The storage debate is a recurring theme when it comes to determining the components of a team, especially for players, who see how their bookstores easily devour their disc space in a world in which Big triple-As surpass the 30GB with nowadays . The options for these users tend to revolve around a high capacity HDD, but very limited speed and a fast SSD, but with less space for installations. The balance has been balanced in recent years, but the struggle to regulate the prices of the components used to manufacture solid disks have opened the way to a scenario in which acquiring this type of storage is increasingly accessible.
The advantages of this storage with respect to the traditional mechanical discs go beyond the speed of reading and writing with which they are usually associated, since it is a silent component, with a low and very small size with with respect to a common HDD, which is also presented in different formats, such as the extended SATA with 3.5mm sizes, the SSDs connected via PCI ports or the M.2 format so common today.
Until now, the only point in favor of buying an HDD was the value of the price per gigabyte obtained which, added to its little interchange in the performance of our teams when playing, made the SSD a less attractive option. With current prices, the latter is the most attractive option for the general public. Or this would be the conclusion of no hybrid proposals, such as Intel Optane or StoreMi of the AMD boards. We have talked about the qualities of both technologies quickly in a report, but as a small reminder, both accelerate the speed of one of our discs taking advantage of a faster secondary memory to act as a fast access cache, in the case of Intel Optane it is the product of the same name and for StoreMi any compatible SSD storage.
In the tests we have done, you can see how both Intel Optane and StoreMy do a good job of accelerating the speed of our hard drive external, but hardly surpass or equal to a common SSD by itself, considering that for both cases you have to buy an extra memory the possible savings of the combination HDD + technology to accelerate the reading is significantly reduced. The only advantage that the combination can offer is a wider storage, but it just does not justify the difference in price and the possible compatibility problems that we have with both technologies, especially considering that the use of Optane as an accelerator is limited to Intel 7th generation processors and StoreMi is only compatible with motherboards with the 4XX chipset for AMD processors.
Taking into account the various advantages of SSDs over traditional drives and their current market price, we can only recommend the use of this type of storage for all those who do not need a huge amount of space on their equipment .