Best SSDs

As CPU performance hits new and unforeseen heights, processors increasingly spend time waiting on data from hard drives. This is what makes storage today's most glaring bottleneck, and overcoming it requires an SSD. Frankly, the real-world differences between SSDs in a desktop environment aren't altogether large. The most noticeable performance increase occurs when you go from a hard disk to just about any solid-state drive.

Best PCIe Solid State Drives

8/14/17 Update: Last week (August 7-11) was the annual Flash Memory Summit, and that means that we'll be seeing many new products coming out during the rest of 2017. Meanwhile, it appears that the NAND flash shortage is likely to continue through all of 2018, based on our conversations with analysts and vendors alike.

8/10/17 Update: reviewed both the 400GB and the 800GB Corsair Neutron NX500 (no awards, not listed).

6/19/17 Update: fixed and updated several links.

MyDigitalSSD BPX (240GB)
$114.99 MyDigitalDiscount
MyDigitalSSD BPX (480GB)
$199.99 MyDigitalDiscount
Plextor M8Pe (512GB)
$314.68 Amazon
Team Group T-Force Cardea (480GB)
$269.99 Newewgg
Intel SSD 600p (1TB)
$399.99 Newegg
Plextor M8Pe (1TB)
$533.00 Amazon
Samsung 960 EVO (1TB)
-
Samsung 960 Pro (2TB)
$1299.99 Samsung
Capacity (Raw / User)
256GB / 240GB
512GB / 480GB
512GB / 512GB
512GB / 480GB
1.2TB / 1TB
1024GB / 1024 GB
1024GB / 1000GB
2048GB / 2048GB
Form Factor
PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 2280
PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 2280
PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 2280
M.2 2280 DS
PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 2280
PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 2280
PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 2280
PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 2280
Interface / Protocol
NVMe 1.2
NVMe 1.2
NVMe 1.2
PCIe 3.0 x4 / NVMe 1.2
NVMe 1.2
NVMe 1.2
NVMe 1.2
NVMe 1.2
Controller
Phison PS5007-E7
Phison PS5007-E7
Marvell 88SS1093
Phison PS5007-E7
SMI SM2260
Marvell 88SS1093
Samsung Polaris
Samsung Polaris
DRAM
Nanya 256MB DDR3
Nanya 512MB DDR3
512MB LPDDR3
Nanya DDR3
Nanya LPDDR3
1GB LPDDR3
Samsung 1GB LPDDR3
Samsung 2GB LPDDR3
NAND
Flash Forward 15nm 2D MLC
Flash Forward 15nm 2D MLC
Toshiba 15nm MLC
Toshiba 15nm MLC
Intel 384Gbit 3D TLC
Toshiba 15nm MLC
Samsung 48-Layer TLC
Samsung 48-Layer MLC
Sequential Read
Up To 2,600 MB/s
Up To 2,600 MB/s
2,300 MB/s
2,650 MB/s
1,800 MB/s
2,500 MB/s
3,200 MB/s
3,500 MB/s
Sequential Write
Up To 1,300 MB/s
Up To 1,300 MB/s
1,300 MB/s
1,450 MB/s
560 MB/s
1,400 MB/s
1,900 MB/s
2,100 MB/s
Random Read
Up To 150,000 IOPS
Up To 150,000 IOPS
260,000 IOPS
180,000 IOPS
155,000 IOPS
280,000 IOPS
380,000 IOPS
440,000 IOPS
Random Write
Up To 265,000 IOPS
Up To 265,000 IOPS
250,000 IOPS
150,000 IOPS
128,000 IOPS
240,000 IOPS
360,000 IOPS
360,000 IOPS
Encryption
TCG Opal
TCG Opal
Endurance
700 TBW
1400 TBW
768 TBW
670 TBW
576 TBW
768 TBW
400 TBW
1,200 TBW
Product Number
MDNVME80-BPX-0256
MDNVME80-BPX-0512
PX-512M8PeY
TM8FP2480G0C110
SSDPEKKW010T7X1
PX-1TM8PeG
MZ-V6E1T0
MZ-V6P2T0
Warranty
5 Years Limited
5 Years Limited
5 Years Limited
3 Years
5 Years Limited
5 Years Limited
3 Years Limited
5 Years Limited

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  • adamovera
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  • Please Dont Spam Dave
    Where are the budget SSD's? I'd love to see some 250GB recommendations, as soo many people need to swap out an old junky hard drive with an SSD to get their computers running faster...

    I've been loyal to the Samsung 850 Evos, but now I'm seeing a whole new range of cheap $50 250GB SSD's...
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  • Iavan_
    goo.gl/oTxCPM Excellent ssd from kingston I use it, noiseless, fast, reliable. Delivery is fast, great seller. I advise everyone. You can choose any size of memory, under your budget.
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  • bull2760
    Plextor has been missing software since its debut. When the drive was first released I purchased it, going on almost a full year with it and they still have no software to monitor this drive. The performance of this drive vs the Samsung EVO class is a joke. Being an owner of both drives I can tell you without a doubt the EVO is the better drive. I don't care about the MLC vs TLC endurance I'll never use up all the writes on either drive. For plextor to produce a drive and not have software is a massive failure on there part.
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  • ibaldo
    Should add a 1TB SATA SSD to the recommendations...
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  • Sujan Tablero
    This is noiseless, fast and reliable
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  • LordConrad
    The Crucial MX300 1TB is a great low-cost option. The Crucial software enables memory caching to further increase performance.
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  • Joker41NAM
    I'm curious, why no 1TB SATA recommendation?
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  • willie nugs
    The Best SSD list on this website sucks. It's not complete not is it representative of the available options in the market. I follow this list weekly, and it hasn't been a very good source of info for at least a year now. I wish this website would step it up. SSD's are so important to a computer, I don't understand why tomshardware had such a pathetic "best ssd" section on their website.
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  • jimmyEatWord
    although SSD's were samsung's invention the best SSD's are Adata , besides intel that no one can afford
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  • SumTingW0ng
    Samsung for me.
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  • willie nugs
    The best performing SSD's are Samsung. Period. Now, that answer changes when the question is about the best value. That can sometimes be the SK Hynix SL308, but that won't be true if it costs the same, or very close to, the price of the Samsung 850 EVO.

    This is true for consumer SSDs and not necessarily true for Enterprise level SSDs.
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