5 Best SSD for your PC : The Complete Guide

Are you in search of a SSD for your PC? Are you unable to decide which one will best suit your budget and requirement? Or are you unfamiliar with the world of electronics but want a better performing storage device? We are here to assist you in this task. So, let’s find out which SSD will be best for your PC.

Don’t forget to go through the complete guide to purchasing SSDs below to determine which SSD best suits your requirements.

NOTE : All SSDs mentioned in this article are 2.5″ SATA type SSDs.

Samsung 860 QVO Internal SSD

Samsung SSD
credits : samsung

MAIN FEATURES:

  • Sequential Read/Write Speed : Up-to 550/520 MB/s
  • Random Read/Write Speed : Up-to 98,000/90,000 IOPS
  • Flash Memory Type : Quad-Level Cell (QLC)
  • Warranty Period : 3 years

The Samsung 860 QVO does not compromise on performance despite being among the more pocket friendly options. As seen from the numbers above, it has got top of the class Read/Write speeds.

“How did they achieve this?” one may ask. They achieved this price-performance balance thanks to their Quad Layer Cell (QLC) application. With this in the market, you get best of both worlds i.e. high storage capacity of HDDs and high performance and speed of SSDs.

Samsung with it’s 860 QVO is the first to release mainstream 2.5″ SATA QLC SSD.

It also comes with the Samsung Magician software, which has a suite of tools from Samsung which assists in monitoring drive health, keeping the drive updated and also boost performance.


Crucial MX500 Internal SSD

Crucial SSD MX500
credits : Crucial

MAIN FEATURES:

  • Sequential Read/Write Speed : Up-to 560/510 MB/s
  • Random Read/Write Speed : Up-to 95,000/90,000 IOPS
  • Flash Memory Type : Single-Level Cell (SLC)
  • Warranty Period : 5 years

This is the only SSD in this list which has SLC NAND Flash. What does this mean? To keep it short and simple, SLC offers higher speed, higher endurance and lower power consumption. You can know more about NAND Flash types here.

But SLC comes at a higher price, and as a result, increases the cost of SSD. However, Crucial have managed to bring this product in the market with a very competitive price and deserves to be among the top choices in the consumer SSD market.

Crucial MX500 comes with AES 256-bit hardware based encryption to keep your data safe from unwanted people.

It also comes with an Integrated Power Loss Immunity which keeps any unsaved file or data safe in case of sudden power cut.


Kingston SSDNow A400 Internal SSD

Kingston SSD A400
credits : Kingston

MAIN FEATURES:

  • Sequential Read/Write Speed : Up-to 500/450MB/s
  • Random Read/Write Speed : Not provided by manufacturer
  • Flash Memory Type : Triple-Level Cell (TLC)
  • Warranty Period : 3 years

The Kingston SSDNow A400 is a product which will get the job done. It is 10x faster than a traditional HDD which leads to significant improvement to the system’s responsiveness, from booting up to opening and copying files. It is also vibration and shock resistant, making it reliable and ready for daily rugged use of a notebook and other computing devices.


Seagate BarraCuda Internal SSD

Seagate Barracuda SSD
credits : seagate

MAIN FEATURES:

  • Sequential Read/Write Speed : Up-to 560/540 MB/s
  • Random Read/Write Speed : Up-to 90,000/90,000 IOPS
  • Flash Memory Type : Triple-Layer Cell (TLC)
  • Warranty Period : 5 years

There is rarely a storage drives comparison without a Seagate product in it, so here we are with the Seagate BarraCuda SSD. And with it comes 20 years of trusted performance and reliability. In other words, one cannot go wrong with this SSD.

The BarraCuda range of SSDs give top of the range performance albeit at a marginally higher price. Someone who is a brand-conscious person and don’t mind paying a little extra for that “BarraCuda”, they won’t have to go far. It also comes with SeaTools, which is a free software from Seagate will assists in monitoring drive health, performance and maintenance. Furthermore, the drive can be insured using Seagate’s Rescue Data Recovery Services which can be purchased from their official website.


Western Digital (WD) Blue Internal SSD

WD SSD
credits : western digital

MAIN FEATURES:

  • Sequential Read/Write Speed : Up-to 560/530 MB/s
  • Random Read/Write Speed : Up-to 95,000/84,000 IOPS
  • Flash Memory Type : Triple-Layer Cell (TLC)
  • Warranty Period : 5 years

WD Blue is quite similar to the Seagate BarraCuda SSD. It offers top of the range performance, brand recognition and reliability but at a marginally higher price. One cannot go wrong with this product. WD offers SSDs for capacities starting from 250GB all the way up-to 4TB. It also has an industry-leading 1.75M hours mean time to failure (MTTF) and up to 600 terabytes written (TBW) for increased reliability.


Why SSD?

One might ask “What is the need for SSD?”. There is a plethora of HDDs of various storage capacities in the market. And not to forget, HDDs are slightly cheaper than SSDs. Let’s answer this question.

PropertySSD (Solid State Drive)HDD (Hard Disk Drive)
PowerAverage of 2-3 Watts ✔ Average of 6-7 Watts
Cost Approx. ₹ 10 per GB Approx. ₹ 4 per GB ✔
CapacityUp-to 4TB for PCsUp-to 10TB for PCs ✔
NoiseNone ✔ Spinning can be heard
VibrationNone ✔ Can be felt under high
load
File Read/Write
Speed
450-600MB/s ✔ 50-120MB/s
File Opening SpeedUp-to 30x faster ✔ Slower
Effect of Magnetic
Field
None ✔ Data can be lost under
strong magnetic field

It is evident from the comparison that SSDs are better than their mechanical counterpart in almost every parameter. Above all, the improvement in performance is totally worth the extra cost. SSDs can significantly improve boot time, file sharing and opening speed, online gaming performance and the performance of PC in general.


Guide to purchasing SSD

We have gone through various SSDs available in the market. We have also reviewed why SSDs are better plus which SSD is best for PC? It’s time to answer this question.

SSDs come in various storage capacities which determine their price. So, one needs to sought out how much will be sufficient without becoming a bottleneck.

NOTE: All the SSDs of various brands mentioned above are available in all the storage variants mentioned below. Nevertheless, one might face it difficult to find 2TB+ SSDs on e-commerce websites because of their higher price and lower demand. In such case you are advised to visit the official website of the brand.

  • 250GB : It will be suitable if you want to improve the general performance of your PC. It will also be sufficient if the requirement is software related such as running CAD programs etc. It is not recommended for multimedia storage and games.
  • 500GB : In addition to the above tasks, it will be able to store and play games. If you are not into gaming, you will be able to store light multimedia such as few HD movies, videos, images and music.
  • 1TB : It will satisfy your needs if you are into gaming and also consume and store tons of HD multimedia. It will take some effort to fill up the entire space with multimedia content and games.
  • 1TB+ : This is recommended for professionals. It is suitable to store and edit 4K/8K videos, UHD photos etc.

All the variants of consumer grade SSDs are covered in the list above. Now you are ready to go and buy the SSD that best fits your requirement.


Terms Explained

Flash Memory

Flash memory is a kind of non-volatile memory i.e. it retains data even in the absence of a power supply.

NAND flash is used widely in SSDs, memory cards and USB flash drives (Pen drives).

Types of NAND Flash
  • Single-Level Cell (SLC) : SLC NAND flash store one bit of data in one cell, hence the name ‘Single-Level’. SLC offers highest speed and endurance along with least power consumption and error rate. On the other hand, it’s also the costliest among all the NAND flash types. It is generally used in enterprise applications.
  • Multi-Level Cell (MLC) : It stores two bits of data in one cell.
  • Triple-Level Cell (TLC) : It stores three bits of data in one cell.
  • Quad-Level Cell (QLC) : It stores four bits of data in one cell.
Difference between Sequential and Random Read/Write

Sequential is when data available for transfer in a sequence without any pauses in between.

Random is when data is scattered over the place. This also occurs while gaming when there is no certainty over the future course. It is measured in IOPS which means Input/Output operations per second.

Sequential Access versus Randon Access
credits : wikipedia

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Conclusion

We have gone through the list of the best SSDs available for your PC. With the availability of SSDs in various storage capacities, from different brands and the requirement of technical knowledge to a certain level makes this process a little confusing and tedious to the uninitiated. This leads to people buying products which don’t suit the requirement and cause wastage of money. Maximum effort has been put in make this article your one stop guide and simplifying the process of purchasing the best SSD for your PC.

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Rohan K. Prasad is the Editor in Chief at Inkcue. He is an engineer with specialization in Electronics & Communication. He is an admirer of modern technology and covers electronic devices of all types.