Once you go solid state you can't go back. But there are so many on the market how do you know what the best SSD deal is? That's where we come in.
When they first appeared on the PC scene the solid state drive was very much a luxury item, and even then capacities of 250GB seemed like extreme extravagance. Now the SSD is almost an expected component of a proper gaming PC.
And gone are the lowly 30-60GB capacity SSDs too, with even a 120GB drive looking like a miserly amount of space for your Steam library. For less than sixty bucks you can now pick up a 240GB SSD which will outperform even the most expensive drives of just a few years back.
If you’ve already checked out our guide to the best SSD then you’ll already have an idea what you’re after, but if you want them for the absolute best price then allow us to help…
Some highlights this week: If you want the perfect blend of performance and storage space then the excellently-priced 500GB Samsung 850 EVO really is where it's at right now.
If you can make do with a less space and need to save some cash then ADATA's 240GB SP550 is a worthwhile alternative for the more casual user.
Capacity - 120GB | Controller - Phison | Interface - SATA | $44.49
- Looking for some SSD speed for your aging old laptop? Then dropping a 120GB Silicon Power S55 into your machine, instead of the 2.5" spinning disk hard drive, will deliver a great performance boost. Check out this little solid state bargain at Amazon for just $44.49.
Capacity - 240GB | Controller - Silicon Motion | Interface - SATA | $62.99
- The limited capacity of the Silicon Power drive will be an issue if you're looking to get a decent chunk of your Steam library onto it, so the 240GB ADATA SP550 represents a good step up in size for not much extra cash. View it at Newegg for $62.99.
Capacity - 480GB | Controller - Phison | Interface - SATA | $120
- You can bag a half-terabyte-class SSD for a little over $100 - Silicon Power's 480GB S55 may not be the speediest of drives, but still represents a huge boost of a traditional hard drive. Check it out at Amazon for just $120. The 240GB version is available for $60 too.
Capacity - 500GB | Controller - Samsung | Interface - SATA | $157.30
- But if you are after performance, you wont get better than Samsung's 850 EVO at this price, not on a SATA connection. The speedy 500GB version is still a decent price and you can get it at Newegg for $157.30. There's also a 250GB version for $90, but we recommend the higher capacities. Sadly, don't expect the new 4TB version to be affordable any time soon.
- If you're looking for a top of the line SATA SSD, the 850 Pro is the fastest around. You'll be spending a bit more on it, but there is a 256GB version on Newegg for $122.78 at the moment.
- Corsair released a speedy 2TB SSD this year, but it's pretty expensive for the time being. While we wait for prices to drop, this refurbished Corsair Neutron XT is a decent 240GB SSD on Newegg for $56.99.
We've picked out our current favorite solid state drives and have put together our best SSD guide which details both the overall best SSD around as well as the best budget SSD as well as the best high-end SSD.
And here are the best prices we've found for them around the web today:
“The ideal SSD for a gaming PC strikes that perfect price/performance/reliability balance, and Samsung’s 850 EVO SSD manages this, and then some.”
“With an affordable SSD, like the BX100, larger capacities are a more realistic prospect.“
“If you’re building the ultimate rig, and want the very best possible performance in any situation, without worrying about the cost, then it’s the 850 Pro you should choose.“
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