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1. Understanding connectors/protocols/form factors.
This blog post specifically goes into what drive users need from a physical point of view.
As M.2 SSDs are now starting to appear this brings an extra complication for novice users as it mixes the generally accepted terms. 2.5” SSDs were generally SATA SSDs and PCIe SSDs used to be full-fleshed drives meant solely for desktops (like the RevoDrive 350). With M.2 entering the market this form factor not only supports SATA but also a PCIe interface. To add on top of that we also see a shift from AHCI to NVMe SSDs which is likely to completely confuse the customer to buy.
In order to once again make sense of the innovations and when these become relevant we have created this blog post that clearly outlines what a user should be looking for in terms of the connector, protocol, and form factor.
The main idea that I would like to get out there is to be mentioned when relevant, so when talking about earlier PCIe solutions you can for instance refer to the RevoDrive 350 as a full-fleshed PCIe solution.
2. Understanding what drive to buy (price/performance)
What do you think you need vs. what do you actually need? This is the question that is being answered in this blog post. We tend to go for the drive that falls in the category that we think we belong too. If we play a game we may consider the gamer SSD instead of the value SSD, but is this really necessary? This particular blog teaches people to look beyond “TBW” or “Max IOPS” but rather look at their own behaviour. Quite some time ago before “terabytes written” was became the standard we introduced “endurance ratings” which, unlike TBW were not the total writes you could perform within the warranty throughout its lifetime but rather an indication of what it should be able to cope with within the warranty on a daily basis. Simply put: GB of host writes per day.
Using this blog post people can check their own GB of host writes per day and even IOPS to see what they actually use. To use a real life example: you wouldn’t buy a Ferrari if you’re only going to the supermarket with it, in that case you could go for something less expensive.
Trion 100 is for instance a good example of a drive that is very capable to handle the incidental write bursts while it is less capable to handle the loads of enthusiast users.
That said I would also like to suggest this blog post as a source for a potential article on making people more aware of what they should specifically look for in a drive.
Our potential take: if you think that this is interesting enough for your readers we can of course supply a drive so you can use it as a reference SSD for when you are upgrading from an HDD to an SSD. Accordingly it can also be used while testing in HD Tune as it clearly marks the drive being test.
The above blog post clearly explains what PFM+ is and what it does. Similarly I would also like to suggest looking at an article that covers more of these features. With DevSLP, PFM+, TCG Opal, and many more features these days being mentioned in the articles it can be rather confusing to sort out what these things are and what they do. If you would be interested I would like to work with you to work on a certain type of dictionary.
As mentioned in the PFM+ blog post it only refers to the Vector 180 once the term itself has been clearly explained. Similarly to this term you could do this for all terms and where possibly with an OCZ SSD.
4. Overlooked services
Some of the things people tend to overlook is the type of service they get with a drive. The length of the warranty is a good starting point but that still does not tell you anything about whether it is fast, or even any good. The above mentioned blog posts actually cover the software that we provide with our drive and also specifically focus on how it makes light work of managing an SSD. Especially novice users can really benefit from this, especially when they contact tech support. My parents for instance would not have a clue on what is in their computer but using the support package (described in the second link) even they would be able to get the support they need without the hassle of having to answer 20 impossible questions about their system prior to getting the answer they need.
Accordingly, updating the firmware is also made very easy and does not require a lot of technical skills to do this. While it might not seem important when purchasing the drive we have noticed that proper management is a leading problem.
Out take: SSD Guru could function as a nice reference of a type of SSD Management software. While many exist this is the most user-friendly version and also supports the most platforms as a fully functional solution (most manufacturers either only support Windows or solely make firmware updates available outside Windows).