The best SSDs by 2020
switching to a solid state drive is the best upgrade for your PC. To speed up these wonderful devices to extinguish long boot times, how fast your programs and games, and generally makes your computer feel almost. But not all solid state drives are the same. The best SSDs offer solid performance at an affordable price, if price is no object, face-meltingly fast read and write speed.
a Lot of SSDs come in the 2.5-inch form factor and the communication with the PC via the same SATA-port, the traditional hard drives. But on the bleeding-edge of NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) drives, you will find small “gumstick” SSDs can fit in the M. 2 ports on modern motherboards, SSDs, sitting on a PCIe adapter and slot in your motherboard, like a graphics card or sound card, futuristic 3D-Xpoint-drives, and more. Picking the perfect SSD is not as easy as it can be used.
that’s where this guide comes in. We have tested numerous drives, the best SSD for each use case. Let us have a look at PCWorld, take the top picks, and then immerse yourself in what you are looking for in a SSD. Short note: This presentation only covers internal solid-state drives. Check out PCWorld’s guide to the best external hard drives if you are looking for a portable storage solution.
Updated April 28, 2020 , the PNY XLR8 CS3030 to our NVMe and Feuilletons, and update prices throughout.
Latest SSD news
- a New PCI-E 4.0 drives are coming out now that the AMD Ryzen 3000-series introduced processors and X570 boards, the support for the cutting-edge interface. The latest comes from Kingmax, the Zeus PX4480 SSDs are available now in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB configurations, per Anandtech. These extremely fast SSDs are designed for up to 5000MB/s sequential read speed and 4000MB/s sequential write, but, in contrast to the other PCI-E 4.0 SSDs relying on Phison s PS5016-E16 controllers, you don’t pack a built-in heat sink. We cover PCI-E 4.0 SSDs in our “fastest SSD” section.
- direct storage—the backbone of the Xbox series X-ultra-rapid-storage-technology—comes to Windows…eventually. Microsoft has not yet divas deep into what is direct storage itself, but in the Xbox series the X “Velocity Storage” looks very impressive indeed.
- Our current review is a SSD in a more portable form. The Ultimate X8 Portable SSD is a cost-effective alternative to Samsung’s T5 and Sandisk Ultra Portable, but, because it is not slowing down dramatically during long writes, it is a good choice for video or other data-intensive work. Again, take a look at our guide to the best external hard drives for more info on the portable SSD landscape.
Best SSD for most people
Samsung’s mainstream EVO series of SSDs has sat on our highly recommended list ever since 2014, and the current Samsung 860 EVO is still a good option for people who want a solid blend of speed, price, compatibility, and reliability of Samsung, the 5-year warranty and the excellent mage-management-software. But for the first time in recent memory, the king, was thrown, and from a newcomer that is not really new.
Most people would be better off in the SK Hynix Gold S31 buying. It is not only the fastest SATA SSDs we’ve ever tested, but the price is also right. At $46 for a 250 GB hard drive or $64 for a 500-GB drive, the Gold S31 cost much less than Samsung’s line, the fees are $90 for a 500 GB model. “When all is and done 48GB copies have been told in the real world, the Gold S31 proved to be the fastest drive that we call ever tested for sustained read and write operations,” our check out. Enough said.
Well, maybe not. We talk a little about the brand itself, since SK Hynix (no Hyundai) is exactly a household name. In spite of that, it is one of the largest semiconductor manufacturer on the planet. The company has been developing NAND and controller technology, since the get-go, and while it’s already the SSD manufacturer for many large computer manufacturers, it generally has not taken a place on the shelves. Now it has, and the results are sterling.
see If you need greater capacity, though, is still to the Samsung 860 EVO, which is available in 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB models are as good, if steep premiums. SK Hynix was also a 1 TB version of the Gold-S31 for around $110, but it is not currently available.
Best budget SSD
Now, the traditional multi-level-cell (MLC) and triple level cell (TLC) solid-state drives are plummeting in price, the manufacturer rolled out a new look quad level cell (QLC) push-drives, the SSD prices even lower. The new technology allows the drive-maker stuff SSDs with hard disk-such as the levels of capacity and at the same time is near to come, juicy SSD speeds that we all love so much—most of the time. The first round of the QLC-drives, including the still excellent Samsung 860 QVO, saw its write speeds plummet to the disk-like layers, if you dozens of gigabytes of data in one go.
The Addlink S22 QLC SSD does not suffer the same fate. While in conventional TLC-SSDs (like the one already in our “best SSDs for the most people” – section) which still hold a speed edge against QLC-drives, the Addlink S22 is no slouch, and it is dirt cheap for a SSD, at only $67 for the 512 GB or $104 for a 1 TB. Ridiculous—but it is worth noting that SK Hynix Gold S31, it is now for about the same low rate.
If you do not plan to move large amounts of data at once, and take up more space, the Samsung 860 QVO is still a good option. It is actually a Tick faster than Addlink ‘ s SSD. But it is also more expensive, at $128 for 1 TB, $ 250 for 2 TB, or $480 for 5 TB on Amazon. Lower capacity is not offered.
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Best of NVMe SSD
If the performance is in the foreground, Samsung 970 Per or Seagate FireCuda 510 the fastest NVMe SSDs that you can buy—but most people should buy the Western Digital Blue SN550 NVMe SSD.
WD, the SSD is not the greatest NVMe drive, nor is it very is mentioned as fast as the alternatives. But it costs much, much less. In spite of its entry-level price—$55 for 250 GB, $70 for 500GB or $110 for the 1 TB WD Blue SN550 runs circles around other bargain NVMe drives and drops in the immediate vicinity of the performance of these high-priced enthusiast options. It is a well-known, established brand with a good track record for reliability, too, and comes with a more-than-average five-year warranty.
If you want just a little bit more performance, the Addlink S70 NVMe SSD is another stellar option, earn our Editors’ Choice award. We are a bit dear, its performance on the WD drive, but Addlink the SSDs now cost more than its rival’s rises after the receipt of the price, and the WD Blue SN550 the performance is more than enough for any computer user. Addlink is not as well known as WD, but also offers a 5-year warranty on the hard drive.
The PNY XLR8 CS 3030 is another good option, offers fast performance at a good price. It is bogged down, during a particularly long writes, but, even though it should be excellent
If performance is paramount, and the price is no object, Intel Optane SSD 905P is the best SSD you can buy, period. The drive not with a conventional NAND technology, like other SSDs, but it is built to the futuristic 3D-Xpoint-technology of Micron and Intel. Hit the link if you are a tech deep dive, but in practice, the Optane SSD 900P absolutely plows through our storage benchmarks, and wears a ridiculous 8,750 TBW (terabytes written) rating compared to the coarse 200TBW offered by many NAND SSDs. If this is true, is this drive fast to, is basically immortal, and it looks damn good.
But you have to pay for the privilege of bleeding-edge performance. Intel Optane SSD 905P cost $600 for 480GB version and $1,130 for a 1.5 TB model, with several additional options available in both the US-2 and PCI-E add-in-card form-factors. This is significantly more expensive, as well as NVMe—SSDs-and how those, which has the advantages of the Intel SSD are the most obvious to people who move large amounts of data to them on a regular basis. And the Optane SSD 900P actually uses the NVMe Protocol for communication with your PC, so you will need to boot some additional criteria in order to be able, the more we will treat it.
The step-down Intel Optane SSD 900P is like a miniature version of the 905P, even conventional SSDs beat (albeit with a smaller margin) in the case of lower capacities, and prices—although at $390 for a 280GB version and $599 for a 480GB model, it is still dramatically more expensive than most of the NVMe drives.
the extremely fast PCIe-4.0-SSDs are available now, that AMD is superb Ryzen 3000-series processors supports the cutting-edge technology. You will also need a high-end AMD-X570 motherboard. They promise much faster speeds than the traditional PCIe 4.0 SSDs, which are mentioned here, but early reviews show, and you only see the material benefits when moving huge files in the real world. Our PCIe-4.0-primer explains it all.
Corsair, Gigabyte, and Sabrent the first PCIe 4.0 SSDs rolled available, all of which are of a similar performance of the 1 TB models for around $200. We still have to check out the of them yourself, however.
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Released on Tue, 28. Apr 2020 14:38:00 +0000