While hard disk drives have been an integral part of computers for decades, new developments have made old-style hard disks obsolete. In this day and age, solid state drives are definitely more popular with your average computer user and rightfully so. These drives aren’t only faster than standard hard disks but also more quiet and easier to maintain.
In this respect, we should perhaps find out what are the best solid state drives the market has to offer and what to look for when shopping for one. As such, we put together a list of the ten best solid state drives money can buy.
10Kingspec 2.5″ SATAIII SMI2246XT
This may be just a 64 GB drive but its 6 GB/s speed makes it just as good as any of the more expensive ones. Not only that but it also has a sequential reading/writing capacity of 458/85, which is quite impressive given its price. Speaking of price, it is somehow unusual for such a highly capable drive to be so inexpensive, especially when you consider the fact that it supports dynamic power management and SMART technologies.
9ADATA Premier SP550
Adata’s Premier SP550 solid state drive operates a SATA III interface that allows it to read & write at speeds of 560 MB/s and 410 MB/s respectively. At the same time, it features a RAID engine & data sharing capabilities which give it advanced protection in the long run. Furthermore, its intelligent SLC caching feature is bound to improve its overall performance while its high TBW feature vastly extends its longevity.
8Silicon Power S55
Capable of writing and writing at speeds of 510 and 540 MB/s, Silicon Power’s S55 is definitely one of the top-shelf solid state drives out there. At the same time, this SATA III 6 Gbps backward compatible drive also benefits from a 7mm slim design that recommends it for Ultrabooks and Ultra-slim notebooks thanks to its low power consumption. Despite its size, however, this drive is entirely shockproof.
We all know how important it is for an internal solid state drive to have fast transfer speeds, which is exactly where this particular drive stands out from the rest. You see, this drive will read and write at speeds of up to 540 MB/s on all file types. Not only that but it also includes an activation key for Acronis True Image HD software which facilitates easy data migration along with a free Crucial Storage Executive compatibility.
6Seagate 1TB Desktop SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive)
Despite how it looks, we assure you that this particular drive isn’t a hard disk in the traditional sense but a much more complex drive. Ideal for gaming and graphic editing, this fast hybrid drive from OEM will work around five times faster than any other Desktop HDD while still having a much bigger capacity than any SSD out there. On a similar note, we should point out that it has a 65 MB cache with an 8 GB NAND Flash for increased speed.
5Faspeed F710 Internal Solid State Drive
Light, yet durable, the F710 from Faspeed is one of the most versatile internal solid state drives out there. For instance, it not only has a relatively fast 530 MB/s reading speed but it is also designed to run under almost any conditions. For instance, it can out-perform a majority of all such other drives on the market in high-temperature conditions due to its 80 centigrade data retention capability.
4PNY CS1311 SSD
PNY’s CS1311 SSD is one of the best the market has to offer at this point in time and it’s easy to see why. For starters, it has a 550 MB/s reading and a 520 MB/s writing speed, which needless to say, is more than enough these days. At the same time, it uses a lot less power than regular SSD’s, mostly due to its ingenious construction capable of 90,000 IOPS random read paired with up to 90,000 IOPS writing speeds.
Designed to access data a lot faster than standard hard drives, the MZ-5PA256 from Samsung can rightfully be considered high-end by all standards. This particular SSD has no moving parts, meaning that it uses two-thirds less power than standard hard drives. This not only makes it faster when copying data but also less likely to drain your laptop’s battery. Furthermore, this SSD enjoys a brushed metal hard shell to protect it from shock, dust, and corrosion.
2SanDisk SSD Plus 480GB 2.5-Inch SDSSDA-480G-G25
Thanks to its ingenious design, this high-tech SSD from SanDisk will not only run twenty times faster than regular hard drives but it will also be more quiet overall. Also worth mentioning is the fact that it will rid you of the waiting time usually associated with booting your system up, as it operates at much faster speeds than regular hard drives. Not only that but it also runs while perfectly cool, having no components to cause its temperature to rise.
1Samsung 850 EVO SSD
Samsung’s 850 EVO is perhaps one of the most technologically advanced Solid State Drives on the market today. Not only is this drive fast, energy efficient, and reliable, but it also takes up less space inside the computer. As you would expect from such a high-end drive, it can read/write at speeds of up to 540 MB/s and 520 MB/s respectively, while enjoying Random read/write IOPS performances of up to 98K and 90K. Overall, the 860 EVO SSD from Samsung can be considered one of the best the market has to offer at this point in time.