Best SSD For Gaming 2022: SATA & NVMe Drives

Your PC deserves the most effective SSD for gaming. Not only will it keep your machine running smoothly, but it will also ensure the lowest possible load times. We’re still waiting for Microsoft DirectStorage(opens in a new tab) to take full advantage of these drives, but in the meantime, you can enjoy super-fast file transfers in Windows and rest easy knowing that your storage isn’t slowing you down.

There is no denying the speed of modern SSDs, especially in comparison to older spinning hard drives. The same applies to SATA and PCIe 4.0 SSDs. Skyrim and Grand Theft Auto V, which used to take minutes to load years ago, now load in seconds. After experiencing this, you will never return to HDDs. And the future looks even brighter, with the soon-to-be-released Forspoken requiring only one second to load.

Each SSD on this page has been subjected to our exhaustive benchmarking suite: a combination of real-world game loading tests and synthetic speed tests to determine the optimal SSD for gaming. I’ve used each SSD as the primary drive on a fresh Windows 11 installation to evaluate its performance.

You’ll notice that most of our recommendations for the best SSDs are 1TB drives; anything smaller, despite being cheaper, is slower. With large modern games, a 250GB SSD will fill up much more quickly than you think. Unless you can find a good 2TB or 4TB SSD on sale, anything more significant is too expensive to be a practical option. It may be tempting to purchase a large 8TB HDD on sale, but SSDs are the superior option.

10 Best SSD For Gaming 2022

The best SSDs for gaming is not limited to the obvious PCI Express 4.0 NVMe speed demons. These are the best external and internal drives for PCs and gaming consoles that we’ve tested.

1. Best Overall: WD_BLACK 1TB SN850 NVMe Internal Gaming

The Western Digital Black SN850 arrives at the PCIe 4.0 party fashionably late. In sequential transfers, it can achieve read speeds of 7,000MB/s and write speeds of 5,300MB/s, surpassing most other drives’ capabilities. This is due to its use of the most recent PCIe 4.0 interface, which has twice the theoretical bandwidth limit of PCIe 3.0 drives.

Ultimately, performance defines any SSD; the WD SN850 stands out from the crowd. With peak sequential read speeds of 6,750MB/s and 5,920MB/s, respectively, the synthetic benchmarks conducted by ATTO and AS SSD demonstrate that this is a second-generation PCIe 4.0 drive. Write speeds are slower than those of the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus(opens in a new tab) but still respectable, hovering around 5GB/s. The 4K write performance of the AS SSD surpasses that of the WD SN850 and the Sabrent drive.

Suppose your motherboard does not include a heatsink. In that case, you may need to consider the $20 more expensive drive version, which features the shipping container design of Western Digital’s external drives. Which, in my opinion, looks good, but whether you can detect it in your case is another matter. If you can target the drive with active cooling, that would be even better. We did not observe any throttling during testing, but it is something to be aware of.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Capacity: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
  • Controller: WD_Black G2
  • Memory: BiCS4 96-layer TLC
  • Interface: PCIe Gen4 x4
  • Seq. read: 7,000MB/s
  • Seq write: 5,300MB/s
PROS
  • Blistering PCIe 4.0 throughput
  • Excellent real-world performance
  • Solid 5 year warranty
CONS
  • Runs hot
  • No AES 256-bit encryption

2. Best Value: WD_BLACK 1TB SN770 NVMe Internal Gaming SSD

Recent NVMe SSD releases have been incredible, but they’ve prioritized top-tier performance and come with prices to match. The WD Black SN770 defies this trend and, like its predecessor, the SN750, is designed to provide more excellent value than pure performance.

It primarily accomplishes this by lacking DRAM on its SSD drive. This saves a significant portion of the manufacturer’s bill of materials, and thanks to advancements in the most recent controllers, the performance impact can be surprisingly minimal. Even though such drives are slower, this new SN770 still advertises read and write speeds of 5,150MB/s and 4,900MB/s, respectively. Not bad.

This 1TB model features a single NAND flash module (a rebranded Kioxia BiCS5 112-Layer TLC chip) and a SanDisk controller near the connector. Western Digital reveals little information about its controllers, as is the case here.

The SN770 is available in four capacities: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB, but sadly, there is no 4TB option. Sabrent Rocket hard drives are available in capacities as large as 8 terabytes if you’re in the market for a genuinely spacious hard drive.

The read performance of the SN770 is inferior to that of more expensive drives, but the write performance is comparable. The relatively impressive 4K performance demonstrates that the SN770 offers something in this competitive market. This drive outperforms Samsung’s DRAM-free offering, a PCIe 3.0 drive, but the degree to which it does so is impressive.

It is important to note that this drive, similar to the SN850, can become hot when pushed. It reached 76°C after a full day of testing, despite not having any direct cooling or a heatsink. It should work fine in most systems, mainly if your motherboard includes a cooling solution.

The SN770 demonstrates its true capabilities in real-world tests. It would be difficult to tell the difference between this drive and much faster alternatives in most day-to-day tasks. Currently, this is the less expensive option, which is a significant factor. If you require superior performance, the SN850 is a unique drive, but it will cost you significantly more.

The only problem with this drive is that it is unclear how fast a drive must be for Microsoft’s DirectStorage. We know some developers have been aiming for 5GB/s, where the SN770 resides in our testing. Therefore, it should be high quality, and the price is very alluring. However, if you’re a serious gamer, we recommend going further up the product hierarchy and purchasing the WD Black SN850.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Capacity: 1TB
  • Controller: Sandisk PCIe 4.0
  • Flash: Kioxia BiCS5 112-layer TLC
  • Interface: M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4
  • Seq. read: 5,150MB/s
  • Seq. write: 4,900MB/s
PROS
  • Fast performance and cool operation
  • In-house controller and flash
  • Five-year warranty
  • Competitive pricing
  • 5-year warranty
CONS
  • Slow write speed after write cache fills
  • Lacks AES hardware encryption
  • Uses HBM, which is not supported by the PS5 gaming console

3. A speedy PCIe 4.0 SSD: Seagate FireCuda 530 500GB Solid State Drive

Seagate may have been slow to enter the solid-state market, especially the PCIe 4.0 market, but with the Firecuda 530, it has arrived with a bang. With or without the heatsink (which is required for PlayStation 5 compatibility), the most recent Seagate hard drive is a beauty.

The sequential read/write speeds are exceptional, but the endurance levels stand out compared to the competition. Regarding endurance, the 2TB drive we tested has a rating of 2,550 TBW, which is unheard of outside SSDs designed for Chia mining.

The sequential read and write speeds of the 2TB FireCuda 530 are rated at 7300/6900 MB/s, which pushes the limits of a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface. The 4TB drive has the same rating as the 1TB and 500GB drives, rated at 7300/6000 MB/s and 7000/3000 MB/s, respectively.

It combines brand-new Micron 176-Layer TLC NAND with a Phison PS5018-E18 controller, the same memory Crucial uses significantly with its new P5 Plus drives. Micron asserts that its 176L TLC NAND is the best in the industry, with a 30% smaller die size and a 35% improvement in reading and write latency over its 96L NAND.

Aside from the PCMark 10 storage tests, the FireCuda 530 matches or outperforms the industry leaders. When you factor in its industry-leading sequential performance and endurance rating, the Seagate 530 is on par with any consumer SSD.

And in terms of performance, the FireCuda 530 matches or outperforms the industry titans. When you factor in its maximum sequential performance and endurance rating, the Seagate 530 is at least comparable to any consumer SSD.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Capacity : 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, or 4TB
  • Controller: Phison PS5018-E18 controller
  • Memory: Micron 176L TLC NAND
  • Interface: M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4
  • Seq. read: 7,300MB/s
  • Seq. write: 6,900MB/s
PROS
  • All round great performance
  • Excellent endurance ratings
  • Impressive sustained write speeds and endurance
  • ttractive design & heatsink
  • 5-year warranty w/ 3-year rescue data recovery service
  • Cool operation
CONS
  • One of the more expensive PCIe 4.0 drives
  • Lacks AES 256-bit encryption

4. Best drive for performance: Sabrent 1TB Rocket 4 Plus Internal SSD

The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus was the first SSD to arrive in our lab with the new Phison E18 controller, the successor to the wildly popular Phison E16 controller found in virtually every first-generation PCIe 4.0 drive. With peak read and write speeds of 7,100MB/s and 6,600MB/s, respectively, it was a significant improvement over the first generation of PCIe 4.0 purposes and a notable improvement over the Samsung 980 Pro, particularly in terms of write performance.

This performance was confirmed during testing, with the faster write performance outperforming Samsung’s drive in the write tests. Although the differences between these leading hard drives can be minimal, real-world performance was not always consistent. You can also anticipate AS SSD read speeds of 5,868MB/s and write speeds of 5,630MB/s. Impressive stuff.

Sabrent has upgraded this drive with faster NAND flash and updated the Phison E18 controller firmware. With this update, the advertised performance remains the same, but some performance metrics have been enhanced, bringing it closer to the competition while maintaining excellent value for money.

Notable is the fact that the SSD market is currently in a state of flux, with prices fluctuating almost daily. At the time of its release, this was the cheapest second-generation PCIe 4.0 card available, but there’s often nothing between it and our top pick, the WD Black SN850, which is why it’s in second place.

This drive runs cooler than the SN850, which may be a consideration if you’re searching for a hard drive for a compact case. Additionally, this is a drive to keep an eye on during the sales season, as it is frequently marked down more than the others.

The new version of the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus is a welcome release, although it does not significantly alter the drive’s market position. Recent releases of faster drives, such as the Kingston Fury Renegade(opens in new tab), and cheaper options, such as the WD Black SN770(opens in new tab), place the new Rocket 4 Plus in a similar position as the original—not the fastest, nor the cheapest, but a happy medium between the two.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Capacity: 2TB
  • Controller: Phison PS5018-E18
  • Flash: Micron B47R 176-layer TLC
  • Interface: M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4
  • Seq. read: 7,100MB/s
  • Seq. write: 6,600MB/s
PROS
  • Updated flash and firmware
  • Strong synthetic throughput
  • Runs cool
CONS
  • Not the fastest in everything
  • Not the cheapest option either

5. Best SATA SSD for secondary storage: Crucial MX500 Internal SSD

The Crucial MX500 is the only remaining SATA drive on our list of the best SSDs for gaming. Still, when the price difference between PCIe and SATA is so small, it’s challenging to make a case for the significantly slower technology. However, because there is a hard limit on the number of M.2 slots on your motherboard, SATA SSDs still have a place as secondary storage.

In addition, the Crucial MX500 is among the best. With SATA’s theoretical maximum bandwidth limit of 600MB/s, it’s almost as fast as it gets, and Crucial’s hard drives have long been among the most cost-effective options. This is the most reasonably-priced 1TB SATA drive available, and it makes an excellent secondary storage location for your Steam and Epic libraries.

It will happily function as a boot drive on systems that lack M.2 sockets, or at least M.2 sockets that are bootable. You will still miss out on the lightning-fast response of an operating system running on the SSD-specific NVMe protocol, but if that is not an option, this drive will suffice.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Capacity: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
  • Controller: Silicon Motion SM2258
  • Memory: Micron TLC
  • Interface: SATA 6Gbps
  • Seq. read: 560MB/s
  • Seq. write: 510MB/s
PROS
  • One of the fastest SATA drives
  • Competitive price per GB
CONS
  • Low endurance rating for heavy data writes
  • Slow compared to any NMVe SSD

6. Awesome PCIe Gen 4 performance: Kingston Fury Renegade Internal Gaming SSD

It would be simple to dismiss the Kingston Fury Renegade SSD as just another Phison E18-based drive with a stupid name, but doing so would mean missing out on one of the industry’s fastest PCIe 4.0 SSDs. The Renegade generates impressive sales figures. Additionally, it runs cool, has an excellent write endurance rating, and has a lengthy warranty. However, all of this good stuff comes at a steep price.

The PS5018-E18 from Phison is an eight-channel controller manufactured using TSMC’s 12nm process. It has five CPU cores, three based on generic ARM Cortex R5 IP and two on proprietary Phison designs. Phison claims that the E18 can achieve read speeds of 7.4GB/s and write speeds of 7GB/s, as well as one million IOPS. The E18 was previously classified as an NVMe 1.4 chip, but Kingston claims the Fury Renegade supports NVMe 2.0.

We believe that Kingston employs the same Micron 176-Layer 3D TLC chips as the sibling KC3000 drive. Therefore, you are looking at a thoroughly modern hard drive. The PCIe 5.0 standard has arrived with the release of Intel’s Alder Lake processors. However, PCIe 5.0 drives and platforms are not yet mainstream, nor are compatible drives widely available.

Regarding the subjective computing experience, we doubt you could distinguish it from the other high-performance PCIe Gen 4 cards. This indicates that the package’s scope and price are key differentiators. We are confident in this drive’s long-term reliability due to its low operating temperatures and excellent write endurance rating.

The value proposition is significantly less appealing. This is one of the most expensive PCIe Gen 4 drives currently available, costing $425 at the review time. The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, the WD Black SN850, and the Samsung 980 Pro can all be purchased for significantly less. Therefore, despite its undeniable quality, we find it difficult to justify the Kingston Fury Renegade’s exorbitant cost.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Capacity: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB
  • Controller: Phison PS5018-E18
  • Flash: Micron 176-Layer 3D TLC
  • Interface: M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4
  • Seq. read: 7,300MB/s
  • Seq. write: 7,000MB/s
PROS
  • Killer PCIe 4.0 performance
  • Excellent write endurance
  • Low operating temps
CONS
  • Painfully pricey
  • 4K performance merely competitive

7. A familiar name: WD_BLACK 250GB SN750 Internal Gaming SSD

The WD Black SN750 is one of the best-performing M.2 SSDs on the market. The performance tests demonstrate that there’s no need to fix what isn’t broken, although it lacks significant improvements over its predecessor. Notably, we’ve only tested the 250GB version of the SN750; the larger sizes offer better performance, peaking at 1TB before decreasing for the 2TB option. However, at £45/$55 for the 250GB model, an SSD that can store several games is not prohibitively expensive.

In AnvilPro’s sequential 4MB test, the 250GB SN750 achieved read and write speeds of 2,474 MB/s and 1,488 MB/s, respectively. However, CrystalDiskMark’s 1MB test reached 3108 MB/s and 1,575 MB/s, as expected. These highly robust numbers demonstrate that the drive can handle whatever you throw.

I’ve been using the SN750 primarily for my single-player games – Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077, etc. – and the loading times are so impressively fast that this SSD – especially at this price – would easily take the top spot in this buying guide if not for the incredible speeds of the AN1500.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Capacities: 250GB – 4TB
  • Interface: M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4
  • Seq. read (1MB): 3,108 MB/s (250GB)
  • Seq. write (1MB): 1,575 MB/s (250GB)
  • Seq. read (4MB): 2,474 MB/s (250GB)
  • Seq. write (4MB): 1,488 MB/s (250GB)
PROS
  • Fairly priced
  • One of the best performing M.2 SSDs on the market
  • Range of capacities available
CONS
  • More expensive than SATA

8. Best NVMe SSD for gaming: WD Blue SN570

The WD Blue SN570 is also the most affordable NVMe SSD for gaming, as it follows in the footsteps of the SN500 and SN550 by targeting a lower-than-average price. The 1TB model I tested easily met its official maximum sequential speeds, and its random read speeds (the most important for gaming performance) could outpace high-end Samsung and WD SSDs. This includes the (previously) top-tier WD Black SN750.

It’s not the fastest NVMe SSD we’ve ever tested, but that doesn’t change the fact that the SN570 is incredibly nimble by both budget-friendly and standard PCIe 3.0 standards. The single-sided design allows it to fit into laptops with limited space and desktop computers. The drive’s write speeds hold up exceptionally well under demanding workloads, making it an excellent all-arounder.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Sizes: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB
  • Form factor: M.2 (2280)
  • Interface: PCIe 3.0 x4
  • Seq. read: Up to 3500MB/s
  • Seq. write: Up to 3000MB/s
PROS
  • Competitive pricing and performance
  • Single-sided PCB at all capacities
  • Software support
  • 5-year warranty
CONS
  • Small SLC cache and weak sustained write speed

9. Best cheap PCIe 4.0 SSD for gaming: Crucial P3 Plus

The Crucial P3 Plus is available in capacities of 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB. Dense QLC performs best at higher capacities where the controller has good dies for parallelization, so the lowest total is not particularly exciting. At 2TB, sequential reads and writes reach their maximum speeds of 5.0 and 4.2GBps, respectively. This is significant storage for an M.2 drive, especially in the budget segment with only a four-channel controller.

This item comes with a 5-year warranty from Crucial, which is quite generous. The write endurance is more disappointing at 200-220TB per TB of capacity. The recently-announced P41 Plus from Solidigm, whose SM2269XT controller and 144-layer QLC should provide direct competition, has nearly double the TBW. Micron has utilized this controller on its OEM 2400 with the 176-layer QLC found in the P3 Plus. Instead, Solidigm uses the same QLC as the 670p. The P41 Plus will need to be evaluated in the future to determine if its novel caching scheme gives it an edge, but for now, the P3 Plus has a 4TB option.

The Crucial P3 Plus enters a crowded market for budget PCIe 4.0 drives, standing out by offering higher capacities. This is an efficient and capable drive, but there are some limitations.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Sizes: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB
  • Form factor: M.2 (2280)
  • Interface: PCIe 4.0 x4
  • Seq. read: Up to 5000MB/s
  • Seq. write: Up to 4200MB/s
PROS
  • High-capacity options
  • Good value
  • 5-year warranty and software support
CONS
  • QLC still has its drawbacks
  • Middling performance
  • Lower endurance than competitors

10. Best PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD for shorter loading times: PNY XLR8 CS3140 Gen4 SSD

The PNY XLR8 CS3140 is the fastest PCIe 4.0 SSD for loading games among those we’ve tested. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, for example, it took just 7.3 seconds to transition from the main menu to the game, which is over two seconds faster than the WD Black SN850 and the even more expensive Kingston Fury Renegade.

The CS3140’s write speeds are typically faster than those of the SN850, and its read speed test result of 99.6MB/s in the AS SSD 4K test is another exceptional result among the SSDs we’ve used. Unfortunately, PNY’s drive is so much more expensive than Samsung’s that the latter will be a better deal for most people; however, since reducing load times is half the appeal of having a high-end SSD in a gaming system, the CS3140 is still a viable option for those with the budget to spare.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Sizes: 1TB, 2TB, 4TB
  • Form factor: M.2 (2280)
  • Interface: PCIe 4.0 x4
  • Seq. read: Up to 7500MB/s
  • Seq. write: Up to 5650MB/s
PROS
  • Consistent performance
  • Strong peak and all-around performance
  • Power-efficient
  • Good PlayStation 5 option from PNY
CONS
  • Pricing

What to Look for in a Gaming SSD in 2022

As a gamer, nothing is more frustrating than staring at a loading screen. Because games are becoming more extensive and visually impressive, they take longer to load. SSDs can dramatically improve boot and load times, making your games feel more fluid and responsive. But with so many options available, how do you select the best one?

Storage capacity is the primary factor to consider initially. Depending on the remaining storage space on your system, you may want to purchase a larger capacity, as a single modern game can require over 100GB of storage. The storage capacity of gaming SSDs typically ranges from 125GB to 4TB, but the price per GB increases significantly.

Due to the growing size of games, you should consider purchasing at least 500GB or 1TB of storage, especially if you intend to download multiple games simultaneously. Using a smaller-capacity SSD as a boot drive is acceptable, but you never know when you’ll need the extra space. While considering storage options, be sure to select an SSD that is compatible with your PC or console.

Followed by reading and write speeds. PCIe 4.0 SSDs with reading rates of up to 7,000 MB/s and write speeds of 5,000 MB/s are currently the quickest drives. PCIe SSDs are also known to be significantly faster than SATA SSDs.

Purchasing an SSD with a heat sink is preferable to one without, as it helps to dissipate heat more efficiently. The cooler an SSD operates, the longer its lifespan and the more consistent its performance will be. A higher terabytes written rating (TBW) is also essential, as it indicates the amount of data that can be reported to the hard drive over its lifetime.

Now that you know what to look for in a gaming SSD let’s examine the best available options.

Best SSD for gaming FAQ

As the price of NVMe SSDs decreases daily, we do not observe a significant price difference between the best NVMe SSDs and their SATA-based equivalents. Why bother with older SATA technology when the cheapest 2.5-inch 1TB SATA SSD is only $24 more affordable (and four times slower) than an equivalent NVMe PCIe drive?

Many of the best SSDs for gaming still utilize the PCIe 3.0 interface, but more PCIe 4.0 drives are beginning to enter the market. Corsair was an early pacesetter in this category, and the newly released 500GB Samsung 980 Pro SSD performed well in testing, but the value proposition is not the best.

Whereas the theoretical performance limit for SATA is 600MB/s and for PCIe 3.0, it is 4,000MB/s, PCIe 4.0 SSDs can achieve up to 8,000MB/s. In the real world, the current top speed of available Gen4 drives is approximately 7,000MB/s, double that of the previous generation, which topped at 3,500MB/s.

The simple, slightly ignorant response is: as large as you can afford. With SSDs, the larger their storage capacity, the faster they are. This is because more memory dies are plugged into a multi-channel memory controller, and this additional parallelism increases performance.

Tradition dictates that an entry-level SSD should have at least 512GB of storage space to accommodate your operating system, general system speed, and most frequently played games. However, due to the increasing size of modern games, a 1TB SSD is becoming the minimum recommendation. This is also where performance begins to improve.

PCIe 4.0 SSDs are the way to go if you want the fastest drives available. They are faster than any PCIe 3.0 drive and facilitate lightning-fast file transfers for tasks such as video editing. They will also be prepared for the future of gaming in Windows 11 thanks to the DirectStorage feature, which will offload the CPU and send data directly to the graphics card to improve performance and shorten or eliminate load times in open-world games in the future.

Yes, you can. The M.2 socket is identical between the two interface generations, so a PCIe 4.0 SSD will fit within a PCIe 3.0 slot. They will also function flawlessly, except for the Gen4 drive, whose speed will be constrained by the older interface.

Theoretically, that is 4GB/s, but in practice, it is closer to 3,500MB/s due to various overheads. PCIe 4.0 SSDs are more expensive than their PCIe 3.0 counterparts, so if you’re not planning to upgrade to a platform that supports them soon, it’s probably best to stick with a PCIe 3.0 drive.

SSDs make your entire system faster and more user-friendly. But they are also relevant to gaming. Large games such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and MMOs such as Final Fantasy XIV can have their load times slashed by dozens of seconds with a quick-loading SSD. An SSD won’t affect frame rates as your GPU or CPU will, but it will make installing, booting, dying, and reloading in games faster and more streamlined.

When shopping for a good SSD for gaming, the price per gigabyte is one of the most important considerations. How much will it cost to keep an extensive library of Steam games installed and ready to play at any time? With many new games now exceeding 50GB or even 150GB, this becomes even more important.

To determine the best SSDs for gaming, we examined the SSD market, selected the most formidable contenders, and put them through their paces with various benchmarking applications. Beyond the numbers, we investigated what makes a great SSD, including flash memory types and controllers.

PCIe 4.0 SSDs are compatible with 2nd and 3rd Generation AMD Ryzen CPUs, X570 and B550 motherboards, and Intel’s latest Rocket Lake platform. Sure, they’re great for bandwidth, but when it comes to game performance, they can’t deliver much more than a PCIe 3.0 drive, at least not until Microsoft provides DirectStorage, which will be exclusive to Windows 11. 

PCIe 4.0 SSDs are the way to go if you want the fastest drives available. They are faster than any PCIe 3.0 drive and facilitate lightning-fast file transfers for tasks such as video editing. They will also be prepared for the future of gaming in Windows 11 thanks to the DirectStorage feature, which will offload the CPU and send data directly to the graphics card to improve performance and shorten or eliminate load times in open-world games in the future.

Conclusion

There are instances in which storage is not a bottleneck. In these situations, investing heavily in an SSD makes no sense. Typically, this is the case for netbooks and nettops, which are so grossly underpowered that solid-state technology would only help increase durability or reduce power consumption. SSDs are also ineffective when CPU and graphics resources are the bottlenecks; when either of these two subsystems is the bottleneck, no increase in storage throughput will help push more data through them.

However, our test results demonstrate that installing a fast solid-state drive in a system that is several years old is prudent. It will accelerate the boot process, decrease application loading times, and enable a more responsive design. In some instances, investing in a processor or graphics upgrade is preferable first. However, there were instances in PCMark 7’s suite where an SSD impacted more than any other component.

SSDs are typically not considered upgrades for older computers. Certainly, processors, graphics cards, and memory are more prevalent options. Nonetheless, if you spend most of your time using office productivity applications, browsing the Internet, or watching videos/listening to music, an older Core 2 setup will suffice. And anything you purchase to modernize it will require replacement. A new CPU requires a motherboard and likely additional memory. A high-end graphics card may necessitate an upgraded power supply. As long as your platform has a SATA controller with AHCI support, installing an SSD is as painless as it gets.

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