you copy files.
But this doesn’t mean that you don’t have to buy SSDs at spending high price. You can get significant performance spike in some tasks with SSD. Here are they:
How SSD Improves Performance?
Less Booting Time:
As I have discussed above, solid state drive can reduce the booting time of the Operating System, any software and games you install on it. As there are different types of SSDs (SATA, NVMe, PCIe) so depending on them too you can get too much performance difference.
Here are the stats of the booting time of Windows 10 operating system in different storage drives.
|Storage Type||HDD||SATA SSD||NVMe SSD||PCIe SSD|
Not only about the operating system, if you install any kind of softwares & games on an SSD, compared to the hard drive it is gonna boot up (start) too quickly.
That’s why it is a good practice to keep the main software with the O.S. in an SSD to getting faster boot time if you have a small size SSD too. Then you can also use a bigger HDD for storing other large files.
Faster Reading & Writing Speed:
SSD doesn’t have any moving parts inside like hard drives. It uses NAND (known as flash) to do this process. While hard drives do have a rotating disk inside and work on magnetic power.
That’s why SSDs can give much higher reading and writing speed. Here is the reading and writing speed difference of SSD and HDD:
|Storage Type||Reading Speed||Writing Speed|
|Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB||3,100 MB/s||3,200 MB/s|
|WD Black||160 MB/s||130 MB/s|
So here we can see a massive difference in reading and writing speed between HDD and SSD.
Consumes Less Power:
Hard drives contain a disk that rotates to read and write data. On the other hand, SSDs are based on NAND technology.
Obviously, with rotating disk inside, hard drives consumes more power than an SSD. This is very beneficial in case of laptops.
You can expect 30-40 minutes extra runtime if your laptop only has SSD. However, if the laptop has both HDD and SSD, you don’t see this extra runtime.
Reduce Loading Screen:
This is another major advantage of SSDs. They can shorten up the time taken by loading screens in games and reduce the loading time software of software.
For example, when you add a large media file on a video editing software, it usually takes a while to read, but SSDs can significantly reduce this time, it boosts up this process.
So, these are the main benefits of using SSDs. I hope after reading till now you have realized how SSD can impact performance. But what about laptops specifically, should you consider SSD in laptops?
Does SSD Improve Laptop Performance?
SSD is not only faster but also consumes low power. That’s why it is perfect for laptops. Laptops that only have SSD typically run extra 30-40 minutes on battery power than laptops with HDDs and both.
So, less power consumption is a huge plus point of SSDs, especially for laptops. Also, I have described how SSD provides better performance earlier in this post. The same things ate also applied in the case of laptops.
Clearly, SSDs are the best in both performance and usability for laptops. However, you have to spend a few bucks extra for getting SSD as they cost higher. But it completely worth spending that extra bucks.
Does SSD Affect Download Speed?
SSD doesn’t directly affect the download speed of any PC. It can only install and boot games faster than hard drive.
So if you are facing any issues with slow downloading speed, it will be better to chat with your internet provider, checking the router rather than buying a new SSD or update it.
If you want to know more about computer download speed and how storage affects it: Does Computer Storage Affect Speed?
How Much Performance SSD Increase Than HDD?
Although the speed clearly depends on which type of SSD a user is using, on average SSDs can give from 10 to 20 times faster output than hard drives. Depending upon NVMe, PCIe, or SATA SSD, the speed also varies.
If you are using a typical HDD, you get 120-160 MB/s read and writing speed 80-130 MB/s. While if you are using an SSD you can get 1500-3200 MB/s reading and almost the same writing speed.
Overall, PCIe SSDs are faster than NVMe SSDs and NVMe is faster than SATA SSDs. Also, the SATA SSD is faster than HDD too. So you have to choose one of these based on your budget and the output you need.
If you have any questions further related to SSD, feel free to reach us. That’s it for this post, see you in the next one, be techy:)
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