The 26 Best SSDs (Solid State Drives) For Your Money: February 2015

| February 4, 2015 | (7)

The Best SSDs and Hard Drives For Your Money article has been split in two parts:

- This is the Best Solid State Drives (SSDs) For Your Money article.
- The Best Hard Drives (HDD) For Your Money article can be found here.

Samsung 850 EVO 120GB

The Samsung 850 EVO 120GB SSD, one of the best 120GB SSDs.

SSD FAQ:

If you wondering “Who are SSDs for?”, if you want a quick recap on what a SSD is, why you want one, which size to pick, SSD performance and which SSD brand is the most reliable, I invite you to read our SSD FAQ.

If you have the time to do research… but who does in this busy world?

I do realize that not everyone has the time to read detailed SSD (Solid State Drive) reviews.

This is why I write this guide for you: To help you save your time, sanity and money by letting you know what are the best SSDs at various price points.

Recommended based on:
Hardware Revolution recommendations for 2.5″ SSDs:
Model, Storage capacity, Price: USA / International Shipping
Best Value
Value+Perf., LP
LP + Value
Fastest
Transcend SSD370 128GB: - $63.99 (Amazon) / - $59.99 (B&H)
Samsung 850 EVO 120GB: – $87.12 (Amazon) / – $89.24 (B&H)
ADATA SP610 128GB: $63.59 (Amazon)
Samsung 850 Pro 128GB: - $109.99 (Amazon) / – $114.89 (B&H)
Best Value
Value+Perf., LP
LP + Value
Fastest
2nd Fastest
Transcend SSD370 256GB: - $104.99 (Amazon) / – $104.99 (B&H)
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB: – $117.99 (Amazon)$119.99 (B&H)
ADATA SP610 256GB: $105.59 (Amazon)
Samsung 850 Pro 256GB: – $173.99 (Amazon) / – $179.99 (B&H)
Sandisk Extreme Pro 240GB: – $149.00 (Amazon) / – $149.99 (B&H)
Only Value
Value+Perf., LP
LP + Value
Fastest
2nd Fastest
Transcend SSD370 512GB: - $193.34 (Amazon) / – $219.99 (B&H)
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB: – $237.62 (Amazon) / – $249.00 (B&H)
ADATA SP610 512GB: $209.99 (Amazon)
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB: – $326.99 (Amazon) / – $349.99 (B&H)
Sandisk Extreme Pro 480GB: – $259.99 (Amazon) / – $285.00 (B&H)
#1 Best Value
#2 Best Value
Value+Perf., LP
LP + Value
Fastest
2nd Fastest
Sandisk Ultra II 960GB: - $369.99(Amazon) / – $399.95(B&H)
Transcend SSD370 1024GB: $399.99 (Amazon) / – $449.99(B&H)
Samsung 850 EVO 1000GB: – $449.00 (Amazon) / – $449.99 (B&H)
ADATA SP610 1TB: $429.99 (Amazon)
Samsung 850 Pro 1024GB – $609.99 (Amazon) / – $649.00 (B&H)
Sandisk Extreme Pro 960GB: – $449.99 (Amazon) / – $475.00 (B&H)

How do I pick my recommendations?

Best Value SSD: Best Budget SSD

I recommend the drives that offer the best combination of reliabilitylow-price and performance at a given storage capacity point, in that order.

Best Value + Performance SSD: Best Bang For Your Buck SSD

Higher performance than the value-only recommendations, at a higher price. A great choice if you want a good balance between price and performance.

Low Power (LP): The best SSDs for laptops!

The SSDs with the lowest power usage during idle and heavy workloads, in that order of priority. The best SSD for laptops where a lower power consumption will increase the battery life.

Fastest and 2nd Fastest: Best High-End Performance SSDs / Best SSDs for Workstations

The highest performance at a given storage capacity. #1 is the fastest, with the highest price. #2 is also a high-end SSD, just not as fast as #1, but it’s also priced at a lower price.

mSATA and PCI-Express alternatives: See the rest of the article below

Alternatives based on the mSATA and PCI-Express form factors are suggested below as well.

Keep in mind:

1. This list is based on the best prices from B&H, NewEgg and/or Amazon that I’ve seen on February 5th 2015. Prices and availability change all the time. While I can’t keep up with ever changing prices, I can suggest to you great drives that you won’t regret buying.
2. All prices are based on new drives prices, no used/open box drives are listed; they might be a good deal but come with trade offs such as limited return policy, limited warranty, etc.

The Best 120GB / 128GB SSDs:

The Best Value 128GB $60 SSD:

Transcend SSD370 128GB:

$59.99 at B&H (International Shipping)
- $63.99 (Amazon)

  • Price: $59.99
  • Capacity: 128GB
  • Price per GB: $0.47/GB
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Includes a 2.5″ to 3.5″ bracket adapter? Yes.

Pros:
1. At $59.99, this is the least expensive SSD that I recommend.
2. Despite its low price, it is a very reliable SSD that also offers good performance for an entry-level SSD, outperforming the previously recommended Crucial MX100 as well as the Sandisk Ultra II. It also trades blows with the more expensive Samsung 850 EVO.

Recommended if you want a reliable 128GB SSD with good performance at the lowest price.

Cons:
1. Unfortunately AES 256-bit, TCG Opal 2.0 & IEEE-1667 are not supported for hardware encryption.
2. Its power consumption is also high, making it not necessarily the best choice for laptops if you want a much longer battery life. That said, it has a high power requirement compared to other SSDs, but it will still use less power than a hard drive. So you’ll still get a very slightly longer battery life, just not as much as you would with another SSD.

If these features matter to you, I recommend that you upgrade to one of the alternatives below.

Best SSD under $100:

Samsung 850 EVO 120GB:
Good Performance, Lowest Power Consumption, Encryption support

$87.12 (Amazon)
$89.24 (B&H – International Shipping)

Want higher performance than the Transcend SSD370 SSD, the lowest power consumption and AES 256-bit, TCG Opal 2.0 & IEEE-1667 support? The Samsung 850 EVO 120GB offers all of that.

Versus the Transcend SSD370 128GB, you lose 8GB of storage capacity though.

Best Value 128GB SSD for laptops:

Want an energy-efficient SSD to get a long battery life, but the Samsung 850 EVO price is too high for you?

In that case, I recommend the ADATA SP610 128GB: $63.59 (Amazon).

Its performance is lower than the Samsung 850 EVO and Transcend SSD370, but it’s no slouch either and it’s priced accordingly.

Fastest 128GB SSD:

Samsung 850 Pro 128GB

$109.99 (Amazon)
$114.89 (B&H – International Shipping)

  1. Highest performance for a 128GB SSD
  2. Low power consumption
  3. 10 years warranty
  4. AES 256-bit, TCG Opal 2.0 & IEEE-1667 support

Want the best 128GB SSD available on the market?
Then you want the Samsung 850 Pro.

Ideal for workstations, high-end gaming PCs, any demanding workload, any environment where reliability, performance, endurance and/or a long warranty matters.

Best mSATA 120GB SSD:

Samsung 840 EVO 120GB mSATA

If you want a reliable SSD with good performance in the mSATA form factor, the Samsung 840 EVO is the best choice in my opinion.

Good performance, reliable and available in capacities up to 1TB.

$86.11 (Amazon)
- $89.00 (B&H - International Shipping)

The Best 250GB and 256GB SSDs:

The Best Value $100 256GB SSD

Transcend SSD370 256GB

- $104.99 (Amazon)
- $104.99 at B&H (International Shipping)

  • Price: $104.99
  • Capacity: 256GB
  • Price per GB: $0.41/GB
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Includes a 2.5″ to 3.5″ bracket adapter? Yes.

Pros:
1. At $104.99, this is the least expensive 256GB SSD that I recommend.
2. Despite its low price, it is a very reliable SSD that also offers good performance for an entry-level SSD, outperforming the previously recommended Crucial MX100 as well as the Sandisk Ultra II. It also trades blows with the more expensive Samsung 850 EVO.

Recommended if you want a reliable 256GB SSD with good performance at the lowest price.

Cons:
1. Unfortunately AES 256-bit, TCG Opal 2.0 & IEEE-1667 are not supported for hardware encryption.
2. Its power consumption is also high, making it not necessarily the best choice for laptops if you want a much longer battery life. That said, it has a high power requirement compared to other SSDs, but it will still use less power than a hard drive. So you’ll still get a very slightly longer battery life, just not as much as you would with another SSD.

If these features matter to you, I recommend that you upgrade to one of the alternatives below.

Best Bang For Your Buck 250GB SSD:

Higher performance, longer battery life (best 250GB SSD for laptops) and encryption support:
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB

- $117.99 (Amazon)
- $119.99 (B&H – International Shipping)

Want higher performance than the Transcend SSD370 SSD, the lowest power consumption and AES 256-bit, TCG Opal 2.0 & IEEE-1667 support? The Samsung 850 EVO 250GB offers all of that.

Versus the Transcend SSD370 256GB, you lose 6GB of storage capacity though.

Best Value 256GB SSD for laptops:

Want an energy-efficient SSD to get a long battery life, but the Samsung 850 EVO price is too high for you?

In that case, I recommend the ADATA SP610 256GB: $105.59 (Amazon) .

Its performance is lower than the Samsung 850 EVO and Transcend SSD370, but it’s no slouch either and it’s priced accordingly.

Fastest 256GB SSD:

Samsung XP941 256GB PCIe 2.0 x4 M.2 SSD

Only recommended if your PC has a M.2 PCIe 3.0 x 4 slot (ASUS Maximus VII/ASRock Z97 Extreme6 / Extreme6/ac / Extreme9 for Z97 chipset or most X99 motherboards). Z97 boards equipped with a M.2 device slot compliant with PCIe 2.0/3.0 x 2 will limit this SSD to a maximum sequential read speed of about 800 MB/s, thereby bottlenecking this SSD slightly, but it will be still faster than any SATA based SSD.

Higher performance than any SATA-based SSD, with the following specs: Sequential Read: 1080MB/s, Sequential Write: 800 MB/s, Random Read (QD=32): 120K IOPS, Random Write (QD=32): 60K IOPS.

Bootable on Z97 and X99 motherboards.

If nothing but the highest performance will do for you, the $259.99 – Samsung XP941 256GB is the way to go!

Ideal for workstations, high-end gaming PCs, any demanding workload, any environment where reliability, performance, endurance and/or a long warranty matters.

Fastest 2.5″ 256GB SATA SSD:

Samsung 850 Pro 256GB

- $173.99 (Amazon)
- $179.99 (B&H – International Shipping)

  1. Highest performance for 2.5″ SATA SSDs
  2. Low power consumption
  3. 10 years warranty
  4. AES 256-bit, TCG Opal 2.0 & IEEE-1667 support

Want the best 256GB 2.5″ SSD available on the market?
Then you want the Samsung 850 Pro.

Ideal for workstations, high-end gaming PCs, any demanding workload, any environment where reliability, performance, endurance and/or a long warranty matters.

Best $150 SSD: 2nd Fastest Performance for a 2.5″ SSD:

Sandisk Extreme Pro 240GB:

$149.00 (Amazon)
- $149.99 (B&H – International Shipping)

The Sandisk Extreme Pro doesn’t quite match the Samsung 850 Pro in performance but it is faster than the Samsung 850 EVO and it is considered a high-end SSD.

Available for a lower price than the Samsung 850 Pro and you get a 10 years warranty.

Ideal if you higher performance and/or a longer warranty than the Samsung 850 EVO, but aren’t ready to pay the price for the Samsung 850 Pro.

Best mSATA 250GB SSD:

Samsung 840 EVO 250GB mSATA

If you want a reliable SSD with good performance in the mSATA form factor, the Samsung 840 EVO is the best choice in my opinion. Good performance, reliable and available in capacities up to 1TB.
- $135.99 (Amazon)
- $129.92 (B&H – International Shipping)

The Best 500GB and 512GB SSDs:

The Best Value under $200 512GB SSD:

Transcend SSD370 512GB

- $193.34 (Amazon)
- $219.99 at B&H (International Shipping)

  • Price: $193.34
  • Capacity: 512GB
  • Price per GB: $0.38/GB
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Includes a 2.5″ to 3.5″ bracket adapter? Yes.

Pros:
1. At $193.34 this is the least expensive 512GB SSD that I recommend.
2. Despite its low price, it is a very reliable SSD that also offers good performance for an entry-level SSD, outperforming the previously recommended Crucial MX100 as well as the Sandisk Ultra II. It also trades blows with the more expensive Samsung 850 EVO.

Recommended if you want a reliable 512GB SSD with good performance at the lowest price.

Cons:
1. Unfortunately AES 256-bit, TCG Opal 2.0 & IEEE-1667 are not supported for hardware encryption.
2. Its power consumption is also high, making it not necessarily the best choice for laptops if you want a much longer battery life. That said, it has a high power requirement compared to other SSDs, but it will still use less power than a hard drive. So you’ll still get a very slightly longer battery life, just not as much as you would with another SSD.

If these features matter to you, I recommend that you upgrade to one of the alternatives below.

Best Bang For Your Buck 500GB SSD:

Higher performance, longer battery life (best 500GB SSD for laptops) and encryption support:

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB

$237.62 (Amazon)
- $249.00 (B&H – International Shipping)

Want higher performance than the Transcend SSD370 SSD, the lowest power consumption and AES 256-bit, TCG Opal 2.0 & IEEE-1667 support? The Samsung 850 EVO 250GB offers all of that.

Versus the Transcend SSD370 512GB, you lose 12GB of storage capacity though.

Best Value 512GB SSD for laptops:

Want an energy-efficient SSD to get a long battery life, but the Samsung 850 EVO price is too high for you?

In that case, I recommend the ADATA SP610 512GB: $209.99 (Amazon) .

Its performance is lower than the Samsung 850 EVO and Transcend SSD370, but it’s no slouch either and it’s priced accordingly.

Fastest 512GB SSD:

Samsung XP941 512GB PCIe 2.0 x4 M.2 SSD

Only recommended if your PC has a M.2 PCIe 3.0 x 4 slot (ASUS Maximus VII/ASRock Z97 Extreme6 / Extreme6/ac / Extreme9 for Z97 chipset or most X99 motherboards). Z97 boards equipped with a M.2 device slot compliant with PCIe 2.0/3.0 x 2 will limit this SSD to a maximum sequential read speed of about 800 MB/s, thereby bottlenecking this SSD slightly, but it will be still faster than any SATA based SSD.

Higher performance than any SATA-based SSD, with the following specs: Sequential Read: 1170MB/s, Sequential Write: 930 MB/s, Random Read (QD=32): 122K IOPS, Random Write (QD=32): 72K IOPS.

Bootable on Z97 and X99 motherboards.

If nothing but the highest performance will do for you, the $509.99 – Samsung XP941 512GB is the way to go!

Ideal for workstations, high-end gaming PCs, any demanding workload, any environment where reliability, performance, endurance and/or a long warranty matters.

Fastest 2.5″ 512GB SATA SSD:

Samsung 850 Pro 512GB

- $326.99 (Amazon)
- $349.99 (B&H – International Shipping)

  1. Highest performance for 2.5″ SATA SSDs
  2. Low power consumption
  3. 10 years warranty
  4. AES 256-bit, TCG Opal 2.0 & IEEE-1667 support

Want the best 512GB 2.5″ SSD available on the market?
Then you want the Samsung 850 Pro.

Ideal for workstations, high-end gaming PCs, any demanding workload, any environment where reliability, performance, endurance and/or a long warranty matters.

Best $250 SSD: 2nd Fastest 2.5″ SSD:

Sandisk Extreme Pro 480GB:

$259.99 (Amazon)
$285.00 (B&H)

The Sandisk Extreme Pro doesn’t quite match the Samsung 850 Pro in performance but it is faster than the Samsung 850 EVO and it is considered a high-end SSD.

Available for a lower price than the Samsung 850 Pro and you get a 10 years warranty.

Ideal if you higher performance and/or a longer warranty than the Samsung 850 EVO, but aren’t ready to pay the price for the Samsung 850 Pro.

Best 500GB mSATA SSD:

Samsung 840 EVO 500GB mSATA

If you want a reliable SSD with good performance in the mSATA form factor, the Samsung 840 EVO is the best choice in my opinion. Good performance, reliable and available in capacities up to 1TB.

- $219.99 (Amazon)
- $241.91 (B&H - International Shipping)

The Best 960GB, 1000GB and 1024GB (1TB) SSDs:

#1 Best Value:
Sandisk Ultra II 960GB

- $369.99 (Amazon)
- $399.95 (B&H – International Shipping)

  • Price: $369.99
  • Capacity: 960GB
  • Price per GB: $0.39/GB
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Includes a 2.5″ to 3.5″ bracket adapter? No.

Pros:
1. At $369.99 this is the least expensive 960B SSD that I recommend.
2. Despite its low price, it is a very reliable SSD that also offers good performance for an entry-level SSD.

Recommended if you want a reliable 960GB SSD with good performance at the lowest price.

Cons:
1. Unfortunately AES 256-bit, TCG Opal 2.0 & IEEE-1667 are not supported for hardware encryption.
2. Its power consumption is also high, making it not necessarily the best choice for laptops if you want a much longer battery life. That said, it has a high power requirement compared to other SSDs, but it will still use less power than a hard drive. So you’ll still get a very slightly longer battery life, just not as much as you would with another SSD.

If these features matter to you, I recommend that you upgrade to one of the alternatives below.

#2 Best Value:
Transcend SSD370 1024GB

- $399.99 (Amazon)
- $449.99 (B&H – International Shipping)

  • Price: $399.99
  • Capacity: 1024GB
  • Price per GB: $0.39/GB
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Includes a 2.5″ to 3.5″ bracket adapter? Yes.

Pros:
1. At $399.99 this is the least expensive 1024GB SSD that I recommend.
2. Despite its low price, it is a very reliable SSD that also offers good performance for an entry-level SSD, outperforming the Sandisk Ultra II above. It also trades blows with the more expensive Samsung 850 EVO.

Recommended if you want a reliable 1024GB SSD with good performance at the lowest price.

Cons:
1. Unfortunately AES 256-bit, TCG Opal 2.0 & IEEE-1667 are not supported for hardware encryption.
2. Its power consumption is also high, making it not necessarily the best choice for laptops if you want a much longer battery life. That said, it has a high power requirement compared to other SSDs, but it will still use less power than a hard drive. So you’ll still get a very slightly longer battery life, just not as much as you would with another SSD.

If these features matter to you, I recommend that you upgrade to one of the alternatives below.

Best Bang For Your Buck 1TB SSD:

Higher performance, longer battery life (best 1TB SSD for laptops) and encryption support:

Samsung 850 EVO 1TB (1000GB)

- $449.00 (Amazon)
- $449.99 (B&H – International Shipping)

Want higher performance than the Transcend SSD370 SSD, the lowest power consumption and AES 256-bit, TCG Opal 2.0 & IEEE-1667 support? The Samsung 850 EVO 250GB offers all of that.

Versus the Transcend SSD370 1024GB, you lose 24GB of storage capacity though. Versus the Sandisk Ultra II 960GB, you gain 40GB of storage capacity.

Best Value 1TB SSD for laptops:

Want an energy-efficient SSD to get a long battery life, but the Samsung 850 EVO price is too high for you?

In that case, I recommend the ADATA SP610 1TB: $429.99 (Amazon) .

Its performance is lower than the Samsung 850 EVO and Transcend SSD370, but it’s no slouch either and it’s priced accordingly.

Fastest 1TB SSD:

Samsung 850 Pro 1TB (1024GB)

- $609.99 (Amazon)
- $649.00 (B&H – International Shipping)

  1. Highest performance for 2.5″ SATA SSDs
  2. Low power consumption
  3. 10 years warranty
  4. AES 256-bit, TCG Opal 2.0 & IEEE-1667 support

Want the best 1TB SSD available on the market?
Then you want the Samsung 850 Pro.

Ideal for workstations, high-end gaming PCs, any demanding workload, any environment where reliability, performance, endurance and/or a long warranty matters.

2nd fastest 1TB SSD:

Sandisk Extreme Pro 960GB:

- $449.99 (Amazon)
- $475.00 (B&H – International Shipping)

The Sandisk Extreme Pro doesn’t quite match the Samsung 850 Pro in performance but it is faster than the Samsung 850 EVO and it is considered a high-end SSD.

Available for a lower price than the Samsung 850 Pro and you get a 10 years warranty.

Ideal if you higher performance and/or a longer warranty than the Samsung 850 EVO, but aren’t ready to pay the price for the Samsung 850 Pro.

Best 1TB mSATA SSD:

Samsung 840 EVO 1TB mSATA

If you want a reliable SSD with good performance in the mSATA form factor, the Samsung 840 EVO is the best choice in my opinion. Good performance, reliable and available in capacities up to 1TB.

- $444.64 (Amazon)
- $449.99 (B&H - International Shipping)

Updating the SSD firmware

Recommended to get the latest bug fixes and the best performance possible out of your SSD.

The Samsung 840 EVO has had a firmware update launched recently, to fix a bug that affected read performance. Your data is not at risk. The firmware can be applied without destroying any data.

Samsung calls it the “Samsung SSD 840 EVO Performance Restoration Software”. You can download it and read the instructions from this page on Samsung’s website. It’s a simple but slightly lengthy process.

When you start using your SSD
I strongly urge you to double-check for an update to the SSD’s firmware, in order to get the latest bug fixes and the best performance. Make sure to read the instructions available on each update page, in order to understand how to properly update the firmware.

Some SSDs have newer firmware available than the one that they are shipped with, so make sure to double-check your SSD’s firmware version and to update it if’s not the latest.

If you update your SSD’s firmware after starting to use it, make sure to backup your data beforehand, as something could go wrong during the update process and you could lose the data on the SSD.

If you have questions regarding firmware updates, contact the manufacturer or visit their support forums.

To find the latest firmware for your SSD, simply visit the manufacturer’s website, find your SSD and look for the latest firmware. Instructions on how to update the firmware should be found on the same page, or in a link to a .pdf file.

Conclusion

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this latest edition of The Best SSDs (Solid State Drives) For Your Money.

If you have a question, I invite you to leave a comment or to ask it on Hardware Revolution’s forums!

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About Mathieu Bourgie: HR Founder - Computer expert with over 14 years of experience in building, fixing and modifying PCs. Over the years, I’ve developed a passion for PC hardware and now I enjoy helping others build their own PCs! In April 2008, I launched Hardware Revolution and ... Read more at my about page .

  • Todd

    Why no mention of PNYs optima SSDs?

    • https://www.facebook.com/Mathieu.HR MathieuB

      1. Poor reliability
      2. They run hot
      3. Copied this from an Amazon review: A blog post at Tweaktown detailed PNY’s fraudulent behavior on the manufacturing of the Optima. The company advertised performance levels achieved with a Silicon Motion controller. After the reviews have gone out, PNY quietly switched to a SanForce controller for production – the device had lower benchmarks and performance figures. When Tweaktown inquired, PNY confessed: “Yes we did ship some Optima SSD’s with SandForce controllers, but only if they meet the minimum advertised performance levels (in most of the benchmark tests, LSI controllers outperform SMI controllers).”
      4. People complaining about not getting mail-in rebates.

      • Todd

        All 8 of mine all work fine. What does running hot have anything to do with anything? Who cares if they switched or not? Go benchmark the living crap out of your SSD to make yourself feel like that extra 50MB you gain is worth the extra $60 over a cheap PNY.

        • https://www.facebook.com/Mathieu.HR MathieuB

          Todd,

          I’m glad to hear that your 8 SSDs work fine, that’s always what you want after all: Working, reliable products.

          That said, when 15 out of 70 customer reviews on Amazon are 1-star ratings, 44% are 1-egg review (480GB model) on Newegg and 21% are 1-egg review (240GB model) on Newegg, I cannot possibly recommend a product with such poor overall reliability.

          After all, I want everyone to have a good experience with the products that I recommend. Clearly in this case, way too many people had a terrible experience with PNY Optima SSDs.

          As I said above: I’m happy that your 8 SSDs are working fine, but I cannot base myself solely on your experience for my recommendations, I must have a broader look at the overall reviews.

          I and most people care that they switched controller: It’s poor business practice to advertise a product with specific specifications and sell something different while not saying that the product changed. Bait & switch is a terrible way to run business and it doesn’t inspire confidence in that company.

          Extra $60? The Transcend SSD is $10 more for 500GB vs 480GB for PNY.

          Simply put: I won’t recommend a product that I wouldn’t buy myself and in this case, I would clearly not buy a PNY Optima SSD, hence why I don’t recommend it. Especially when you can have a vastly superior product (higher performance and more reliable) for hardly more money.

          I hope that this clears it up,
          Mathieu

  • Jonathan

    The Transcend drives have lower prices on Amazon now then you listed – 96.21 for 250 and 181.17 for 500.

    Also, when you say they have high power requirements – how do they compare with a standard 5400 RPM drive?

    • https://www.facebook.com/Mathieu.HR MathieuB

      Jonathan,

      Prices change everyday, or even several times a day, I cannot possibly keep up.

      If the price on the Transcend drives is lower, that’s an even better deal!

      They have high power requirements compared to other SSDs, but they still use less power than a hard drive. So you’ll still get a very slightly longer battery life, just not as much as you would with another SSD.

  • How_delightful

    SSD`s for home users?

    128Gb 840Pro runs great in my (2009) i7 laptop.
    250Gb 840 Evo runs great on this (2013 i7 Haswell) Desktop (after the firmware update). Tried an SSD (size) upgrade; but noticed the Samsung software would not let me clone from my Samsung SSD to a 512Gb Crucial M550 SSD using the Samsung software !!! RANT… RANT…. RANT..
    In fact my Hard-Drive clone box refused to let the Crucial Boot up after cloning the Samsung SSD to the Crucial Drive. Something in Samsung software will not allow other drives to work with them. So it looks like they want you to stick to their brand… like Apple? (I even tried uninstalling Samsung Magician software and a re-clone to no avail)…

    120Gb 840 Evo runs great in my (2007) Core Duo Laptop (which has a spare drive bay with a 1Gb spinning-drive also).
    512Gb Crucial M550 now runs in my (2006) Athlon64 (x2) Olde Desktop (SATA1) Runs very slowly compared to what an SSD should run. Combined score of 147 (not over 1,000 as a modern PC does). But only the Crucial SSD worked with my SATA1/IDE Motherboard. Its more `backwards compatible` than so many others.

    Will probably put a Samsung 850Evo (500Gb) in the Haswell i7 this week, and put the 250Evo in my young uns weakish newish laptop (with its standard spinning drive).

    SSD`s are in fashion.