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Do Enterprise SSDs matter?

by Nathaniel Cooper, on Oct 8, 2019 9:03:37 AM

Lots of manufactures make solid state drives, and whether you use Mac or Windows, the slowest SSD is still faster than the fastest Hard Drive.

But if you look at many of the top SSD manufacturers like Samsung and Seagate, many of them offer enterprise SSDs.  So is it worth the upgrade for video editing?

In most cases, no.

The video editing world has long relied on enterprise class hard drives.  But what does that even mean?  In most cases it means

  1. More testing (so fewer failures)
  2. Longer Warranties
  3. 12G SAS based connectivity

Most of these things don't really apply in the SSD world.  Here's why.

More testing.  This was critical in 2005, today, not so much.  The failure rates of standard vs enterprise drives are not very different in 2019.

Longer warranties.  SSDs last longer.  Even so, most SSDs have a 5 year warranty.

12G SAS.  This is an interesting one.  When using standard hard drives SAS is critical because it allows concurrent reads and writes. 

With SSDs reads and writes happening so fast, manufactures are able to use lower cost SATA connections without any effect in performance.

There are other factors to look at with SSDs like TB Written, which is a spec unique to SSDs.

That said, in the video production world, when working as part of a RAID set there is no performance benefit to enterprise class SSDs than standard SSDs.


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