What is data compression?
Data compression is the process of encoding information so that fewer bits have to be stored on the drive.
Is there a performance gain with data compression?
Yes. Data compression via encoding algorithms enables a solid state drive (SSD) to write less data, which in turn yields higher write bandwidth. With a significant amount of data being compressible, performance benefits can be substantial.
|Note||Not all data is compressible, and data compression technology is not always used in an SSD. See the product specification for your Intel® Solid State Drive to get more details about data compression and performance.|
What are some benefits of data compression besides performance?
Data compression reduces write amplification, which can increase the endurance of an SSD.
What are examples of compressible and incompressible data?
- Compressible data: user applications, operating systems, computer utilities, and some computer games.
- Incompressible data: encrypted files, movies, music, pictures, and zipped or compressed files.
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