AMD Enthusiast Gaming Build: Hard Drive (SSD)
While all of the components we are selecting here today are what we would go with, and priced from vendors we trust, it is always a good idea to shop around as deals on these, or other good options, pop up from other reliable vendors all the time. With that said, let’s dive right into the next order of business.
Hard Drive (SSD)
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB $219.99 (Currently $199.99)
- Fast, Amazingly Fast
- Excellent Software
- Not As Efficient As Other Options
Hard Drive (SSD) Alternate
SK Hynix S31 SSD 1TB $119.99
- Great Value
- Great Power Usage
- Decent Performance Relative To Incumbent Heavyweights
- Doesn’t Keep Up With NVMe Based Options
- New Entrant In Consumer Market (But Well Established OEM)
- No Frills Drive (Literally)
Do you like speed? Do you like hard drives? If you answered yes to both of these then you are looking at NVMe based options for your new system and our recommendation today reflects that. It may seem like a safe pick, but Samsung’s 970 EVO Plus 1TB drive is a safe pick because when all things are considered it carries on Samsung’s legacy in this market as it is one of the best options going. Blistering speed, reliability, and the NVMe formfactor make this choice a no brainer if you have the cash to splash.
That said, I know with our alternate choice here we are changing up form factors completely. However, while NVMe drives are generally faster than SSD drives still stuck using SATA connections the difference day to day is not quite as stark as it is from spinners to SSD. Thus, if you want, or need, to trim back a bit a SATA interface SSD is not going to kill your gaming experience and it is still going to be well faster than the use of a spinner. Our pick today is the SK Hynix S31 1TB model. It provides good capacity with great cost and low power usage. It is a bit slower than even some other SATA based options, but not enough to make us look past its normally aggressive pricing.