It’s not uncommon for people to pay through their teeth for nice glass, and for the camera bodies they are attached to. They’ll further spend on image processing software, and on education, and then, when walking down the memory card aisle at their local Best Buy, choose the cheapest memory card on offer. This is somewhat amazing considering that memory card is what’s going to store the product of your time and earnings.
It’s much the same with picking storage drives that are either external or within a computer. Generally, the question comes down to choosing a standard hard disk or a solid state drive. Which one to choose? How much better are SSD drives really? The Tech Report has taken 6 drives, some top of the line, to forcible and continuously write and re-write 10GB of varying size of files so see just how well solid states fare.
All drives far surpassed their marked ‘limits’ before failing. Two specifically have written over two petabytes (1000 terabytes) and are still going strong: the Kingsston HyperX 3k and Samsung’s 840 Pro. The report suggests that, at these rates, they would last the average user a thousand years. Now, that’s never going to happen, but the findings certainly suggest that SSDs will outlast typical hard drives by a long shot.
It’s worth noting that given the small scale of the test, the limited numbers of sample drives used don’t make for a really controlled experiment, especially given the nature of flash drives to be dependent on manufacturing oddities and variances regarding the actual cells.
See the entire test and detailed breakdown of performance here.