We are seeing how solid-state drives are being used more and more in laptops and desktops. However, the high price for higher storage SSDs is making them not so viable. Most computers which have a high capacity have the traditional HDDs for storing most your media files and documents.
SSDs are useful where you require high speeds, like in gaming. They are also useful for storing the operating system, which will result in the faster performance of the computer. For all other purposes, a HDD is more suitable. An SSD of high storage is prohibitively high-priced.
The advantage with an SSD is that they are small and occupy very little space. This is advantageous when it comes to desktops. They don’t have any moving parts and hence consume less of your battery life. They also develop much less heat.
But the best advantage is their life. Because there are no moving parts they have a much longer life than the HDD. The data is also safe because they are not affected by magnets, whereas the data in an HDD can be erased by a powerful magnet.
Let us check some of the top SSDs available in the market, and take a look at the pros and cons of each one.
Samsung 960 EVO
The Samsung 960 EVO is available in 250 GB, 500 GB, and 1 TB capacities. The SSD has an almost five times the speed of the traditional SATA SSDs. The NVMe model that this SSD belongs to will require a compatible modern motherboard to take advantage of the full performance. The SSD will fit directly into the motherboard due to its smalls size.
The 960 EVO gives peak performance in the sequential test. In the 4K test, the read speeds weren’t exactly great, but the write speeds were amazing. It is a top performer in all the tests and is a great improvement over the SATA SSDs.
- The Samsung 960 EVO gives a top-class performance.
- There is only a three-year warranty and a low endurance rating.
Kingston Hyper X Predator
The Kingston Hyper X Predator comes in both 240 GB and 480 GB capacities. This SSD is a PCIe Gen 2.0 SSD with an M 2 form factor. This is compatible with all desktops fitted with an M 2 PCIe slot. It is a high-height half-length adapter. So, it fits into most motherboards that come with a PCIe X4 slot available. The adapter comes with two brackets – normal and low-profile. This will help fit in slimly built desktops.
It delivers speeds up to 1400 MB/s for reading and 1000 MB/s for writing.
- Highly responsive multitasking and faster system. It can fit in both new and old motherboards.
- High priced. Low on warranty and endurance.
Toshiba OCZ RD 400
This is an NVMe SSD with a PCIe daughter board. The SSD comes with Toshiba’s own controller chip having the latest 128 Gbit MLC NAND ICs. There is a standalone M 2 version as well as one with a PCIe connector. This comes in 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB versions.
The speeds that this SSD delivered were beyond compare. Both in read and write speeds this SSD is really good.
- Great speeds and a five-year warranty.
- Looks are not so great. Some benchmarks were not up to the mark.
WD Black PCIe SSD
The WD Black is an entry level NVMe with a very affordable price tag. This will prompt users to shift to SSD. This SSD is available in 256 GB and 512 GB versions. The WD Black isn’t very great on speed but is value for the low price.
This is PCIe interface SSD with an M2 form factor. The SSD comes with a 5-year warranty, which you'll probably need because the endurance of this SSD is pretty low.
- The price is pretty affordable.
- Very low endurance. Limited size choices.
Intel 750 Series
The Intel 750 series SSD comes in three variants 400 GB, 800 GB and 1.2 TB. They come with the advanced NVMe interface. This is paired with lots of DRAM. It has an Intel 20 nm MLC. The Intel 750 series SSDs were the first to use the NVMe which reduces latency and increases transactions per second.
Biggers SSD capabilities can be used because of U.2 standards. The Intel 750 series comes with a cable to connect to the PCIe slot in the motherboard.
- It has a good warranty period of 5 years and huge capacities.
- It is not as fast as some of the other PCIe models.
HP S700 Pro
The HP S700 Pro comes in four variants 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB. It comes with a Silicon Motion Controller. There is a Micron TLC 3 D NAND. The HP S700 Pro comes only in the 7.5 mm thick form factor, unlike others which come in the M2 form factor.
The HP S700 Pro comes with a SATA interface which is much slower than the PCIe variety. The advantage is that this can be connected to any of the older PCs without any upgrade. It comes with a 3-year warranty.
- Comes in many variants. Has an endurance of 650 TB. This SSD will run for a long time.
- It is slow compared to some of the other SSDs on this list.
Intel Optane SSD 900 P
The SSD comes in two variants 280 GB and 480 GB. The Intel Optane has a half-height half-length add-in card with a U 2 form factor. It has a PCIe interface with NVMe. It comes with a 7-channel controller. The 3D X Point is an NVMe interface which is unique to the Optane. It is better than the NAND and DRAM. This is what gives the Intel Optane high speeds and responsiveness.
The Intel Optane SSD 900 P gives an endurance unmatched by any other SSD. It gives an endurance of 10 drive writes per day and a warranty of 5 years.
- Reasonably priced and it’s quite fast.
- Doesn't come with VROC.