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WD 1TB SSD Review: The Results Were Surprising

New models of each console have been released that include more storage, but load times have been an ever-increasing problem. With the rise of 4K gaming looming upon us and the increasing size of game installs and load times, gamers are looking for ways to get better performance out of their console

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2pacalypsenow33d ago

Cant use this on the Xbox 1 X because it doesn't allow you to swap Hard drives.

Ps4 is the only console that can take advantage of this.

PSNghost8833d ago

If you watch the video, the reviewer uses a SATA to USB 3.0 adapter and uses it as an external storage device for the XB1X

FragMnTagM31d ago

An external SSD on USB 3.0 is faster than an internal SATA II drive anyway. While it is nice having it inside the console, the speed is faster being external. Not to mention, the internal drive has to do other things than just playing games such as running an entire operating system.

Neither one is particularly bad, but if you're going for pure speed, external SSD on USB 3.0 is better on both consoles.

Toby_198131d ago (Edited 31d ago )

Hmm I don't know about that. Maybe for only consoles. External drives are slow compared to my internal drives in my PC

ImGumbyDammit31d ago (Edited 31d ago )

@Toby_1981

Well USB3 has a 5Gbit/s transfer rate while SATA-2 has only a 3 Gbit/s transfer rate. To bad Microsoft didn't update the ports on X to USB 3.1 then that would mean 10Gbit/s. Of course there are other things in play with external vs internal but just on the ability to transfer data the USB3 channels are wider. So barring other issues and with the drives being compared are equal in everyway then the external USB should be able to push the game data faster.

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Many-hat533d ago (Edited 33d ago )

If you understand the basics of the technologies, this is exactly the result you would expect. SSD's will saturate either a USB 3.0/[email protected](max theoretical) or SATA2 @3Gbps(Max theoretical) You will only truly see benefit for SSD capability when it is connected to an M.2 connection. SSD's are by nature RAM, meaning it takes the same time to access data irrespective of it's location in the chip(not 100% true, but near enough). Mechanical HDD's are not.The time to access the data varies on where it is stored, due rotation speeds and heads. SSHD only benefit over standard HDD, if the same data is read on several occasions, in which case it gets stored in the SSD cache. All pretty basic stuff.