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Posted 11/18/16
I'm just curious what type of HDD you guys are using for your gaming system

PC orConsoles

i heard of SSDs-- but they are pretty pricey

SSHDs are more affordable but only 8GB of NAND ? that's not a lot

SSD or SSHD ?

newegg will have the Samsung 850 EVO 1TB on sale for $250 (still pretty price)

while i saw there's some new SSHD by Seagate "Firecuba" the 2TB is $120

both drives will have a 5 year warranty


i think Samsung 960 EVO is coming out later this year or something

does this mean that maybe next year the 850 evo will drop in price to $150 for the 1TB ? of it will be discontinued?
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Posted 11/18/16
My devices are almost using all SSDs:

Laptop: 512GB SSD (Samsung 850 Pro) / 1TB SSHD (Seagate Firecuda Gaming)
Desktop: 1TB SSD (Samsung 850 Pro) / 2TB HDD (Western Digital "WD Black")
PS4 (Base): 512GB SSD (Samsung 850 Pro, same as laptop)

I haven't upgraded the HDD in the PS4 Pro yet. I'll probably get a Samsung 850 Evo (2TB) for it in due time.
With Samsung SSD, they usually don't drop in price too much when a new version comes out. You have to wait around 6-8 months after the 960 comes out to see a significant drop in the 850/850 Pros.
Posted 11/18/16 , edited 11/18/16

AnimeAddictANN69 wrote:

I'm just curious what type of HDD you guys are using for your gaming system

PC orConsoles

i heard of SSDs-- but they are pretty pricey

SSHDs are more affordable but only 8GB of NAND ? that's not a lot

SSD or SSHD ?

newegg will have the Samsung 850 EVO 1TB on sale for $250 (still pretty price)

while i saw there's some new SSHD by Seagate "Firecuba" the 2TB is $120

both drives will have a 5 year warranty


i think Samsung 960 EVO is coming out later this year or something

does this mean that maybe next year the 850 evo will drop in price to $150 for the 1TB ? of it will be discontinued?


I have 2 Western Digital 3TB Black Series drives
1 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO
1 500 GB Samsung 850 EVO with V-NAND

I bought the SSDs when they were on sale for $109 and $165 respectively.

I could get the m.2 950 NVMe but I am not encountering load times issues that make thing I need faster drives yet.
Posted 11/18/16 , edited 11/18/16
Hmmm a SSD is better then a hard drive since it can automatically read the data within seconds only thing is they die quicker then hard drives, Since they have a limited number or read and writes to each sector. Once a secotor uses up all it's read and writes you can no longer use that sector and gets marked as a bad sector. Only thing is once a sector gets used up and marked as bad it will move the data to the next sector until all the sectors are gone. So unlike a hard drive it is still 100% usable till the very last sector is used up but it should last 10-15 years or possibly even longer then that. Since they have over a trillion or possibly even more then a trillion or possibly quadrillion read and writes to them (talking about the whole hard drive not each sector it's possible a sector can have that many read and writes lol)

Anyway if you are looking at a SSD I recommend something bigger then 8GB since how quickly they die and will need a whole bunch of sectors lol. Recommend the 1TB or 2TB SSD's ninjitsuko has or even 512GB is fine.

Me I only have a laptop though my hard drive was a Seagate Momentus Thin 320GB 5400 RTP. Only say was because I thrashed it yesterday but might get a ssd instead.

Anyway I am running a operating system from a 8GB Sandisk USB drive lol.
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Posted 11/18/16

ninjitsuko wrote:

My devices are almost using all SSDs:

Laptop: 512GB SSD (Samsung 850 Pro) / 1TB SSHD (Seagate Firecuda Gaming)
Desktop: 1TB SSD (Samsung 850 Pro) / 2TB HDD (Western Digital "WD Black")
PS4 (Base): 512GB SSD (Samsung 850 Pro, same as laptop)

I haven't upgraded the HDD in the PS4 Pro yet. I'll probably get a Samsung 850 Evo (2TB) for it in due time.
With Samsung SSD, they usually don't drop in price too much when a new version comes out. You have to wait around 6-8 months after the 960 comes out to see a significant drop in the 850/850 Pros.


2TB samsung 850 evo SSD? i think it's $600 something ?

it's too expensive for me. .. there's also the 4TB version for $1600



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I have 2 Western Digital 3TB Black Series drives
1 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO
1 500 GB Samsung 850 EVO with V-NAND

I bought the SSDs when they were on sale for $109 and $165 respectively.

I could get the m.2 950 NVMe but I am not encountering load times issues that make thing I need faster drives yet.


$165 for the 500GB Samsung 850 EVO ? did you buy the drive last year?

it's $165 at the moment http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147373

i guess the price will drop over time

i'll just get the SSHD then 2x the space for 1/2 the price



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Hmmm a SSD is better then a hard drive since it can automatically read the data within seconds only thing is they die quicker then hard drives, Since they have a limited number or read and writes to each sector. Once a secotor uses up all it's read and writes you can no longer use that sector and gets marked as a bad sector. Only thing is once a sector gets used up and marked as bad it will move the data to the next sector until all the sectors are gone. So unlike a hard drive it is still 100% usable till the very last sector is used up but it should last 10-15 years or possibly even longer then that. Since they have over a trillion or possibly even more then a trillion or possibly quadrillion read and writes to them (talking about the whole hard drive not each sector it's possible a sector can have that many read and writes lol)

Anyway if you are looking at a SSD I recommend something bigger then 8GB since how quickly they die and will need a whole bunch of sectors lol. Recommend the 1TB or 2TB SSD's ninjitsuko has or even 512GB is fine.

Me I only have a laptop though my hard drive was a Seagate Momentus Thin 320GB 5400 RTP. Only say was because I thrashed it yesterday but might get a ssd instead.

Anyway I am running a operating system from a 8GB Sandisk USB drive lol.


8GB of NAND is from the SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive)

240GB SSD is around $60-$80-- it's a lot cheaper now

the price is a bit expensive for most of us when it's going into 500GB +

500GB is $100 something-- for the same price you can get an SSHD with 4x the space


btw. what's a good flash drive ? i paid $20 for 16GB back then now i see 128GB for $20-$30?

Posted 11/18/16 , edited 11/18/16

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8GB of NAND is from the SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive)

240GB SSD is around $60-$80-- it's a lot cheaper now

the price is a bit expensive for most of us when it's going into 500GB +

500GB is $100 something-- for the same price you can get an SSHD with 4x the space


btw. what's a good flash drive ? i paid $20 for 16GB back then now i see 128GB for $20-$30?



Ah OK lol I looked up a SSHD it comes with a SSD and a actual hard drive so you get the best of both lol. Especially it being a SSD with NAND. NAND is basically the file/format of the SSD. The goal of NAND is ot basically consume less power and increases the life of a SSD by reducing the toll needed to read and write to sectors. So basically the SSD will still go out eventually but you can think of it as a sector has double or triple the read and writes to a sector by making the toll on reading and writing smaller. So a SSD with NAND is a lot better then a regular old SSD. Plus you get a hard drive to go along with it.

So you can put the OS on the Actual hard drive and put all your files/documents on the SSD. So with a SSHD your meant to use both and you really don't have to though if you don't want to I am guessing.

Hmmm I would have to say a Kingston USB or a Sandisk USB and there is really no difference but most are USB 3.0 now especially the higher ones. A USB 3.0 is faster then a USB 2.0 they read and transfer data faster. The bigger space is just for well more storage lol. Nothing else really lol. Kingston has a 1TB USB drive for 939 dollars on amazon lol if you are looking for that much portable storage lol.

Edit: I just relooked at the prices you have listed I would definetly recommend the SSHD 2TB cheaper then the 1 TB hard drive. Especially since the SSHD comes with a NAND SSD and sea gate is pretty reliable from personal experience and my opinion.
Posted 11/18/16 , edited 11/18/16

AnimeAddictANN69 wrote:

nooneinparticular wrote:

I have 2 Western Digital 3TB Black Series drives
1 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO
1 500 GB Samsung 850 EVO with V-NAND

I bought the SSDs when they were on sale for $109 and $165 respectively.

I could get the m.2 950 NVMe but I am not encountering load times issues that make thing I need faster drives yet.


$165 for the 500GB Samsung 850 EVO ? did you buy the drive last year?

it's $165 at the moment http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147373

i guess the price will drop over time

i'll just get the SSHD then 2x the space for 1/2 the price



Yeah I bought it some time in the middle of last year and was as you said more expensive then without the discount.
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Got a Samsung 840 Pro that I got for Christmas in 2014 for $280 along with a 1TB WD Black HDD.

Got my OS and most of my games installed on that SSD with over 100GB free still, but I'll probably start installing new games on the HDD from now on. At least big AAA titles that will take up 40+GBs.

Been working great for me for the past 2 years.
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An OCZ Vertex 4 250gb SSD, it's a few years old now but holding up great and well worth what i paid for it at the time.

Even though I can't recall how much I spent on it
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I switched to SSDs on my laptop and desktop years ago for the drastically better speed and performance, back when it was still around $200 for 120 GB drives. I still have those drives today and they are still working fine. I think it has been about 5 or 6 years now for a couple and 3 for the other. SSD makes a world of difference in load times for applications, start up, web browsers, and so on. Once you get used to SSD speeds, it is hard going back to a traditional HDD with 5400 or 7200 rpm. The slower load times really irritate me when I want to get going quickly. The time and frustration saved is well worth the investment IMHO. For example, I can boot up my laptop and be on the internet in 20 seconds, whereas with a traditional HDD it would take usually a minute or more and then even the web browsing would not be nearly as snappy.
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Ah OK lol I looked up a SSHD it comes with a SSD and a actual hard drive so you get the best of both lol. Especially it being a SSD with NAND. NAND is basically the file/format of the SSD. The goal of NAND is ot basically consume less power and increases the life of a SSD by reducing the toll needed to read and write to sectors. So basically the SSD will still go out eventually but you can think of it as a sector has double or triple the read and writes to a sector by making the toll on reading and writing smaller. So a SSD with NAND is a lot better then a regular old SSD. Plus you get a hard drive to go along with it.

So you can put the OS on the Actual hard drive and put all your files/documents on the SSD. So with a SSHD your meant to use both and you really don't have to though if you don't want to I am guessing.

Hmmm I would have to say a Kingston USB or a Sandisk USB and there is really no difference but most are USB 3.0 now especially the higher ones. A USB 3.0 is faster then a USB 2.0 they read and transfer data faster. The bigger space is just for well more storage lol. Nothing else really lol. Kingston has a 1TB USB drive for 939 dollars on amazon lol if you are looking for that much portable storage lol.

Edit: I just relooked at the prices you have listed I would definetly recommend the SSHD 2TB cheaper then the 1 TB hard drive. Especially since the SSHD comes with a NAND SSD and sea gate is pretty reliable from personal experience and my opinion.



seagate is being a bit of a cheapskate imo

they only included 8GB of SSD in their SSHDs.. i thought at least they would put 32GB of SSD .. but nah.. not 8GB..

the new SSHD by seagate is pretty energy efficient btw..

the samsung 850 evo use 4W when active.. seagate firecuda use 1.87W ?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822179110&ignorebbr=1&cm_re=sshd_laptop-_-22-179-110-_-Product

the read/write speed still can not compete with SSD but for the price it's more affordable

as for flash drives

i didn't know this before but samsung also make flash drives now ?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007960%204814%20600082309%208000%20601113575&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=36

these "fit" drives often will have owners complaining about heat during use

128GB in a tiny little drive

there's also usb 3.1 ?

the last flash drive i bought was way back-- $20 for a 16GB -- i guess there are a lot of new tech that i don't know about
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I use SSD for everything but mass storage.
PS4: Samsung 850 Evo (500GB)
PS3: Samsung 850 Evo (500GB)
PC: OCZ RevoDrive x4 (240GB) and Samsung 850 Evo (500GB)

The only system I have with a mechanical drive is my PS2-- for which, I don't even know why I have a HDD installed in the expansion bay since I never had any games that supported it. My PSP is adapted to microSD cards, and my PS Vita uses PlayStation brand memory (I suppose you could consider flash memory sticks a type of SSD.)
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I recently upgraded my entire battlestation.
Main System Drive is a 256GB Samsung 950 Pro EVO, m.2 NVMe SSD
Main Storage Drives is 2x Seagate Barracuda 2TB raid.0
Exernal drive is just some random USB3.0 2TB drive.
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I've got a couple of SSDs in my main computer and a few regular HDDs for large capacity. For kicks, I have a USB 3.0 connected M.2 drive with Zombie Army Trilogy on it (works very well actually). In my smaller computer I have an SSD and an M.2 SATA drive. My foot rest has a few HDDs in it as well. I've got a few external hard drives, but they're mostly for storage not gaming.

I've had around 4 or so hard drives kick the bucket during their use. All in all, I prefer my SSDs because of their theoretical advantages, but a plain hard drive is still the way to go for cheap storage.
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I didn't expect this

but i also got an SSD now

Crucial M300? 750GB-- not the best SSD but it was $100.. from newegg no tax so pretty happy with it
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