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Internal And External SSD Review

Internal Solid State Drives



Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD!



Powered by innovative Samsung V-NAND Technology, this blazingly fast SSD is available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB or 2TB options.

This internal SSD is seriously fast with read speeds of 3,500MB/s and write speeds of 3,300MB/s! It offers enhanced bandwidth, low latency, and power efficiency ideal for tech enthusiasts, high end gamers, and 4K & 3D content designers.

With Dynamic Thermal Guard it maintains and optimizes temperatures to offer the best performance even under high loads. It also comes with a 5-year warranty so you do not need to worry about it breaking down on you.

Up to 53% faster than the 970 EVO, the 970 EVO Plus maximizes the potential of NVMe bandwidth for unbeatable computing.

Intel SSD 660p Series



This Quad-Level Cell SSD is available in 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB, and offers surprisingly good performance for a low budget. It is a thin M.2 80mm form factor drive with twice the capacity of similar sized drives.

It is compatible with laptops and PCs, and tablets and mobile devices that accept internal solid state drives.

While this SSD offers fast write speeds, the read speed slows down when reading large data and when it runs out of cache. While this may be an issue depending on how you are using the drive, the very low price point and the fact that this drive is often on sale are a big argument in its favor.

While previous Intel SSDs offered Triple-Level Cell NAND technology, this new and innovative Quad-Level Cell NAND tech offers 33% higher storage density over TLC and faster write speeds while reducing price.

Samsung 860 EVO 500GB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD



Available in 5 sizes ranging from 250GB to 4TB, this Samsung V-NAND Technology SSD performs well under pressure with fast read/write speeds and optimized performance for daily computing, or when rendering 4K videos and 3D data.

Its AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption protects user data through TCG Opal compliant secure encryption.

A main selling point is its 5-year limited warranty and 1.5 million hours reliability. Its strong performance and endurance will also interesting to buyers with the 500GB version coming in even cheaper than the above-mentionned Intel 512GB SSD.

Kingston 240GB A400 SATA 3 2.5" Internal SSD



Cheapest of the lot at under $40, this Kingston internal SSD offers 10X faster speeds and better reliability than similarly priced harddrives. This SSD will speed up old computers and increase performance.

This 7mm m.2 SATA 3 SSD has an advertised 450MB/s write speed and 500MB/s read speed. Benchmark tests showed a slightly lower write speed than the marketed 450MB/s but still decent performance which will be useful when transferring large files or when loading in-game screens.

Even a low 240GB capacity SSD is a must-have for performance-minded users and will speed up your computer experience without breaking your budget.

Samsung 860 QVO 1TB Solid State Drive



Available in 1, 2 and 4TB options, this value optimized SSD is built with V-NAND technology which is the latest in flash memory tech. This drive offers a lot of storage options, solid performance and reliability at a great price.

Intelligent Turbowrite software allows it to write at 520MB/s and read at 550MB/s. It also comes with secure AES 256-bit encryption and a 3-year limited warranty!

While the QVO is slightly slower than the Samsung EVO listed above, it is thin and light, and has a good price-to-performance ratio.

The Samsung 860 QVO has 1GB of DRAM cache for each 1TB of memory. You should only plan on using 75% of an SSD's capacity to prevent it from slowing down so make sure you get one with enough memory. One way around this is to use an SSD for your daily programs and games, and have an additional regular harddrive for large files you don't need fast access to.






Crucial MX500 500GB 3D NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD



This SSD is available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB options and offers fast read/write speeds over 500MB/s.

Powered by Micron 3D NAND technology, the Crucial MX500 has Integrated Power Loss Immunity which saves your data if the power cuts off on you.

It is cheaper than the popular Samsung 860 EVO, while still maintaining good performance and comes with a 5-year limited warranty that covers its useful life-span. This drive also includes standard AES 256 bit hardware-based encryption.

While like most drives, it struggles a little under heavy load, its low price point makes it a great value for upgrading your desktop PC or laptop memory.


External Solid State Drives



Samsung T5 Portable SSD - 500GB



With fast read/write speeds of up to 540MB/s, and a small form factor with top to bottom metal design, this portable SSD is Amazon's Choice for external SSDs under $100.

It comes with USB type C to C and type C to A cables, a 3-year warranty, and optional password protection. It slides comfortably in your pocket and you can choose between Blue, Gold, Red or Black color options.

This is a great all-rounder if you're looking to carry large amounts of data or transfer data between computers, and shows Samsung at the top of its game in the SSD market.

SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable External SSD



Available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB options, the 1TB option is Amazon's Choice for external SSDs between $100 and $200, and the 2TB option is Amazon's Choice for external SSDs over $200.

Ruggedized, Water and dust resistant (IP55 rated). Tested to withstand Water flow (30 kPa) for 3 minutes. Limited dust contact does not interfere with operation.

Designed for PC and Mac users, this compact and pocket sized SSD lets you move and transfer data at speeds up to 550MB/s.

Comes with a 3-year limited warranty. Options include SSD only or SSD with 256GB USB Flash Drive and SSD with 64GB USB Flash Drive.

RAVPower Mini External SSD



Available in 512GB and 1TB options, this ultra-small (3.9 x 1.2 x 0.4 inch) SSD lets you transfer at speeds of 540MB/s.

Wrapped up in a solid, shockproof and vibration-resistant metal case, this SSD boasts of an efficient heat sink, staying cool all the time with a baked surface for reliable data transfers and low power consumption.

ATA lock technology garantees that only the correct password will unlock your data. NAND Flash & USB 3.1 Gen 2 Interface.

Features wide compatibility with all USB-C devices, tablets, laptops, Macbook, iPad Pro, Android, Mac OS, Windows.

Fantom Drives 2TB Portable SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive)



Available in Black or Silver, and with optional 8, 16 or 32GB Flash Drive. Rugged high quality 1/16" Aluminum top-to-bottom enclosure for maximum protection.

It is self-contained and there is no need for external power supply, just plug into your computer and get started. Comes with Free Amazon Tech Support included.

It is easily portable and sturdy enough to carry anywhere you may need data. Easy to setup and provides large amounts of memory for all your files.

ADATA SE730H 512GB Waterproof Shockproof Portable External SSD



Available in 256GB or 512GB, this durable SSD is IP68 waterproof, dustproof and military-grade shockproof.

With read/write speeds of 500MB/s and a Type-C USB 3. 1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) connection, this solid state drive is a solid choice for portable and high durability memory.

Made with luxurious materials and a slick design, this SSD weighs just 33 grams (1.16oz). Add an optional 2 or 3 year Data Recovery Plan for just a few more dollars.




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02/03/2020