4 reasons why you should upgrade your PC with the high-capacity SSD.

Although consumer NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) SSDs started as a premium, low-capacity storage solution for your OS and essential applications, the benefits of faster storage for a variety of workloads have spurred both the adoption and demands for higher capacity, high-speed storage options. For consumers who have lived the switch from an HDD (Hard Disk Drive) to an SSD (Solid State Drive), the idea of an 8TB NVMe SSD in an M.2 form factor is bound to be mind-boggling.

Now, things are different, and you can find relatively inexpensive SSDs on shelves almost all around the globe. But are there any benefits of opting for higher-capacity SSDs when building a new PC or upgrading one?

Yes. Let’s go over some of them!

Benefits of Higher Capacity SSDs
Besides the obvious benefits of ‘more space’ for your data, high-capacity NVMe SSDs can offer several other key advantages (a longer lifespan, for example).

Improved Efficiency and Performance
A higher-capacity NVMe SSD allows you to store everything you use without being forced to pick. In addition to allowing fast access to all your data, it enables seamless multitasking between different tasks.

Your applications load faster, your PC boots more quickly, your system is far more fluid and responsive, and tasks like file transfers are completed in a flash (no pun intended).

What’s more, a larger SSD even helps with your SSD speeds. The closer to full capacity an SSD gets past a certain point, the slower it becomes (some modern SSDs include a feature called overprovisioning, which mitigates this issue). So, a higher-capacity drive allows you to leave ample free space for peak performance.

Longer Lifespans

Larger SSDs last longer than their identical, but lower-capacity counterparts. It sounds bizarre, but there’s an explanation for this behavior. The life of flash memory like NVMe SSDs is based on how many times data was written to it, i.e., every block (or cell) can only be erased a certain number of times before it dies.

SSD manufacturers include features like wear leveling and trim support that serve to extend the life of modern SSDs. While the former tries to erase and write to all the cells evenly to minimize wear, the latter allows an Operating System to communicate unused (or deleted) data to an SSD.

Wear leveling and trim Support: Extending high-capacity SSD lifespan.

A higher capacity helps a modern SSD last even longer as it has more cells to write to and erase. Features like Wear Leveling further extend the life of a higher-capacity NVMe SSD as it’ll ensure all cells are wearing down evenly and has more cells to wear down.

Buying smaller SSDs inevitably eats into those valuable M.2 slots on your motherboard. If you’re not on the most powerful platforms on the market today, chances are, you have 2-3 M.2 slots available to you.