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List of Best SSD Drives Available for Gamers

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A  Gamer wants to get the best experience from his gaming library but the rig should be built according to the needs. A powerful rig will surely boost up your fun-time from the game. A gamer mainly focuses on graphics card or the available RAM in the beast.But, he always misses out the basic components required to tidy up the gaming experience.

Well, SSDs matter for gaming, too. A fast-loading SSD can cut dozens of seconds off the loading times of big games like Battlefield 4, or MMOs like World of Warcraft. An SSD won’t affect framerate like your GPU or CPU, but it will make installing, booting, dying and reloading in games a faster, smoother process. When shopping for a good SSD for gaming, one of the most important factors is price per gigabyte.

Testing SSDs

To test the SSDs, we used a PC with a 4GHz Intel Core i7-4790k, 16GB of DDR3 memory, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, and an Asus Z87 motherboard. Windows 8 was installed on the main system drive, AHCI was enabled, and all the drives were connected to the motherboard’s SATA III ports.

We used a combination of synthetic and trace benchmarks. This included AS SSD, CrystalDiskMark, and PCMark08, which runs a set number of timed traces of popular applications.These are the best availbale benchmark tools in the market.

Now, things you should consider before buying any SSD :

SLC, MLC, and TLC memory

A given quantity of physical flash memory cells can be programmed to hold either one, two or three bits of data. A drive where each cell holds a single bit is known as SLC. Each cell can only be in one of two states, on or off, and only needs to be sensitive to two voltages. Its endurance and performance will be incredible but a large amount of flash memory is needed to provide a given capacity, so SLC drives have never really taken off beyond expensive server and workstation setups.

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2-bit MLC memory is currently the most popular kind used in consumer SSDs. Each cell holds two values, with four binary states (00, 01, 10 and 11), so the cell needs to be sensitive to four voltages. The same amount of flash memory provides double the amount of space, so less is needed and the SSD is more affordable.

3-bit TLC memory goes even further, with three values per cell. Now each cell has to hold eight binary states, and performance and endurance begins to really suffer as there are eight distinct voltages that represent data. A TLC cell will be erased more often, and therefore wears out quicker. And since it needs to hold eight voltage values, reading them reliably requires more precision. But you get even more capacity from the same amount of flash memory, resulting in even cheaper SSDs, which is something everyone wants.

As we’ve found from testing some SSDs, manufacturers are using tricks to mitigate these negative effects with TLC flash memory, so prices can continue falling without impacting performance.

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Sequential Transfer Speeds

Whenever you read about an SSD, or look at a review, the first figure you’ll usually see is a headline-grabbing transfer rate. Read and write speeds up to around 500MB/sec, or even faster in the case of a PCI-Express SSD. These numbers always look really impressive. This will certainly be referring to sequential file transfer rates, which means the speed a storage device can read or write a file if all the blocks are laid out one after the other.

In the real world, most software applications deal with both large and small files, while at times, a program might be waiting for input before it carries on, so you’ll never be getting the maximum sequential speed of your SSD all the time. You might see these speeds when writing a large 10GB movie file, but things will be a lot slower when copying a folder full of 10,000 jpeg images, or HTML documents. These smaller files could be spread all over the disk, and will be slower to transfer.

In the case of a hard disk, that entails moving the disk head over the correct position on the platter, which adds a really long delay. SSDs are far quicker to do this, which is where the real improvement in overall responsiveness comes from.

To further complicate things, some SSDs handle uncompressed data much faster than compressed data. Specifically, there has been a big difference in performance with these two types of data with SSDs that use older SandForce controllers. If there’s a difference, the faster speeds when dealing with uncompressed data are the ones that are quoted. Therefore, although faster sequential speeds are always better to see, it’s best not to judge an SSD on these figures alone, as you’ll never get these speeds all the time.

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IOPS

IOPS is another term that is often used in relation to performance of storage products, usually quoted with SSD specifications, but its direct application to real-world use isn’t simple. Put simply, IOPS means input-output operations per second. The more a device can manage, the faster it is. Except, not all IO operations are the same. Reading a tiny 512-byte text file is not the same thing as writing a 256KB block from a 10GB movie.

There’s no standard for how figures should be advertised, but the general agreed format is that companies quote the QD32, 4KB block size figure, that is the IOPS when 32 4KB read or write commands are queued. In the real world, applications won’t be constantly queuing up 32 4KB blocks. It will likely be a random mixture of block sizes, reads, writes, and times when the storage device is idle.

Much effort goes into measuring IOPS for patterns that simulate databases, web servers, file servers and so on. For gaming, it really depends on the application, since no two games will be identical. Some might involve huge textures being loaded from disk, while others might be structured differently. Although the 4K QD32 IOPS figure is relevant, it’s best thought of as an indicator of SSD performance rather than a definitive, comparable benchmark for overall performance.

Well, now you would have gotten much information for the selection of SSD. So, next time you get into market check out for the specifications of SSD carefully before hopping into it.

Best available SSD in the market for now :

1. Samsung 850 EVO 1TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD

2. Crucial M500 960GB SATA 2.5-Inch

3. Samsung 850 Pro 1 TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD

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Anmol Singh

I am a gamer, tech enthusiast and blogger.I usually write articles about tech gadgets,inspiring ideas and major upgrades in tech field.

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