If you’re using a computer without an SSD in it, you are missing out on a lot of speed. A good SSD is the best, and cheapest way to make your computer’s loading & booting up time faster. In this article, we are going to list the 5 best gaming SSDs in the market for this year. I’ve tested many different models over the years, and i think that the ones that we will list here are the best-valued ones. Let’s get started.
1. Samsung 970 EVO Plus
To finish our list of the best gaming SSDs, we have another product by Samsung. You would expect for a high-end model to be on top of the list but you would be wrong, here we have the Samsung 970 EVO Plus which is one of the fastest low-priced NVMe SSDs. It is the absolute king of SSDs, with the fastest transfer speeds, mostly due to the new 96-layer V-NAND tech. No other SSD will provide you the performances that Samsung 970 EVO Plus provides, the best of the best.
Maybe it was not considered worthy enough by Samsung to give it the 980 Evo moniker, the 970 Evo Plus, has revolutionized the original 970 Evo’s performances. It is the first Samsung drive to introduce the 96-layer V-NAND, that is particularly designed to stack and reach higher speeds.
The Samsung 970 EVO Plus is manufactured to achieve 3300MB/S sequential writing speed, this is a great improvement from the 970 Evo’s 2500MB/s and I think it should be the absolute standard for the fastest SSDs. Also, it is worth stating that the Samsung 970 EVO Plus offers a 5-year warranty, a standard for SSDs, the 250GB version has an endurance rating of 150terrabytes written which is pretty decent, and most likely you will not achieve this number in your PCs lifetime.
I tested the Samsung 970 EVO Plus in various tests and it was faster in every aspect, from its predecessor. In the CrystalDiskMark 6 sequential write and read speeds it achieved amazing results that were the absolute best. It was significantly faster in writing and was amazing in 4K reading and writing tests, I also saw that it showed great performance during large file transfers.
It also comes with Samsung’s Magician and Data Migration software monitor, benchmark, and even clone or wipe clean the whole drive. I was extremely impressed with the whole set of features and performance speeds of the Samsung 970 EVO Plus, and I am sure that you will be too. It offers fast everyday performance and it is more affordable than the high-end 970 Pro, while still competing with its write and read speeds, and compared to other TLC drives it has milder write performance drops.
2. Samsung 860 EVO
The Samsung 860 EVO is a high-end SSD drive, however, it provides the best value for its price thanks to its performance and features, and it is 6 times faster than its predecessor. It is available in a range of capacities ranging from 250GB to 4TB and comes with the new and improved Samsung MJX controller, it is also available in the M.2 form factor, making it possible to upgrade the capacity and performance of ultra-thin notebooks. It is also worth stating that the product comes with a 5-year limited warranty.
For this review, I have in hand the 500GB version, design-wise the Samsung 860 EVO has a black case and a light gray square on top of the device, underneath you have a sticker that reads some important information regarding the unit. I opened the Samsung 860 EVO, and it revealed the Samsung MJX controller, Samsung NAND pack, and the DRAM that was located on the PCB.
The new controller supports the low-power DDR4 memory, and it also is built on smaller lithography that allows for low power consumption, lower temperatures during heavy tasks, and reduced production costs to name a few. The manufacturer has stated that the 64-layer V NAND is at least 30% more energy-efficient, Samsung 860 EVO achieves this by having a reduced input voltage of 2.5 volts, that was previously 3.3 volts, and it also managed to reduce program time to 500 microseconds.
Thanks to Samsung’s Magician software that offers to monitor and test the drives, and even deleting the data from inside the operating system. It is also worth mentioning that it now supports Rapid Mode, the DRAM cache algorithm that improves performance and reduces wear on the flash.
In sequential read and write tests, it achieved amazing numbers, that were top of its class. It also produced great performances in 4K write and read, and also on day-to-day testing it revealed that it is amazing.
It is the absolute king of SATA drives with an improved speed of sequential read and write, and the very best random read and write speeds. These will provide you amazing load and booting times and will please you with its performance.
3. WD Black SN750
Gaming-focused rigs demand high performances and great speeds, and no gaming setup nowadays is complete without an SSD. The WD Black SN750 provides gaming focused SSD, with an exemplary price that provides great value, and speeds that destroy its opponents in its category and higher. Truly an amazing SSD drive that will give your system the boost it needs.
The WD Black SN750 is an M.2, x4 PCIe, NVMe SSD that comes in the 2280 form factor, meaning that it is 22mm wide and 80mm long, and make sure that it is suitable for your PC or Laptop, as it needs a separate slot in your motherboard, however, most of the gaming motherboards can host it. This SSD uses 64-layer 3D NAND with 3 bits per cell, meaning that it uses the Triple Level Cell feature, and it also includes 512MB of DRAM cache for the 500GB model.
The WD Black SN750 is available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB models, and it offers five-year warranty comfortably because the drives are rated for 200 terabytes written for every 250GB of capacity, meaning that the endurance rating of the 500GB model is 400TBW.
The WD Black SN750 is also available with a heatsink if you want for superior cooling or for aesthetic purposes because it looks really good if the part is visible from outside in your system. It is also capable of cooling the drive efficiently to provide top-class performance for triple the time before any throttling happens.
Performance-wise, the WD Black SN750 is significantly faster than its predecessor, which was also a quick performer. In various synthetic benchmark tests, I have seen that the WD Black SN750 tops its category in sequential writing and reading, it was also pretty fast in 4K writing and reading, and while copying large files it yielded amazing results as it was, the best in its class as it maintained 1.45GBps transfer rate while transferring a 400GB large file.
It offers great high-end performance, while still having a mid-range price, the WD Black SN750 provides a great package, a dream come true for gamers.
4. Crucial MX500
One of the cheapest ways to upgrade the speed of your laptop or PC is upgrading your rigs storage to an SSD. If you are looking for the best budget option, then I present you the Crucial MX500, not only it has a lower cost than the premium Serial ATA SSDs, but its speed is comparable to it. It is one of the best choices for a casual PC that you won’t need it for heavy tasks, and you will see that the speeds will be improved significantly.
You can get the Crucial MX500 in both M.2 and 2.5-inch variants, so you can upgrade your system regardless of what size of a drive bay you have. I got my hands on the 500GB 2.5-inch drive form factor that will fit in most standard laptops and most of the PCs, however, if the need arises you can get the smaller M.2 version that sticks directly to the motherboard if your motherboard has an M.2 connector.
But whichever you choose the performance is roughly the same, and the Crucial MX500 uses the Serial ATA bus, instead of the PCI Express with the NVMe protocol. NVMe maximum speeds may be multiple times faster than SATA buses allow, however, you will not see a significant difference in everyday tasks.
The Crucial MX500 comes in a wide range of capacity ranging from 250GB to 2TB, and the cost per gigabyte of all the options is very low compared to its competition. If you think that you have to compromise a lot for the cheaper price of this SSD, you would be wrong. It just compromises in the endurance rating, as the 500GB model can endure 180 terabytes written on it before the cells will begin to show wear and tear.
It is worth stating that the Crucial MX500, is one of the fastest SATA drives that I have ever seen, in the synthetic tests the SSD achieved read speeds of 563MBps and 522MBps in terms of write speeds. In random file access requests the Crucial MX500 that you will most likely encounter on everyday use it yielded good results, 39MBps read speeds and 101MBps write speeds.
5. ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro
Solid State Drives are becoming a more attractive option for users every day, as they provide faster boot times, multiple times faster than Hard Disk Drive storages. If you want one of the fastest SSDs and tons of value from the product, the ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro is a serious option. It offers one of the best-balanced packages, between power and value per dollar, combining very quick reading and writing speeds.
Before buying the ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro, make sure that your system supports 80mm-long SSDs using the PCI Express bus and the NVMe data-transfer protocol because this is a Type-2280 M.2 SSD that uses the PCI Express 3.0 interface. If you want a little more aesthetic option from the ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro, than you can choose the option to add an attractive matte black and red heat spreader that looks amazing, if your PC has visible parts and you want it to look just as good as it performs.
The ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro uses a 3D TLC memory, that runs faster and will last you longer than QLC memories. The company rates this SSDs durability at 640 terabytes written for its 1TB model, while it is very unlikely you will reach that much data writing, it is great to have that kind of safety net if you are a power user.
During most of the tests, the ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro achieved amazing numbers such as 3522.1MB/s read speeds and 2917.9MB/s write speeds, those numbers crush SSDs in its price range by a mile. In the more demanding 4K tests the ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro also prevailed over its competition, by achieving 334.4MB/s read speeds and 267.4MB/s write speeds. Finally, I tested large folders containing game and program files, ISO files and movies, I was particularly impressed with its transfer speeds in real-life scenarios, as benchmark tests can be a little inaccurate sometimes.
The ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro is an amazing model that offers a great competitive price for its amazing performance. Despite being in the NVMe market it still provides amazing speeds that will please you throughout the use. Definitely can be considered as one of the best gaming SSDs out there.