Understanding SSDs for PCs

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RedShark News' Leo Waldock writes up a 2-part piece on understanding and using SSDs for a PC video workstation.

He writes, "In the world of storage, the SSD has progressed by leaps and bounds, but the situation is more nuanced than it is with multi-core processors. On the one hand, SSD technology is fast, resilient, has a low power draw and requires very little space. Balanced against that, SSD technology is expensive and you'll pay £200 for a 500GB drive, where the same money will buy you 6TB of WD Green hard drive. SSD has a limitation when it comes to capacity, as the largest capacity single drives on the market in M.2 and 2.5-inch SATA forms are 1TB at a cost of £400. This limitation reflects the problem of packaging sufficient NAND memory chips on a small PCB. If you head into exotic territory and install an SSD with PCI Express interface, you'll find models on the market up to 2TB in size with a price tag around £3,000. This balance of cost and capacity isn't especially painful if you are shooting1080p compressed at a rate of 1GB every ten minutes, but it is a completely different story when you work with 4K RAW and use about 200GB of storage in the same period of time."

Read part 1 here and part 2 here.

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