Up For Debate - How Large is Your SSD Storage in Your Gaming PC?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Nov 3, 2018 4:19 PM

I’m currently on the hunt for an SSD. The bigger the better, obviously. But it’s also meant I’ve been keeping a close eye on the prices, which have practically been in freefall for the last 18 months. Being the penny-pincher I am, I’m wondering just how low they can go.

Back in August 2017, it would’ve cost me $382 for a 1TB WD Blue SSD. For $309 I can now pick up a 2TB SSD today. That same 1TB SSD is now all the way down to $140, almost a third of what cost 14 months ago.

It's pretty much the same story across the board as well. All types of SSD have been becoming much, much more affordable during the past year. An M.2 2TB SSD has dropped from $673 in February this year down to $329 today.

And, to be honest, these price drops still don’t show any signs of slowing. The cost of SSDs and M.2 SSDs is basically falling off a cliff, and I’m sat here wondering when it’s finally the best time to upgrade.

What these massively plummeting prices mean though is an altogether different problem - how big can I go. Earlier this year when I was thinking of picking up a new SSD, 500GB seemed a reasonable goal. For whatever reason, I’ve been sticking with my 2TB SSHD and never taken the plunge on an SSD. But as these prices have dropped, my sights raised to a 1TB drive, and subsequently a 2TB drive. Now we’re talking a drive that would be much, much faster than the one I currently own, and yet I wouldn’t be sacrificing any storage space whatsoever.

From the looks of things though, it seems the days of people getting by on 60GB SSDs for their OS, or 120GB SSDS for a couple of prioritised games, are now long behind us. Which did get me wondering just how big everyone’s SSD storage is right now, and whether everyone’s been upgrading to larger drives these past few months?

So, if you don’t mind sharing, how big is your current total SSD storage, and when did you last upgrade? Get voting and let us know why in the comments section below!

How Large is Your SSD Storage in Your Gaming PC?

What is your fastest storage drive?

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seems the sweet spot is still 240GB.

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13:25 Nov-06-2018

500GB + 1TB m.2 ssds, 3×500GB + 2TB hdds. Currently upgrading rig tho so I am probably going to get rid of all 500gb hdds and get a 4-10tb instead.

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02:28 Nov-06-2018

250gb is the sweet spot, my laptop use 2 m.2, so i got one of those, plan on getting a 1TB+ m.2 ssd when they cheaper.

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20:04 Nov-05-2018

240GB SSD and 1TB HDD, for now it's enough but some games take more than 80gb so I don't know for how long I will have it

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14:59 Nov-05-2018

  • 256MB Samsung PM961 M2 SSD for OS and some Games

  • 500GB Crucial MX500 for Games

  • 2TB FireCuda SSHD for everything else

  • 256 SSD old OS drive now doing nothing and empty :o(

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09:51 Nov-05-2018

I have a 120 Gb SSD for my OS, another 500 Gb SSD for games and 1 Tb HDD for everything else. I think a setup like this is good enough.

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08:24 Nov-05-2018

I have a Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD as my OS/programs drive and WD Red 2012 2TB HDD as my mass storage drive (i know know, why this HDD? Because i didnt know there were differences in drives back when i bought the parts.) I sometimes install games on my SSD when i play them a lot.

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19:41 Nov-04-2018

I only got a 120GB SSD. But with the way windows 7 fluctuates in size I'd rather get a 240gb instead.

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20:19 Nov-04-2018

you can disable hibernation and lower pagefile, if you have 16GB ram, then it can save you around 20GB :)

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17:15 Nov-04-2018

500gb SSD C: drive and 6TB of HDD.


being of an age where I had to load games from cassette am pretty patient, very nice to boot the pc up in 20 seconds though.

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17:14 Nov-04-2018

120GB SSD for OS and Apps ever since 2013 and still see no reason to upgrade. i have so much space.

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12:23 Nov-04-2018

storage amount: 5,5TB
fastest ssd: Pci-e with 3D xpoint.


Mass storage for files: 2x 2TB 850 evo's,
games: 500gb 850 evo and 500gb 970 evo (m.2)
OS and most used programs: 480gb intel 900p (Pci-e, 3D Xpoint)

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12:43 Nov-04-2018

I wonder, do you mirror those mass-storage files on some secondary HDD storage?

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17:42 Nov-04-2018

I use WD Ae HDD (made for cold storage) for mirroring the storage drives.

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15:18 Nov-04-2018

Im assuming youre running all that on a server. What's it for?

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17:41 Nov-04-2018

The mass storage drives mostly consist data like high resolution pictures (average 7.5GB per picture), data files for research, and music database. besides that, the backup of my phone and laptop are stored on those aswell.

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11:42 Nov-04-2018

500gb SSD
500gb HDD
1tb external HDD


Got the SSD over a year ago and its price has since halved. Still glad I got it as total war loading times would have been unbearable without it.

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11:26 Nov-04-2018

0GB SSD
2x1TB WD Blue in Raid 0 configuration (half of the cheap SSD performance)

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10:07 Nov-04-2018

512GB ADATA XPG SX6000 M.2
2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
1TB Western Digital Blue

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09:55 Nov-04-2018

120gb mSata
480gb sata
1Tb Hdd 2.5

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09:25 Nov-04-2018

Still don't own a ssd, tho I do have a Kingston Hyper X 128GB usb that has a ssd controller. Speeds are 250MB/ps which is more than enough for my needs right now.

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10:48 Nov-04-2018

heh nice, I have Corsair GTX 128GB ssd usb stick, true daily workhorse :D

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14:14 Nov-04-2018

It's a lot easier to plug and unplug it to transfer some large folders, than having to do it with an external hdd. That has been my experience at least.

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17:32 Nov-04-2018

exactly :D

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08:01 Nov-04-2018

seems the sweet spot is still 240GB.

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10:26 Nov-04-2018

actually 500GB models offer somewhat best performance, as the internal controller can fully use entire 500GBs (1TB models usually don't get any better performance gain), so it can write data about 1/3 faster than on 250GB models (which are still faster than 120GB models),
for OS + few programs, 240GB is definitely enough though :)

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07:42 Nov-04-2018

64 GB ssd is enough for my pc.

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07:23 Nov-04-2018

A fully SSD system.
1TB split across 1 NVMe and 3 SATA drives.

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04:57 Nov-04-2018

Samsung 850 Evo 250GB OS SSD
ADATA Ultimate SU800 256GB 2nd SSD
Kingston UV400 240GB 3rd SSD
Seagate Desktop 1TB SSHD

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01:33 Nov-04-2018

No ssd, just 2 1tb hdds, I feel like they are not esential, that's why I think I haven't got one yet, yes windows 10 takes more than a minute to load and it takes another minute for the drive to stop being at 100% and until then the PC is extremely unresponsive and slow, but when it's done everything loads at...

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01:38 Nov-04-2018

...perfectly usable speeds, to mitigate this slow booting problem I simply turn on the computer and start doing unrelated stuff away from the desktop so when I come back everything is loaded and perfectly fine speeds, or I just hibernate the PC instead of turning it off, hibernating makes the booting speed really nice.

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07:25 Nov-04-2018

Have you worked with SSDs before?


Many people thinknthat way, until they use an SSD for even a little while.


It's a one way train :D

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14:25 Nov-04-2018

Not really, but I've seen plenty amount of videos, don't worry, my next "disk" buy will be an SSD, I will just wait until prices go down because I don't like the current "price per gb" they have, I will buy a 500gb one once it's arround 40-60€ price, for that price currently you can get 250gb which is too low imo.

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14:57 Nov-04-2018

I was one of the few who wasnt blown away by SSDs. Maybe I’m just really patient. And I use hibernate A LOT. And I keep my PCs clean. I have an 8.5 yr old laptop with no SSD and I dont find it slow at all.
If you can afford SSDs, its a no brainer. But on a tight budget, there are better ways to use that money you save.

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10:51 Nov-04-2018

I thought the same until I got my first SSD, since then I can't stand system lacking SSD as boot drive xD
but it's true it's still the least important hardware component inside PC

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08:04 Nov-04-2018

I also thought that, one minute delay isn't much. But since I upgraded to a SSD 3 months ago, I never go back to those slow things ever. Though HDD are really good for entry level.

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