What SSD, HDD, and storage to buy? A 2018 black Friday buyer’s guide

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Right now is a great to buy storage for your PC. Not only are SSDs and other drives more affordable than ever, but we’re seeing newer technology hit this space. Let’s check out the deals:

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Fast SSDs with great gaming performance

Samsung 860 Evo

WD Blue 3D NAND

Fast SSDS with great all-around performance

Samsung 970 Evo

Huge storage space with SSD-like performance

Hitatchi UltraStar + Intel Optane

If you are sick of giving up performance for storage capacity, you could go with this combination of components. A huge, traditional HDD with an Intel Optane memory accelerator. This is a great combination if you spend a lot of time in the same games because the Optane memory learns to load the same data faster over time. So if you’re playing the same level multiple times in a multiplayer shooter, it could end up loading as fast or faster than an SSD.

Here’s an affordable setup that I like (keep in mind you need to pair the Optane with an HDD to get the speed and capacity improvement):

Source: VentureBeat

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