Best SSDs

Best SATA 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.

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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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November 2016 Updates

The price of many SATA SSDs has also increased, but the changes didn’t hit every drive. There are some excellent values still out there, but that doesn’t mean those products will not experience a price increase in the near future.

The $65 SK hynix SL308 250GB SSD is one of the best SATA values available. The SL308 is one of the few SATA products that can run with the Samsung 850 EVO, but it costs $30 less. The EVO delivers slightly better performance, but we suggest saving the money to spend another day.

Moving up the capacity classes, the OCZ Trion 150 480GB SSD with direct-to-die write technology offers a low-cost alternative to the 850 EVO 500GB SSD. The Trion 150 is not a great SSD, but it does outperform many of the TLC-based products available, and it ships at a very low price point. If you are gifting, then this is a really good opportunity to make someone smile.

The Mushkin Reactor is another SSD that we occasionally have trouble buying. When available, you can get a solid mainstream SSD with MLC flash that lasts longer than TLC. The 2-bit per cell flash also retains sequential write performance during moderate to heavy consumer workloads. The Reactor seems to ebb and flow in price and product availability, though.

In our last Best Of installment, we listed the Corsair Neutron XTI 960GB SSD with a $305 price tag. The drive is now at $360. The Samsung 850 EVO 1TB steps in at $315 and gives you a better overall value, as well as a performance increase during general use workloads.

Best 256GB SATA SSDs

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Best 512GB SATA SSDs

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