What’s the hype about the Solid State Drive (SSD)?
If you’ve been one who’s been following us on BIOSTAR’s latest news, or been on any of our Facebook pages recently, you might have seen the release of our latest product that will soon be your indispensable gaming companion – the BIOSTAR G300 Series SSD.
For those already in the know about the SSD and want to find out more about WHY you should get our G300 Series next, do feel free to scroll down starting from the section titled “The BIOSTAR G300 Series SSD”.
For those of you who need more information to understand what’s going on, you’re on the right page! Welcome to BIOSTAR’s simplified guide to finding out more about the SSDs and why we’re sure that you don’t want to miss out on these goodies. 😛
WHAT is an SSD?
Before we get there, let’s take a short detour and explain the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) first. 🙂
Essentially, the HDD is the traditional spinning hard drive that using an arm to read/write your data on a metal platter, and it’s where your long-term data goes to. For all you computer users, you might have heard your computer making “spinning” noises when trying to read data, especially large files that haven’t been accessed for some time. In actual fact, that’s the sound made by your HDD as it’s trying to read your data from the drive.
An SSD basically does everything that a HDD does, but data is stored on interconnected flash memory chips that retain the data instead of the metal platter of the HDD as previously mentioned. Typically, SSDs are faster and more reliable than the HDD and hence can be more expensive than HDDs of the same capacities.
How does it fare in comparison to the Hard Disk Drive (HDD)?
Below is a table that highlights some of the general differences between the SSD and the HDD:
|Attribute||SSD (Solid State Drive)||HDD (Hard Disk Drive)|
|Power Draw / Battery Life||Less power draw, averages 2 – 3 watts, resulting in 30+ minute battery boost||More power draw, averages 6 – 7 watts and therefore uses more battery|
|Cost||Expensive, roughly $0.10 per gigabyte (based on buying a 1TB drive)||Only around $0.06 per gigabyte, very cheap (buying a 4TB model)|
|Capacity||Typically not larger than 1TB for notebook size drives; 1TB max for desktops||Typically around 500GB and 2TB maximum for notebook size drives; 6TB max for desktops|
|Operating System Boot Time||Around 10-13 seconds average boot up time||Around 30-40 seconds average boot up time|
|Noise||There are no moving parts and as such no sound||Audible clicks and spinning can be heard|
|Vibration||No vibration as there are no moving parts||The spinning of the platters can sometimes result in vibration|
|Heat Produced||Lower power draw and no moving parts so little heat is produced||HDD doesn’t produce much heat, but it will have a measurable amount more heat than an SSD due to moving parts and higher power draw|
|Failure Rate||Mean time between failure rate of 2.0 million hours||Mean time between failure rate of 1.5 million hours|
|File Copy / Write Speed||Generally above 200 MB/s and up to 550 MB/s for cutting edge drives||The range can be anywhere from 50 – 120MB / s|
|Encryption||Full Disk Encryption (FDE) Supported on some models||Full Disk Encryption (FDE) Supported on some models|
|File Opening Speed||Up to 30% faster than HDD||Slower than SSD|
|An SSD is safe from any effects of magnetism||Magnets can erase data|
|Size||Smaller, and will continue to shrink as technology advances||Bigger due to spinning platters|
Indeed, the SSD is much costlier than their HDD counterparts for the same capacity, but we’d say that the advantages of the SSD justifies the cost. With the continued advancements in technology, as well as the increasing interest in the SSD, the prices are bound to fall in the near future.
For those who require a more in-depth explanation with regards to the SSD, click here.
The BIOSTAR G300 Series SSD
The BIOSTAR G300 Series SSD is a high-performance storage designed for powerful next-generation gaming experiences and is available in 3 capacities: 120, 240 and 480GB.
In line with our commitment to our customers, we always seek to provide the best solutions for our users with reasonable prices for the highest quality products.
Designed for Gaming
The BIOSTAR G300 Series SSD has an exclusive U.F.O. design to bring to all our users a more reliable performance and exceptional gaming experience as compared to the traditional SSD.
U.F.O. stands for Unique design, Flexibility and Optimised performance, which are the 3 highlights for the BIOSTAR G300 Series SSD.
To perfectly fit with your PC or laptop, the BIOSTAR G300 Series SSD is uniquely designed with a premium laser unibody screwless metallic case with rounded edges. Additionally, the super-slim size of the SSD at only 6.8mm will definitely draw others’ attention to your DIY style.
In a bid for greater flexibility for our users in the field, the BIOSTAR G300 Series SSD is the first in the market to adopt the use of 4 power management chips from Texas Instruments, the leading worldwide IC manufacturer to effectively prolong its lifespan and enhance its durability. Furthermore, the G300 Series SSD is able to operate continuously at crucial moments for high-speed data transfer and high-frequency read/write loading even under the toughest conditions.
The BIOSTAR G300 Series SSD is equipped with high-speed DDR3 cache and to-notch memory module to provide 2 times faster data transfer rate as compared to the traditional SSD, which can be incredibly useful especially for Virtual-Reality (VR) or 3D video content. Moreover, the combination of the six-layer PCB and break-away grounding design allows for stable signal frequency.
|Storage Media||Super Speed NAND Flash|
|Operation Voltage||DC 5V|
|Operation Temp.||0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)|
|Operating Systems||Windows OS/Linux OS/Mac OS|
|File Formats||FAT16/32, NTFS, Ext2/Ext3, Reiser FS|
|Interface||SATA III 6Gb/s|
|Operating Temperature||0°C (32°F) to 70°C (158°F)|
Don’t settle for less! Bring your gaming further up a notch with the BIOSTAR G300 Series SSD and get the biggest bang for your buck TODAY! 🙂
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