Best SSDs


Here we list our current recommendations for SATA-based solid-state drives at each major capacity range. For the newer PCIe-based SSDs, see our top picks on the previous page.

October 2016 Updates

I can’t even count the number of new SATA SSDs we’re testing this month. Since Computex in June, nearly every SSD manufacturer has released a new SATA series armed with TLC flash. Some of the products are good, while others leave much to be desired. Pricing is the main attraction for all of the new TLC SSDs.

The entry-level landscape has shifted like a large earthquake. It was a difficult decision, but the SanDisk Extreme Pro and Samsung 850 Pro fell off the charts this month. They still deliver the best SATA performance, endurance, and warranty, but pricing is a problem. Entry-level NVMe products outperform both in consumer applications, and they cost less in some capacities. When it comes to SSD pricing, there is a large gap between mainstream SATA SSDs and the two Pro products. The Pro products have dominated the charts since Samsung released them over two years ago.

Intel and Micron have access to 3D flash in both MLC and TLC flavors through the IMFT partnership. We expected to see the new 3D flash power a SATA product on the Best chart, but that isn’t the case. The Crucial MX300 750GB ($169.99) is the best SATA SSD with IMFT 3D. We could make a case for the limited edition model in the 512GB-class entry-level or mainstream positions, but it’s slower and more expensive than the two products that currently occupy the space. However, the MX300 750GB does offer more capacity.



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About Our Recommendations

  • We only recommend SSDs we've actually tested.
  • The list is based on US prices from online retailers. In other countries or at retail stores, your mileage will most certainly vary.
  • These are new SSD prices. No used or open-box offers are in the list.
  • Our picks should be valid throughout the month of publication, but SSD pricing is especially competitive, and a $15 difference can be the reason why one SSD makes the list, while another does not.
  • Prices and availability change on a daily basis, but the embedded green links provide real-time pricing.

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