5 Best Yet Affordable SSDs For 2016
Transcend SSD370S – Buy Now
- Until now, it is one of the least-expensive SSDs in the market – with the lowest cost-per-GB (34 cents). 1 TB will cost you almost 350 bucks.
- It comes in 512, 256 and 128 GB versions – which will cost you even less.
- It comes with 3-year warranty – not very impressive – some vendors are offering 5 and 10-year warranty.
- For self-monitoring, it uses S.M.A.R.T. function (Self-monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology). This function detects and reports hardware failure.
- For data retention, SSD370S uses ECC (Error-correcting Code Memory) protection. Simply speaking, this feature detects and prevents internal data corruption.
- Other features are Intelligent Block Management, Wear Leveling and of course – encryption.
If you’re the one who is switching from HDD to faster Solid State Drives. This is surely for you.
SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD – Best Performance Pick – Buy Now
- Supports nCache Pro technology to optimize read, write operations and protect data too.
- It can Sequentially read and write data at the rate of 550 MB/s and 520 MB/s respectively.
- To free unallocated and garbage memory – it has TRIM support. For those who don’t know, TRIM is a sytem-level command through which SSD and OS communicate to find out which parts of SSD are unused – to write data on ’em.
- Like Transcend SSD370S, Extreme Pro also has S.M.A.R.T. function. – Its dashboard helps you do that. In this way, you can actually protect your data in real-time.
- It consumes less power than a typical Hard Drive.
- Available in 240 GB, 480 GB and 960 GB versions.
Crucial MX200 – Best for Encryption – Buy Now
- Probably provides the best encryption in its class – courtesy of the AES 256-bit encryption – the same grade used in banks and hospitals. AES 256-bit encryption is also better than other existing encryption standards like Microsoft eDrive, IEEE-1667, and TCG Opal 2.0 etc.
- It has one of the best endurance ratings by an SSD – even better than Samsung’s 850 Evo. It simply means that you can write 80TB of data on its 250 GB version, before it becomes unreliable. Its 1 TB version can withstand writing of 320 TB data over its life time – a hell of data!
- Only 3-year warranty.
Go for it, if you want to protect your data from hackers.
Samsung 850 EVO – Best For Low Power Consumption – Buy Now
- Second SSD to have 3D v-nand technolgy – after Samsung 850 pro. In V-nand, memory cells are stacked up on each other up to 32-layers. This, reduces the cost while increasing memory cells’ density.
- Its 250 GB version has endurance rating of 75 GB – very good but not best.
- It comes with 5-year warranty.
- To protect your data from others not only TCG/Opal v.2 and Microsoft eDrive full-disk encryption but also AES 126-bit encryption – which is by far the best one available.
- Like 840 Evo, 850 Evo supports Turbowrite mode. It enables SSD to made one portion of its memory as a buffer. This feature is exclusive for enterprise-SSDs.
- It has another feature called RAPID (Real-time Accelerated Processing of I/O Data). As its abbreviation suggests, it uses RAM as cache of I/O devices – hence enhances the computer’s performance.
- But one thing you must remember that with low RAM-memory available, this feature can actually backfire.
Samsung 850 Pro – best 2.5″ SATA SSD – Buy Now
- Its is world’ first 3D V-nand SSD to give better endurance and performance.
- It has a rare 10-year warranty and RAPID mode to which makes its performance even more faster.
- You can also use Samsung’s proprietary software called Magician. But sadly, it works only for Windows.
- With Samsung Magician, you can done many things like toggle encryption on/off, use part of an ssd-storage space for better performance – it is called over-provisioning — and RAPID mode.
- In RAPID mode, now you can use 25% of your RAM’s memory – for better and faster results.
- A bit expensive when compared with other SSDs.