The Ultimate RGB Build: The Hardware

The Storage

Zotac 10 Year Anniversary Sonix 480GBReviewBuy on Amazon
Zotac 10 Year Anniversary Sonix 480GBWhen compiling a list of parts for this build the first thing I thought was, “What SSD has RGBs?”. There was only one that I knew of which was the Zotac 10 Year Anniversary Sonix PCI-Express solid state drive. The Zotac logo on the back of it opens up the RGB lighting and looks pretty awesome! On top of that this drive has some serious speed with sequential read and write speed of up to 2800 MB/s and 1800 MB/s respectively. So this was the obvious choice for our OS drive.

Patriot Hellfire PCIe M.2ReviewBuy on Amazon
Patriot Hellfire PCIe M.2Since we have more than one available M.2 slot on the board we definitely wanted to fill them! We’ve taken a look at a lot of PCIe M.2 drives over the past year, but we really liked the Patriot Hillfire. It is one of the only Phison E7-based M.2 solid state drives that did not have an overheating problem in our testing. It also has very fast speeds of 3000 MB/s read and 2400 MB/s write. Patriot sent us over a 480 GB and and 240GB, so we are either going to use the larger drive for games and the smaller one for an Adobe Premier scratch disk, or we will use both for scratch disks.

Crucial MX 300ReviewBuy on Amazon
Crucial MX 300To round our storage we needed some high capacity drives. We thought about just getting traditional hard drives, but c’mon this is 2017 we are going all SSD on this build! We decided on two Crucial MX 300 solid state drives. These are still very fast in their own right with read and write speeds of 530 MB/s and 510 MB/s respectively. These will be used for media storage and possibly a game drive as well.

That rounds out storage, check out the next page to see what we are going to do about cooling!

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