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Best SSD Computer Storage of 2020

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We will directly cut to the chase and provide with the best performing, highest rated, most technologically up-to-date desktop or laptop PC storages of the year 2020. We always recommend SSD over HDD due to the numerous advantages. The only big advantage of the HDD is that it has much larger storage capacity which can go up to 10TB.

Which connector type of SSD does your PC support?

Don’t yet just jump right away and buy any SSD that looks great. Let’s first learn how many different kinds of input connectors are out there and which one does your PC support.

There are several connector types that SSDs use to interface with a computer. The most common ones are SATA, PCIe, M.2, U.2, mSATA, SATA Express whereas some have no connector type as they aredirectly soldered to the motherboard.

The most widely used options are SATA and M.2. SATA are known as the old two-connector system that hard drives used, including a SATA Power and SATA data cable. SATA-based SSDs are best for older computers that lack newer SSD connector types and have only SATA connections. A great way to boost the speed of an older computer with a spinning hard drive is to clone the drive to an SSD, and replace the Hard Drive with an SSD, increasing the computer’s ability to read/write data, possibly by tenfold. However it should be noted that these SATA drives are capped at a maximum theoretical transfer speed of 600MB/s, whereas other un-bottlenecked SSDs have recently exceeded 3GB/s, nearly five times the SATA maximum. This means SATA-based SSDs cannot utilize the speed and efficiency of newer controllers such as NVMe.

NVMe, or Non-Volatile Memory Express, is a new controller used to replace AHCI, or Advance Host Controller Interface. AHCI is the controller that Hard Drives traditionally use to interface between the SATA bus of a Hard Drive and the computer it is connected to. AHCI as a controller also provides a bottleneck to SSDs in the form of latency the same way the SATA bus provides a bandwidth bottleneck to an SSD. The AHCI controller was never intended for use with SSDs, where the NVMe controller was built specifically with SSDs only in mind. NVMe promises lower latency by operating with higher efficiency, working with Solid State’s parallelization abilities by being able to run more than two thousand times more commands to or from the drive than compared to a drive on the AHCI controller. To get the optimal performance out of an NVMe drive, make sure it uses PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) as a bus which alleviates all the bottlenecks that would come with using SATA as a bus.

If the latest and greatest speeds and efficiencies that come with an NVMe SSD is a must have, then there’s a couple things to keep in mind. First, make sure the computer receiving the drive has the M.2 connector type for that type of drive. Most consumer NVMe drives only support the M.2 “M” key (5 pins), which is the M.2 physical edge connector. SATA based SSDs use the “B” key (6 pins) but there are some connectors that feature “B + M” which can accept both a SATA and NVMe drive. Second, the computer needs to be compatible with supporting and booting to an NVMe drive. Many older computers and operating systems may not support booting to or even recognize an NVMe drive due to how new it is. Third, expect to pay a premium. The PCIeNVMe drives are the newest and greatest of the SSD consumer market, so cutting edge is top price. And finally, make sure an NVMe drive fits the usage case scenario. The performance improvement will only be seen with large read/writes to and from the drive or large amounts of small read/writes. Computers will boot faster, files will transfer and search faster, programs will boot faster, but it won’t make a Facebook page load any faster.

SSDs are quickly becoming ubiquitous in the computing world and for good reason. Their prices are plummeting, their speeds are unmatched, they’re smaller fitting into thinner systems, and they’re far less likely to fail, especially after a drop or shake of the device. If you have an old computer with slow loading times in need of a performance boost, a great speed-augmenting solution is to buy a SATA SSD. But if being cutting edge and speed is what is what you’re looking for, nothing that beats a PCIeNVMe M.2 drive.

Here is a YouTube video that explains different types of SSDs:

Best NVMeInterfaceSSDs

1.Crucial SSD CT500P1SSD8 NVMe PCI-express

Crucial SSD CT500P1SSD8 NVMe PCI-express

Storage size: 500GB

 

2 .Kingston Solid State Drive SKC2000M8 KC2000 M.2 NVMe PCIE

Kingston Solid State Drive SKC2000M8 KC2000 M.2 NVMe PCIE

Storage size: 250GB

Storage size: 500GB

Storage size: 1TB

3.Samsung SSD MZ-V7P512BW 970 PRO NVMe M.2 Internal SSD

Samsung SSD MZ-V7P512BW 970 PRO NVMe M.2 Internal SSD

Storage size: 512GB

https://www.owldiscount.com/product/samsung-solid-state-drive-mz-v7p512bw-970-pro-nvme-m-2-512gb-internal-ssd/

Best PCIeInterface SSDs

1.Intel SSD SSDPEKNW512G8X1 660p M.2 80mm PCIE QLC 3D2

Intel SSD SSDPEKNW512G8X1 660p M.2 80mm PCIE QLC 3D2

Storage size: 512GB

Storage size: 1TB

2. Samsung SSD MZ-V7S250B-AM 970 EVO PLUS 250GB NVMe M.2 PCI Express

Samsung SSD MZ-V7S250B-AM 970 EVO PLUS 250GB NVMe M.2 PCI Express

Storage size: 250GB

Storage size: 500GB

3.HP SSD 2YY46AAABC EX920

HP SSD 2YY46AAABC EX920

Storage size: 256GB

Storage size: 512GB

Storage size: 1TB

Best M.2 Interface SSDs

1.Crucial SSD CT250MX500SSD4 250GB MX500 M.2 2280 SSD

Crucial SSD CT250MX500SSD4 250GB MX500 M.2 2280 SSD

Storage size: 250GB

Storage size: 1TB

2.Kingston SSD SA400M8-240G A400 M.2 2280

Kingston SSD SA400M8-240G A400 M.2 2280

Storage size: 250GB

https://www.owldiscount.com/product/kingston-solid-state-drive-sa400m8-240g-240gb-a400-m-2-2280-retail/

Best SATAInterface SSDs

1.Kingston Solid State Drive SA400S37 A400

Kingston Solid State Drive SA400S37 A400

Storage size: 120GB

Storage size: 240GB

Storage size: 480GB

Storage size: 960GB

2.Crucial MX500 Series

Storage size: 250GB

Storage size: 500GB

Storage size: 1TB

Storage size: 2TB

3.Hewlett Packard SSD 2DP98AAABC S700

Storage size: 250GB

Storage size: 500GB

Storage size: 1TB

Best SATA III Interface SSDs

1.Western Digital SSD WDS120G2G0A SATA III 6Gb-s 2.5 7mm WD Green

Storage size: 120GB

Storage size: 240GB

Storage size: 500GB

2.Crucial SSD CT240BX500SSD1 240GB BX50

Storage size: 240GB

Storage size: 480 GB

3.Samsung SSD MZ-76P1T0BW 860 PRO SATA III V-NAND 2Bit MLC

Storage size: 256GB

Storage size: 1TB

4.Western Digital SSD WDS100T2B0B M.2 2280 SATA III 6Gb-s Blue 3D NAND

Storage size: 250GB

Storage size: 500GB

Storage size: 1TB

5.PNY SSD SSD7CS900-120-RB SATA III 7mm CS900 3DT

Storage size: 120GB

Best External / Portable SSDs

1.Samsung SSD MU-PA1T0B-AM Portable SSD T5 USB 3.1 Gen.2 10Gbps

Storage size: 1TB

https://www.owldiscount.com/product/samsung-ssd-mu-pa1t0b-am-portable-ssd-t5-1tb-usb-3-1-gen-2-10gbps-retail/

2.HP Solid State Drive 3XJ07AAABC 500GB P600

Storage size: 250GB

Storage size: 500GB

 

Take a look at all our SSDs here: