2017. Best Solid State Drives (ssd) and M.2 SSDs for 2017! Solid State Drives are the best! Why? Because they are fast. Very fast. And fortunately the price has dropped dramatically over the last years while the capacity of data storage has greatly improved. Now a good SSD or M.2 SSD with 250 GB is surprisingly affordable.
There are a few ‘big’ players on the SSD market: Samsung, Crusial, Kingston, Scandisk and Toshiba. With Samsung having the biggest market share. Samsung and Toshiba produce their own controllers and flash memory. The other manufacturers only produce the flash memory in their own factories.
On this website I have selected the 3 best Solid State Drives today.
SSD vs HDD
The main advantage of SSD above HDD is the speed. SSD`s are incredibly fast compared to HHD`s but there was the problem that Solid State Drives did not have much GB`s of storage and they were expensive. But no more ! The rapid development of the ssd has now overcome these problems. SSD`s are now available from 16 GB to 960GB and the price has dropped.
The SSD is this fast because it has no moving parts, a HDD does. This makes the SSD noise free, light weight and durable. The flash memory in the SSD delivers the data directly via the SATA 3 connector to the CPU. SSD`s are about 10 times faster than a 7200 RPM HDD.
Also the development of Chromebooks has made an impact. In these low budget laptops a small 16 GB ssd is build in because the bulk of the programs are stored on-line and not on the internal memory anymore. Because of the solid state drive chromebooks are very very fast. So, for the near future I see the HDD fading out slowly and the SSD taking its rightful place as cheap, fast and most used core memory in netbooks, laptops and desktops.
#1 ) Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III
The best and most popular SSD on the market today is without doubt the Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series. At around $130 for the 250 GB version this is not the cheapest SSD but it is the best for a good price with proven quality.
Here is the link for the more expensive Samsung 850 Pro series SSD (costs around $60 more but better specs)
#2) Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 2.5″ 7mm (with 9.5mm adapter) Internal Solid State Drive
This SSD from Crucial is the cheaper (around $115 for 256 GB version) option but it has good specs and performance. The 512 GB version that I recommend here has more than enough GB memory for a normal laptop or desktop. Crusial can make the SSD cheaper by using a new production method which makes better use of the flash memory. With this method the SSD needs less chip surface to reach the required capacity.
#3) Kingston Digital 240GB SSDNow V300 SATA 3 2.5 (7mm height) with Adapter Solid State Drive
The Kingston SSD is the cheapest (around $ 90 for the 240 GB version) in this top 3 list but for this money it has good speed and specs. Dont expect the same performance as the Samsung and the Crusial but when you want to replace your HDD with a cheap and decent SSD This Kingston SSD will do the trick. You will be amazed by the performance boost.
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