Intel 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.

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Hard Drive (SSD)

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB SSD

Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB $219.99 (Currently $199.99)

60 FPS

  • Fast, Amazingly Fast
  • Excellent Software

30 FPS

  • Not As Efficient As Other Options
  • Pricey
  • Digital Pack-rats May Fret

Hard Drive (SSD) Alternate

SK Hynix S31 SSD 1TB

SK Hynix S31 SSD 1TB $119.99

60 FPS

  • Great Value
  • Great Power Usage
  • Decent Performance Relative To Incumbent Heavyweights

30 FPS

  • Doesn’t Keep Up With NVMe Based Options
  • Digital Pack-rats May Fret
  • New Entrant In Consumer Market (But Well Established OEM)
  • No Frills Drive (Literally)

Another bit of carry over from our AMD Enthusiast Gaming PC Build Guide: Spring 2020 can be found in our drive selection today. Our biggest no-brainer of the day is that our first pick here is the NVMe based Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB. It is fast (like very fast), reliable, and has excellent software right out of the box making it an easy recommendation today. 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 one of the best options going if you have the cash to splash.

That said, our alternate choice changes up form factors completely again today. 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.

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