Some computer users are still unaware of the vast advantage they can gain by using a solid state drive (SSD) in their system. They think it is just a matter of speed and that’s all. Although high speed performance can be the major advantage of an SSD to most people, there are still some people look want an SSD for its other benefits.
Here in this article we will discuss the most common benefits SSDs provide to computer systems.
This is where SSDs shine. They can provide a speed of more than 500MB/s for sequential read/write (as the case with Crucial M4 SSD), which makes your computer starts up in few seconds, software applications and files will launch or load faster, and your search results will also turn up faster.
PC-Game players will benefit from an SSD in terms of launching game sessions and loading files. However, it will not affect the graphics of the game and will not make them smoother, it is the job of graphics cards.
As for browsing webpages, if your internet connection speed is high, an SSD will help having a smooth experience due to the high write speed of SSD, which makes it very responsive.
2- Life Span
According to the SSD vendors, the SSD life expectancy is ranged between 1 million to 2 million hours. Although this can be an exaggeration but if you compare it with the “exaggeration” of HDD vendors you will see the difference. An HDD is claimed to last about 500,000 hours before it starts to decline. So you can expect your SSD to last two or three times more than the traditional hard drive.
3- Failure Rate
It’s a matter of fact that every device has a rate of failure, whether it is mechanical or electrical. But this rate increases in the mechanical devices due to their construction that consists of moving parts. This issue makes SSDs more reliable than HDDs especially when dealing with the rush of huge loads of data.
4- Hot Plugging Capability
In case you do not know what hot plugging is, it is the ability for a device to function once connected to the computer while its running without the need of rebooting. This ability is commonly found in USB devices. While it is not a wonder that SSDs have it, the wonderful part here is that because SSDs don’t spin-up, upon plug-in their whole valid capacity is immediately available. Unlike HDDs that need a relatively long time to finish the discovery process.
5- Power Consumption
The power consumption of SSDs is almost 3 Watts or even less in some drives against 6 Watts consumed by the standard hard disks. In laptop computers this can save up to 30 minutes of the battery life, which, in some cases, can save some people from big troubles.
6- Physical Size
SSDs come in four form factors: 3.5″ (uncommon), 2.5″ (most common), 1.8″ (mSata SSD) and 1.0″. The last two form factors allow SSDs to be the most preferred storage solution in a wide range of mini computer devices.
7- Heat Dissipation
Electronic performance is badly affected by heat and this is known by most people. For that reasons data-centers must stay at adequate temprature to stay away from danger. Here SSD is king. A solid state drive reduces heat dissipation significantly if compared with HDDs, which means lower cooling requirements that leads to reduced costs. To comprehend the importance of this issue, just know that more than 70 percent of the heat generated from a system is caused by the mechanical hard drives.
8- Shock Resistance
We have discussed HERE the possible effects vibration and shock can have on the mechanical hard drive, and here we will talk further about this issue in relation with SSDs. Because SSDs do not have moving parts they aren’t affected by mobility and physical abuse.
For almost all personal computer users this is not an issue at all, especially with the new hard drive that are much quieter than their predecessors. But this is a real big issue with data centers that use hundreds of hard drives at once. They produce loud noise that will affect the physical and psychological health of the workers there in the long term. SSDs barely produce any sound if at all. Moreover, a big portion of this loud noise is caused by the system fans. The more heat is, the more fans rotate, and hence more noise. When heat is reduced the fans rotating speed dwindles causing a remarkable declination of noise level.
The controller in SSDs is just like a CPU in computers or a processor in graphics cards. It is responsible for handling data within the blocks and that acquits the computer CPU from this responsibility which increases the overall performance of the system.