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What SSD speed do I need?

That an SSD is much faster than an HDD, you might already know, namely up to 4 times faster. Yet there are differences in speed between SSDs that make use even faster. I explain what you pay attention to using three usage situations and which SSD speed is best for your use.

The speed of an SSD

The speed of an SSD is expressed in the number of MB/s that an SSD writes or reads. Handy. This way you know exactly how long it takes to save or read a file. The read and write speed is always listed with each internal SSD.

Faster startup of desktop or laptop

SSD faster startup laptop desktop

Ready to use your computer within 15 seconds A SSD is faster than an HDD, and you notice that especially when starting up programs, even the operating system of your own computer or laptop. With an SSD it only takes about 15 seconds before your PC is ready to start. Moreover, you can easily load all your programs, such as word processors, your web browser or Spotify.

Recommended speed If you use your PC for everyday purposes, and if you want to use it more quickly, then a standard SATA SSD suffices.

*Read and write speed: 300MB/s - 500MB/s *Interface: SATA

Loading games faster

SSD load games faster

Gaming at top speed Are you a fanatic gamer or do you occasionally play on your PC? Then an SSD ensures that not only your desktop starts up quickly, but also that you load games quickly. Especially with games with graphically rich details you have to deal with many texture files and visual files. These files contain a lot of graphical information. An SSD loads this information quickly so that you limit your waiting time to a minimum. How much this is depends on each game.

Recommended speed A game has a peak read speed of 200MB/s, usually the speed is lower. That's why you can play the very best games with an SSD with a speed up to 1000MB/s.

  • Read and write speeds: 500MB/s - 1000MB/s
  • Interface: SATA

Faster graphic editing and producing music

SSD work faster computer iMac

Render videos, mix audio and edit images If you are a professional video editor, audio mixer or graphic designer, an SSD makes sure that you export footage faster. Although the most computing power in rendering your videos or 3D visuals is done by your processor, an SSD ensures that your files write smoothly. If you import a lot of samples, vectors, clipped videos or other project material, this is about 4 times faster than an HDD with an SSD. Convenient, you wait less and your workflow is more efficient.

Recommended speed With regular use Is the amount of footage you import into your projects is limited, and most of your content is in resolutions like Full HD or audio bitrates around 320kb/s, then an SSD with a speed between 500MB/s and 1000 MB/s is sufficient.

  • Read and write speed: 500MB/s - 1000MB/s
  • Interface: SATA
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Richard Storage specialist.


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