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Best SSDs Between 64 And 180 GB

Best SSDs For The Money: June 2014

Best SSD for ~£55

Crucial M500 120 GB: Security Over Performance

Crucial M500
120 GB
Sequential Read
530 MB/s
Sequential Write130 MB/s
Power Consumption (Active)
3 W
Power Consumption (Idle).6 W

How could I possibly recommend spending more money on a slower drive than Plextor's esteemed M5 Pro, with 8 GB less capacity and a two-year-shorter warranty?

Although the M5 Pro has its advantages (and the same Marvell controller), Crucial's generation-old M500 counters with a more modern feature set that includes power-loss protection and TCG Opal 2.0 support. If you're using Windows 8 Pro or newer, the M500 allows Microsoft's BitLocker to encrypt the drive in hardware, rather than burning CPU cycles. This is arguably the finest way to keep a storage device secure.

Best SSD for ~£60

Adata Premier Pro SP920 128 GB: Budget-Oriented Solid-State Performance

Adata Premier Pro SP920 128 GB
128 GB
Sequential Read
560 MB/s
Sequential Write180 MB/s
Power Consumption (Active Idle)
1.20 W

Adata partnered with Micron to deliver a platform similar to the M550, but branded by Adata as the SP920. Both the 128 and 256 GB models are a little slower than their M550 equivalents due to higher-density NAND. However, the 512 and 1024 GB versions are more comparable.

The biggest difference is a lack of eDrive and TCG Opal 2.0 support, which may affect your value equation. But Adata does include a 2.5"-to-3.5" adapter mount, its SSD Toolbox app, and a copy of Acronis True Image HD for cloning and backup.

The baby SP920 weighs in at just 128 GB. Composed of eight Micron 128 Gb die, less parallelism does negatively affect performance. As a result, write speed suffers. Even still, it's hard to go wrong with mainstream speed and a matching price tag.

Best SSD for ~£70

Samsung 840 EVO 120 GB: 120 GB of Turbo-Charged TLC NAND

Samsung 840 EVO 120 GB
120 GB
Sequential Read
530 MB/s
Sequential Write410 MB/s
Power Consumption (Active)
0.145 W
Power Consumption (Idle)0.055 W

If your decision comes down to Crucial's 120 GB M500 or Samsung's 120 GB 840 EVO, you might want to flip a coin. You get eDrive and TCG Opal 2.0 support from both, and their overall performance is similar.

Otherwise, Crucial enables NAND redundancy and power-loss protection, while Samsung enjoys better write performance and a more compelling software package. With Samsung's RAPID host-caching feature turned on, the 120 GB 840 EVO can rival some of the fastest SSDs on the market, justifying its higher price.

Best SSDs for £90

Samsung 840 Pro 128 GB: A Performance 128 GB Drive

Samsung 840 Pro 128GB
128 GB
Sequential Read
530 MB/s
Sequential Write390 MB/s
Power Consumption (Active Idle)
.34 W

We've seen Samsung's 840 Pro priced like a premium product in the past. But under £90, where it sits right now, the drive is easier to recommend.

Simply, this is the fastest MLC-based 128 GB SSD there is, and it outclasses several high-profile 240/256 GB models as well. Samsung’s proprietary controller, flash, DRAM, and firmware combine to create a potent improvement over 2011’s 830. Not that the 830 wasn’t fast. In fact, it was brutally proficient. The 840 Pro takes storage to the next level, though.

Through a recent update, the EVO now supports TCG Opal 2.0 / eDrive security features as well, putting it on par with Crucial's M500.

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    Adela Pop , 21 March 2014 10:48
    Great overview! It seems that Samsung is getting more and more attention and I think it deserves it. I would definitely prefer Samsung 840 Evo over Crucial M500. It´s true that the differences in performance are not huge between the two, but overall Samsung 840 Evo seems more reliable and it has lower power consumption:
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    dickh81 , 27 March 2014 19:25
    Intenso also makes a 256 SSD drive. I wonder why that is not on your list.
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    nowasus , 22 April 2014 14:07
    I would rather see the "best of..." in a category that considers function instead of price. That way, the user may select proper utility (performance) vs his budget. For example if I am a win7pro64 user with general computer home usage, what would be my best bet for a system SSD to support various amateur level functions (media, graphics, office) with a traditional SSD with AF capabiliy.

    This way I could better choose my price range.
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    goozaymunanos , 22 April 2014 14:39
    i'll take a 512GB Sansung SSD over a 480GB Crucial for £10 extra all day and night.
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    Plusthinking Iq , 19 May 2014 22:14
    samsung makes the worst ssd when you look at the big endurance test. just goggle it ppl. have very bad experiece with samung products and must implore that no one buy the brand, phones, tv and ssd. its like sony, circling the drain.
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    asianteekay , 9 July 2014 14:06
    samsung makes the worst ssd when you look at the big endurance test. just goggle it ppl. have very bad experiece with samung products and must implore that no one buy the brand, phones, tv and ssd. its like sony, circling the drain.

    Being a large all encompassing company has both advantages and disadvantages being that it can leverage its own in-house supplies for components and technologies. And bulk discounts and special order specifics chips. I suspect these SSD have little to no provisioning and there for more likely to fail than compared say a Crucial (512GB 840 Evo v. 480 M550) That's really no reason not to boycott their display panels used in TVs and monitors. Much like Sony does very well in audio but not so well in the PC market.