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2. Best Internal SSDs (this article)
3. Best Internal 2.5″ and 3.5″ Hard Drives

February 2018 Update: What’s new?

1. Samsung launched the 860 Pro and EVO SSDs, the successor to the highly popular Samsung 850 EVO and Pro SSDs. Available in capacities from 250GB to 4TB.
2. Crucial launched the MX500, the successor to the also highly popular Crucial MX300. Available in capacities from 250GB to 2TB.
3. Intel launched the SSD 760p, the successor to the Intel 600p, fixing its predecessor shortfalls.
4. Up to date prices

SSD FAQ: What is a SSD and why do I want one?

Read a quick recap on what a SSD is and why you want one in our SSD FAQ.

What capacity should I pick for my SSD?

Are you asking yourself: How much storage capacity do I need for my computer?

Visit the ‘How to choose the right SSD storage capacity and pay less for your computer‘ article.

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

I know that not everyone has the time to read detailed SSD reviews. This is why I write this guide: To help you save your money, time and sanity by letting you know what are the best SSDs based on what you need.

What are my recommendations based on?

Click on a category to jump to the recommendations.

SATA III SSDs: 2.5″, mSATA and M.2 SATA III SSDs: Lower price and performance

PCI-Express SSDs: Highest performance SSDs, higher price

This is an Worldwide Guide!

Do you live in the USA?

Use Amazon, B&H and Newegg for your purchase.

Do you live outside of the USA?

No problem. B&H offers worldwide shipping.

My recommendations are based on the prices found at Amazon, B&H and Newegg on February 6th 2018.

Prices fluctuate every day, so I recommend that you click on the links and double-check the prices yourself to see if there’s a better deal available.

Best Low Cost SSD:

addlink SSD S10

This is the least expensive SSD that I recommend.

The addlink SSD S10, while offering lower performance than higher-end models, holds it own against other low-cost SSDs.

I recommend this SSD for anyone looking to upgrade their hard drive for higher performance at the lowest cost possible for a SSD.

While it is significantly faster than a hard drive, I don’t recommend it for any kind of intensive workload.

It’s a fine choice if all you do is some web browsing, light Office work, for a POS, etc.

Get the addlink SSD S10 2.5″ SATA III SSD:

120GB:  Click here to see the price on Amazon
240GB:  Click here to see the price on Amazon
512GB:  Click here to see the price on Amazon

Best Mid-range SSDs:

Crucial MX500

The Crucial MX500 offers performance that trade blows to the once untouchable Samsung 850 EVO and it’s one of the least expensive SSD on the market, making it easy to recommend.

On top of that, you get a 5 years warranty.

For a laptop, a PC boot drive, media drive, or game library drive, the Crucial MX500 is a good SSD at a great price.

The Crucial MX500 V.S. the Crucial MX300 and the WD Blue

The Crucial MX500, recommended, offers significantly better performance than the Crucial MX300 and WD Blue, often at lower prices on top of that!

For a workstation, with requirements for higher sustained performance, a lot of writes and top-notch random access, I recommend a much higher performance M.2 PCI-Express SSD.

The Crucial MX500 is available as a 2.5″ drive. The M.2 SATA III drive is coming soon.

Get the Crucial MX500 2.5″ SATA III:

250GB from Amazon, B&H ($79.99) and Newegg ($79.99)
500GB from Amazon, B&H ($134.95) and Newegg ($134.99)
1TB from Amazon, B&H ($259.99) and Newegg ($259.99)
2TB from Amazon, B&H ($499.99) and Newegg ($499.99)

Get the Crucial MX500 M.2 SATA III:

Coming soon!

Great Performance, Low Power and Encryption:

Samsung 860 EVO:

Want higher performance than all SATA III SSDs other than the much more expensive Samsung 860 Pro? The Samsung 860 EVO offers that.

It also offers low power consumption than the Crucial MX500, ideal for laptops where you want a long battery life and great performance.

You get also hardware encryption support and a 5 years warranty with the Samsung 850 EVO.

In other words, the Samsung 850 EVO is a great all around SSD, offering pretty much everything that you could want from a SATA III SSD, without costing that much more.

The Samsung 860 EVO is available as a 2.5″ drive, a M.2 SATA III drive and a mSATA drive.

Get the Samsung 860 EVO 2.5″ SATA III:

250GB from Amazon, B&H ($94.99) or Newegg ($94.99)
500GB from Amazon, B&H ($169.99) or Newegg ($169.99)
1TB from Amazon, B&H ($329.99) or Newegg ($329.99)
2TB from Amazon, B&H ($649.99) or Newegg ($649.99)
4TB from Amazon, B&H ($1,399.00) or Newegg ($1,399.99)

Get the Samsung 860 EVO M.2 SATA III:

250GB from Amazon, B&H ($94.99) or Newegg ($94.99)
500GB from Amazon, B&H ($169.99) or Newegg ($169.99)
1TB from Amazon, B&H ($329.99) or Newegg ($329.99)
2TB from Amazon, B&H ($649.99) or Newegg ($649.99)

Get the Samsung 860 EVO mSATA:

250GB from Amazon, B&H ($94.99) or Newegg ($94.99)
500GB from Amazon, B&H ($167.99) or Newegg ($169.99)
1TB from Amazon or B&H ($329.99) or Newegg ($329.99)

Highest SATA III Performance, Low Power, Encryption, 5 Years Warranty:

Samsung 860 Pro:

Want the highest performance 2.5″ SATA III SSD available on the market?
Then you want the Samsung 860 Pro.

If your computer supports M.2 PCI-Express SSDs, get a PCI-Express SSD instead, as they offer significantly higher performance than SATA III SSDs and buying the Samsung 860 Pro makes no sense.

If your PC doesn’t support M.2 PCI-Express SSDs and you don’t have space nor desire to have an add-on card PCI-Express SSD, this is the highest performance SSD available with a SATA III connection.

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

You also get low power consumption for a longer notebook battery life, AES 256-bit, TCG Opal 2.0 & IEEE-1667 encryption support and a 5 years warranty.

Get the Samsung 860 Pro:

256GB from Amazon, B&H ($139.99) or Newegg ($139.99)
512GB from Amazon, B&H ($249.99) or Newegg ($249.99)
1TB from Amazon, B&H ($479.99) or Newegg ($479.99)
2TB from Amazon, B&H ($949.99) or Newegg ($949.99)
4TB from Amazon, B&H ($1899.99) or Newegg ($1899.99)

Best M.2 PCI-Express SSDs:

The SATA III protocol limit SATA III SSDs to less than 600MB/s transfer rates. PCI-Express SSDs don’t have that limitation and can reach far higher rates, up to 3500MB/s for the Samsung 960 Pro!

In other words, any PCI-Express SSDs offer higher performance than any SATA III based SSD.

Just make sure that your computer is equipped with a M.2 PCIe slot. Otherwise, you’ll want a PCI-Express expansion card. You can also but a M.2 PCI-e SSD with a M.2 PCIe to PCIe 3.0 x4 Adapter card, meaning that you’ll plug the M.2 SSD into the PCIe adapter card, which you’ll then plug into a PCI-Express slot on your motherboard.

NVMe M.2 PCIe SSDs

Intel 760p PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2

Succeeding the Intel 600p, the Intel 760p offers much better performance than its predecessor. It’s capable of outperforming SATA SSDs in light and heavy workloads and doesn’t slow down much when filled up.

Basically Intel fixed the shortcomings of the Intel 600p SSD.

You get a 5 years warranty from Intel, as well as top-notch reliability.

That said, the Samsung 960 EVO offers significantly higher performance, at an higher price, but not that much more sometimes, so it’s worth looking at the current prices and get the Samsung 960 EVO if the difference in price isn’t much and you want as much performance as possible.

In other words, this is a wonderful entry-level PCI-Express M.2 SSD, which outperforms any SATA III based SSD, at great prices.

Get the Intel 760p PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2:

120GB from  Amazon or Newegg ($69.99)
240GB from  Amazon or Newegg ($122.27)

480GB from  Amazon or Newegg ($198.99)

Samsung 960 EVO PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2

Higher performance than most SSDs

If you want higher performance than most SSDs, but without paying the premium for the Samsung 960 Pro, the Samsung 960 EVO is an excellent choice.

Just like the Samsung 850 EVO is the SATA III drive to beat when it comes to the best performance/price ratio, the Samsung 960 EVO offers outstanding performance for its price.

There’s a reason why the Samsung 960 EVO is the best selling M.2 PCI-Express SSD for the same reason:
It offers top-tier performance, high reliability, low power consumption, all of that at a reasonable price, with a solid warranty.

Get the Samsung 960 EVO PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2:

250GB from Amazon, B&H ($127.99) or Newegg ($119.99)
500GB from Amazon, B&H ($229.99) or Newegg ($229.99)
1TB from Amazon, B&H ($459.00) or Newegg ($449.99)

Samsung 960 Pro PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2

Higher performance than pretty much any SSD.

While the Intel Optane now offers the highest performance in the vast majority of cases, the Samsung 960 Pro is no slouch. It will offer similar real-world performance in all but the most demanding workloads, at much lower prices.

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

Get the Samsung 960 Pro PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2:

512GB from Amazon, B&H ($299.99) or Newegg ($307.83)
1TB from Amazon, B&H ($627.99) or Newegg ($615.18)
2TB from Amazon, B&H ($1,249.58) or Newegg (1,248.99)

PCI-Express expansion card SSD:

Convert your M.2 SSD into a PCI-Express expansion card SSD:
All M.2 PCI-Express SSDs can be used in a PCI-Express slot, with a M.2 PCIe to PCIe 3.0 x4 Adapter card.

Intel Optane SSD 900P PCI-Express 3.0 x4 SSD

I recommend the Intel Optane 900P for:
Ultimate performance. If you have extremely demanding workloads, this is the best of the best. It doesn’t make sense for consumer/prosumer workloads, but for a workstation where time is money, where you work with heavy files and cannot afford to wait, this is the SSD with the best performance. For consumers workloads, the Samsung 860 EVO/Pro make more sense from a price/performance perspective.

It beats almost all the performance records, outperforming the Samsung 960 Pro. There are cases where the Optane SSD simply crush the competition. The low queue depth random read performance of the Optane SSD is several times faster than any flash-based SSD has attained.

Get the Intel Optane SSD 900P:

280GB from Amazon or Newegg ($389.99)
480GB from Amazon or Newegg ($599.99)

Updating the SSD firmware

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

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, just in case something goes wrong during the update process, in which case 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) article.

If you have a question, feedback or suggestion, I invite you to leave a comment below this article.