I'm planning out a computer build and I want an SSD over 20 GBs so that I can boot my Windows 8.1 Pro operating system off of that. Please tell me the best SSD for the money over 20 GB to get so that I can boot Windows 8.1 Pro off of it and why it is the best. Also, I'm looking for a 1 TB, non-SSD, hard drive. Please tell me what the best 1 TB hard drive to get would be and why. I really appreciate your help.
I have just about all of the consumer oriented ssd's listed in the database. Scroll down to the brands and models you are interested in and follow the links to the technical reviews.
If I go strictly by the typical synthetic benchmarks, then the Samsung 840 Pro and 840 EVO with their new "rapid mode" technology are the fastest standard SATA 3 6Gb/s ssd's for desktop computers. I have a Samsung 840 EVO 256GB ssd with rapid mode enabled in my personal pc. Here are my results using the Samsung SSD magician to measure the performance:
Sequential Read: 1,190 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1,041 MB/s
Random Read: 101,229 IOPS
Random Write: 132,953 IOPS
Essentially Samsung uses 1GB of DDR3 system memory as a cache. It reminds me a lot of the old "ramdisks" that use system memory to create a virtual disk. It might be a problem for systems with just 4GB of system memory as that would only leave 3GB for the operating system and the rest of the pc. Samsung has already announced that they will eventually release versions that could use additional system memory. It appears to be good new for consumers who installed more memory than they actually need.