SSD, short for Solid State Drive, are the best type of drives that your system or PC could ever have. SSD are way faster than your typical hard drive and are more reliable. Ever since I switch to an SSD drive my system is faster than ever. My Windows boot up time significantly improve as well as the overall desktop experience. But one problem of an SSD drive is the cost per GB ratio. They are typically more expensive than a hard drive. So today, I’m going to show you what are some top rated SSD drives, but at the same time they are the best SSD for the money, so that you won’t be spending too much. Please continue reading below.
Just a short trivia, if you don’t know what a solid state drive is for and what are the benefits, an SSD is basically ideal for:
- For HD video rendering, encoding and editing
- For decreasing load times of high-resolution PC games
- For Increasing frame rates per second for a better gaming experience
- For heavy Adobe applications like Photoshop, Premiere, Light Room
- For Pro Tools and other professional digital audio applications
- For Faster transfers of large media files
- For Multitasking, Movie downloads, transfers and syncs
- For 3D applications and designs, AutoCAD and the likes
Crucial m4 Solid State Drives
The Crucial m4 SSD is one of the most popular solid state drives currently in the market. In fact, it has been in the market for a long time now and still it’s one of the bang for the buck SSD you can have.
The Crucial m4 SSD has a SATA III 6Gbps interface and it’s backwards compatible with SATA II. It has a 500MB/sec sequential reads and 260MB/sec sequential writes via a 6Gbps interface. It also comes with a 3 year warranty for parts and labor.
Samsung 840 and 840 Pro Solid State Drives
Samsung has upgraded their popular 830 series SSDs, which I’m currently using one right now and it’s really a great SSD. But with the new Samsung 840 and 840 Pro SSDs you’ll have a more faster read and write speeds.
The Samsung 840 series features the following:
- Experience PC performance you never thought possible
- Enables you to boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds
- Energy efficient – improves battery life by up to 50 minutes
- Solid-state design provides greater shock protection for data and brushed metal case blocks dust and corrosion
- Worry-free data security with AES 256-bit full-disk encryption
- 100-percent genuine Samsung components from the #1 memory manufacturer in the world
- 4th-generation 3-Core Samsung MDX Controller ensures sustained performance under the most punishing conditions
- Backed by an industry-leading five-year limited warranty
The Samsung 840 is cheaper than the Samsung 840 Pro, but the 840 Pro is the better option here.
OCZ Vector Solid State Drives
The OCZ Vector SSD is OCZ’s latest lineup of solid state drives. The Vector features OCZ’s next generation Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller for superior sustained performance over time. It has a Sequential read speed of 550MB/s, and sequential write speed from 400MB/s to 530MB/s. It also has a random 4K read of 95,000 IOPS and 90,000 IOPS for 4K write.
Intel 520 Series Solid State Drives
Intel has also updated their SSD lineup with the Intel 520 Series solid state drives. It has a capacity ranging from 60GB up to 480GB and MLC Nand Flash with SATA III 6 Gbps interface. Depending on the size of the Intel 520, speeds will vary from 15,000 IOPS/23,000 IOPS read/write up to 50,000 IOPS/42,000 IOPS read/write speeds.
SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drives
SanDisk is known for their affordable and reliable non mechanical storage devices. And SanDisk’s Extreme SSD series is also one of your option.
The SanDisk Extreme SSD has sequential read/write speeds from 550Mbps/510MBps up to 540Mbps/460MBps respectively. It also has a random read/write speed from 23,000 IOPS/83,000 IOPS up to 44,000 IOPS/46,000 IOPS.
Kingston HyperX 3K Solid State Drives
The last but not the least, we have the Kingston HyperX 3K SSD. This is also one of the bang for the buck solid state drives on the market and is also one of the most popular SSDs around. It features a 555MBps read speed and a 510MBps write speed.
Remember, the solid state drives above are not only great for a gaming PC, but the are also the best SSD for Laptops as well. You might be wondering which one to choose. Well if benchmarking matters to you, get the one with the fastest read/write speeds, but if not, simply choose the one the fits your budget and preference.
UPDATE: If you want a SSD with superior protection date that is best for handling confidential files see Integral Crypto SSD.
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