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1TB Samsung EVO 870 SATA 6 Gb/s for Sample Streaming
Last post Thu, Sep 16 2021 by Bill, 5 replies.
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Posted on Mon, Sep 13 2021 18:38
by BenJones
Joined on Sun, May 31 2020, Posts 6

Hi VSL and Hardware Experts, 

today a have bought a 1TB  Samsung EVO 870 SATA 6 Gb/s for my Sample Libraries. But now I am unsure and confused whether buying two 500GB SSDs would have been the better decision. 

If I were to distribute my sample libraries on two 500 GB SSDs (Strings and Brass on one and Woodwinds and Percussion on the other), I would have twice the transfer speed and would have less of a bottleneck effect. 

Does the difference between one 1TB SSD and two 500GB SDD matter at all?

What do you think about reading speed and bottleneck effect with 1TB SSD in comparison? Does it make sense to return the 1TB SSD and buy two 500Gb SSDs instead?

 

Best Regards

Benjamin

Posted on Mon, Sep 13 2021 23:03
by Ben
Joined on Sat, Mar 06 2021, Los Angeles, Posts 88

Hi Benjamin!

In practice this will make almost no difference, as in most cases the drives will share the same lanes to the CPU / RAM.
In contrary the larger SSD often comes with a better memory controller + more internal RAM, increasing write speeds and decreasing tear and latency.

Best, Ben

Ben @VSL
Posted on Thu, Sep 16 2021 08:25
by BenJones
Joined on Sun, May 31 2020, Posts 6

Hey Ben, 

thank you for your answer on my topic. From your answer I come to the conclusion that it might be a good idea to use 2 x 1TB SSDs, but only put 500GB on each one. But that would be quite a waste, wouldn't it?

Posted on Thu, Sep 16 2021 16:13
by Ben
Joined on Sat, Mar 06 2021, Los Angeles, Posts 88

You can use the full capacity of the  SSDs (as long as it is for sample streaming).

Ben @VSL
Posted on Thu, Sep 16 2021 17:09
by Bill
Joined on Fri, Sep 23 2005, Berkshires, MA, Posts 1042

What ever drive you buy now, in a year you'll wish you got a larger one. I'm sure I'm not the only one with 255GB and 125GB drives sitting in my drawer.

I use one of these now, so I can swap in old drives with less often used libraries:

https://www.newegg.com/icy-dock-mb324sp-b/p/N82E16817994181?Item=9SIA0ZX4685921

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