Good afternoon all, hope you’re having a good week so far. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Product Spotlight pieces we post to the blog, we essentially just like to post once a week, usually on a Thursday afternoon, to talk about something that one of us in the office has bought in the last week or two and genuinely recommends.
This week’s spotlit product is Corsair’s SSD Extreme X32. It’s a 32GB, 2.5” drive, so it’ll fit quite happily into just about any reasonably modern notebook. It’s also got no moving parts, which is absolutely excellent when it comes to durability… if you’re the kind of person who managed to get their notebook into the odd scrape. It could happen the pope, but it’s always nice to have a drive in place that won’t die on you.
The other massive bonus you’ll see from using a solid-state drive is in speed. The Corsair X32 boasts a 300MBps transfer speed, which is significantly faster than just about any standard hard disk. That, coupled with the fact that the lack of moving parts makes for a very quiet drive indeed, is probably the biggest reason for installing an SSD into a desktop.
While many will question getting an SSD for a desktop, you really do see the benefit when it comes to boot time and load times on applications you install to that drive. As long as you’re willing to install your OS on the smaller SSD and keep the majority of your media/games/etc. on a secondary hard drive, there’s no reason not to move over to an SSD in a desktop apart from the cost, which is no longer the prohibitive factor it once was.
Corsair’s X32 will set you back €121, which isn’t bad at all when you consider what you’re getting out of it as a piece of kit. You can check it out here, if you’re at all interested.
The reason we’re highlighting this SSD is because Ryan snapped one up for his own personal PC build, which I’ll see about attaching a picture of his build in its totality, because he’s more than a little pleased with himself for putting it together.
You can check out Ryan’s build for a gaming rig under €1,200 that includes both an SSD and a HDD if you’d like to see more about what you can get out of it.