Best SSDs 2019: From Budget to Blazing Speed

A slow storage drive is a huge bottleneck, making your processor sit there twiddling its clock cycles, waiting for data to load. To speed up your reads and writes, you need a fast solid-state drive (SSD). That's why we thoroughly test more than 50 drives a year and highlight the top models on this page.

Quick Shopping Tips

When choosing an SSD, consider the following:

  • Pick a compatible interface (M.2 PCIe, SATA, Add-in Card): Look at your user manual or a database like the Crucial Memory Finder to determine what types of SSD your computer supports.
  • 256GB to 512GB: Don't bother getting an SSD smaller than 256GB. For most users, 512GB provides a good balance between price and capacity.But 1TB drives are getting significantly cheaper and 2TB drives are now affordable.
  • SATA is slowest: SATA isn't as fast as M.2 PCIe or a PCIe add-in card, but the majority of laptops and desktops can take 2.5-inch SATA drives and many doing typical mainstream tasks users won't notice the difference between a good recent SATA drive and a faster PCIe model anyway.

For even more information, check out our SSD Buyer's Guide. Below, you'll find our recommendations for drives with all three major interfaces, in capacities ranging from 256GB to 2TB.

Best Solid-State Drives 2019

Adata XPG SX8200 Pro (960GB)Adata XPG SX8200 Pro (960GB)

1. Adata XPG SX8200 Pro (960GB)

Best Overall / Best M.2 SSD

Rating: 4.5/5 (Editor's Choice)

Capacities: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB | Form Factor: M.2 2280 Double-sided | Transfer Interface/Protocol: PCIe 3.0 x4 / NVMe 1.3 | Sequential Reads/Writes: 3,500 MBps / 3,000 MBps | Warranty/Endurance: 5 Years / 640 TBW

Pros: Class-leading performance ? Class-leading power efficiency ? Black PCB w/ stylish DIY heat spreader ? SSD Toolbox and cloning software included

Cons: Same endurance as the non-Pro model

Adata’s XPG SX8200 Pro is the best 1TB class SSD for the money. With high-performance that rivals Samsung’s 970 EVO Plus and PRO SSDs, it is a Pro class drive through and through. It boasts best-in-class power efficiency with very respectable endurance and has a price that won’t break the bank. Not only that, but Adata also includes a DIY black, metal heat spreader to make your XPG SX8200 Pro even “cooler” when you install it.

Read Review: Adata XPG SX8200 Pro

Intel Optane SSD 905P (1TB)Intel Optane SSD 905P (1TB)

2. Intel Optane SSD 905P (1TB)

Best Performance / Best Add-in Card

Rating: 4.5/5 (Editor's Choice)

Capacities: 380GB, 480GB, 960TB, 1.5TB | Form Factor: Half-Height, Half Length / U.2 15mm / M.2 22110 | Transfer Interface/Protocol: PCIe 3.0 x4 / NVMe 1.3 | Sequential Reads/Writes:?2,600 MBps / 2,200 MBps | Warranty/Endurance: 5 Years / Up to 27.37 TBW

Pros: Leading random read performance ? Exceptional mixed workload performance ? Endurance up to 27.37 PBW ? AES 256bit encryption support ? LEDs to light up your PC ? SSD Toolbox included

Cons: Won’t work in laptops ? No GUI LED control ? Extremely high cost per GB ? Lower sequential performance than NAND based SSDs ? High power consumption

When looking for the best SSD, and we mean the absolute best and money is no object, look no further than to Intel’s Optane SSD 905P.? This SSD features Intel’s latest 3D XPoint memory, it breaks free from many of the drawbacks of NAND and offers the best responsiveness out of any storage device we have tested to date. And, those needing a plethora of endurance will find the 905P to be a device sent from the gods. With its endurance rating of over 17 petabytes at the 960GB capacity, or over 27PBW at the 1.5TB capacity, you’ll be sure to upgrade it years before it ever exhausts. Need the best? Don’t look at the rest, get the Intel Optane SSD 905P.

Read Review: Intel Optane SSD 905P

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M.2 PCIe NVMe Drives

These small, rectangular drives look like sticks of RAM, only smaller. They are usually 80mm long by 22mm wide, which is described as size 2280, but some may be shorter or longer so make sure you get one that matches your slot. You can get M.2 drives that support SATA, but most modern desktops and laptops with M.2 slots support the faster PCIe NVMe standard.

Samsung 970 PRO (1TB)Samsung 970 PRO (1TB)

3. Samsung 970 PRO (1TB)

Best 1TB (or Larger) M.2 SSD Alternative

Rating: 4.5/5 (Editor's Choice)

Capacities: 512GB, 1TB | Form Factor: M.2 2280 Single-sided | Transfer Interface/Protocol: PCIe 3.1 x4 / NVMe 1.3 | Sequential Reads/Writes: 3,500 MBps / 2,700 MBps | Warranty/Endurance: 5 Years / 1,200 TBW

Pros: Excellent endurance ? Class-leading performance ? SSD Toolbox and cloning software included ? Full Disk Encryption

Cons: Expensive ? Limited capacity range (512GB, 1TB)

TLC NAND based SSDs have flooded the market and have gotten even better than ever. But, even so, the performance of MLC NAND is just a step above. Want the best performing 1TB class M.2 NVMe SSD along with some of the best endurance in the market? Packed with Samsung’s 64L MLC V-NAND, the 970 PRO is an absolute beast that is capable of delivering consistent performance of up to 3.5/2.7MBps read/write. This performance does come at a cost, however, typically twice as much as competing products.

Read Review: Samsung 970 Pro SSD

MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro (512GB)MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro (512GB)

4. MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro (512GB)

Best 512GB M.2 SSD

Rating: 4/5

Capacities: 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, 1.92TB | Form Factor: M.2 2280 Single-sided (240GB/480GB) Double-sided (960GB/1.92TB) | Transfer Interface/Protocol: PCIe 3.1 x4 / NVMe 1.3 | Sequential Reads/Writes:?3,400 MBps / 2,100 MBps | Warranty/Endurance: 5 Years / 800 TBW

Pros: Competitive pricing ? Great sequential performance ? Class leading endurance ratings ? Good power efficiency ? AES-256, TCG Opal and Pyrite encryption support

Cons: Slightly lower than average application performance ? No software included

Need high performance, but even more endurance than the average Joe? The MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro is the SSD to get in the 512GB class. With speeds of speeds of up to 3,400 MB/s read and 2,100 MB/s write and an endurance rating of up to 800 TBW, overall, MyDigitalSSD’s BPX Pro delivers an impressive performance to endurance ratio that content creators just can’t ignore.

Priced to sell and backed by a 5-year warranty, the BPX Pro is one of the best value SSDs we’ve tested yet and surely won’t disappoint.

Read Review: MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro NVMe SSD

HP SSD EX920 (256GB)HP SSD EX920 (256GB)

5. HP SSD EX920 (256GB)

Best 256GB M.2 SSD

Rating: 4/5

Capacities: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB | Form Factor: M.2 2280 Double-sided | Transfer Interface/Protocol: PCIe 3.1 x4 / NVMe 1.3 | Sequential Reads/Writes:?3,200 MBps / 1,200 MBps | Warranty/Endurance: 5 Years / 160 TBW

Pros: Low cost ? High performance

Cons: No software included ? Poor background activity management ? Low performance during heavy write workloads ? Low endurance compared to MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro

If you are looking for a cheap, but large enough NVMe boot drive to hold all your apps, the HP SSD EX920 makes for an excellent choice. Based on the Silicon Motion SM2262 controller and 64L Micron 3D TLC NAND, it offers up some very snappy performance, delivering over 3.2/1.2GBps read/write speeds. However, keep in mind that, if you push it too hard, performance fades in heavy-write use cases.

Read Review: HP EX920 SSD

Gigabyte Aorus RGBGigabyte Aorus RGB

6. Gigabyte Aorus RGB

Best RGB M.2 SSD

Rating: 4.5/5 (Editor's Choice)

Capacities: 256GB, 512GB | Form Factor: M.2 2280 Double-sided w/heatsink | Transfer Interface/Protocol: PCIe 3.0 x4 / NVMe 1.3 | Sequential Reads/Writes: 3,480 MBps / 2,000 MBps | Warranty/Endurance: 5 Years / 800 TBW

Pros: Stylish heatsink with RGB lighting effects & black PCB ? Solid performance ? High endurance ? AES-256, TCG Opal and Pyrite encryption support

Cons: RGB Fusion has limited compatibility ? Limited capacities

Even if your data isn't enlightening, the device which holds them can be. The Gigabyte Aorus RGB packs a slew of style into its tiny M.2 form factor. Its shiny aluminum heat sink is adorned with Aorus's sleek falcon logo, which provides a gorgeous, customizable light show.

Aesthetics aside, the Aorus RGB also got enough performance and endurance for any task. Powered by Phison’s latest E12 NVMe controller, it can deliver speeds of up to nearly 3.5/2GB/s read/write and can withstand up to 800TB of writes. Its only drawback is that it must be paired with an Aorus motherboard for full RGB Fusion compatibility. Overall, it’s a great buy for enthusiasts and casual users alike.

Read Review: Gigabyte Aorus RGB M.2 NVMe SSD

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SATA Drives

You can get a SATA drive in the M.2 form factor, but most SATA drives are 2.5-inch models, which makes allows them to drop into the same bays that hold laptop hard drives. SATA drives are the cheapest and still the most popular.

Samsung 860 EVO (250GB)Samsung 860 EVO (250GB)

7. Samsung 860 EVO (250GB)

Best Consumer SATA SSD

Rating: 4.5/5 (Editor's Choice)

Capacities: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB | Form Factor: 2.5” 7mm / M.2 2280 Double-sided | Transfer Interface/Protocol: SATA 3 / AHCI | Sequential Reads/Writes:?Up to 550 MBps / 520 MBps | Warranty/Endurance: 5 Years / Up to 2,400 TBW

Pros: Strong Performance ? SSD Toolbox and cloning software included ? Class-Leading Endurance ? TCG Opal, eDrive encryption support

Cons: At the SATA performance ceiling ? Write performance after TurboWrite exhausts

When it comes to SATA, Samsung’s got the best drives going. Their 860 EVO drives take the win in almost every benchmark we have thrown at them and pricing is usually very competitive. The 860 EVOs don’t offer as much endurance as the PRO models, but they come in capacities up to 4TB just the same. If you are looking for a new SATA SSD to hold your games library or just about anything, you can’t go wrong with this mainstream leader.

Read Review: Samsung 860 EVO SSD

Crucial MX500 (2TB)Crucial MX500 (2TB)

8. Crucial MX500 (2TB)

Best Consumer SATA SSD Alternative

Rating: 4/5

Capacities: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB | Form Factor: 2.5” 7mm | Transfer Interface/Protocol: SATA 3 / AHCI | Sequential Reads/Writes:?Up to 560 MBps / 510 MBps | Warranty/Endurance: 5 Years / Up to 700 TBW

Pros: Mainstream performance ? Competitive pricing ? SSD Toolbox and cloning software included ? Host power failure protection? Hardware AES-256 Encryption ? TCG Opal 2.0 SED Support

Cons: Smaller capacities slightly slower than larger ? The design could use a makeover

If you don’t want to dish out big bucks on something in the NVMe flavor, but still want strong performance from SATA, the MX500 is a great choice. As an alternative to the Samsung 860 EVO, it offers similar performance and has a strong history of reliability. Usually priced to sell, the MX500 is a top value at any capacity you need.?

Read Review: Crucial MX500 SSD

Samsung 860 PRO (1TB)Samsung 860 PRO (1TB)

9. Samsung 860 PRO (1TB)

Best Prosumer SATA SSD

Rating: 4.5/5 (Editor's Choice)

Capacities: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB | Form Factor: 2.5” 7mm | Transfer Interface/Protocol: SATA 3 / AHCI | Sequential Reads/Writes: 560 MBps / 530 MBps | Warranty/Endurance: 5 Years / Up to 4,800 TBW

Pros: Highest SATA performance for sustained workloads ? High endurance ? Consistent performance ? SSD Toolbox and cloning software included
TCG Opal, eDrive encryption support

Cons: Extremely high cost

Restrained by the SATA interface, but still need the absolute highest endurance and performance you can get? As the pinnacle of SATA performance inside and out, Samsung’s 860 PRO is the SSD to buy.

Like the Samsung 970 PRO, the 860 PRO utilizes Samsung’s 64L MLC V-NAND, which helps to propel it to the top of the charts in our rounds of benchmarking and makes for some incredible endurance figures. You can get capacities up to 4TB and endurance figures can be as high as 4,800 TBW. But with prices that are triple that of your typical mainstream SATA SSD, the 860 PRO is mainly for businesses with deep pockets.

Read Review:
Samsung 860 Pro SSD

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Add-in Card SSDs

These drives are add-on cards, just like graphics cards or sound cards, so they only work with desktops that have a spare PCIe 3.0 x4, x8 or x16 slot. However, because they are larger than other form factors, they have room for more chips and better cooling, which usually makes them the fastest drives around.

Intel Optane SSD 900P (280GB)Intel Optane SSD 900P (280GB)

10. Intel Optane SSD 900P (280GB)

Best Low-Capacity Add-in-Card SSD

Rating: 4.5/5 (Editor's Choice)

Capacities: 280GB, 480GB | Form Factor: Half-Height, Half Length / U.2 15mm | Transfer Interface/Protocol: PCIe 3.0 x4 / NVMe 1.3 | Sequential Reads/Writes:?2,500 MBps / 2,000 MBps | Warranty/Endurance: 5 Years / Up to 8.76 PBW

Pros: Leading random read performance ? Exceptional mixed workload performance ? Endurance up to 8.76 PBW ? AES 256bit encryption support ? SSD Toolbox included

Cons: Extremely high cost per GB ? Lower sequential performance than NAND based SSDs ? Limited capacities options ? High power consumption

There aren’t many options for AICs in the consumer market as the M.2 form factor has become so popular. At a capacity of 480GB and a nearly absurd price of about $1/GB, the Intel Optane SSD 900P is your top performing option. Powered by a custom Intel NVMe controller and their 3D XPoint memory, the 900P is the one of the fastest performing SSDs out. Unlike the 905P, it comes in an AIC form factor at the 480GB capacity, not just U.2. But while its random performance is better than anything else, we’ve seen before, its sequential performance is rather underwhelming when compared to some of the fastest NAND based SSDs. As well, its power consumption is much higher than any competitor.

Read Review: Intel Optane SSD 900P

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  • abryant
    Archived comments are found here: http://www.hbhdzjy.com/forum/id-3711120/ssds.html
  • LordConrad
    About the MX500... "but the 500GB looks really good at just $139.99"

    You might want to double check prices when cutting and pasting.
  • Peter Martin
    i can get an mx500 500GB for 90 bucks on amazon, they are fantastic ssd, the larger the better, get all that you can afford
  • dannyboy3210
    SX8200 480GB looks unbelievably expensive in the states. It goes for $150 CAD up here: https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=179_1229_1296&item_id=123218
  • Peter Martin
    I can get that drive for 124 at Amazon
  • WildCard999
    I would think the Samsung 860 EVO 500gb would have grabbed the spot for best SATA as you can get it for $99 (500gb) and it's quite fast. I doubt the pro is fast enough to justify the cost over the EVO version.

    http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Samsung-860-Evo-1TB-vs-Samsung-860-Pro-1TB/m423831vsm434505
  • Johnny5
    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. It looks like the wires got crossed on our pricing widget. We're implementing a fix. Stand by.
  • rapidwolve
    Dannyboy3210 Actually that SX8200 is now only $130CDN @ Canada Computers
    https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=179_1229_1296&item_id=123218
  • Onus
    I recently ordered a 1TB 2.5" WD Blue SSD for ~$139 on a Shellshocker. Hopefully it arrives soon!
  • WildCard999
    47340 said:
    I recently ordered a 1TB 2.5" WD Blue SSD for ~$139 on a Shellshocker. Hopefully it arrives soon!


    Was that the M.2 or the SATA version?
  • Onus
    The drive is 2.5", which means SATA. That system's boot drive is a NvME PCIe x4 drive, the 960 EVO. The data drive was running out of space due to backups, so I needed something bigger and didn't want mechanical.
  • mattkiss
    Got the price wrong on the Samsung 860 Pro. It's $297.99, not $429.99:

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820147682
  • nufelevas
    Please, add some performance index, to be able to make the performance-price chart
  • Onus
    2332837 said:
    Got the price wrong on the Samsung 860 Pro. It's $297.99, not $429.99: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820147682

    We understand that the staff is currently working on some issues with the pricing widget; this is by far not the only article in which errors of this sort appear.
    It hasn't mattered how much build experience I have; unless time is more important than money (only sometimes the case), I usually come to the forums before I build a new system because someone will almost always know about a much better deal than I found.
  • saunupe1911
    Do not buy the HP EX920. HP does NOT stand by the claimed 5 year warranty. Also their system does not recognize it's serial number so you can't register for any of it's warranties. I'm speaking from experience. Returning mine back to it's retailer ASAP. I've even contacted HP on their official forum.

    Tom's this product should not be recommended all!!!

    https://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Can-t-find-EX920-product-support-page/m-p/6795948#M162821
  • Uniblab
    Question:

    Since enterprise SSD's are available at increased capacity albeit lesser performance, what criteria would be necessary to allow a consumer ssd review to include performance numbers from enterprise ssd's? I wonder since many are available from sites like amazon. If a consumer was willing to absorb the increased buyin of a 7.6tb enterprise ssd, what considerations are needed to make it work in a consumer environment? I ask because I didnt fully realize that these extra large capacities existed. Sounds intriging.
  • j1s2keen3
    "1TB 2.5" WD Blue SSD for ~$139" NO Life expectancy monitoring for this ssd. Get WD Lifeguard Diagnostics for basic info.
  • ibaldo
    Would love an article about power loss protection in these drives...
    And by the way: whats the cheapest 1Tb Enterprise SSD?
    Because the only drives that guarantee writes are 100% reliable when the OS requests it, are the enterprise ones unfortunately...
    Its better to still use HDDs for critical things which is disappointing.
  • shrapnel_indie
    Interesting...
    Quote:
    Adata XPG GAMMIX S11 (1TB) Best Overall 4.5/5 Review Capacity (Raw / User) 960GB / 1024GB


    It has more user capacity than raw.
  • djice
    The Con on the 2.5" "Similar performance as the 850 EVO" is kind of a mute point since SATA 3 bandwidth is maxed by most SSD drives in the last 3-4 years.
  • mspencerl87
    Tom's Hardware "Why Trust Us"
    Good question. Just buy it!
  • csm101
    the samsung 250 gb m.2 is 77$ in amazon. so it beats the HP
  • shrapnel_indie
    144424 said:
    the samsung 250 gb m.2 is 77$ in amazon. so it beats the HP


    77$ + tax, VAT, etc.
  • markrb12
    Your link for the ebay 500gb MX500 at $58.97 is actually the 250gb model.
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