5 Best Yet Affordable SSDs (Solid State Drives) For 2016

By Muhammad Asfand Yar | Accessories

5 Best Yet Affordable SSDs For 2016

5 Best Yet Affordable SSDs For 2016

Transcend SSD370S – Buy Now

Transcend SSD370S


  • 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

SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD - 5 Best Yet Affordable SSDs For 2016


  • 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

Crucial MX200


  • 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

Samsung 850 EVO - 5 Best Yet Affordable SSDs For 2016


  • 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

Samsung 850 Pro


  • 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.

About the Author

Muhammad Asfand Yar, or Asfand as his friends call, is Author cum Owner of List Enthusiast. Blogging is his old new-found love. He writes to boost his Knowledge - and yours too. He usually remains in front of computer screen - even when he isn't writing any Blog post - doing computer programming. C++ is his passion. Catch him on twitter @asfandyar12.